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Sprint Omni Site98 viewsTwo on an Arm legacy Sprint site in Los Angeles
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Sprint Omni Site120 viewsSprint's underground equipment vault
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Sprint Omni Site96 viewsTwo on an Arm legacy Sprint site in Los Angeles
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Sprint Omni Site94 viewsTwo baby-vents for Sprint's equipment vault.
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Monopoles at Apache Junction, AZ City Hall Campus205 viewsMonopoles at Apache Junction, AZ City Hall Campus
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Power on the Tower158 viewsAn AT&T site on a SCE transmission tower in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Cricket has the Power in Santa Fe83 viewsCricket has the Power in Santa Fe
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Cricket has the Power in Santa Fe93 viewsCricket has the Power in Santa Fe
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Just One Element Would Have Made This...961 views...a great camo site. In December 2009 I photographed this Santa Fe, New Mexico site and made an animated GIF showing what could have been done to hide the antenna. I wasn't happy with the base photo, so I want back in December 2010 and shot a better base photo. This animated GIF shows far more clearly what might have been added to effectively camo this church site.
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106 viewsThis is a very, very tall self-supporting lattice tower site, owned by American Tower, in Espanola, New Mexico.
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Powering Up Santa Fe185 viewsT-Mobile occupies the top of this power transmission pole near the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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So, it works in orange, too!402 viewsThis is a Clearwire site near the Portland, Oregon airport (PDX). Sites near airports are sometimes required to be painted with aviation orange and while to make them more visible to pilots. Clearly seen in this photo are Clearwire's on panel-per-sector deployment for serving the customers in the area, and two backhaul microwave antennas to link this site to other site, and on to the Clearwire POP ("point of presence") connecting to the Internet.
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Camo Clock Tower in Mission Viejo, California1660 viewsA very tasteful clock tower cell site in Mission Viejo, California.
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Good signal track(ing)814 viewsThis is the multi-carrier radio tower at the Irvine, California AMTRAK station.
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Good signal track(ing)714 viewsThis is the multi-carrier radio tower at the Irvine, California AMTRAK station.
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DAS Outboard on Power Meter Cabinet594 viewsOverview of a Cingular (now AT&T) DAS site in Rolling Hills Estates, California.
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Das da ticket!342 viewsAT&T uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to light this site on Valley Circle in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). The DAS node, manufactured by Andrew Corporation, is the small box affixed to the larger power meter pedestal cabinet.
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Das da ticket!293 viewsAT&T uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to light this site on Valley Circle in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). The DAS node, manufactured by Andrew Corporation, is the small box affixed to the larger power meter pedestal cabinet. Notice that the node is not directly affixed, but is held via stand-offs.
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Das da ticket!271 viewsAT&T uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to light this site on Valley Circle in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). The DAS node, manufactured by Andrew Corporation, is the small box affixed to the larger power meter pedestal cabinet.
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Das da ticket!274 viewsAT&T uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to light this site on Valley Circle in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). The DAS node, manufactured by Andrew Corporation, is the small box affixed to the larger power meter pedestal cabinet.
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Das da ticket!417 viewsA close up of the AT&T Wireless DAS antennas. Note several things:

First, the RF warning sign is on the rear of the antenna, where is cannot be seen by someone approaching the antenna. This is not consistent with the FCC RF safety requirements.

Second, these are dual band antennas. In the far antenna, the cellular band antenna feed is on the right; the PCS band feed is on the left.
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Das da ticket!384 viewsAT&T uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to light this site on Valley Circle in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). The DAS node, manufactured by Andrew Corporation, is the small box affixed to the larger power meter pedestal cabinet.
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BTS cabinets during installation - Cable ladder rack680 viewsThis is a photo of the BTS (Base Telecommunications Station) cabinets during installation. Notice the cable ladder rack connecting the BTS cabinets to the trunk of the tree. The coaxial cables will be lashed to this ladder for physical support.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm510 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm532 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm490 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm468 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm442 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Yerba Buena Island Site Serving the Oakland Bay Bridge331 viewsFrom July, 2001: This multicarrier site is pumping RF along the upper and lower spans of the Oakland Bay Bridge. Located on Yerba Buena Island (on the south side of the spans), this is an interesting configuration, employing "tip-to-tip" construction.

