Dr. Jonathan Kramer's Cell Tower Photo Gallery

Copyright 2000-2017 Dr. Jonathan Kramer


Top rated - Non-Camouflaged Sites
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Just park that signal!359 viewsT-Mobile's recently upgraded parking lot site in Long Beach, California.55555
(2 votes)
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Elevated Water Tank Cell Site358 viewsArtwork adorns this 4-level multi-carrier water tank site near Philadelphia.55555
(2 votes)
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City Hall Clock Tower458 viewsIrvine, California's civic center is a sight to behold. The clock tower above the site supports public safety radio antennas, and an omni-direction antenna cell site.55555
(2 votes)
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Pad-mounted Base Station503 viewsThis is a concrete-mounted cell site equipment and power package. Note the use of the ice-bridge (left-rear of the equipment) to protect the cables. The commercial powering package is to the right of the radio equipment package. 55555
(2 votes)
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Sprint Monopole in Lebec, California599 viewsSite is controlled by TowerCo (soon to be SBC).55555
(1 votes)
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Not too compliant with the FCC OET Bulletin 65 Rules508 viewsThe FCC rules require that where visitors (and even trespassers) are expected, a wireless carrier must protect those members of the general population from RF exposure exceeding the uncontrolled standard. This site does not meet that requirement due to the antennas mounted on the exterior fence of this water tank site.55555
(1 votes)
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Das da ticket!419 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.55555
(1 votes)
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Sutter County Lattice Tower327 viewsHere's a closer view of the SR99/Howsley Road lattice towre in Sutter County, California.55555
(1 votes)
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Utility Wood Pole Top Mount472 viewsCingular's three sector antenna system is mounted at the top of the utility pole it installed (it has a PBM pole number). The equipment cabinets are located to the right of the pole.55555
(1 votes)
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Generic monopole site546 viewsJust another example of a monopole antenna tower.55555
(1 votes)
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Co locate site for multiple cell structures641 viewsThis multi-tower site is along next to Interstate 405 in Irvine, California. 1 comments55555
(5 votes)
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Multi-Carrier Panels474 viewsJust west of Interstate 5 in San Diego County, California. Notice that anyone can walk up to the ground-mounted panel antennas via the path in the foreground. This site is not fenced.1 comments55555
(2 votes)
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CEV Hatch with Bench561 viewsThe metal bench sits atop the hatch of a CEV (controlled environmental vault) used to house telecommunications equipment in a large, underground room. How large is large, you ask? CEV's are common, but bench tops aren't.

CEVs come in many sizes, but its common for the size of the room below ground to be measured in hundreds of square feet.
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(2 votes)
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Verizon MTSO San Diego 2 of 2546 viewsThis photo shows Verizon's Mobile Telephone Switching Office and tower in San Diego, California. The microwave antennas connect various cell sites back to this MTSO. Telephone company leased data lines (usually T1 circuits) are another means of connecting remote cell sites back to a MTSO.44444
(3 votes)
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Sprint microcell - Base Station, Backhaul, and Powering463 viewsThe base station is the large box. Below it is the interface box that extracts power from the coaxial cable backhaul system. At the bottom, in the small box, is the power regulation transformer. Note that this installation, in California, does not comply with CPUC General Order 95 as it has cables below 8 feet above ground that are not in conduit.44444
(3 votes)
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Freeway wireless site481 viewsThis double wireless array is situated on a building located immediately adjacent to the I-5 Freeway in Los Angeles. 44444
(7 votes)
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What's Red and Whilte and Radiates All Over403 views...it's this T-Mobile lattice tower in Gridley, California.44444
(3 votes)
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Desert Storm!521 viewsVerizon's "Desert Storm" light standard site in Irvine, California.44444
(2 votes)
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Monopole397 viewsA monopole site between Victorville, California and Littlerock, California. Carrier unknown.44444
(2 votes)
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Tower Towers Over the Santa Fe Plaza269 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.44444
(1 votes)
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Das da ticket!402 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.44444
(1 votes)
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node389 viewsNextG is a wireless carrier's carrier. They provide fiber links between the BTS and the antenna site using a technology referred to as Distributed Antenna System (DAS). This is a NextG DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. NextG's Cricket network in San Diego County is thought to be the largest deployment of DAS in the U.S.44444
(1 votes)
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Great Scott!363 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notice the LMU antenna mounted at the top. 44444
(1 votes)
