Dr. Jonathan Kramer's Cell Tower Photo Gallery

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Last additions - Construction of KMLT-FM - Truly an Underground FM Station! (Welcome CGC readers!)
The Business End of KMLT743 viewsThis is a closeup of KMLT's transmitter antenna. A simple, elegant design. May, 2006.May 28, 2006
KMLT On-the-Air and Out-of-Sight630 viewsCompare this photograph of the 'finished product' with photos I took during construction. Chris Hicks, the City of Thousand Oaks, and COSCA worked together to create an invisible transmitter shelter in 'open space.' May, 2006.May 28, 2006
KMLT's Antenna and Support Pole525 viewsThis photograph captures the final execution of KMLT's antenna. Yes, the steel support pole is painted sky blue. May 2006.May 28, 2006
Gimme a Transmitter with Mustard!451 viewsAnother view of the at-grade grill over the transmitter room at KMLT. May 2006May 28, 2006
Where's the Transmitter?437 viewsLooking down from near the antenna, the underground FM transmitter housing is nowhere to be seen! May 2006.May 28, 2006
A Well-Done Grilled FM Station459 viewsKMLT's transmitter housing present appearance as of May, 2006 is virtually invisible. Easy to miss. Exactly what was intended! Outstanding work by Chris Hicks, KMLT's CE, the City of Thousand Oaks Planning department, and the Conejo Open Space Conservation AgencyMay 28, 2006
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Inside the Transmitter Vault651 viewsLooking northwest, this photo shows the air conditioning ports and the entry door.Sep 03, 2005
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View inside the Transmitter Vault583 viewsHere's a view facing southwest inside the equipment vault. The large openings are for air conditioning. The cable conduit entry ports can be seen in the upper-far corner of the same wall. Photo by Bill Cloutier.Sep 03, 2005
Cabinet Pads in the Transmitter Vault518 viewsThe raised concrete pads lift the transmitter and air conditioning cabinets off of the floor. That's real handy where water might pool around it, don't ya know! Photo by Bill Cloutier.Sep 03, 2005
KMLT Panorama - Almost Done489 viewsThe site is nearly complete. Transmitter vault awaits a final hatch assembly.Aug 31, 2005
KMLT Panorama - Almost Done491 viewsThe site is nearly complete. Transmitter vault awaits a final hatch assembly.Aug 31, 2005
KMLT Transmitter Vault Hatch...almost600 viewsThe site will awaits a metal hatch for the transmitter vault to complete the site security.Aug 31, 2005
KMLT Antenna and Support657 viewsThe steel pole supporting the antenna is now painted blue to help it blend into the sky background.1 commentsAug 31, 2005
KMLT Antenna and Support538 viewsThe steel pole supporting the antenna is now painted blue to help it blend into the sky background.Aug 31, 2005
Painting on the Sky 1 of 6642 viewsAs a condition of its City of Thousand Oaks construction permit, KMLT is required to paint the antenna pole sky blue. This photo shows the crane and bucket used as the painting platform. May, 2005.

Photo thanks to Bill Cloutier.
1 commentsMay 22, 2005
Painting on the Sky 2 of 6599 viewsBill's in the bucket applying primer, then paint, to the PCV pole supporting KMLT's antenna.

Photo thanks to Bill Cloutier.
May 22, 2005
Painting on the Sky 3 of 6561 viewsBill continues his way down the the PCV pole supporting KMLT's antenna.

Photo thanks to Bill Cloutier.
May 22, 2005
Painting on the Sky 6 of 6547 viewsA close up of Bill priming the next section of the pole, and...from the looks of it...part of his left hand.May 22, 2005
Painting on the Sky 5 of 6498 viewsBill's painting on the sky!May 22, 2005
Painting on the Sky 6 of 6614 viewsThe pole is now painted. May, 2005.

