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Posted: 12/18/2009 12:33:18 PM EDT
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Ham radio appears to be more of an addiction than a hobby to the seller of this $500 Dodge. Every surface is covered with $25K in communications equipment for every conceivable band (FM/UHF/HF/VHF/SPACEMAN). A gallery of technological affliction below.

The equipment seems to cover an amazing array of technologies, many of which seem to be redundant. For instance, just how many handheld 144 MHz radios do you need? It seems like the owner of the Ham Car is capable of listening to every police/fire/ems/military channel in the world. Simultaneously. There's a laptop and we assume there's some form of cellular or satellite communication setup for that, too.

Keeping all of this equipment running is almost certainly some form of secondary power source, dozens of antennae and extreme paranoia. There's no reason given for the sale, but we assume he or she realized there's no point in being able to communicate with the world if you have no one to talk to.

So there's a lot of stuff here we can identify, but there's a lot here we can't. Anyone out there a communications junkie who wants to help us out?

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:34:45 PM EDT
in on 1
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:35:04 PM EDT

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:36:03 PM EDT
What kind of idiot would buy something for like $800 and put a bunch of useless assessories on it to triple the value?

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:37:15 PM EDT
I think it's a joke.
Kinda on the same lines as the AR with all the lights mounted
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:37:21 PM EDT
ar jedi owns a dodge colt?
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:38:07 PM EDT
Reminds me of the Japanese car in Cannonball Run.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:38:31 PM EDT
Built to protect him from encounters with pretty girls!
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:38:54 PM EDT
Maybe I'm just not seeing it, but where's he keeping the Flux Capacitor?

_MaH
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:38:54 PM EDT
This has been posted over in the Ham forum previously and, IIRC, the guy did it as a stunt / conversation starter.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:39:05 PM EDT
I bet it's being sold because the last step of the project was to put in a 200 amp alternator to feed all of that, and it killed one of the hamsters in the engine.  

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:39:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2009 12:42:13 PM EDT by UtahJeeper]
Most of that gear is useless from a practical standpoint.  While standing still he MIGHT be able to use some of the meters, etc - but as it is the laptop is not accessible, no room for a passenger and much of the gear is out of reach of the driver even when stopped, etc.  No way to understand that much audio.  

It's a stunt.  

THIS is functional...

Emergency Communications Jeep
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:39:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By twonami:
I think it's a joke.
Kinda on the same lines as the AR with all the lights mounted


Yup.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:41:07 PM EDT
depending how my tin foil this comes with will affect my decision to purchase.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:41:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DonKey153:
ar jedi owns a dodge colt?


That's what i thought...
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 12:43:12 PM EDT





Originally Posted By twonami:



I think it's a joke.


Kinda on the same lines as the AR with all the lights mounted



Like this?













I thought I used to have a lot of comm gear in my old vehicles but DAMN.  







I'm down to just a CB, Icom IC-2800H and basic RatShack scanner.




 
 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 1:12:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By chips:
Built to protect him from encounters with pretty girls!


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