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Who left the door open?263 viewsA mono-obelisk in Irvine, California
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Multi-carrier Monopole Site176 viewsMulti-carrier Monopole Site in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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AT&T's Upgraded Tree at Camp Pendleton Rest Stop361 viewsAT&T has just upgraded this monopine site to 4G and materially improved the camouflage. Much better than before. N/B I-5 at the rest stop.
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AT&T's Upgraded Tree at Camp Pendleton Rest Stop363 viewsAT&T has just upgraded this monopine site to 4G and materially improved the camouflage. Much better than before. N/B I-5 at the rest stop. Note the camo around the microwave antenna.
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Monopoles at Apache Junction, AZ City Hall Campus354 viewsMonopoles at Apache Junction, AZ City Hall Campus
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Sprint Monopole in Lebec, California600 viewsSite is controlled by TowerCo (soon to be SBC).
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A Pair of Monopoles in Gorman, California250 viewsAt the northern end of Los Angeles County along I-5.
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YMCA Monopole585 viewsA shorty monopole site at a YMCA camp in Thousand Oaks, California.
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T-Mobile Flagpole Site668 viewsBig pole; big flag.
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Rocket South of Santa Fe on I-25329 viewsOne of the worst located sites I have ever run across.
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Santa Fe Country Club250 viewsMono-Golfball Screen
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Santa Fe Country Club232 viewsMono-Golfball Screen
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Santa Fe Country Club254 viewsMono-Golfball Screen
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Santa Fe Country Club253 views
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Catch a Dream With This Site223 viewsLocated ajacent to the "Dreamcatcher Cinema" in Espanola, NM, this uni-pole-ish, mon-pole-ish site is owned by TowerCo.
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Mono Eucalyptus Antennas1443 viewsThe antennas atop a mono-eucalyptus in Oceanside, California. American Tower should spend a bit of time fixing the antenna covers.
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A Terrible Missile Rises Over the New Mexico Horizon288 viewsThis is a monster of a visible site. It stands 150 feet tall and is located on the I25 Frontage Road east of County Road 57 south of Santa Fe, NM. There is another photo in this gallery showing just how awful this site is from afar.
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A Terrible Missile Rises Over the New Mexico Horizon263 viewsThis is a monster of a visible site. It stands 150 feet tall and is located on the I25 Frontage Road east of County Road 57 south of Santa Fe, NM. There is another photo in this gallery showing just how awful this site is from close-up.
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A Terrible Missile Rises Over the New Mexico Horizon265 viewsThis is a monster of a visible site. It stands 150 feet tall and is located on the I25 Frontage Road east of County Road 57 south of Santa Fe, NM. There is another photo in this gallery showing just how awful this site is from afar.
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It Radiates Near Radiation382 viewsThis is a monopole owned by American Tower located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They work on things there that are better left unspoken (absent a suitable security clearance, that it).
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Tower Towers Over the Santa Fe Plaza270 viewsTowering over the historic Santa Fe Plaza (and just about everything else in the area), this awful pole is about as out of place as a tower can be. So sad. Thanks to Alltel for contributing to the spoiling of the historic Santa Fe Plaza area.
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So-So Sprint Monopine Close-up1124 viewsThis is a close-up of the panel array located at Sprint's monopine, located in Corona, California, is a good example of what happens when the antenna array extends past the branches. Also note the degraded and falling-off panel covers (socks). This site is now managed by TowerCo.
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So-So Sprint Monopine1918 viewsSprint's monopine, located in Corona, California, is a good example of what happens when the antenna array extends past the branches. Also note the degraded and falling-off panel covers (socks). This site is now managed by TowerCo.
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So-So Sprint Monopine1387 viewsSprint's monopine, located in Corona, California, is a good example of what happens when the antenna array extends past the branches. Also note the degraded and falling-off panel covers (socks). This site is now managed by TowerCo.
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Mono-cross927 viewsClose-up of the mono-blah-cross at a Mesa, Arizona church. Notice that the antenna cover at the top is askew.
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Mono-cross1004 viewsTight close-up of the mono-blah-cross at a Mesa, Arizona church. Notice that the antenna cover at the top is askew.
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Mono-Cross in Tempe Arizona753 viewsThis is a fairly blah mono-cross in Tempe, Arizona. Taken late morning.
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Very Large Mono-Cross1060 viewsThe East Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona features a very large mono-cross. This site was constructed by Cingular.
