Jonathan Kramer's Cell Tower Photo Gallery

Our collection of wireless sites


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Two on a Stick384 viewsSprint's BTS equipment is located in the large flush-to-grade vault. It's flush vents bracket the BTS vault.00000
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Two on a Stick320 viewsHere's a close-up of the dual antennas on this wood pole in Santa Monica, California. Sprint is on the bottom; Cingular is that mass at the top. By the way, the palm is not a camouflage element of Cingular's antennas. 00000
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Two on a Stick258 viewsHere's a long view of this two-carrier site. If you look in the sidewalk area to the right of the pole you'll see Cingular's flush-to-grade equipment vault, and just to the left of it, Cingular's two flush-to-grade vents.22222
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Two on a Stick229 viewsCingular and Sprint share this wood light pole in Santa Monica, California. Cingular is on the top, and Sprint is on the arm. Both carriers use completely underground BTS equipment enclosures and flush-to-grade vent systems.00000
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Two on a Stick319 viewsCingular and Sprint share this wood light pole in Santa Monica, California. Cingular's antennas, pictured here, are on the top. Sprint's antennas are on an arm below the bottom of the photograph. Both carriers use completely underground BTS equipment enclosures and flush-to-grade vent systems.00000
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High Power - Higher Education240 viewsSprint has this site at the Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California.00000
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Multi Carriers on Multi Power Towers234 viewsThese antennas sites are located on SCE power transmission towers in Irvine, California.00000
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Cell Service, USN Style247 viewsThis is a photo of a cell site at the USN Amphibious Base in San Diego.00000
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cells.oliverhurst.ca.UbiquitelPCS.2765Pwerline Road.20051112.DSCN0360.jpg
PCS Base Station below PG&E Power Tower434 viewsUbiquitel's BTS in Olivehurst, California is located in a wood-fenced enclosure below the PG&E power transmission tower.33333
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cells.gridley.ca.turnerRdCoweeRd.Cing.TMOB.20051112.DSCN0368.jpg
What's Red and Whilte and Radiates All Over308 views...it's this T-Mobile lattice tower in Gridley, California.44444
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The Golden Signal215 views...from this water tank site in Chico, California belongs to T-Mobile.33333
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The Golden Signal286 viewsHere's a close-up of one of T-Mobile's sector antennas and tower-mounted amplifiers at its Chico, California water tank site.33333
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cells.ca70.Olivehurst.ca.tank.20051112.DSCN0346.jpg
221 viewsThis co-lo water tank site in Olivehurst, California is shared by T-Mobile, Nextel, and Cingular. The terminated ASR for this site is 1031366 (terminated because it qualifies for delisting under the FCC's 6 meter rule).11111
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Wood You Please Support These Antennas?389 viewsUbiquitel uses wood panels to replace antennas not installed on the two-antenna mounts atop this PG&E power tower in Oakhurst, California. This site is at 2765 Powerline Road.00000
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PCS Crown on PG&E Tower229 viewsUbiquitel's PCS antennas in Olivehurst, California are located above the high tension lines on this PG&E power transmission tower.00000
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cells.chico.TankNo.5.T-Mobile.20051112.DSCN0463.jpg
One of T-Mobile's sector antennas at its Chico, California water tank site. Photo taken just before sunset.190 viewsAnother view of two sectors of T-Mobile's antennas at its Chico, California water tank site. Photo taken just before sunset.00000
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The Golden Signal194 viewsOne of T-Mobile's sector antennas at its Chico, California water tank site. Photo taken just before sunset.00000
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cells.chico.ca.3415.silverbellRd.TheAntennaCoTwrSvrcs.20051112.DSCN0443.jpg
The Tower Company Tower241 viewsSounds circular, eh? Located in Chico, California.00000
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cells.ca99.shippee.rd.oroville.ca.nextel.spectrasite.asr.1239078.20051112.DSCN0409.jpg
Time to Shippee Out the Signal200 views...from this Spectrasite lattice tower on Shippee Road in Oroville, California. Nextel is on the tower. The tower ASR is 1239078. I like the way the tower reflects in the water.00000
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cells.ca99.shippee.rd.oroville.ca.nextel.spectrasite.asr.1239078.20051112.DSCN0408.jpg
Time to Shippee Out the Signal212 views...from this Spectrasite lattice tower on Shippee Road in Oroville, California. Nextel is the tower occupant. The tower ASR is 1239078.33333
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cells.ca99.HowsleyRd.SutterCo.lattice.20051112.DSCN0336.jpg
Sutter County Lattice Tower230 viewsHere's a closer view of the SR99/Howsley Road lattice towre in Sutter County, California.55555
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Sutter County Lattice Tower216 viewsOff of CA SR99 at Howsley Road in Sutter County, you'll find this lattice tower.11111
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cells.ca99.biggs.ca.american.twr.site.82517.cingular.20051112. DSCN0402.jpg
A Singular Pole for a Cingular Site243 viewsAmerican Tower leases this monopole to Cingular. It's located in Biggs, California (American Tower Site No. 82517). 00000
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No, the tower legs are NOT two colors...226 views...it's just the the legs on the right have so many black cables for the T-Mobile, Cingular, and Nextel antennas. Olivehurst, California.00000
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Lattice Tower in Sutter County223 viewsOff of California State Route 70 at Nicolaus Road you'll find this lattice tower site.00000
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Store that Signal!260 viewsThe roof-mounted cable tray supporting the antenna coax cables can be clearly seen in this photo. The cable tray protects the coaxial cable from being damaged, here from people walking and working on the roof. Damaged coaxial cables most often seriously degrade the received and transmitted signals. 00000
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Store that Signal!226 viewsPublic Storage locations are popular cell site locations. The carrier will often locate its equipment in a top floor or building end unit and place its antennas on the roof or an adjacent mono-whatever.

