Dr. Jonathan Kramer's Cell Tower Photo Gallery

Copyright 2000-2017 Dr. Jonathan Kramer

Last additions
cells.victorville.vzw.20050927.P9270022.jpg
Got Desert?404 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.Sep 28, 2005
cells.victorville.vzw.20050927.P9270018.jpg
The Leaning Tower of Victorville328 viewsVerizon's 3-sector wood pole is ever-so-slowly leaning over. Victorville, California.Sep 28, 2005
cells.littlerock.vzw.tank.20050927.P9270054.jpg
Drunk Tank?668 viewsThis series of photos of an interesting Verizon faux water tank in Littlerock, California suggests that perhaps something was amiss when the tank was installed on the legs, don't you know! The microwave dish is for 'back haul' to the MTSO.1 commentsSep 28, 2005
cells.littlerock.vzw.tank.20050927.P9270052.jpg
Drunk Tank?678 viewsThis series of photos of an interesting Verizon faux water tank in Littlerock, California suggests that perhaps something was amiss when the tank was installed on the legs. Quite an interesting way to mate things.1 commentsSep 28, 2005
cells.littlerock.vzw.tank.20050927.P9270047.jpg
Drunk Tank?488 viewsYet another view of the 'drunk tank' in Littlerock, California. The BTS equipment shelter is located behind the building in the foreground.Sep 28, 2005
cells.littlerock.vzw.tank.20050927.P9270046.jpg
Drunk Tank?470 viewsVerizon's 'drunk tank' in Littlerock, California.Sep 28, 2005
cells.hwy18.unknown.20050927.P9270039.jpg
Monopole282 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.Sep 28, 2005
cells.hwy18.unknown.20050927.P9270037.jpg
Monopole393 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.Sep 28, 2005
cells.hwy18.nextel.20050927.P9270034.jpg
Power Transmission Tower Site298 viewsNextel's BTS equipment shelter is constructed between the legs of this SCE power transmission tower. Highway 18 between Victorville and Littlerock, California.Sep 28, 2005
cells.hwy18.nextel.20050927.P9270030.jpg
Power Transmission Tower Site279 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.Sep 28, 2005
cells.fairfax.va.19thRdN.DominElectYard.20050922.P9220059.jpg
Cell Site on a Power Pole (Crown Design)331 views...on 19th near Tuckahoe in Fairfax Co., VA near I66. Notice how the cable ladder is attached to the pole using straps.Sep 26, 2005
cells.fairfax.va.20050922.P9220062.jpg
Arlington, VA Multicarrier Site290 views...at Washington Blvd. and 25th.Sep 26, 2005
cells.topark.thousandoaks.cingular.20050913.P9130101.jpg
Field of Signals292 viewsCingular's light standard site in the Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. Sep 14, 2005
cells.topark.thousandoaks.bts.pmbs.cingular.20050913.P9130109.jpg
Field of Signals338 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.Sep 14, 2005
cells.topark.thousandoaks.cingular.20050913.P9130090.jpg
Field of Signals329 viewsCingular's light standard site in the Thousand Oaks Park in Thousand Oaks, California. Sep 14, 2005
cells.irvine.univ.united.methodist.cellcross.cingular.20050914.P9140041.jpg
Sending Out The Word638 viewsCamo site in Irvine, California, originally built by AT&T Wireless.Sep 14, 2005
cells.newportbeach.flag.20050914.P9140051.jpg
YA_P Site527 viewsYet another ____ pole site. This one in Newport Beach, California.Sep 14, 2005
cells.irvine.tmobile.usagas.flag.20050914.P9140046.jpg
It's a Gas!492 viewsUSA Gas in Irvine, California sports this nifty T-Mobile flag site. Cingular has a proposal to change out the flagpole for a dual-carrier flagpole.Sep 14, 2005
cells.irvine.tmobile.usagas.flag.20050914.P9140049.jpg
It's a Gas!592 viewsUSA Gas station in Irvine, California. This flagpole is operated by T-Mobile. Cingular would like to change it out for a dual-carrier flagpole.Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130075.jpg
BTS Equipment Behind Mounment Sign483 viewsCloseup of the equipment behind the monument entry sign at CLU.Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130074.jpg
BTS Equipment Behind Mounment Sign467 viewsCloseup of the equipment behind the monument entry sign at CLU.Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130073.jpg
BTS Equipment Behind Monument Sign457 viewsAt California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. The antennas are in the radome atop the parking lot lights (seen in this background right of this photo), and the BTS equipment is behind the monument entry sign.Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130070.jpg
BTS Equipment Behind Monument Sign437 viewsAt California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. The antennas are in the radome atop the parking lot lights (not seen in this photo), and the BTS equipment is in the background behind the monument entry sign.
Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130068.jpg
Cingular Camo Light Standard544 viewsAt California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. The antennas are in the radome atop the parking lot lights, and the BTS equipment is in the background behind the monument entry sign.Sep 14, 2005
cells.clu.toaks.cingular.20050913.P9130067.jpg
Cingular Camo Light Standard556 viewsAt California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. The antennas are in the radome atop the parking lot lights, and the BTS equipment is in the background behind the monument entry sign.Sep 14, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.westface.20050910.P9100060.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel312 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.
Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.swcornerface.20050910.P9100059.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel245 viewsLooking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo) and on the southwest wall.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.swcorner.20050910.P9100057.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel242 viewsLooking northeast. Close-up of cells on the southwest wall. Notice the loose cables.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.swcorner.20050910.P9100056.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel206 viewsLooking northeast. Cells on the roof (camo) and on the southwest wall.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.secorner.20050910.P9100044.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel225 viewsLooking northwest. Cells on the southeast wall.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.nwcorner.20050910.P9100053.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel246 viewsLooking southwest. Cells on the northwest wall.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.nwcablechase.20050910.P9100054.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel201 viewsCable chase with missing cover on northwest corner. Notice how the cable chase has been built into the corner of the wall. Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.northface.20050910.P9100051.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel219 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center; naked panels on right (west).Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.necorner.gpscells.20050910.P9100052.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel222 viewsLooking south at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box in left center.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.northface.20050910.P9100050.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel214 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.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.necorner.gpscells.20050910.P9100046.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel202 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.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.necorner.gps.20050910.P9100048.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel205 viewsLooking south at north wall. GPS antenna at center.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.necorner.20050910.P9100043.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel190 viewsLooking west at north wall. Corner reflector antennas on the left; camo box to the right of the reflector antennas.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.eastroof.20050910.P9100042.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel233 viewsLooking west at the east roof/face of the hotel. Camo box; microwave dish antennas.Sep 12, 2005
cells.torrance.hilton.eastface.20050910.P9100045.jpg
Multi-carrier Cell Site Cleverly Disguised As An Upscale Hotel218 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.Sep 12, 2005
Inside 1.JPG
Inside the Transmitter Vault553 viewsLooking northwest, this photo shows the air conditioning ports and the entry door.Sep 03, 2005
Inside 2.JPG
View inside the Transmitter Vault488 viewsHere's a view facing southwest inside the equipment vault. The large openings are for air conditioning. The cable conduit entry ports can be seen in the upper-far corner of the same wall. Photo by Bill Cloutier.Sep 03, 2005
Pads.JPG