June 2008: This site no long exists. It has been removed to make way for construction of the new Bay Bridge connection to Yerba Buena Island. -jlk
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Sprint's COW Information Sign: Rose Bowl 2006500 viewsThis is the site information sign for Sprint's COW at the 2006 Rose Bowl Game.
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The Transit Mixer has Arrived...315 views...so let the pouring begin!
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Light Standard Under Construction267 viewsThe double arms of this light standard, and the radome containing the antennas above the arms are yet to be placed.
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Not part of an underground water river...332 viewsThe water bottle is not part of the CEV.
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CEV ready for concrete pour259 viewsJust waiting on the transit mixer to show up.
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Nearly time for the 'crete!230 viewsWorkers preparing the CEV for the concrete pour.
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Don't worry...the ladder will be removed before the concrete is poured.281 viewsWorkers preping the CEV for the concrete pour. The large holes are to connect to what will be intake and outflow air vents yet to be installed.
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Cable route in/out of the CEV252 viewsThis trench will house the power and telephone cable conduits into and out of the CEV, as well as the coaxial cables to the base of the light standard.
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Looking at the rear of the CEV.246 viewsA good shot of the base and read of the CEV dig hole.
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Light Standard Under Construction325 viewsThe double arms of this light standard, and the radome containing the antennas above the arms are yet to be placed. The light standard is located in the greenbelt median of the roadway.
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Verizon CEV installation in Irvine, California358 views
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Verizon CEV installation in Irvine, California436 viewsWorkers preping the CEV for the concrete pour.
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node604 viewsNextG's DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. The DAS equipment manufacturer is Andrew Corporation. This DAS node is a member of Andrew's ION ("Intelligent Optical Network") line of products. The cover at the top of the DAS housing covers a cooling fan.

Under SDG&E rules, this site does not consume enough power to require a power meter; merely a breaker box (located to the right of the DAS node).
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Camo Site at Gas Station506 viewsVerizon Wireless is in the far tower of this gas station on the road to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The site is in Valley, Arizona.
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Central Sedona Arizona267 viewsThis multicarrier site is located at Fire Station 4 in Sedona, Arizona.
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Central Sedona Arizona241 viewsLocated at Fire Station 4 in Sedona, Arizona, this multicarrier site has an attractive backdrop.
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Shelling out some signal633 viewsNextel's antennas are affixed below the gas station sign at this site in Henderson, Nevada.
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Using Microwaves to Cook the Food?611 viewsThis site's antennas are painted to match the McDonalds barrel sign at the Barstow Station, Barstow California.
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Can You Fry Me Now?617 viewsThis site's antennas are painted to match the McDonalds barrel sign at the Barstow Station, Barstow California.
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Camo LUG on Apartment Building424 viewsThis LUG (generator socket) is installed on an apartment building in El Segundo, California, overlooks Los Angeles International Airport.
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Nextel Near the L.A. Convention Center500 viewsNextel's equipment is located inside this building west of the L.A. Convention Center. The building design is quite interesting, eh? Sprint and Cingular and co-located at this site. Sprint's antenna support is like Nextel's (only it has a fresh coat of paint), and Cingular uses a mono-bore tower here.
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A Stylish Sprint Design488 viewsJust west of the the L.A. Convention Center you'll find this interesting antenna support. While the antennas are external to the dedicated structure, quite a bit of thought went into the design. Linda Paul (now with T-Mobile) has provided additional information about this site, and I have to tell you that the more I see it, the more I like it!
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Sprint Together With Nextel...659 views...have the two unusual antenna supports at this site, located west of the L.A. Convention Center. Cingular is here, too, with a mono-bore tower off the photo to the right. Gee, that Nextel tower could sure use a fresh coat of paint, do you agree?
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A Sign of the T-Mobile Times434 viewsThis furniture store sign supports T-Mobile's sectorized antennas. National City, California (south of San Diego). The furniture store is out of business.
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A Sign of the T-Mobile Times333 viewsThis furniture store sign supports T-Mobile's sectorized antennas. National City, California (south of San Diego). The furniture store is out of business.
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A Thoughtful Monopalm558 viewsThe business end of this two-carrier monopalm at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church school in Palm Desert, California. Notice that there are no antenna arms at top of the tree structure. Cool.

Thanks to Rienk Ayers of Chameleon Engineering for updating me regarding the site. Chameleon's tag line works: "the Best is Hard to Find."
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Certainly-a-Monopalm503 viewsHere's an overview of the very active monopalm surrounded by live palm and broadleaf trees. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California.