This PS location, in Rowland Heights, California sports externally mounted antennas.
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof285 viewsNotice how the coax ground wires are far from supported, attached, and protected at this site. This is a violation of the NEC 810.21(C) and (D) et seq.00000
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof303 viewsThe cable wiring for this site leaves something to be desired. Notice how the cables are attached to wood blocks.

PMBS>Cingular>T-Mobile at The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof296 viewsPBMS built this site. Cingular took it over. It's likely now a T-Mobile site. Long Beach, California, on top of the parking lot for The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.00000
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Park'n the Signal on the Roof240 viewsPBMS built this site. Cingular took it over. It's likely now a T-Mobile site. Long Beach, California, on top of the parking lot for The Grand Long Beach Event Center, 4101 East Willow St.00000
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Building Topper225 viewsIn Inglewood, California, this multi-sector site could have been placed BEHIND camouflage panels instead of in front! Two sectors are visible...way too visible. Carrier(s) unknown.00000
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Church Bell Tower Mount234 viewsThe sector panels are mounted to the face of the bell tower. The overall quality of the site is, at best, fair. Exposed and disconnected cables detract from the site, as do the visible preamplifiers inside the bell tower. Carrier (as yet) unknown.00000
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Restful Signal208 viewsSprint's antennas are on the motel sign just out of the frame on the right side. It's BTS equipment is located in the bricked area to the left center of this photo. Notice the power panel, transfer switch, etc. on the left side of the enclosure. From the street side, this enclosure is very well designed to blend in with the buidling.00000
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Restful Signal209 viewsHere's a non-camo three sector Sprint site located on a motel sign post in Azusa, California. 00000
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Got Desert?344 viewsThis little Verizon 3-sector site sites atop a wood pole in Victorville, California. The BTS equipment is in the fenced area to the left, and the telco and power panels are to the right.00000
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The Leaning Tower of Victorville273 viewsVerizon's 3-sector wood pole is ever-so-slowly leaning over. Victorville, California.22222
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Monopole235 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.00000
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Monopole302 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.44444
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Power Transmission Tower Site248 viewsNextel's BTS equipment shelter is constructed between the legs of this SCE power transmission tower. Highway 18 between Victorville and Littlerock, California.00000
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Power Transmission Tower Site229 viewsNextel's site not only provides local cell coverage along a highly traveled (and very dangerous) state highway, it also serves as a repeater site to relay MTSO connections to a site yet further away. If you didn't understand that, give me a call and I'll explain! :-) Between Victorville and Littlerock, California.00000
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Cell Site on a Power Pole (Crown Design)281 views...on 19th near Tuckahoe in Fairfax Co., VA near I66. Notice how the cable ladder is attached to the pole using straps.00000
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Arlington, VA Multicarrier Site235 views...at Washington Blvd. and 25th.33333
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Field of Signals242 viewsCingular's light standard site in the Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. 00000
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Field of Signals287 viewsCingular's dual CEV site at Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. Notice the GPS/LMU antenna bolted to the side of the CEV in the foreground.00000
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Field of Signals274 viewsCingular's light standard site in the Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. 00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel255 viewsOkay, it's really a hotel with an amazing number and variety of cell sites. Look at the related series of photos to get a flavor of this amazing site in Torrance, California.