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Power transmission pole - Underground equipment shelter386 viewsThis cell site, on a power transmission pole, is connected to a controlled environment vault ("CEV"). The CEV is an underground room housing the equipment. The hatch for the CEV is the green box show below and to the left of the pole.44444
(1 votes)
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Microcell - Two Sectors368 viewsHigh gain (directional) antennas facing up/down the highway.44444
(6 votes)
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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. 44444
(5 votes)
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Generator Socket400 viewsThis is a standby power generator socket to provide power to the cell site during local commercial power failures44444
(3 votes)
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Four sector monopole cell site488 viewsIt's relatively unusual to find 4-sector towers. Here's one (although only 3 sectors are in use).44444
(3 votes)
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Two levels? No problem!451 viewsThis cell site, located on Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay serves both levels of the Bay Bridge.44444
(3 votes)
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Ground level wireless site on hilltop - CLOSE UP388 viewsThis is a close-up of a cell site atop a hill above a major Interstate Highway. The antennas are mounted at ground level.44444
(4 votes)
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Palms guarding cell site - circa 2004487 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!44444
(4 votes)
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Omni-directional Microcell on Sign483 viewsThis AT&T Wireless site, at Fairfax and Pico in Los Angeles, is an example of placing a microcell site atop an existing, small sign.

If you enlarge the photo, don't miss checking out the lid of the vault in front of the pole. The lid is a piece of plywood, apparently to replace the original concrete!

Nope, I don't want to drive my car over that lid, either!
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(4 votes)
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Sign me up!452 viewsSprint's site, at the intersection of I-405 and I110 in Gardena, California, is built atop a commercial enterprise sign. See: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=gardena,ca&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=29.025693,55.107422&ie=UTF8&ll=33.857997,-118.283083&spn=0.000873,0.002701&t=h&z=19&iwloc=addr&layer=c&cbll=33.857997,-118.283083&panoid=cnzdeipYOjdDXyBwyMclfQ&cbp=12,307.77006332815694,,0,-20.1437505052467344444
(2 votes)
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node356 viewsNextG is a wireless carrier's carrier. They provide fiber links between the BTS and the antenna site using a technology referred to as Distributed Antenna System (DAS). This is a NextG DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. NextG's Cricket network in San Diego County is thought to be the largest deployment of DAS in the U.S.44444
(2 votes)
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Central Sedona Arizona388 viewsThis multicarrier site is located at Fire Station 4 in Sedona, Arizona.44444
(2 votes)
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Parking the Signal296 viewsParking spaces make good sites for BTS cabinets, GPS, and LMU equipment! And parking lot walls are great for mounting panel antennas, especially when the parking lot faces a major freeway. This site is near LAX airport in Los Angeles along the San Diego Freeway at Century Boulevard.44444
(2 votes)
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PCS at City Hall404 viewsThis Sprint site at the Redondo Beach, California City Hall also supports public safety radio antennas above and below the panels.44444
(2 votes)
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Lots of signal!398 viewsThis is a co-location site located south of Worcester, MA.44444
(2 votes)
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Cell site on a Call Box530 viewsThis cell site uses a travelers call box as the antenna support. The equipment is located just beyond the railing in the underground enclosure. Near Pt. Mugu, California.44444
(2 votes)
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Cell site in parking lot1541 viewsNotice the addition of the lot lights. 44444
(2 votes)
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A well lit monolight brought to you by Verizon426 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.33333
(3 votes)
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The Golden Signal380 viewsHere's a close-up of one of T-Mobile's sector antennas and tower-mounted amplifiers at its Chico, California water tank site.33333
(3 votes)
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A Crown Castle Site in Mesa, Arizona354 viewsBig iron in Mesa. A Crown Castle site on Broadway near Country Club.33333
(3 votes)
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Pumping more then water...266 views...from this water plant in Hartford, CT. Note the antennas on the righthand smokestack.33333
(3 votes)
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Palms guarding cell site - circa 2001395 viewsHere's a photo of a PCS site I photographed sometime in 2001. Notice that its 'in the middle of nowhere.' Fast forward to the shot of the same site I took in October, 2004.33333
(3 votes)
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Old Power Tower = New Cell Tower358 viewsThe power utility removed its wires from this old transmission tower, but still uses it to support a cell site.33333
(3 votes)
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GPS and LMU antennas1137 viewsThe GPS antenna (the pointed white dome) is used to receive satellite-delivered timing signals used to sync a large-area wireless network.

