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Jonathan Kramer

A Roof Full of Signal

PBMS built the site. Cingular took over PBMS. T-Mobile got Cingular's sites. This one's on the roof of a parking lot in Long Beach, California. The cable wiring is poor, at best.

A Roof Full of Signal
Jonathan Kramer, Oct 25, 2005
City:
Long Beach
State:
California(CA)
Location / Street Address:
Willow Street
Structure Type:
Attached to or on a building
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
No
Antenna Use:
Multiple Types
Number of Carriers:
1
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
T-MOBILE
    • Jay2TheRescue
      How did you get that close to the site without getting terminal cancer or lukemia? Were you wearing a lead vest with a helmet made from aluminum foil? The radiation must have been so intense at such a close distance.

      EDIT: I also noticed that the battery seems to have escaped from that car (A Ford Crown Vic I think??) on a quest to be one with the high energy of the cell site.
    • Yankees368
      Seriously...i would be afraid to park next to that thing. Oh, and judging by the poor setup of that site, i would say that battery over there is the sites back up power.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      LOL, backup power... That's funny...
    • larry
      Every time I see this type of panel configuration I know right away it's Pac Bell/Cingular/T-Mobile. They did so many of these rooftop installations in the late 90's and they all look the same. lol
    • Andy
      That site doesn't really look like it would really keep 'visitors' out if they wanted to do something to it...
    • larry
      It's pretty sad that I've seen every cell site that JK posts. I guess I've had waaay too much free time on my hands the past 8 years. lol
    • ShoresGuy
      Have a look at JK's site:

      www.kramerfirm.com/cells/

      He probably has access to a number of places most of us wouldn't get to.
    • KiwiSurfer
      I doubt even at that distance there would be any sigificant issues. Perhaps if you lived right next to it 24/7 you would have some health problems, but visiting it for a while or parking your car next to it would be OK. Cellular signals aren't really that dangerous.

      But then I'm biased, I've lived right across the road from a cell site since early 1994, and I've yet to see a single case of health issues that has been traced back to that (or indeed any) site. And its mounted right on top of a building and a good friend of mum works on the top floor of that building. Still perfectly healthy to this day, and shes been working there for many years.

      Unless it's a rural site, it's most likely not powerful enough to cause health issues.

      Regards,
      James
    • Jonathan Kramer
      James, et al:

      Whether the site complies with the FCC OET 65 RF safety regulations is a question that we can't answer without more, such as taking RF field measurements, or doing the calculations based on known output power per channel, number of channels, and band(s) of operation, etc.

      What *is* interesting is that the site does appear to be one of those that would raise questions about RF safety compliance since the area in front of the antennas is accessible by the general population without time limitation. In fact (and to explain the battery in the photo) at the time I took the photograph, there was a group of men reparing cars immediately adjacent to the site on the rooftop of the parking garage.

      Makes me wonder...

      j
    • KiwiSurfer
      J.K, you've got a point here. From my observation, Vodafone, Telecom, et al tend to ensure that the antennas are more than 2m above ground level (or in this case, above the ground of the carpark) or at least inaccessiable to the general public (ie on top of a building with no public access to the top).

      A bit off-topic, but do you have any idea how FCC reglations compare to those in other countries -- say NZ or Australia?

      Regards,
      James
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  • Category:
    California (CA)
    Uploaded By:
    Jonathan Kramer
    Date:
    Oct 25, 2005
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    Comment Count:
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  • Antenna Types:
    Sectorized

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