Looking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo to the right; not camo in the middle) and on the southwest wall. Three panel non-camo sector on the west roof.
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel194 viewsLooking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo) and on the southwest wall.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel190 viewsLooking northeast. Close-up of cells on the southwest wall. Notice the loose cables.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel154 viewsLooking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo) and on the southwest wall.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel170 viewsLooking northwest. Cells on the southeast wall.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel194 viewsLooking southwest. Cells on the northwest wall.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel149 viewsCable chase with missing cover on northwest corner. Notice how the cable chase has been built into the corner of the wall. 00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel165 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center; naked panels on right (west).00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel169 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel161 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center; naked panels on right (west). Notice the separate cable chase coming down from the roof to the corner reflector antennas.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel149 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center; naked panels on right (west). GPS antenna at lower left-center. Notice the add-on cable chase to serve the corner reflector antennas.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel152 viewsLooking south at north wall. GPS antenna at center.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel136 viewsLooking west at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box to the right of the reflector antennas.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel178 viewsLooking west at the east roof/face of the hotel. Camo box; microwave dish antennas.00000
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Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel163 viewsOkay, it's really a hotel with an amazing number and variety of cell sites. Look at the related series of photos to get a flavor of this amazing site in Torrance, California.00000
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Parking lot site for a parking lot170 viewsThis site, atop a parking lot, is well-suited for the parking lot it serves, the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in Culver City, California.00000
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Verizon MTSO Orange County263 viewsThis VZW MTSO (mobile telephone switching office) is in Santa Ana, California. The height of the tower is 60.7 meters AGL.33333
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Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ239 viewsClose-up of the Cricket Wireless site on top of the Holiday Inn on Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. From a different view along the street the panel antennas are plainly visible. Not recommended.00000
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Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ186 viewsCricket didn't do much to camo its site atop the Holiday Inn on Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. From a different view along the street the panel antennas are plainly visible. Not recommended.00000
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Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ205 viewsCricket didn't do much to camo its site atop the Holiday Inn on Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. From a different view along the street the panel antennas are plainly visible. Not recommended.00000
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313 viewsClose up of the Fountain Hills three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.33333
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I'll Turn Left on a Green Sector...251 viewsFountain Hills area of greater Phoenix. A three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.22222
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Great Scott!266 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notice the LMU antenna mounted at the top. 44444
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Great Scott!196 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.33333
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Great Scott! (Even more)210 viewsYet another example of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.11111
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Great Scott! (Some more)354 viewsThis close-up view shows a very stylish use of an iron sculpture to provide an interesting surround to a cell site BTS.3 comments11111
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cells.az.mesa.crowncastle.colo.broadway.20050823.P1010109.jpg
A Crown Castle Site in Mesa, Arizona269 viewsBig iron in Mesa. A Crown Castle site on Broadway near Country Club.33333
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cells.az.scottsdale.shea.20050823.P1010082.jpg
Great Scott!350 viewsScottsdale has some very interesting pole mounted sites. This long view of several carriers' sites shows an interesting deployment scheme to cover subdivisions along Shea Road.3 comments11111
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Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation306 viewsAnother view of this cell site which uses a microwave dish antenna system to provide backhaul to the MTSO. The interesting note for this site is the side saddle (offset) installation of the dish antenna. In most metro installations, a microwave antenna saves the carrier the cost of leasing a telco dataline, but at the expense of adding visual loading to the project.1 comments00000
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Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation248 viewsThis cell site uses a microwave dish antenna system to provide backhaul to the MTSO. The interesting note for this site is the side saddle (offset) installation of the dish antenna. In most metro installations, a microwave antenna saves the carrier the cost of leasing a telco dataline, but at the expense of adding visual loading to the project.11111
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SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building293 viewsYup. There's the panel antenna.00000
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SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building200 viewsCan you spot the single panel? There's a matching panel just off the photo to the right. 00000
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SFO Airport - Superbay Hanger190 viewsThe cell antennas are mounted on the roof of the Superbay hanger in the top center of the photograph. 00000
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SFO Airport - Rental Car Center188 views...as seen from the rental car shuttle train heading away from the building.00000
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SFO Airport159 viewsThere are multiple sites atop the elevator penthouses in the center parking lot of SFO airport. This photo is an example of another set of 4 antennas ganged in two radomes on the "E" parking elevator penthouse.00000
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SFO Airport171 viewsThere are multiple sites atop the elevator penthouses in the center parking lot of SFO airport. This photo is an example. Notice, in this close-up, the stacked diplex antennas. There are a total of 4 antennas inside the two radomes (antenna covers).00000