Photo thanks to Bill Cloutier.
May 22, 2005
KMLT Almost Buried - Just a few weeks of work left!516 viewsThe underground transmitter building is almost complete. Just waiting on the stairs and hatch to be installed. The fencing is still not in final shape at the antenna. Most of the construction 'stuff' has left the site for points unknown. April 2005.Apr 23, 2005
Panoramic view of KMLT - 90% backfilled482 viewsThe entire 'back' portion of the transmitter building is now under dirt. Due to the new location of the trash bin, this panoramic photo is taken from a point to the north of the previous panoramic shots.Feb 13, 2005
View of the transmitter site from near the antenna site487 viewsHere's an updated view of the KMLT transmitter area take from about 600 fee up the hill (very near the antenna site).Feb 13, 2005
KMLT Almost Buried508 viewsIf you compare this photo with past photos you'll notice that half the transmitter building is now buried. When complete only the ground level access in the foreground of the building will remain. The pullbox to the left of center is for electrical power. The pullbox to the far right is for the coaxial egress point to feed the antenna.Feb 13, 2005
KMLT's Antenna Fence Under Construction433 viewsAnother view of the antenna, and the fence being constructed is to keep the hikers away from the antenna site. Feb 13, 2005
KMLT's Antenna Fence Under Construction462 viewsThe fence being constructed is to keep the hikers in the area away from the antenna site. At the time this photo was snapped KMLT was operating from its old (aux) transmitter site some miles away.Feb 13, 2005
Panoramic view of KMLT - 75% backfilled442 viewsThis panoramic photo of the site shows the building backfill nearly complete. Soon it will be time to move in the transmitter and related equipment.Jan 31, 2005
About 75 percent of the building is buried454 viewsThe backfill is covering the building up to about the 75% level. Soon it will be completely buried, and the transmitter and related equipment will be moved in.Jan 31, 2005
Panoramic view of KMLT after a rain...406 views...well, really, a significant Southern California storm on December 29, 2004.Dec 29, 2004
Looking at the entry area.493 viewsHere's a good look at the entry area and the conduits extending from the transmitter building to what will be underground when the earth is pushed back around the building.Dec 29, 2004
Hey, it's a good thing they got the weatherproofing on the building!613 viewsIt's been raining 'round our soon-to-be underground friend. Notice that the conduits are extended through the precast holes.1 commentsDec 29, 2004
Panoramic view of the KMLT work site and antenna (Waterproofing)452 viewsThis panoramic view shows the worksite, the antenna and tower, and the transmitter building with the waterproofing applied to the walls.Dec 17, 2004
Panoramic view of the KMLT work site and antenna (Zoom shot)443 viewsThis close-up panoramic shot shows the transmitter site as seen (well, actually, not seen) from near the antenna site.Dec 17, 2004
Waterproofing the KMLT transmitter building474 viewsAnother view of the transmitter building and the waterproofing.Dec 17, 2004
Waterproofing the KMLT transmitter building484 viewsThe external concrete forms and braces have been removed; the outside is treated for waterproofing; and the pre-cast holes to permit conduit/cable entry are now visible.Dec 17, 2004
Panoramic view near antenna looking at the KMLT work site415 viewsHere's a good overview of the KMLT transmitter site, under construction, and the City of Thousand Oaks in the background. The camera position is about 30 feet south of the antenna. Dec 17, 2004
Panoramic view of the KMLT work site and antenna (Roof on)450 viewsThis is an updated panoramic shot of the job site and antenna. The roof is now on the building. Photo taken on a weekend (no workers present).Dec 04, 2004
Panoramic view of the KMLT transmitter building381 viewsThe roof is on. Less than a month to go before the hole is closed and the building is buried.Dec 04, 2004
KMLT's Roof is On435 viewsIn three weeks the roof will cure and dirt will be pushed to close in the hole.Dec 04, 2004
Now the walls are up...423 views...another view with the side walls poured. The roof is yet to come.Nov 26, 2004
The walls are up...449 viewsThe concrete calls are poured and are hardening. Next, in about 6 days, comes the roof pour and cure.Nov 26, 2004
Chris Hicks, Chief Engineer1155 viewsChris Hicks is the Amaturo Group's RF engineer responsible for getting the new KMLT from dirt to on-the-air. He's (proudly) standing by the KMLT transmitter, which is temporarily installed in a trailer while the permanent underground transmitter building is being constructed nearby.1 commentsNov 20, 2004
Panoramic view of the KMLT work site and antenna669 viewsThe trailer with the cable reel on top is the temporary transmitter location; the permanent underground transmitter building is behind the below the portable chain link fence behind the Bobcat. Zoom in on the ridge line to just make out the antenna location.1 commentsNov 20, 2004
Rebar cage for underground transmitter building - From ramp494 viewsAnother shot of the rebar that forms the soon-to-be underground transmitter building. The roadway in the background goes to the antenna site, adjacent to a camouflaged water tank.Nov 20, 2004
Rebar cage for underground transmitter building692 viewsHere's a good show showing how much rebar has been placed in the past 7 days (see the other photo in this gallery). The temporary transmitter trailer is shown in the background. Chris Hicks, the RF engineer responsible for making this site operational, is in the white shorts behind/above the excavation.1 commentsNov 20, 2004
Connecting the coax and ground strap to the antenna and post813 viewsThe transmitter coaxial cable (black) connects to the rigid coaxial rider inside the antenna support to feed the antenna. The very wide copper strap provides an unbroken ground connection between the antenna and the underground transmitter building about 700 feet away.Nov 13, 2004
Constructing the underground transmitter building for KMLT-FM525 viewsThis photograph shows the excavation and initial construction for the underground transmitter building to house KMLT-FM in Thousand Oaks, California. If you look carefully at the middle of the ridgeline you can just see the antenna and antenna post about 700 feet away.Nov 13, 2004
RF Safety testing at an FM broadcast station (#2)696 viewsTesting the level of RF emissions to determine compliance with FCC OET 65. The engineer in the picture is Joel Saxberg of Beem Co., a contractor of KMLT-FM in Thousand Oaks, California1 commentsNov 01, 2004
Looking at the antenna of an FM broadcast station1109 viewsThis is the omni-directional cross-polarization antenna used at KMLT-FM in Thousand Oaks, California. It's a one-of-a-kind antenna design by SPX Corporation's Dielectric division.Nov 01, 2004
Looking at the antenna of an FM broadcast station735 viewsHere's a photograph of KMLT-FM's antenna and supporting post from a vantage point near the location. Nov 01, 2004
RF Safety testing at an FM broadcast station962 viewsThis is a photograph of RF engineer Joel Saxberg conducting signal strength measurements to determine the boundary to the general population/uncontrolled area around the antenna. Due to signal strength of the station, a fence will be placed around the antenna site to keep out the public out of the RF controlled zone.1 commentsNov 01, 2004
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