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Very Large Mono-Cross622 viewsThe East Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona features a very large mono-cross. This site was constructed by Cingular.
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Mono(blah)-Palm838 viewsCrown Castle's mono-palm in Mesa, Arizona hosts two carriers. The anchor carrier is Sprint; the other is unknown. A fairly poor design, made worse by the addtion of the panels below the top.
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Mono-Cross in Tempe Arizona612 viewsThis is a fairly blah mono-cross in Tempe, Arizona. Taken mid-afternoon.
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Monorock, Interrupted1063 viewsSprint has demonstrated that it can build very nice monorock sites. This isn't one of those good sites. Too many square edges, and not continued around the back enough to hide the edges from passersby. For an example of how Sprint does this type of design correctly search this site for "Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!"
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Monorock, Interrupted787 viewsRear view of Sprint's Monorock, Interrupted in Murrieta, California.
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Monorock, Interrupted725 viewsInside view of view of Sprint's Monorock, Interrupted in Murrieta, California. Shot from outside the torn-off door of the monorock.
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Monorock, Interrupted849 viewsA pair of monopines in Murrieta, California. The right side monopine has a fairly decent but hardly great design and result given the lack of sufficient branch coverage; the left side monopine is very poorly designed/executed given the antennas extending out beyond the canopy of the branches.
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Monorock, Interrupted883 viewsFront view of Sprint's monrock highlights the poor design that has many sharp edges; is incomplete; and sports a GPS antenna sticking up above the rock. Yuck.
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Monorock, Interrupted721 viewsSide view of Sprint's monrock highlights the poor design that has many sharp edges; is incomplete; and sports a GPS antenna sticking up above the rock. Yuck.
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Monorock, Interrupted694 viewsSide view of Sprint's monrock highlights the poor design that has many sharp edges; is incomplete; and sports a GPS antenna sticking up above the rock. Yuck.
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UCLA? I C LA!497 viewsVerizon's right-of-way microcell monopole site on Hilgard Avenue near Manning just to the east of UCLA. The base station equipment is located underground adjacent to the two vents.
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AT&T Monopine in Santa Fe, NM759 viewsAT&T's monopine site is above the 599 Bypass around Santa Fe, New Mexico (Mutt Nelson road). Note the BTS cabintes are mounted on a raised grill (good for drainage; snow, etc.).
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AT&T Monopine in Santa Fe, NM901 viewsAT&T's monopine site is above the 599 Bypass around Santa Fe, New Mexico (Mutt Nelson road)
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AT&T Monopine in Santa Fe, NM723 viewsAT&T's monopine site is above the 599 Bypass around Santa Fe, New Mexico (Mutt Nelson road). View from SR599.
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Monoblah (Oops...Monopalm)1146 viewsA close-up of the poorly designed antenna configuration at the top of the monopalm located at Chet Holifield Park in Montebello, California.
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Monoblah (Oops...Monopalm)1558 viewsThe design of this monopalm site leave much to be desired, including the use of real bark cladding in lieu of the bark tape applied to the pole. Also, the antennas lack the camouflage of overhanging palms, and also lack covers. This is a run-of-the-mill design, at best. Montebello, California
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T-Mobile Monocypress in Diamond Bar, California1175 viewsA very hard to find (good) monocypress site built by T-Mobile in Diamond Bar, California. I drove by it several times before spotting it!
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Monoblah (Oops...Monopine)825 viewsThis monopine, photographed in 2002 is in Culver City, California. It abuts the I-405 freeway near Washington Blvd.
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Mono Cypress1427 viewsCricket Wireless has constructed this attractive mono cypress in San Marcos, California. The BTS equipment is located against the wall of the building.
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Mono Cypress777 viewsCricket Wireless has constructed an attractive mono cypress in San Marcos, California. This is a close up of the BTS equipment. Note that a Sprint site enclosure is in the background.
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Mono Cypress842 viewsCricket Wireless has constructed this attractive mono cypress in San Marcos, California. The BTS equipment is located against the wall of the building.
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Monopalm of Paramount Importance734 viewsThis is a Nextel monopalm site in Paramount, California.
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A well lit monolight brought to you by Verizon428 views...in the San Fernando Valley. A Verizon site. The base station equipment is located in one of the mall stores, which Verizon has taken over and added a new interior door.