Cabinet Pads in the Transmitter Vault422 viewsThe raised concrete pads lift the transmitter and air conditioning cabinets off of the floor. That's real handy where water might pool around it, don't ya know! Photo by Bill Cloutier.Sep 03, 2005
cells.lakeelsinore.monopine.20050426.P4260027.jpg
Monopine - Lake Elsinore, California1480 viewsThis monopine has some of the hallmarks of a good design, including very good branch coverage and the use of camouflage antenna panel covers.3 commentsSep 02, 2005
cells.tustin.ca.cingular.front.faux.chimney.20050902.P1010016.jpg
A faux 'faux chimney'641 viewsCingular's faux chimney on the front of a real estate office is lacking the adequate coverage required to truly consider this to be a camouflaged site. Notice the interesting (read: "ugly") cable entry box, and the fact that the panel antenna protrudes above the level of the faux chimney. Not a good design.Sep 02, 2005
cells.tustin.ca.cingular.front.faux.chimney.20050902.P1010019.jpg
Faux 'faux chimney' - A Different Angle421 viewsFrom this angle, Cingular's faux chimney on the front of a real estate office is a good design, but things aren't as they seem. See the view of this faux chimney from the other side to see why its inferior.Sep 02, 2005
cells.tustin.ca.cingular.rear.faux.chimney.20050902.P1010015.jpg
Close-up of a faux 'faux chimney'469 viewsHere's a close-up of Cingular's faux chimney on the rear of a real estate office. Notice how the panel antenna protrudes above the level of the faux chimney. Not good.Sep 02, 2005
cells.tustin.ca.cingular.rear.faux.chimney.20050902.P1010013.jpg
Faux 'faux chimney'444 viewsCingular's faux chimney on the rear of a real estate office is a better design than the front faux chimney, yet this chimney suffers from one of the same faults as the front: the panel antenna protrudes above the level of the faux chimney. Sep 02, 2005
cells.hhughespkway.culvercity.20050902.P1010006.jpg
Parking lot site for a parking lot233 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.Sep 02, 2005
cells.mtso.vzw.orco.warner.20050902.P1010021.jpg
Verizon MTSO Orange County323 viewsThis VZW MTSO (mobile telephone switching office) is in Santa Ana, California. The height of the tower is 60.7 meters AGL.Sep 02, 2005
cells.tustin.ca.cingular.bts.faux.chimney.20050902.P1010011.jpg
Cingular BTS483 viewsThis BTS installation at a Cingular site in Tustin, California is somewhat interesting as it is mounted between two buildings. The faux chimney antenna sites at this location are detailed in other photographs.Sep 02, 2005
kmlt.20050831.panorama.P1010007.jpg
KMLT Panorama - Almost Done392 viewsThe site is nearly complete. Transmitter vault awaits a final hatch assembly.Aug 31, 2005
kmlt.20050831.panorama.P1010023.jpg
KMLT Panorama - Almost Done396 viewsThe site is nearly complete. Transmitter vault awaits a final hatch assembly.Aug 31, 2005
kmlt.20050831.hatch.P1010015.jpg
KMLT Transmitter Vault Hatch...almost497 viewsThe site will awaits a metal hatch for the transmitter vault to complete the site security.Aug 31, 2005
kmlt.20050831.ant.P1010011.jpg
KMLT Antenna and Support539 viewsThe steel pole supporting the antenna is now painted blue to help it blend into the sky background.1 commentsAug 31, 2005
kmlt.20050831.ant.P1010010.jpg
KMLT Antenna and Support437 viewsThe steel pole supporting the antenna is now painted blue to help it blend into the sky background.Aug 31, 2005
cells.sm.montana.15thSt.20050827.P1010004.jpg
A "Sort-a-flaged" Site (Close-up)475 viewsIt's hard to hide in plain sight when the plain site is not well hidden. Thanks to Larry Thomas for identifying this as a Sprint site.Aug 27, 2005
cells.sm.montana.15thSt.20050827.P1010007.jpg
A "Sort-a-flaged" Site454 viewsLearning the techniques...and the results...of planning wireless sites can be demonstrated by this site. This result serves as a sound basis to continue to upgrade the camouflage techniques that are applied to projects of this type. Optimally, Sprint's BTS cabinet would not be visible, and the RF transparent panels would be incorporated into a rooftop treatment that doesn't call attention to itself. Thanks to Larry Thomas for identifying this as a Sprint site.Aug 27, 2005
cells.mesa.az.hol-inn.countryclub.cricket.20050823.P1010128.jpg
Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ299 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.Aug 24, 2005
cells.mesa.az.hol-inn.countryclub.cricket.20050823.P1010127.jpg
Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ237 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.Aug 24, 2005
cells.mesa.az.hol-inn.countryclub.cricket.20050823.P1010125.jpg
Uninspired Cricket Wireless Site in Mesa, AZ255 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.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.shea.P1010048.jpg
370 viewsClose up of the Fountain Hills three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.shea.P1010043.jpg
I'll Turn Left on a Green Sector...308 viewsFountain Hills area of greater Phoenix. A three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdale.shea.lmu.20050823.P1010092.jpg
Great Scott!359 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notice the LMU antenna mounted at the top. Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdale.shea.lmu.20050823.P1010090.jpg
Great Scott!254 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdale.shea.20050823.P1010089.jpg
Great Scott! (Even more)268 viewsYet another example of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdale.shea.20050823.P1010083.jpg
Great Scott! (Some more)468 viewsThis close-up view shows a very stylish use of an iron sculpture to provide an interesting surround to a cell site BTS.3 commentsAug 24, 2005
cells.az.mesa.crowncastle.colo.broadway.20050823.P1010109.jpg
A Crown Castle Site in Mesa, Arizona350 viewsBig iron in Mesa. A Crown Castle site on Broadway near Country Club.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdale.shea.20050823.P1010082.jpg
Great Scott!468 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 commentsAug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.detail.20050823.P1010031.jpg
It's a WHAT?!767 viewsYes, this is a cellular cactus. Located in Fountain Hills, Arizona, this outstanding cactus site was constructed by Larson-USA (http://www.utilitycamo.com/). Look at the other pictures of this, and other Larson designs in this gallery to see how good it gets.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010040.jpg
Yup. It's a cell site!590 viewsFountain Hills, Arizona. Camo design manufactured by Larson-USA (utilitycamo.com). Look at the other cactus photos in this gallery.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010039.jpg
Cellular Cactus480 viewsFountain Hills, Arizona. Camo design manufactured by Larson-USA (utilitycamo.com). Look at the other cactus photos in this gallery.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010038.jpg
Saguaro Sends Signals Silently621 viewsFountain Hills, Arizona. Camo design manufactured by Larson-USA (utilitycamo.com). Cingular's BTS equipment is located in the fenced area in the left side of the photo. The cactus is up a small rise.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010037.jpg
Saguaro Rocks!466 viewsYet another photo of Larson-USA's Fountain Hills, Arizona site for Cingular.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010026.jpg
Okay, so what's with the Rock?720 viewsThe faux rock on the left, bottom of the cell cactus hides the cable entry into the Saguaro cactus design. It blends in quite nicely. Larson-USA design.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010021.jpg
Hollow Rock?522 viewsAnother view of the faux rock on the left, bottom of the cell cactus. The rock hides the cable entry into the Saguaro cactus design. Larson-USA design.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010016.jpg
Faux Cactus, Faux Rock975 viewsThe faux rock on the bottom center of the cell cactus hides the cable entry into the Saguaro cactus design. Larson-USA design.Aug 24, 2005
cells.fountainhills.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010017.jpg
Bolts Holding Down Cactus?!1096 viewsThis detail show shows how the faux cactus is bolted to the concrete pad. The faux rock hiding the coaxial cables can be seen at the rear of the cactus. Larson-USA design. www.utilitycamo.comAug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010076.jpg
Two Cacti Site - Eagle Mountain Golf Course and Inn826 viewsHere are two more cellular cacti, both manufactured by Larson-USA (utilitycamo.com). The landscaping at this site is nothing less than outstanding. It's very difficult to photograph either of the cacti in a full frame given the landscaping. If you didn't know it was there...you wouldn't know it was there! Way to go, Sprint!3 commentsAug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010073.jpg