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SFO Airport154 viewsThere are multiple sites atop the elevator penthouses in the center parking lot of SFO airport. This photo is an example.00000
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One Well-Placed PG&E Transmission Tower193 viewsPG&E sure scored locating this tower near the I280 freeway adjacent to Redwood City, California. Lots of carriers (4), lots of income.00000
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Cable TV Headend Cell Site221 viewsOne of Comcast's cable television headend towers in the Philadelphia area supports cell panel antennas.00000
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Power Transmission Tower Site208 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.00000
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Elevated Water Tank Cell Site261 viewsArtwork adorns this 4-level multi-carrier water tank site near Philadelphia.55555
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Multiple Carriers - Rooftops171 views...in downtown Philadelphia.00000
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Multiple Carriers - Rooftops164 views...in downtown Philadelphia.00000
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Smokestack Cell Site171 viewsMulti-carrier smokestack cell site in Philadelphia.00000
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Multiple carriers on the roof of the VA Hospital in Philadelphia163 viewsRooftop installation on the VA Hospital in Philadelphia.00000
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Cellular Billboard Sign217 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.00000
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Cellular Billboard Sign262 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.00000
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Power Transmission Tower Site210 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.00000
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Rooftop Cells - Close up151 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.00000
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Rooftop Cells147 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.00000
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Rooftop Cells177 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.00000
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AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site215 viewsAT&T Wireless built this dual band cellular/PCS site in West Los Angeles adjacent to a large regional mall and a busy intersection. This photo shows a second set of omnidirection antennas immediately adjacent to the public parking space. 00000
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AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site197 viewsAT&T Wireless built this dual band cellular/PCS site in West Los Angeles adjacent to a large regional mall and a busy intersection. This photo shows a second set of omnidirection antennas immediately adjacent to the public parking space. 00000
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AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site277 viewsJust park your BTS equipment in this space and you're good to go. AT&T Wireless built this dual band cellular/PCS site in West Los Angeles adjacent to a large regional mall and a busy intersection.00000
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AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site209 viewsAT&T Wireless built this dual band cellular/PCS site in West Los Angeles adjacent to a large regional mall and a busy intersection.00000
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Parking the Signal202 viewsParking spaces make good sites for BTS cabinets, GPS, and LMU equipment! And parking lot walls are great for mounting panel antennas, especially when the parking lot faces a major freeway. This site is near LAX airport in Los Angeles along the San Diego Freeway at Century Boulevard.44444
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Church Bell Tower With External Antennas226 viewsThis church bell tower sports multiple panel antennas on the face of the structure, rather then flush or camouflaged inside the tower. Too bad. Certainly not a high quality installation. Spotted in South-Central Los Angeles.00000
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Spectrasite Co-Lo Multisector at Different Levels306 viewsSpectrasite tower supports a three sector wireless system, with one of the sectors lower than the other two (to help shape coverage). Also, this site supports an omnidirection carrier (the vertical antennas on top of the tower). 2 comments11111
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Verizon MTSO San Diego 2 of 2450 viewsThis photo shows Verizon's Mobile Telephone Switching Office and tower in San Diego, California. The microwave antennas connect various cell sites back to this MTSO. Telephone company leased data lines (usually T1 circuits) are another means of connecting remote cell sites back to a MTSO.44444
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Verizon MTSO San Diego 1 of 2253 viewsThis photo shows Verizon's Mobile Telephone Switching Office and tower in San Diego, California.00000
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A Real Education284 viewsThis Cingular site is located on the grounds of Fountain Valley (California) High School.11111
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A New Sign of the Times247 viewsYes, this cell site is sandwiched between two outdoor advertising signs. Yes, two of the three sectors shine THROUGH the signs (with metal rails just in front of the panel antennas). 00000
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Really, really flat vines on this pole!253 viewsA Spectrasite site in Montebello, CA.00000
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Sprint microcell - Two Sectors516 viewsPole mounted Sprint microcell in Brentwood, California (Parkyns St.). The panel antennas should have been painted brown or green to afford some measure of camouflage. This site is near OJ's former home on Rockingham in Brentwood, California. It's a much nicer area than were he now lives in Nevada.2 comments00000
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Yahoo! What a site!310 viewsThis omnidirection site is in Santa Monica, California. The GPS antenna is the right (north) of the antennas on the roof.00000
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Single Carrier Monopole288 viewsNot much to say about this site. It's a monopole that happens to be located at the top of a hill next to a water tank.00000
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Spectrasite in Paramount, California230 viewsYet another Spectrasite installation, this time in Paramount, California (looking north).00000
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Spectrasite in Paramount, California205 viewsYet another Spectrasite installation, this time in Paramount, California (looking west).00000
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Hitting the signal out of the park262 viewsSprint's three-sector site is split between one sector on an existing light standard, and two sectors on a pole it installed.00000
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Cell site and Microwave Relay307 viewsThis site is not a mobile telephone switching office (MTSO). Rather, its an aggregation point for microwave backhaul from other wireless sites. Verizon and Nextel are co-located here.