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Sickly Monopalm in Van Nuys779 viewsThis poor excuse for a monopalm is in Van Nuys, California on Van Nuys Blvd. Sooooo sad.
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Getting ready for pulling the coax cables up the tree836 viewsThe worker prepares the coax cables for insertion into the trunk of the monopalm by laying them out flat on the ground. From here, a pull rope will be used to raise the cables into the trunk, and up to the level of the antennas.
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Getting ready for pulling the coax cables up the tree704 viewsThe worker prepares the coax cables for insertion into the trunk of the monopalm by laying them out flat on the ground. From here, a pull rope will be used to raise the cables into the trunk, and up to the level of the antennas.
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Monopalm in the Sepulveda Pass1019 viewsWorking on the little tree (July 2001). This monopalm is located on Sepulveda Blvd. south of Mulholland off of the I-405 freeway in Los Angeles.
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Color coded coax cables will pulling grips662 viewsThe coax cables are ready for installation in the trunk of the monopalm. Each cable is color coded at both ends to aid in identification. The pulling sleeves ("Chinese finger grips") will be connected to the pulling rope.
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Any port in a storm663 viewsThis is a cable port near the base of the monopalm. It is used to provide an entrance/exit for the coax cables in the trunk of the tree. The 'ladder' below the port is actually a cable support. The coax cables are lashed to the ladder to provide physical support as the cables transit through the cable port.
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Tree Trunk Firmly Planted!614 viewsThis photo shows the detail of the monopalm trunk installation to the foundation. Footings are sunk and concrete is poured around the footings. The tree is bolted to the footings.
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Pulling Cables Inside a Monopalm587 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 Monopalm609 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 Monopalm616 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 Monopalm543 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 Monopalm517 viewsTechs are installing cables inside this legacy monopalm. Sepulveda Boulevard west of the I-405 in Los Angeles.
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Ontario, California Multi-Carrier Camo Site643 viewsThis is one of the early major camo sites in Southern California. Located in Ontario, this multi-carrier, multi-camo monopalm site is located on the north side of the I-10 Freeway. This photo is from December, 2001.
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Monopine in Culver City655 viewsThis is a monopine, constructed in 2002, in Culver City, California.

By today's standards, this would not make the grade (low branch count; no antenna panel covers; bare; etc.).
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Can a Faux Monopine Have a Faux Disease?693 viewsNextel (now TowerCo) can take 'great pride' in its economical design of this monopine, located in a CalTrans yard at the intersections of the I405 and I10 freeways in West Los Angeles. References to Christmas trees owned by a certain person with the last name of Brown are appropriate.
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Mauve in Orange620 viewsI never knew that some Palm tree trunks were mauve. Apparently they can be for mono-palms like this Cingular site in the City of Orange, California.
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A Singular Pole for a Cingular Site300 viewsAmerican Tower leases this monopole to Cingular. It's located in Biggs, California (American Tower Site No. 82517).
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A Growth on a Monopalm596 viewsYet another view of a compromised monopalm. Spectrasite's cellpalm should never have had the microwave dish or the add-on panel antennas on the tree trunk. It took an only fair design and made it terrible. Sprint and Cingular are at this site. Others may be, too.
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A Growth on a Monopalm638 viewsSpectrasite's monopalm has this very strange 6-panel growth on the tree trunk. And isn't that a stange looking, er, microwavealbe 'date' below the palms?! How sad. Inglewood, California. Cingular and Sprint are at this site.
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A Growth on a Monopalm557 viewsSpectrasite's monopalm has this very strange 6-panel growth on the tree trunk. How sad. Inglewood, California. Cingular and Sprint are at this site.
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Sprint Monopalm842 viewsSprint's monopalm in Inglewood, California. Interestingly, the FCC tower registration for this site points to a completely different address. Hummmm!
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Monopalm with Hidden Antennas767 viewsA view looking to the west of Sprint's monopalm at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, by Chameleon Engineering. The antennas are mounted inside the 'growth pod' below the palms.
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Monopalm with Hidden Antennas779 viewsA close-up of Sprint's monopalm at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California. The design by Chameleon Engineering hides the antennas inside the 'growth pod' below the palms.
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Monopalm with Hidden Antennas1157 viewsSprint's monopalm at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California uses a design by Chameleon Engineering. The antennas are mounted inside the 'growth pod' below the palms. This view looks upwards to see how the grown pod radone is set out from the trunk of the palm.3 comments
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A Thoughtful Monopalm651 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-Monopalm599 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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Very Active Monopalm672 viewsThis monopalm is located at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California. Notice that the antenna arms are not visible because they are hidden in the growth pod.