Two Cacti Site - Eagle Mountain Golf Course and Inn454 viewsSprint's site, designed by Larson-USA, is an outstanding deployment.Aug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010068.jpg
Looking at Eagles437 viewsAn off-site view of Larson-USA's two cactus design at the Eagle Mountain Inn in Arizona.Aug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010065.jpg
Looking at Eagles408 viewsAn off-site view of Larson-USA's two cactus design at the Eagle Mountain Inn in Arizona.Aug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010062.jpg
Eagle Mountain Cellular Cactus495 viewsEagle Mountain Inn, Arizona. Design by Larson-USA. It's an outstanding Sprint site.Aug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010053.jpg
Sprint's Eagle Mountain Inn Site Equipment Enclosure632 viewsNotice how Sprint has placed its equipment enclosure partially underground and colored it to match the surrounding area. Yet another reason why this is an outstanding site. (I do wish they had painted the GPS antenna, or placed it flush to the top of the roof fence.Aug 24, 2005
cells.eaglemountain.shea.larson_cactus.20050823.P1010058.jpg
Close-up of Cellular Cactus1736 viewsAt Eagle Mountain Inn, Arizona. Manufactured by Larson-USA (utilitycamo.com), and operated by Sprint.1 commentsAug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdaleranchcommunityctr.sprint.20050823.P1010098.jpg
Proud Waves From Sprint (3 of 3)569 viewsA wide-shot view of Sprint's Scottsdale Ranch flagpoles site.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdaleranchcommunityctr.sprint.20050823.P1010100.jpg
Proud Waves From Sprint (2 of 3)464 viewsSprint's installation at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center features two flagpoles in a nicely landscaped area adjacent to a lake. Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.scottsdaleranchcommunityctr.sprint.20050823.P1010094.jpg
Proud Waves From Sprint (1 of 3)504 viewsSprint has created this very nice flagpole site at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Note that each flagpole has a light illuminating the other flagpole's flag. The flags are in good condition. The equipment enclosure is the right in the photo (look for the GPS antenna). Points to Sprint for this design, save for the visible GPS antenna which should have been hidden.Aug 24, 2005
cells.az.fountainhills.nextel.shea.20050823.P1010010.jpg
Making calls in Comfort478 viewsNextel invites you to make calls via its camo site atop this Comfort Inn in Fountain Hills, ArizonaAug 24, 2005
carson.aat.flagpole.i405.P8200013.jpg
Camo ____ Pole Site929 viewsThis ____ pole site is owned by AAT Communications Corp. It's been quite a while since a ____ has flown on this ____ pole. It sure would look better if a ____ were flying here, wouldn't you agree? Gosh, I'd even be willing to bet a nickel that a ____ was featured in the design as approved by the city.Aug 20, 2005
cells.carson.honda.cellpalm.cingular.P8200005.jpg
Low Mileage Monopalm550 viewsHere's a better-than-average Cingular monopalm installation. What makes it better than average? The more-than-usual number of palm fronds that provide better cover for the panels.Aug 20, 2005
cells.carson.sidesaddle.microwave.P8200015.jpg
Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation422 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 commentsAug 20, 2005
cells.carson.sidesaddle.microwave.P8200017.jpg
Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation306 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.Aug 20, 2005
cells.sfo.adminbldg.P8160038.jpg
SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building351 viewsYup. There's the panel antenna.Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.adminbldg.P8160037.jpg
SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building252 viewsCan you spot the single panel? There's a matching panel just off the photo to the right. Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.superbay.P8160034.jpg
SFO Airport - Superbay Hanger240 viewsThe cell antennas are mounted on the roof of the Superbay hanger in the top center of the photograph. Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.rental.center.P8160016.jpg
SFO Airport - Rental Car Center239 views...as seen from the rental car shuttle train heading away from the building.Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.parkingE.P8160041.jpg