The LMU (Location Measuring Unit) antenna, which in this photograph is mounted on a bracket to the left of the GPS antenna) is used to help a wireless carrier locate its users as required by the FCC for wireless E-911.
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(4 votes)
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Cell site, microwave mounted on wood pole967 viewsWe don't need no stinking steel tower!1 comments33333
(7 votes)
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Sending out the word...to Los Angeles International Airport343 viewsThis is an AT&T Wireless site just north of LAX. It's a rather poor design Notice (1) the panels just above the roof line; the microwave panel antenna offset from the bell tower; and the cable runs down to the equipment building. A good design element (perhaps the only one) is the use of the brick face on AT&T's pre-fab building. 33333
(5 votes)
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Microcell - Two Sectors299 viewsYet another pole-mounted two-sector cell site.33333
(5 votes)
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Multi-sector wireless site with microwave interconnect264 views33333
(5 votes)
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Surface mounted antennas sometimes just require matching paint444 viewsThis surface mount wireless site is less visible due to the use of matching paint on the antenna radomes. Less visible, but not a true camouflage site. 33333
(5 votes)
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Ground level wireless site on hilltop - Overview266 viewsThis is a pull-back photo of a cell site atop a hill above a major Interstate Highway. The antennas are mounted at ground level.33333
(4 votes)
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RF on the Roof362 viewsThis commercial building in Tarzana, California shows how to poorly plan a roof by sticking almost anything (antenna wise) on the roof. A very poor (or good, depending on your view) example of how not to plan a rooftop. 33333
(4 votes)
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Building side mount omni site365 viewsNotice that the omnidirectional antennas are mounted on the side of the building near the corner. Even more interesting is that the GPS antenna (used for network timing) is mounted in such a way as to be shielded from about 120 degrees of sky (this site faces northwest).33333
(4 votes)
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Pad-mounted Base Station648 viewsThis is a concrete-pad mounted cell site base station. The powering is to the right, and the GPS antenna is seen in the top-background attached to the ice-bridge. The ice-bridge protects the coaxial cables, mounted below the bridge, from falling ice.33333
(3 votes)
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Chester, PA Cell Site451 viewsAttention KMART shoppers! Now you can show for sundries and signal at the same time!33333
(3 votes)
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Wireless sites on power transmission towers527 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. 33333
(3 votes)
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Time to Shippee Out the Signal273 views...from this Spectrasite lattice tower on Shippee Road in Oroville, California. Nextel is the tower occupant. The tower ASR is 1239078.33333
(2 votes)
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Guess which puts out more power?468 viewsThis is a massive power transmission tower that supports two different carriers. Yeah, the tower's REALLY that big.33333
(2 votes)
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Co-location cell site338 viewsYACS: Yet another co-location site. Note the various microwave antennas on the monopole. Microwave antennas are used for backhaul to the MTSO, and save monthly recurring line lease costs (at the cost of increased visual load at the site). 33333
(2 votes)
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Co-location cell site - sectorized and omnidirectional356 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. 33333
(2 votes)
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PGE Transmission Tower Cell Site340 viewsSpotted in Walnut Creek, California: A cell site mounted atop a PGE transmission tower. 33333
(2 votes)
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Wireless, with Cables279 viewsClose up of the multicarrier site at the upper station of the Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska.33333
(1 votes)
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Das da ticket!471 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.33333
(1 votes)
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Tumwater Reservoir, Tumwater, Washington375 viewsNear the Tumwater Airport. Note the airport rotating aerodrome beacon on top of the tank. 33333
(1 votes)
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node319 viewsNextG is a wireless carrier's carrier. They provide fiber links between the BTS and the antenna site using a technology referred to as Distributed Antenna System (DAS). This is a NextG DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. NextG's Cricket network in San Diego County is thought to be the largest deployment of DAS in the U.S.33333
