Author: Molly Cooper

Ever Climb a Fake Tree-Cell Tower?

Ever wonder what fake tree poles look like up close? Here are three pictures. In the first one, you can see the climber’s foot on a branch. Notice a small bolt near the right side of the foot; that bolt indicates how far out you can step on the branches. You can’t step farther out past the bolt because there is nothing but fiberglass or PVC branch farther out – the steel protrusion the branch attaches to is only about 8″ long. These trees are put together much like artificial Christmas trees. You build the trunk then bolt on...

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More on Tower Lighting

The attached photos show a different type of tower lighting called high-intensity lights – the big silver box I am working on in the pictures. (The red beacon you saw on the topic of the day yesterday is near my feet). Because of the limited beam width of these lights, one lightbox, called a flash head, has to be mounted on each leg of the tower at each light elevation. This means that if you have a 900′ tower, the FAA may dictate that you have a tier of lights at 300′, 600′, and at the top, 900′. This...

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LTE Upgrades

Ever wonder what the big deal is with all the LTE or 4G upgrades? In the picture below (taken from a Homestead, FL tower that is 1,465′) is an example of a normal “old” style cell site. It shows a single sector of a macro cell site. In the past, most macro sites were made of three sectors of three antennas each. In the picture, two-panel antennas are shown; these antennas are typically about 4′ tall, 10″ wide, and 3″ deep. Older antennas usually weigh 25 pounds or less. The small box on the top pipe is a tower-mounted...

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Anyone Recognize this Antenna? (See the bottom for the answer)

This picture is from a 1500′ tower in Santa Maria, Texas. Note the white antenna. The cool thing about this picture is that it is a bright, sunny, and hot day; as we climbed the tower, we climbed into a cloud. The cloud was about 900′ on the tower, so by the time I got to the top, it was sunny again, but I could not see the ground. The small pink thing in the picture is called a runner, which is webbing or rope that we use for rigging or making climbing access points. The two long cables...

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Water Tanks

Water tanks are a convenient way for carriers to place antennas on an existing structure. Below are photos of three different types of water tank structures and the antennas on each. In the first picture, there is a water tank with legs that has a railing around the lower portion of the water storage area. There are antennas on that platform and handrail and also antennas on the top of the structure. The second picture shows a cylinder water tank; the top is curved like an egg, which makes these tanks particularly fun to work on. In this instance,...

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