SFO Airport209 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.Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.parkingE.P8160040.jpg
SFO Airport221 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).Aug 18, 2005
cells.sfo.parkingE.P8160039.jpg
SFO Airport203 viewsThere are multiple sites atop the elevator penthouses in the center parking lot of SFO airport. This photo is an example.Aug 18, 2005
cells.pge.tower.redwoodcity.edgewood.P8150011.jpg
One Well-Placed PG&E Transmission Tower243 viewsPG&E sure scored locating this tower near the I280 freeway adjacent to Redwood City, California. Lots of carriers (4), lots of income.Aug 18, 2005
cells.philly.comcast.headend.P8110045.jpg
Cable TV Headend Cell Site271 viewsOne of Comcast's cable television headend towers in the Philadelphia area supports cell panel antennas.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philadelphia.pwrpole.P8110080.jpg
Power Transmission Tower Site258 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.phil.pa.watertank.P811077.jpg
Elevated Water Tank Cell Site353 viewsArtwork adorns this 4-level multi-carrier water tank site near Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.downtown.philadelphia.200508.p8110105.jpg
Multiple Carriers - Rooftops220 views...in downtown Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.downtown.philadelphia.200508.p8110104.jpg
Multiple Carriers - Rooftops212 views...in downtown Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.smokestack.philadelphia.200508.P8110102.jpg
Smokestack Cell Site220 viewsMulti-carrier smokestack cell site in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.vahosp.P8110088.jpg
Multiple carriers on the roof of the VA Hospital in Philadelphia212 viewsRooftop installation on the VA Hospital in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.sign.P8120044.jpg
Cellular Billboard Sign270 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.sign.P8120030.jpg
Cellular Billboard Sign313 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.peco.yard.P8120028.jpg
Power Transmission Tower Site260 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.P8120041.jpg
Rooftop Cells - Close up200 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.P8120040.jpg
Rooftop Cells196 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.philly.P8120037.jpg
Rooftop Cells226 viewsSpotted in Philadelphia.Aug 14, 2005
cells.chinohills.camo.people.entry.P8090007.jpg
Water tank - Personnel Entry Point570 viewsHere's an "underside looking up" view of the personnel entry port to the tank. Notice the fold-down rail ladder system. Gordon Ranch shopping center in Chino Hills, CA.1 commentsAug 14, 2005
cells.chinohills.camo.P8090001.jpg
Water Tank632 viewsIn a shopping center in Chino Hills, California1 commentsAug 14, 2005
cells.chinohills.camo.P8090004.jpg
Water Tank548 viewsThis faux water tank houses a cell site. This site is located in Chino Hills, California. The tank was constructed to match a non-cell tank at a different location in the shopping center. Quite a nice design.

There's another photo of this site back in the gallery provided by the manufacturer, Peabody Engineering.
Aug 14, 2005
cells.shoppingcenter.P8090017.jpg
Cell Pine - Overview475 viewsHere's an overview photo of a cell pine (monopine) standing alone in a shopping center in Walnut, California. Aug 13, 2005
cells.shoppingcenter.P8090021.jpg
Cell Pine912 viewsHere's a good merged image photo close-up of a cell pine (monopine) in Walnut, California. Notice the large 'acorn' (microwave dish antenna) that's front and center on the trunk. In most case in metro areas, the purpose of having a microwave dish is (1) to provide back-haul from the cell site to the mobile telephone switching office (MTSO), and (2) to save the cost of leasing data lines from the local phone company. The first purpose is required; the second should not be considered a valid justification in most metro cases.

Also notice that most--but not all--of the panel antennas have slip-on camouflage covers. This photo highlights the significant difference in appearance between covered and merely painted panels.

The bark cladding stops at about the level of the microwave dish. It should have gone all the way to the top as you can see the flat, more reflective metal surface above the cladding.