(1 votes)
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Blessed Be This Cell Site318 viewsAT&T's monopole at the Calvary Community Church in Phoenix sports not one; not two; but three crosses mounted at the corners of the radomes. Quite an interesting design!33333
(1 votes)
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The Golden Signal275 views...from this water tank site in Chico, California belongs to T-Mobile.33333
(1 votes)
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Arlington, VA Multicarrier Site294 views...at Washington Blvd. and 25th.33333
(1 votes)
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Verizon MTSO Orange County327 viewsThis VZW MTSO (mobile telephone switching office) is in Santa Ana, California. The height of the tower is 60.7 meters AGL.33333
(1 votes)
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374 viewsClose up of the Fountain Hills three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.33333
(1 votes)
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Great Scott!258 viewsYet another view of a pole-mounted cell site in Scottsdale, Arizona.33333
(1 votes)
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Equipment Cabinets, GPS and LMU antennas412 viewsCingular's equipment cabinets are mounted in the hardscape area between the curb and sidewalk.33333
(1 votes)
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Oil's Well that Emits Well274 viewsOld oil wells can make good cell sites, even when a building has been built around the base!33333
(1 votes)
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Sprint - Microcell using Sanders CATV radio327 viewsSprint (especially in conjunction with Cox) deployed a significant number of the Sanders cable TV/cell interface. This site uses very low gain antennas (the two outside antennas are for reception from the users, and the center antenna is for transmission to the users). Sprint has built its own CATV-like wireless system to connect many of its sites back to its MTSOs. 33333
(1 votes)
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Microcell - Two Sectors311 viewsNotice the GPS antenna (the mushroom shaped device) on the crossarm.33333
(1 votes)
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Cell site crowning a power transmission tower423 viewsThis cell site, in Walnut Creek, California, is atop a PG&E power transmission tower.33333
(1 votes)
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Microcell mounted in traffic signal light standard622 viewsThe cell antennas are pointed to cover short street segments on Ventura Blvd east and west of Laurel Canyon Blvd. San Fernando Valley, California.33333
(8 votes)
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Semi-camo tower429 viewsThe Santa Monica Mountains frame this cell site, located along Interstate 405 near the Getty Center in Los Angeles.33333
(7 votes)
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"We Come In Peace!"633 viewsWater tank cell and microwave site south of Sacramento, California along I-533333
(5 votes)
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A Dam Tall Tower373 viewsThis tall tower, well, towers over Hoover Dam in Nevada and/or Arizona. I guess it depends in which state you live. This tower is on the Nevada side.33333
(3 votes)
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Building top multi-sector cell site470 viewsYet another roof-top cell site. This is a macrosite adjacent to a major freeway in Los Angeles.1 comments33333
(3 votes)
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Church bell tower374 viewsThis is a non-camo site atop (well, just below) the bells of a church. Notice the shadowing of the antenna cables on the right side front of the tower.33333
(3 votes)
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Strand-mounted cell site (Sprint)557 viewsThis is a Sprint cell site using the cable TV system to connect users to the MTSO. Irvine, CA.33333
(3 votes)
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Nextel antenna structure on top of an industrial building502 viewsOpen antenna structures have little impact in industrial areas.33333
(9 votes)
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Hot zone? What hot zone?588 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?33333
(4 votes)
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CoLo Site - Escondido, California306 viewsMesa Rock Road north of Deer Creek Road, Escondido, California.33333
(2 votes)
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Blessed Be This Cell Site277 viewsAT&T's monopole at the Calvary Community Church in Phoenix sports not one; not two; but three crosses mounted at the corners of the radomes. Quite an interesting design!33333
(2 votes)
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PCS Base Station below PG&E Power Tower497 viewsUbiquitel's BTS in Olivehurst, California is located in a wood-fenced enclosure below the PG&E power transmission tower.33333
(2 votes)