Why red and white? This site is located adjacent to the Ontario, California airport.
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Sending out the word...to Interstate 10255 viewsYet another church along a freeway that (likely) enjoys income in the thousands-of-dollars-per-month range. This is a Nextel site near San Bernardino, California.

The interesting and unusual element of this site is the placement of the antennas following the rise of the roofline. In a typical configuration, the two outside antennas are used for reception, and the center antenna is used to transmit, and they're all on the same horizontal plane.
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Nextel's Interesting Lattice Tower334 viewsA Nextel site using an interesting lattice tower to support its antennas and microwave antennas.00000
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Sprint's Drive Test Rover312 viewsThis is a Sprint vehicle used to receive the test signal emitted from the temporary transmitter van. This van drives a predetermined area collecting signal strength data for later mapping.00000
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Rover's Roof328 viewsOn the roof of the drive test 'rover' is a GPS antenna (the square antenna in the center of the roof), plus two PCS omnidirectional antennas for signal measurement and communications purposes.33333
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Drive Test Rover Ready To Run267 viewsInside the cab of the drive test 'rover' is a portable computer connected to the output of the PCS signal strength receiver and the GPS receiver. The computer records the data for later mapping. The clipboard holds the predetermined route that the driver of the rover will cover during the test.00000
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Sprint Conducts a Drive Test312 viewsThe tech mounts the omnidirectional antenna to the telescoping mast. Once the antenna is mounted, he'll connect the coax that runs back to the portable PCS transmitter sitting inside the van. Then the tech will elevate the antenna to the desired height, and set the proper output power of the transmitter. With all this done, another tech will drive the streets in the area recording signal strength, latitude, and longitude for later mapping.00000
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PCS-Transmitter-in-a-Box298 viewsWhen a wireless carrier selects a candidate cell site it will usually conduct a 'drive test' to determine actual coverage. The drive test consists of elevating an antenna (here, an omnidirectional antenna) to a predetermined height. Inside the truck is a portable PCS transmitter powering the antenna.

This is a photo of the PCS transmitter used by Sprint in this drive test. What? You thought it would be larger?!
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Sprint Conducts a Drive Test337 viewsWhen a wireless carrier selects a candidate cell site it will usually conduct a 'drive test' to determine actual coverage. The drive test consists of elevating an antenna to a predetermined height. Inside the truck is a portable PCS transmitter powering the antenna. In a separate vehicle (call it a 'rover') the carrier will drive the streets around the test site out to a predetermined distance from the site. The received signal level and GPS location information are stored in a portable computer inside the rover.

After the test is concluded, the received signal strength and location information are plotted on a street map. That map then serves to guide the RF engineer to select a final candidate site, and to design the antenna system to cover the desired area without causing unreasonable interference to other cell sites on the same network.

Attached to the left of the antenna (and blowing in the breeze) is a measuring tape used to determine the height of the antenna.
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Equipment Cabinets, GPS and LMU antennas348 viewsCingular's equipment cabinets are mounted in the hardscape area between the curb and sidewalk.33333
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Close-up of GPS Antenna and LMU Antenna308 viewsCingular's GPS antenna (left) and the LMU antenna are mounted at about the 5 foot level adjacent to the sidewalk. It's amazing that they're still there. Hope no pedestrians walk into the bracket at night.22222
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Utility Wood Pole Top Mount367 viewsCingular's three sector antenna system is mounted at the top of the utility pole it installed (it has a PBM pole number). The equipment cabinets are located to the right of the pole.55555
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Tip-to-Tip 1 of 2259 viewsThis equipment cabinets of this site are behind an unlocked gate. Many of the cable conduit pull caps have been removed exposing the site wiring.