Aug 13, 2005
cells.shoppingcenter.P8090029.jpg
Cell Pine Cable Port466 viewsConsider this a shot of the roots of the cell pine. Actually, it's one of two cable ports on the side of our little tree.Aug 13, 2005
cells.shoppingcenter.branchattachment.P8090026.jpg
Cell Pine Branch Attachment564 viewsThis close-up shows how the branch attachments occur on this cell pine tree.Aug 13, 2005
cells.glendale.3flags.coversoff.200507.P1010060.jpg
Naked Cellular/PCS Flagpole!631 viewsThis is actually three photos stitched together to show the three-flagpole site in great detail. The center flagpole is an AT&T (now Cingular) Wireless site in Los Angeles, California. AT&T shares this site with Verizon and Nextel. The flagpole is 85' tall and 25" in diameter. It's manufactured by Chameleon Engineering.1 commentsJul 21, 2005
cells.glendale.3flags.coversoff.200507.P1010049.jpg
Naked Cellular/PCS Flagpole!591 viewsAll three flagpoles in this photo are really cell towers. The center flagpole is a AT&T Wireless site in Los Angeles, California. AT&T (Cingular) shares this site with Verizon and Nextel. The flagpole is 85' tall and 25" in diameter. It's manufactured by Chameleon Engineering.Jul 21, 2005
cells.glendale.3flags.coversoff-closeup.200507.P1010057.jpg
Close-up of a cellular/PCS flagpole without the covers4460 viewsThis is a close-up shot of how antennas are stacked in a faux flagpole. All three flagpoles in this photo are really cell towers. The center flagpole is an AT&T Wireless (now Cingular) site in Los Angeles, California. Verizon shares this site with Verizon and Nextel. The flagpole is 85' tall and 25" in diameter. It's manufactured by Chameleon Engineering.2 commentsJul 21, 2005
cells.glendale.3flags.3covers.200507.P1010065.jpg
Hint: It's Not Canneroni498 viewsThese are three section covers of a faux flagpole barely in the City of Los Angeles, California. They're off while Cingular works on its antennas (see the photos in this gallery).Jul 21, 2005
cells.glendale.3flags.3covers.200507.P1010066.jpg
Hint: It's Not Canneroni2077 viewsThese are three section covers of a faux flagpole barely in the City of Los Angeles, California. They're off while Verizon's works on its antennas (see the photos in this gallery).Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.cingular.omni.roofedgemount.200507.P1010034.jpg
AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site264 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. Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.cingular.omni.roofedgemount.200507.P1010033.jpg
AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site246 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. Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.cingular.omni.equip.200507.P1010041.jpg
AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site326 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.Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.cingular.omni.200507.P1010048.jpg
AT&T Wireless (Cingular) Omni Site258 viewsAT&T Wireless built this dual band cellular/PCS site in West Los Angeles adjacent to a large regional mall and a busy intersection.Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.sprint.camo.ant.elev.penthouse.200507.P1010045.jpg
Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site503 viewsYet another view of Sprint's faux penthouse site on the top of the elevator. Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.sprint.camo.ant.elev.penthouse.200507.P1010042.jpg
Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site435 viewsA good detail shot of Sprint's antennas located in a faux elevator penthouse.Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.sprint.camo.ant.elev.penthouse.200507.P1010039.jpg
Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site578 viewsLooking at another side of Sprint's faux elevator penthouse, it's clear to see that this site is in need of some demand maintenance. The RF transparent panels are falling off.1 commentsJul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.sprint.camo.200507.P1010047.jpg
Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site428 viewsIn West Los Angeles, Sprint's antennas are located in a faux elevator penthouse, and the base telecommunications station equipment is in the foreground on the left side.Jul 21, 2005
cells.westsidepavil.sprint.camo.200507.P1010029.jpg
Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site477 viewsIn West Los Angeles, Sprint's antennas are located in a faux elevator penthouse, and the base telecommunications station equipment is in the foreground on the left side. If you look closely on the top of the parapet you'll see a pair of AT&T Wireless (now Cingular) omnidirectional antennas. Those antennas are featured elsewhere in this gallery.Jul 21, 2005
cells.wla.almostcamo.200507.P1010007.jpg
Well, it's mostly a camo site!928 viewsNotice how the panel antennas peek over the top of the faux-whatcha-ma-call-it. This is possibly due to an antenna change out that didn't consider (or perhaps care) about the length of the new antenna.

Not a good design.
