What is this, and why am I hoping that it will bring me happiness by lunchtime?
The answer is that it is an aerial. A Telco XPOL MIMO 3G+4G+4GX
700-2700MHz Panel Antenna to be more precise. And with a bit of luck, Anthony (“Not just the TV Antenna Experts!”) will be here this morning to fix it atop my 8 metre high aerial pole.
It turns out that my existing antenna is just dandy for getting a mobile telephone signal from the mobile phone tower just 11 km away, on the other side of the hills. But to get a decent internet signal from that same tower, a Telco XPOL MIMO 3G+4G+4GX 700-2700MHz Panel Antenna is apparently what I really need. With two cables, which will plug into the two antennae sockets at the back of my smartcradle. One to send and one to receive.
We will see.