Note the antennas mounted in a "tip-to-tip" configuration. A close up of the antennas is seen in an adjacent photo in this gallery.

This site is located in San Francisco and shines signal on US101.
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Tip-to-Tip 2 of 2301 viewsHere are four antennas mounted in a "tip-to-tip" configuration. Notice the faux antenna cover used to blend each of the two vertical antennas on the right side of the pole. Also clearly seen are the antenna downtilt mounts, and pole-mounted pre-amplifiers.

This site is located in San Francisco and shines signal on US101. The equipment cabinets for this site are seen in an adjacent photo in this gallery.
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Flush Mount Cell Site on PG&E Transmission Pole - San Jose, CA Airport2140 viewsThe interesting point about the cell antennas mounted to PG&E's transmission pole (seen in the right side of the photo) is that the antennas are not out on arms. Usually power companies require carriers to mount antennas on arms to insure adequate climbing space under NESC/CPUC GO95.00000
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Multi-carrier Omnis and Panels303 viewsOn the west side of Interstate 5 in San Diego County, California.00000
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Multi-Carrier Panels317 viewsJust west of Interstate 5 in San Diego County, California. Notice that anyone can walk up to the ground-mounted panel antennas via the path in the foreground. This site is not fenced.1 comments55555
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Cell Sign254 viewsSpotted in Redwood City, California, this two sector cell site provides spot coverage along the US101.11111
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Galt High School Doesn't Lack for Signal316 viewsThree out of four light standards at the Galt (California) High School Warrior Stadium are cell sites. Well, that still leaves 25% growth potential!00000
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Sending out the word...to Los Angeles International Airport279 viewsThis is an AT&T Wireless site just north of LAX. It's a rather poor design Notice (1) the panels just above the roof line; the microwave panel antenna offset from the bell tower; and the cable runs down to the equipment building. A good design element (perhaps the only one) is the use of the brick face on AT&T's pre-fab building. 33333
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City Hall Clock Tower340 viewsIrvine, California's civic center is a sight to behold. The clock tower above the site supports public safety radio antennas, and an omni-direction antenna cell site.55555
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CEV Hatch with Bench458 viewsThe metal bench sits atop the hatch of a CEV (controlled environmental vault) used to house telecommunications equipment in a large, underground room. How large is large, you ask? CEV's are common, but bench tops aren't.

CEVs come in many sizes, but its common for the size of the room below ground to be measured in hundreds of square feet.
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Guyed Tower - Antennas Vertically Stacked263 viewsThis cell site is on a guyed lattice tower on top of a commercial building in Modesto, California. Notice that the antennas are vertically stacked "tip-to-tip" at the top of the tower. 00000
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A Modest Cell Site?266 viewsThis water tank sports multiple panel antennas. Modesto, California.22222
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PCS at City Hall282 viewsThis Sprint site at the Redondo Beach, California City Hall also supports public safety radio antennas above and below the panels.44444
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Building top multi-sector cell site214 viewsPlain vanilla. No "touch of gold" here.00000
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Building top multi-sector cell site346 viewsYet another roof-top cell site. This is a macrosite adjacent to a major freeway in Los Angeles.1 comments33333
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Top Hat Wireless?264 viewsHere's a different spin on hanging antennas from a pole. The other poles along this strand line are shorter, but AT&T Wireless replaced the existing pole with a taller one to provide room at the top to hang its three sectors of panel antennas.00000
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Microcell Bolted on Parking Lot Light320 viewsSpotted in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, this microcell site is bolted to the top of an existing parking lot light standard. Notice the equipment mounted in the grass area (hey, guy, open that car door slowly or you might hit something).33333
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Oil's Well that Emits Well214 viewsOld oil wells can make good cell sites, even when a building has been built around the base!33333
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More Power from Power...249 views...plant, that is. San Diego County, California.33333
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Multi-carrier Omnis and Panels252 viewsThis traditional 'high iron' site supports several carriers using omni-directional antennas, as well as at least one carrier with sectorized panel antennas.00000
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Close-up of Cell Antennas and GPS Antenna on Traffic Signal/Light Standard346 viewsThis is a close-up of the antennas mounted on the traffic signal. Note the two coax cables into the bottom of each panel antenna. One is for transmitting and the other is for receiving.00000
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Updated to Digital...215 viewsThis overview shot shows the antennas (cells and GPS) on a traffic signal, and the BTS equipment in the sidewalk area to the left of the traffic signal. Compare this photo to the photograph in this gallery from a few years ago when this was an analog site.00000
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