Saturday, November 01, 2014

Solar-Powered Coke Bottles

I don't know what these things are. We see them on mountaintops. We saw one at an airport, just outside the perimeter fence, but obviously not installed. We thought it might have come down for maintenance or be waiting for transport to its mountaintop.

They are made of fibreglass. The transparent panes don't seem to be solar panels--I named these things solar-powered coke bottles when we only saw then from afar, and I assumed they were. The thing at the top appears to be a lightning rod, not an antenna. Are there transmitters inside? Are they radio relays? Lightning detectors? A suit of armor for a tree? Are they all over Canada or just in the mountains where we have noticed them?

I expect the full story from a solar-powered coke bottle expert who reads this blog. Don't disappoint me, Internet.


Tom Q said...

It's a COMSHEL, a mountaintop communications system enclosure made by Sinclair Technologies.

They seem to be popular in Canada, but here is one in Washington that was being used by ham radio operators, until it fell over.

Leo Franchi said...

Great posts have pictures! Mystery solved.

The windows are for looking in, not out.

Anonymous said...

So sorry that you've had an apparently bad day. No clue - and don't care. If they are on display, they must be important to someone...