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    SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Today coming home along a fairly large residential road, we saw a line of maybe 8 SUV's driving in the opposite direction. They all had lots of antennae mounted on the rails on their roofs and some odd black box in the middle of the roof and on the back. The only specific thing I remember was a shorter white pole with a bulge on top that looked a bit like a standalone outdoor solar light in shape. It had matted white plastic surrounding the bulge so it really looked like a light. I thought it might be some kind of radar but I have absolutely no idea...
    I tried to draw what the white pole thing looked like but it isn't a very good job... Imagine the curved part with a matted glass/plastic patterned look

    Any ideas? Seeing them was intriguing and I'm trying to figure out what they were.
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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyingsliverfin View Post
    Today coming home along a fairly large residential road, we saw a line of maybe 8 SUV's driving in the opposite direction. They all had lots of antennae mounted on the rails on their roofs and some odd black box in the middle of the roof and on the back. The only specific thing I remember was a shorter white pole with a bulge on top that looked a bit like a standalone outdoor solar light in shape. It had matted white plastic surrounding the bulge so it really looked like a light. I thought it might be some kind of radar but I have absolutely no idea...
    I tried to draw what the white pole thing looked like but it isn't a very good job... Imagine the curved part with a matted glass/plastic patterned look

    Any ideas? Seeing them was intriguing and I'm trying to figure out what they were.
    Sounds like a presidential motorcade or one for someone needing protection, or the money to pay for one.

    Anybody in the area meeting these definitions.

    A presidential always has fake cars as well.





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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Alien Hunters, Ghost Hunters, Men in Black, or Storm Chasers (see attachments).
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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Could it be Google trying out these self drive cars, on a different vehicle? I know they've been developing this technology, (using Toyota Prius cars) as a test bed. (and they have used them in California)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17989553

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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Yeah I looked up pictures of self driving cars but these had far more stuff on top. I vaguely remember one of the cars having all blacked out windows so I couldn't see if there was a driver or not... thats what made me look it up anyway...


    Hehe, actually the antennae number is close to the storm chaser car below in post 3. Definitely didn't look like the thing on top of that prius at all.

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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Men In Black

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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyingsliverfin View Post
    Definitely didn't look like the thing on top of that prius at all.
    Probably not, there are a lot of antennas, cameras, GPS devices, etc. to choose from. Some of them are custom made as well.

    I thought that a storm chaser vehicle looked like what you described.

    Maybe,
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    is correct and it is "Men in Black", see post 3.

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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyingsliverfin View Post
    Today coming home along a fairly large residential road, we saw a line of maybe 8 SUV's driving in the opposite direction. They all had lots of antennae mounted on the rails on their roofs and some odd black box in the middle of the roof and on the back. The only specific thing I remember was a shorter white pole with a bulge on top that looked a bit like a standalone outdoor solar light in shape. It had matted white plastic surrounding the bulge so it really looked like a light. I thought it might be some kind of radar but I have absolutely no idea...
    I tried to draw what the white pole thing looked like but it isn't a very good job... Imagine the curved part with a matted glass/plastic patterned look

    Any ideas? Seeing them was intriguing and I'm trying to figure out what they were.
    Could be one of those mobile security firms.
    We have something like what you describe here.
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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    If you go to an amateur radio meeting or flea market you'll see a lot of cars decked out like that. Some even have mobile computers installed. However they all wouldn't be the same make/model so not quite sure what you were seeing.

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    Re: SUV's with lots of antennae?

    Quote Originally Posted by VE6EFR View Post
    If you go to an amateur radio meeting or flea market you'll see a lot of cars decked out like that. Some even have mobile computers installed. However they all wouldn't be the same make/model so not quite sure what you were seeing.
    When I was doing amateur radio several decades ago, we did have an assortment of antennas, and some were custom made. I had some strange antennas mounted on my car and my house. We didn't have computers at the time; however, that would have been cool.

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