1 commentsJul 21, 2005
cells.lake.elsnr.tree.20050713.P7130011.jpg
Overlooking Lake Elsinore, California (View 2 of 2)768 viewsA close up view of a Sprint site in Riverside County above Lake Elsinore, California (thanks to Larry for the update!).1 commentsJul 14, 2005
cells.lake.elsnr.tree.20050713.P7130012.jpg
Overlooking Lake Elsinore, California (View 1 of 2)642 views...with this monopine antenna. Note the equipment located down the hill from the private home. This is a Sprint site that's actually located in Riverside County (thanks, Larry!).2 commentsJul 14, 2005
cells.405.lax.parkinglot.20050714.P7140003.jpg
Parking the Signal291 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.Jul 14, 2005
cells.church.so.central.LA.20050629.P6290010.jpg
Church Bell Tower With External Antennas283 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.Jun 30, 2005
cells.multi.chicohills.20050629.P6290032.jpg
It's a Barrel...It's a Tank...It's...well....a Multicarrier site551 viewsThis interesting multicarrier site has the antennas on the outside of the tank structure. Chino Hills, California. Note, the cattle at the top of the hill are real.Jun 30, 2005
cells.nextel.so.central.LA.20050629.P6290001.jpg
An Odd Cell Palm653 viewsThis Nextel cell palm sports an unusual gap between the bottom of the palm fronds and the growth pod. In fact, it appears to be green! How unusual.1 commentsJun 30, 2005
cells.temecula.cingular.mcdonalds.flag.replaced.20050608.P6080021.jpg
It's a Grand Old Flag...Again572 viewsHere's an updated photo showing the new (not torn) American Flag at this Cingular flagpole cell site.Jun 09, 2005
cells.temecula.cingular.mcdonalds.flag.replaced.20050608.P6080022.jpg
It's a Grand Old Flag...Again489 viewsCingular has replaced the old, torn US Flag with this fine one. The code inspector in this community had a chat with Cingular to let them know that the old, Old Glory was a bit too old (and torn). Look further down in this gallery to see the sad 'before' photo.Jun 09, 2005
cells.spectrasite.20050608.P6080004.jpg
Spectrasite Co-Lo Multisector at Different Levels421 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 commentsJun 09, 2005
cells.usmc.sd.att.nextel.20050608.P6080050.jpg
Is that an AIRCRAFT warning light on the tree?699 viewsHere's another view of the Nextel/AT&T Wireless Co-Lo site on USMC property in San Diego. This angle shows the microwave antenna used for backhaul purposes.

Notice how the bark cladding ends at the level of the lowest branches. Modern design (and permit conditions) would have the cladding extend to the top of the tree. Modern design would also extend the branches closer to the ground, and would provide for significantly greater branch coverage. Finally, modern design would also provide for camouflage covers on each of the antennas, and better treatment of the microwave radome.
1 commentsJun 09, 2005
cells.usmc.sd.att.nextel.20050608.P6080047.jpg
Is that an AIRCRAFT warning light on the tree?609 viewsThis Nextel site on USMC property in San Diego is already depicted in the gallery, but it's time to revisit is as Cingular is in the process of adding 12 antennas. The lift used to get workers 'up into the tree' is shown in the foreground.1 commentsJun 09, 2005
cells.verizonmtsosandiego.39.6metersTall.20050608.P6080042.jpg
Verizon MTSO San Diego 2 of 2541 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.Jun 09, 2005
cells.verizonmtsosandiego.39.6metersTall.20050608.P6080041.jpg
Verizon MTSO San Diego 1 of 2308 viewsThis photo shows Verizon's Mobile Telephone Switching Office and tower in San Diego, California.Jun 09, 2005
cells.attw.sprint.saltcreek.lighthouse.20050608.P6080061.jpg
Illuminating the Way 2 of 2536 viewsThis 'lighthouse' supports an AT&T Wireless and Sprint co-lo site in Dana Point, California, just adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Notice the antennas on the railing at the top, and the equipment room at the base.Jun 09, 2005
2931 files on 20 page(s) 17