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Rover's Roof390 viewsOn the roof of the drive test 'rover' is a GPS antenna (the square antenna in the center of the roof), plus two PCS omnidirectional antennas for signal measurement and communications purposes.33333
(2 votes)
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Microcell Bolted on Parking Lot Light382 viewsSpotted in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, this microcell site is bolted to the top of an existing parking lot light standard. Notice the equipment mounted in the grass area (hey, guy, open that car door slowly or you might hit something).33333
(2 votes)
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More Power from Power...309 views...plant, that is. San Diego County, California.33333
(2 votes)
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Microcell - Two Sectors303 viewsTwo sectors facing up/down the highway. That's the San Fernando Valley in the background (on a VERY clear day!).33333
(2 votes)
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Sprint microcell - Single Sector364 viewsA Sprint single sector microcell site on Mullholland Road in Los Angeles.33333
(2 votes)
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Multi-carrier cell site and TVRO downlink386 viewsThe multiple carrier tower isn't connected with the TVRO satellite antennas in front, but it makes for a nice picture. This site is located in northern San Antonio, Texas at a very large church facility. An interesting note: The antenna structure registration number shown on the site is, per the FCC's database, cancelled. Interesting!33333
(2 votes)
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Cell site in Salzburg, Austria340 viewsWhile in Salzburg to lecture at the Center for International Legal Studies I snapped this photo of a cell site across the street from my hotel room.33333
(2 votes)
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Waves of Power324 viewsA fairly standard power transmission tower with a cell crown. Spotted in Walnut Creek, California, this photograph graces the cover of Paul Valle-Riestra's book, "Telecommunications: The Governmental Role in Managing the Connected Community" published in 2002.

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(5 votes)
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A Modest Cell Site?329 viewsThis water tank sports multiple panel antennas. Modesto, California.22222
(3 votes)
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Cell site on power transmission tower343 viewsHere's a fairly standard non-camo wireless site on a power transmission tower.22222
(4 votes)
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Antenna arrays mounted on transmission towers439 viewsClose-up view of an antenna array mounted on a power transmission tower. 22222
(4 votes)
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What's that wrapping around the antennas?500 viewsHere's an interesting site (close up in next photo). Notice that there are cars parked in the auto body shop lot directly below the antennas. Perhaps birds like to take aim and, er, hit the cars below. What a clever carrier solution! Put a net around the antennas to keep the birds off. 22222
(6 votes)
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The Tower Works LTD713 viewsThis structurally attractive tower is in Mangonia Park just north of West Palm Beach. The tower is just over 500 feet tall. I had a delightful chat with Marlin of TTW about her tower. She shared some great stories - and frustrations - about this and other towers she's been involved with.1 comments22222
(13 votes)
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Cell Site Generator Plug and Breaker/Switch-over Panel399 viewsMany cell sites must operate 24/7, even in the event of a commercial power failure. Most carriers have standby power generators that can be driven to cell sites and plugged in to a generator plug such as the one shown to the right of the breaker/switch-over panel. This facility is owned by AT&T Wireless. It's in the western part of Los Angeles.22222
(3 votes)
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Penthouse external mounted site368 viewsThis is a plain, externally mounted cell site on a commercial office building. Note the GPS (timing) antenna well above the roof line, which might have been mounted at the roof level to minimize its visibility from ground level without impairing its function.22222
(3 votes)
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Close-up of anti-Bird-bomb net over antennas496 viewsHere's a close-up photo of the net placed over the antennas to keep the birds off (and to keep them from bombing the cars below)! 22222
(3 votes)
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Pole-mounted Microcell1209 viewsThis wireless microcell provides uninterrupted coverage on a busy major highway in a steep winding canyon on the Southern California coast. 22222
(3 votes)
