Show cell sites - cellular network (cell phone) antenna towers etc.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by junkyardsparkle, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle Mu-43 Top Veteran

    These are taking on some interesting forms of decoration/disguise these days... figured there should be a thread for 'em. Starting off with stark and unadorned:

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  2. Christop82

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  3. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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    From underneath the cell tower that used to be down the street. It was disguised as a three-faced clock tower. The clocks were hardly ever on time.

    My avatar is an antenna radiation pattern.

    Brian
     
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  4. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
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    A cell tower nearby, what a concept!

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  5. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'm always looking for a little green-faced "jealous" icon to click... can we get one of those?
     
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    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  7. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    I don't have any cell site photos to show but it might be interesting for you to know that in China, it's often that some antenna towers are disguised as trees, to avoid causing panic. Some people still believe cell phone signals are harmful. Is it the same in other countries?
     
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  8. steveadams

    steveadams Mu-43 Veteran

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    Some people in the USA think the signals can be bad but the bigger problem is neighborhoods think the towers are ugly and don't want the towers around them. Then they complain about poor coverage. We do have a few towers disguised as trees but most are not very convincing.
     
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  9. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle Mu-43 Top Veteran

    "Not very convincing" is putting it nicely... some of them border on the grotesque, which actually makes them kind of interesting - partly why I thought this subject deserved a thread. On the other hand, some places seem to take a more form-follows-function approach to making them less objectionable, and I'm hoping that might make for some interesting photos too...
     
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  10. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    Same here:biggrin:
     
  11. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lots of them are "disguised" as palm trees here in southern CA.
     
  12. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Tucson has some realistic cactus towers.
     
  13. steveadams

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    Can anybody get photos of the fake tower? The only ones I know of are 350 miles away and I'm not going that far for a photo. I'm going to try and shoot some normal local towers tomorrow or later this week, weather permitting.
     
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  14. steveadams

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    I didn't take a photo of the tower itself because of ground clutter so I got a closeup of the antennas. First one is a self supporting tower that has been up for at least 20 years. I'm not sure when these antennea were added. I guess they don't use monkeys to mount this stuff any more. :rofl:

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    Next is a guyed 2-way radio/paging tower. This antenna mess was added in the late 1990s. You can see a 3 element yagi antenna for paging in the center of all this. These guys don't care what's in their way.

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    And here is one that's been around for 10 years or so.

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    I will have to look around for some towers that are good candidates for full photos.
     
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  15. steveadams

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    This tower is on top of a 2 story building. The building is the local Central Office for the phone company (now AT&T). It's uncommon to see major towers on top of buildings here in the south east. Being a CO (connects copper wire phone lines to phone calls), the building is already reinforced to support a heavy load and probably needed just minor modifications to support this tower. The top of the tower used to have antennas for a paging system and 2-way radio dispatch.

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  16. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'm not too sure about this approach to reducing visual impact... :hmmm:

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  17. Nathanael

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    almost forgot I snapped this the other day to share... sorry zoomed in iphone from the car
    these are not uncommon down here in southern ca
     
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  18. steveadams

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    Steve Adams
    It might not be about reducing visual impact, but reducing coverage so the channels can be reused closer. The lower the antenna, the less area covered and the closer those channels can be reused by another site. It could be this cell site is for that neighborhood and there could be another cell site on the other side of those hills. The hills would block the signal and allow the channels to be reused.
     
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  19. steveadams

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    Steve Adams
    Ha ha, who is that supposed to fool?