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Old 08-13-2013, 07:35 PM
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Question 'White balls' on top of really high tension electric distribution posts?

Odd off question but 1/4 mile from me (across Hwy 140) is a main electric feed into Medford (where ever). Did a 'what?'

Each of these towers (and they're damned tall) now has a white disk/circle in the middle of the top cross bar. Must have been one hell of a job for someone to climb up there and put the thing in position.

Anyone have any idea what the heck they're for?

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Old 08-13-2013, 08:10 PM
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I know by me Fred they have a big orange ball on the wire going across rt 80. It's for low flying aircraft. Maybe that's what yours is?
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Default Re: 'White balls' on top of really high tension electric distribution posts?

Aliens came in the night and installed so they could measure how much closer the human race is to (insert your own smarta@@ comment).

In areas where there are eagles/osprey and other endangered birds of prey, they install different types of platforms on power transmission towers so they can build nests and be somewhat protected. Know they do this in FL and around here in E TN. Get some binoculars and watch it, see if a nest shows up in the near future. Or a UFO maybe ??
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Default Re: 'White balls' on top of really high tension electric distribution posts?

Keeps the wind or snow or bird weight from making the lines touch and short out.
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Odd off question but 1/4 mile from me (across Hwy 140) is a main electric feed into Medford (where ever). Did a 'what?'

Each of these towers (and they're damned tall) now has a white disk/circle in the middle of the top cross bar. Must have been one hell of a job for someone to climb up there and put the thing in position.

Anyone have any idea what the heck they're for?

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They are called capacitance caps, and are used to dissipate static electricity.
Sometimes used to change the resonant frequency of an antenna, the hat, or cap may be used to prevent RFI ( radio frequency interference ).

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They are called capacitance caps, and are used to dissipate static electricity.
Sometimes used to change the resonant frequency of an antenna, the hat, or cap may be used to prevent RFI ( radio frequency interference ).

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

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I wonder if the guys on Coast to Coast A.M. have covered it?
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Default Re: 'White balls' on top of really high tension electric distribution posts?

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Each of these towers now has a white disk/circle in the middle

Anyone have any idea what the heck they're for?

fae
Fred,

Same thing up here in PA! They were left by extra terrestrials (just like the crop circles and the strange things at area 51)

Don't say anything bad about the "white disks" Fred, and for the love of God, please don't look at them too long!

That's all I can say now ....... this e-mail might be monitored?

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