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CellSign Updated419 viewsThis AT&T wireless site has been modified since the last time we photographed it. Search for "Pico" to find the original site configuration. Originally, this was a single band site; now this is a dual band site. The boxes adjacent to the amplifiers are called "tower mounted amplifiers" (TMAs).22222
(2 votes)
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CellSign Updated338 viewsThis AT&T wireless site has been modified since the last time we photographed it. Search for "Pico" to find the original site configuration. Originally, this was a single band site; now this is a dual band site. The boxes adjacent to the amplifiers are called "tower mounted amplifiers" (TMAs).22222
(2 votes)
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Simple, single carrier wireless site256 viewsSimple monopole with a single carrier22222
(2 votes)
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Awful AT&T Antennas582 viewsThis rather awful antenna site, from AT&T wireless, is located at 10239 1/2 Vassar in Canoga Park, California. The dual band antennas use tower mounted amplifiers to enhance weak signal reception.22222
(1 votes)
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Tumwater Reservoir, Tumwater, Washington324 viewsNear the Tumwater Airport.22222
(1 votes)
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Big Iron CoLo in Lacey Washington405 viewsNextel and AT&T Wireless share this tower in Lacey, Washington. Notice the climbing space through the bottom platform.22222
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NextG Distributed Antenna System Node325 viewsNextG is a wireless carrier's carrier. They provide fiber links between the BTS and the antenna site using a technology referred to as Distributed Antenna System (DAS). This is a NextG DAS node located in Encinitas, California. The carrier supported by this node is Cricket Wireless. NextG's Cricket network in San Diego County is thought to be the largest deployment of DAS in the U.S.22222
(1 votes)
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Steel in the Air303 viewsThis AT&T wireless site is located on Highway 64, about 12 miles south of Valle, Arizona. It's mounted on a steel power transmission pole. Note the flat panel back-haul antenna located below the panels.22222
(1 votes)
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Two on a Stick318 viewsHere's a long view of this two-carrier site. If you look in the sidewalk area to the right of the pole you'll see Cingular's flush-to-grade equipment vault, and just to the left of it, Cingular's two flush-to-grade vents.22222
(1 votes)
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I'll Turn Left on a Green Sector...312 viewsFountain Hills area of greater Phoenix. A three sector site atop a traffic and light standard.22222
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Major Macrocell Site (multiple carriers)402 viewsThis is an example of a traditional multiple carrier macrocell site. Note the large microwave antennas facing to the right: They are used to provide high-reliability connection of this site to the MTSO some 25 miles away.22222
(1 votes)
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Close-up of GPS Antenna and LMU Antenna381 viewsCingular's GPS antenna (left) and the LMU antenna are mounted at about the 5 foot level adjacent to the sidewalk. It's amazing that they're still there. Hope no pedestrians walk into the bracket at night.22222
(4 votes)
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Cell Call Box454 viewsWhere there's nothing else vertical, some carriers will build cell sites on call boxes. This call box (now replaced) was installed on the Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu, California. The base station equipment was located in the flush vault in the foreground.22222
(4 votes)
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Omnidirectional to Sectorized299 viewsThese poles formerly supported omnidirectional cell antennas. The carrier increased capacity by replacing the omni antennas with sectorized panel antennas.22222
(4 votes)
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This signal ISN'T watered down270 viewsNote the panel antennas well below the tank.22222
(4 votes)
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CoLo Site - Escondido, California338 viewsMesa Rock Road north of Deer Creek Road, Escondido, California.22222
(2 votes)
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DAS Outboard on Power Meter362 viewsOnce more, Cingular (now AT&T) employs the cabinet-on-a-cabinet technique of placing its DAS note, here in Rolling Hills Estates, California.22222
(2 votes)
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The Leaning Tower of Victorville332 viewsVerizon's 3-sector wood pole is ever-so-slowly leaning over. Victorville, California.22222
(2 votes)
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Cell-on-a-roof251 viewsThree sector cell site on a commercial building rooftop.22222
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Smokestack BTS equipment267 viewsThis is the base station equipment cage next to the smokestack site in Westborough, MA.22222
(2 votes)