Thanks to Rienk Ayers of Chameleon Engineering for updating me regarding the site. Chameleon's tag line works: "the Best is Hard to Find."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Inside the Transmitter Vault473 viewsLooking northwest, this photo shows the air conditioning ports and the entry door.
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View inside the Transmitter Vault408 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.
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SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building294 viewsYup. There's the panel antenna.
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SFO Airport - Terminal 2/Admin Building201 viewsCan you spot the single panel? There's a matching panel just off the photo to the right.
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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.
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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.
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Power Transmission Tower Site208 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.
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Power Transmission Tower Site210 viewsPECO transmission tower cell site in Philadelphia.
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Hint: It's Not Canneroni430 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).
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Hint: It's Not Canneroni1968 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sprint Camo Elevator Penthouse Site408 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.
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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.
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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.
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Sprint microcell - Omnidirectional pattern231 viewsOne of the secret ways from the San Fernando Valley into West Los Angeles (or is it the other way around) is via Havenhurst Avenue. Sprint's customers know the route, and Sprint's capitalized on it by adding this omni site to cover the commuters.
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Sprint microcell - Omnidirectional pattern237 viewsOne of the secret ways from the San Fernando Valley into West Los Angeles (or is it the other way around) is via Havenhurst Avenue. Sprint's customers know the route, and Sprint's capitalized on it by adding this omni site to cover the commuters.
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Cingular underground cell site equipment989 viewsThe BTS equipment vault, in the foreground, serves a Cingular's light standard microcell. The green pedestal houses the power company meter, and is subject to removal if the power company allows unmetered or remotely metered service sometime in the future.
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Wireless site on a major transmission tower, Irvine, CA223 viewsUtilizing the powerline ROW, this wireless site makes use of a transmission tower. If you enlarge the photograph, you'll see another wireless site on the pole behind this one.
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Close-up of transmission tower wireless installation, Irvine, CA194 viewsUtilizing the powerline ROW, this wireless site makes use of a power transmission tower.
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A cell site on a power transmission monopole237 viewsIn Thousand Oaks, California. Note that the BTS equipment is underground.
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Cell Pine under construction - Close up849 viewsHere's a close-up of the branch attachment pegs for this cell pine. Notice how well the cables, seen at the very top of the photograph, are hidden by the branches. Also, notice the faux pine needle cover on the antenna to the right of the trunk. A good job by American Tower.
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Cell Pine under construction696 viewsThe branch attachment pegs are visible in this photograph. Note the relatively random layout of the pegs, and the fairly good coverage of the antennas at the top. This is an American Tower site in California.
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Installing a cell palm722 viewsI snapped this photograph during the installation of this cell palm tree along the I-405 in the pass connecting the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.
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Guess which puts out more power?399 viewsThis is a massive power transmission tower that supports two different carriers. Yeah, the tower's REALLY that big.
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Co-location cell sites on paired power transmission towers284 viewsThis is an example of co-location sites on adjacent power transmission towers.

Notice that the antenna panels and cables were not required to be painted to match the towers. Painting those elements would have positively impacted the result.
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External co-location monopole286 viewsOne way a co-location wireless site is created is by externally-mounting the cables and antennas to an existing monopole. This example shows what can happen when the added cables are not covered or otherwise specified to minimize visual impact.

The carriers at this site are Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless (now Cingular Wireless).
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Co-location cell site - sectorized and omnidirectional290 viewsA single monopole tower can support one or more sectorized carriers. The lower carrier does not use diversity reception (two receive antennas spaced so as to better receive lower power mobile handsets). The upper carrier does use diversity. Usually, in diversity configurations, the two receive antennas are on the outsides of the sector, and the transmit antenna is located inside, adjacent to one of the receive antennas.
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Hot zone? What hot zone?502 viewsThis roof-top site (now removed) used cheezy plastic safety cones with pasted-on warning signs to alleged mark the edge of the general population/uncontrolled RF zone. Note the two cones at rear-right that have blown over. A very effective warning technique, eh?
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PGE Transmission Tower Cell Site273 viewsSpotted in Walnut Creek, California: A cell site mounted atop a PGE transmission tower.
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Cell site crowning a power transmission tower360 viewsThis cell site, in Walnut Creek, California, is atop a PG&E power transmission tower.
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Short Flag Pole1044 viewsUS/Mexican Relations.
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Wireless sites on power transmission towers464 viewsA new trend to install wireless antenna arrays on high voltage power transmission towers. These new co-location sites are gaining popularity due their preexisting right of ways and available height.
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Multipurpose monopole405 viewsThis tall monopole belonging to a Southern California radio station is occupied at several levels by various communications services.
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Cell site on power transmission pole348 viewsThis site in located in British Columbia, Canada.
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Cell site on power transmission pole414 viewsThis site in located in British Columbia, Canada.
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