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Ivy04/09/2018 18:42:36
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As we all know model engineers are the cleverest people around, so....

Can some body tell me what this is?

It has no bearing on a mobile phone signal. It is in the middle of a sizeable forestry plantation in rural Devon, and has been there for donkeys years, some locals said 40 years or more.

I emailed the company, but did not get so much as an acknowledgement. (How rude)

Yours curious and thank you,

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Mick B104/09/2018 18:58:02
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It's a top-secret installation to extract energy from moonbeams.

 

 

Or maybe lightning.

Edited By Mick B1 on 04/09/2018 18:58:34

Ivy04/09/2018 19:00:11
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Posted by Mick B1 on 04/09/2018 18:58:02:

It's a top-secret installation to extract energy from moonbeams.

Just what I thought.

Or maybe lightning.

This has been suggested to me once before.

Edited By Mick B1 on 04/09/2018 18:58:34

Mark P.04/09/2018 19:02:15
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I'm only guessing but could it be something to do with the now stood down R.O.C, maybe some sort of fallout sampling and transmission gear?
Mark P.
Michael Gilligan04/09/2018 19:02:46
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Is there another ring, at the third apex ?

MichaelG.

DMB04/09/2018 19:04:51
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Sshh! Top secret MOD device to spy on local squirrels.

Ivy04/09/2018 19:06:45
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Posted by Mark P. on 04/09/2018 19:02:15:
I'm only guessing but could it be something to do with the now stood down R.O.C, maybe some sort of fallout sampling and transmission gear?
Mark P.

I'm sorry I don't know what R.O.C. is.

Trevor Crossman 104/09/2018 19:06:47
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An aerial for airborne detection of partial discharge within underground high voltage transmission lines maybe?

Trevor

Ivy04/09/2018 19:07:30
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/09/2018 19:02:46:

Is there another ring, at the third apex ?

MichaelG.

Yes

Ivy04/09/2018 19:09:12
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I knew I had come to right place.

I will continue reading tomorrow.

Thanks for the suggestions so far, keep them coming.

DMB04/09/2018 19:12:26
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I have in the past, seen some strange looking installations in other parts of the UK, with little or no lettering/ID plates on any of the odd looking boxes, always in a fenced enclosure. Always in quiet locations, boxes dark green or grey.. suppose they could be something as innocent as monitoring equipment used by the local water company, or?

Jeff Dayman04/09/2018 19:12:54
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EA's website "about us" section says "EA Technology is a specialist in asset management solutions for owners and operators of electrical assets. Headquartered in the UK, our operations and customers are global with seven regional offices around the world.
We originated in 1966 as a groundbreaking research and development organisation serving the electricity industry."

Since the electrical pole/ bracket / rings assy is near the transformer box, maybe the rings on the pole are send/ receive antennas for monitoring it. Pretty boring stuff.

Could also be devices to DIRECT moonbeams at local squirrels in an attempt to do mind control on them and get them to rise up against the evil forces threatening the Chester countryside. Could have sworn I saw a squirrel go by my back door yesterday with a helmet and backpack rocket tube launcher......er maybe not

Edited By Jeff Dayman on 04/09/2018 19:13:48

David Standing 104/09/2018 19:13:25
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From EA's website:

 

EA Technology is a specialist in asset management solutions for owners and operators of electrical assets.

We originated in 1966 as a groundbreaking research and development organisation serving the electricity industry.

We are committed to providing our customers with innovative products and services, consultancy and training which deliver tangible benefits for their businesses enabling them to create safer, stronger and smarter networks for today and the future.

We work with many clients on a long-term basis to safeguard their power networks.

**LINK**

 

My guess is also that it is some sort of lightning detection device.

That block of conifers would probably have been very small 40 years ago.

 

EDIT: I was typing as Jeff posted!

Edited By David Standing 1 on 04/09/2018 19:15:26

Neil Wyatt04/09/2018 19:15:36
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My first thought was it's like a 'sferic' detector - that's two large coils at 90 degrees for detecting lightning. It gives a bearing but the two directions forward and back are ambiguous.

Assuming it has three coils, it would be able to give an unambigous direction for lightning discharges without having to be triangulated from another unit, or top give exact position with just two units (instead of three two coil units).

Looking at the company's website they do a lot of things for detecting high voltage discharge from the power network, so monitoring lightning may help them avoid false positives, or provide location data when there's a strike.

Or perhaps it's a cover for the CIA controlling our computers... foil hat, anyone?

Neil

Robert Atkinson 204/09/2018 19:15:50
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I think Trevor is on the right track. It looks like some kind of H field (magnetic) monitor or antenna. More likely for above ground power lines though. It's effectively a directional radio system.

Not Royal Observer Corps (ROC) who monitored for nuclear explosions. They did not use electromagnetic detection systems.

Robert.

Mark P.04/09/2018 19:18:39
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Ivy, the R.O.C. was the Royal Observer Corps. During the cold war they would monitor fallout from a nuclear bomb etc.
Mark P.
Michael Gilligan04/09/2018 19:28:59
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It's a 3-phase electricity monitor

... they are devloping Nikola Tesla's dream of wireless energy transmission surprise

MichaelG.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fantastic_Inventions_of_Nikola_Tesla#/media/File%3AThe_Fantastic_Inventions_of_Nikola_Tesla.png

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 04/09/2018 19:29:26

MichaelR04/09/2018 19:34:34
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"Capenhurst" gives a clue, British Nuclear Fuels have a place there, radiation monitor maybe secret Mike.

Mick Henshall04/09/2018 19:35:25
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I think I can see a couple of Druids lurking in the undergrowth 😨

Mick

Jeff Dayman04/09/2018 19:51:59
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You're right Mick, I see 'em now -

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