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CoLo Site - Escondido, California432 viewsMesa Rock Road north of Deer Creek Road, Escondido, California.11111
(2 votes)
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Los Angeles Cathedrial329 viewsA surface mount antenna site at the Los Angeles Cathedral. 11111
(2 votes)
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Great Scott! (Some more)472 viewsThis close-up view shows a very stylish use of an iron sculpture to provide an interesting surround to a cell site BTS.3 comments11111
(2 votes)
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Great Scott!472 viewsScottsdale has some very interesting pole mounted sites. This long view of several carriers' sites shows an interesting deployment scheme to cover subdivisions along Shea Road.3 comments11111
(2 votes)
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Co-location cell site380 viewsThe lower array was added after the tower was constructed. How do we know? Many of the cables for that array are mounted on the outside of the pole on the righthand side. 11111
(2 votes)
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Oh thank heavens for RF from 7-11370 viewsHere's an example of a microcell designed to illuminate a road segment for adding spot capacity. Notice that the apartment (right of the antenna) is just off the main lobe beam.11111
(2 votes)
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Das da ticket!359 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.11111
(1 votes)
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Das da ticket!506 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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(1 votes)
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Awful AT&T Antennas484 viewsThis rather awful antenna site, from AT&T wireless, is located at 10239 1/2 Vassar in Canoga Park, California. The dual band antennas use tower mounted amplifiers to enhance weak signal reception.11111
(1 votes)
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282 viewsThis co-lo water tank site in Olivehurst, California is shared by T-Mobile, Nextel, and Cingular. The terminated ASR for this site is 1031366 (terminated because it qualifies for delisting under the FCC's 6 meter rule).11111
(1 votes)
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Sutter County Lattice Tower276 viewsOff of CA SR99 at Howsley Road in Sutter County, you'll find this lattice tower.11111
(1 votes)
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Side Saddle Microwave Dish Installation310 viewsThis cell site uses a microwave dish antenna system to provide backhaul to the MTSO. The interesting note for this site is the side saddle (offset) installation of the dish antenna. In most metro installations, a microwave antenna saves the carrier the cost of leasing a telco dataline, but at the expense of adding visual loading to the project.11111
(1 votes)
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A Real Education345 viewsThis Cingular site is located on the grounds of Fountain Valley (California) High School.11111
(1 votes)
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Cell Sign317 viewsSpotted in Redwood City, California, this two sector cell site provides spot coverage along the US101.11111
(1 votes)
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Lots of BTS Equipment in the Sidewalk Area363 viewsHere's a close-up photo of the AT&T Wireless BTS in the public right-of-way (sidewalk). Notice how tall the equipment stack is (about 6').11111
(1 votes)
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Salzburg, Austria cell site - Apartment Building326 viewsThis is a cell site on the roof of an apartment building in Salzburg, Austria. I snapped this photo from my hotel room after having just lectured on cell siting at the Center for International Legal Studies.11111
(1 votes)
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Cell site on power transmission pole410 viewsThis site in located in British Columbia, Canada.11111
(1 votes)
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Cell site on power transmission pole477 viewsThis site in located in British Columbia, Canada.11111
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Multi carrier array275 viewsThis is a co-location site with an omni-direction carrier (the antennas up/down from the platform) and a sectorized (panel) antenna configuration. Spotted in Irvine, California.11111
(3 votes)
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Spectrasite Co-Lo Multisector at Different Levels425 viewsSpectrasite tower supports a three sector wireless system, with one of the sectors lower than the other two (to help shape coverage). Also, this site supports an omnidirection carrier (the vertical antennas on top of the tower). 2 comments11111
(4 votes)
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Das da ticket!435 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.11111
(2 votes)
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It's a sign...it's a monopole...it's a sign...it's a monopole420 viewsWhy, it's both, in Henderson, Nevada.11111
(2 votes)
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