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Not-a-Monopalm BTS Enclosure615 viewsThe monopalm at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church school is served from this BTS enclosure adjacent to the kids play area. Palm Desert, California. This panorama consists of three photos. Can you find both break points?
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Monopalm - A Morning View634 viewsClose up of the business end of the Palm Desert, California monopalm. Now you see it...now you do!
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Monopalm - A Morning View554 viewsYet another view of the in-your-face panels on this monopalm in Palm Desert, California. Photo taken about 7:30 a.m.
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Monopalm - A Morning View576 viewsA closer view of the unknown carrier's in-your-face monopalm in Palm Desert, California.
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Monopalm - A Morning View548 viewsThis monopalm in Palm Desert, California is located in a shopping center. The branch coverage is poor, and the panels certainly stand out in the morning light. The carrier is unknown.
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Cell Palm659 viewsClose up of the business end of Sprint's Desert Hot Springs monopalm site at 61400B Pierson Blvd. sits aside the road to 29 Palms. Relatively poor branch coverage.
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Cell Palm579 viewsNotice that the coax ground block (below the ice guard) and the ground wire from the ground block are not properly affixed. Sprint site in Desert Hot Springs, CA
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Cell Palm617 viewsSprint's Desert Hot Springs monopalm site at 61400B Pierson Blvd. sits aside the road to 29 Palms. Relatively poor branch coverage.
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Monopole286 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.
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Monopole397 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.
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Arlington, VA Multicarrier Site294 views...at Washington Blvd. and 25th.
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Monopine - Lake Elsinore, California1488 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 comments
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Low Mileage Monopalm558 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.
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Cell Pine - Overview481 viewsHere's an overview photo of a cell pine (monopine) standing alone in a shopping center in Walnut, California.
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Cell Pine918 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.
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Cell Pine Cable Port471 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.
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Cell Pine Branch Attachment569 viewsThis close-up shows how the branch attachments occur on this cell pine tree.
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Overlooking Lake Elsinore, California (View 2 of 2)773 viewsA close up view of a Sprint site in Riverside County above Lake Elsinore, California (thanks to Larry for the update!).1 comments
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Overlooking Lake Elsinore, California (View 1 of 2)647 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 comments
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Battle of the Mono's...719 viewsIn this case, a sickly monopine and a basic monopole, both located at the top of a hill next to a water tank. Not much can be said for the monopole, but the poor branch coverage of the monopine sure sticks out like a sore thumb. Successful monopines have great branch coverage, antenna covers, and bark cladding all the way up the tree (unlike this example).2 comments
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Sort-of-Monopine685 viewsThis sickly Sprint monopine is located next to a water tank. Extremely poor branch coverage makes the overall appearance something less than stunning. No bark cladding. No antenna covers or branch coverage.2 comments
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Single Carrier Monopole342 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.
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Sprint Camo Cell Pine1040 viewsThis Sprint site, under construction as photographed, features a tree designed and installed by Radian Communications Services Corp. The branch coverage is excellent, and the panel antennas are virtually invisible due to branch coverage and camo covers. So, who says it can't be done right? Quite nice!1 comments
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Simple, single carrier wireless site256 viewsSimple monopole with a single carrier
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A cell site on a power transmission monopole293 viewsIn Thousand Oaks, California. Note that the BTS equipment is underground.
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Monopole Power Tower Cell Site309 viewsThis is a cell site on a power mono-tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Notice the microwave antenna for backhaul located on the lower portion of the tower.
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Another wanna-be cell palm763 viewsDone on the cheap, is it a cell palm that suffers from some plastic fungus, or is it a monopole with some palms stuck on for fun. Your call...1 comments
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Generic monopole site546 viewsJust another example of a monopole antenna tower.
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A Sad Little Cell Palm942 viewsIt is a cell pine? It is a monopole with a few palms attached? It is an example of how to 'sell' the community on a cell pine without delivering? You decide.

No texture on the pole; no real attempt to provide adequate palm cover.

Spotted off the I405 near Inglewood Blvd. in the Southbay area of Los Angeles.
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Multipurpose monopole505 viewsThis tall monopole belonging to a Southern California radio station is occupied at several levels by various communications services.
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