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Mono(blah)-Palm740 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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Monoblah (Oops...Monopalm)999 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)1407 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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Monopalm of Paramount Importance602 viewsThis is a Nextel monopalm site in Paramount, California.
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Sickly Monopalm in Van Nuys671 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 tree710 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 tree619 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 Pass849 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 grips581 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 storm580 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!531 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 Monopalm505 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 Monopalm526 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 Monopalm484 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 Monopalm463 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 Monopalm437 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 Site563 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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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!544 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking west from the roadway.
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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!616 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking east from an area not usually accessible to visitors.
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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!726 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking north.
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478 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking southwest from the roadway.
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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!596 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking northwest from the roadway.
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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!516 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking east from an area not usually accessible to visitors.
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Now You Don't See It, and Now you Don't!417 viewsA very unusual cell rock design encloses both Sprint's equipment building and its antennas. Riverside County, just south of Palm Desert, Caifornia. This view is looking east from an area not usually accessible to visitors.
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Mauve in Orange542 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 Growth on a Monopalm505 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 Monopalm548 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 Monopalm468 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 Monopalm738 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 Antennas666 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 Antennas677 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 Antennas903 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 Monopalm551 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-Monopalm495 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 Monopalm569 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 Enclosure513 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 View535 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 View466 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 View488 viewsA closer view of the unknown carrier's in-your-face monopalm in Palm Desert, California.
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Monopalm - A Morning View462 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 Palm569 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 Palm493 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 Palm530 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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Low Mileage Monopalm482 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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An Odd Cell Palm531 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 comments
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Yet Another Strange Cell-Palm533 viewsWe'll, perhaps a coat of brown paint constitutes camouflage....perhaps it doesn't.1 comments
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What a Strange Trunk!727 viewsGosh, this cell palm has an odd-looking trunk, don't you agree?! Not a very good design, but perhaps it's better than its neighbor.1 comments
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Another wanna-be cell palm635 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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Cell Palm head830 viewsThis is a close-up of a cell palm. Note the GPS antenna stuck on to right-side of the frame for the panel antennas.2 comments
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Installing a cell palm718 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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Palms guarding cell site - circa 2004378 viewsThis is a cell site 'guarded' by live palm trees. Its the same site I photographed in late 2001 (see that photo in this gallery). Notice how the live palms have grown, and so have the houses around the site!
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Two very different camo cell palm trees1077 viewsNotice the striking design differences between the two cell palms One uses a light round trunk; the other a darker square trunk with a diamond cross-hatch design. Also notice the difference in palm coverage. The Time Warner Palm Desert headend self-supporting tower can been seen in the background of the enlarged photograph.
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Is that a Diamond-shaped date?1648 viewsThe diamond-shaped device belong the cell antennas is a flat panel microwave antenna. In many cases, the purpose of this antenna is to save the carrier the cost of leasing a data line from the local telephone company. The trade off is that the antenna weakens or destroys the camouflage nature of the site. Not recommended in most cases. How 'bout the fact that the panel antenna supports aren't cut off above the panels. Also notice how the 'bark cladding' stops below the level of the palms. Not a complete camo solution by any means. Finally, is there a brighter green that might draw the eye even more effectively than the panel antenna on the right side? I think not!
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A Sad Little Cell Palm770 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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"...before the mast"817 viewsHere's what the camo cell palm looked before the bolt-on antennas were added (see "What's below the fans?" photograph in this section).
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What's that below the fans?900 viewsTake one poorly configured camouflaged cell palm tree and then abandon any desire to keep it camouflaged. How? Just add non-camo antennas bolted onto the 'trunk' below the fans as seen in this photograph. To see what this cell palm looked like before the addition of the bolt-on antennas, see "...before the mast" in this section!
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Southern California palm tree cell site.1639 viewsAlong side a major freeway in the Los Angeles area, this cell site is hardly noticeable from the freeway.
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