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Dauphin Island #1

Monopole is Verizon Wireless PCS only site. Tower is Alltel, ex GTE Mobilnet (who in VA became Verizon Wireless!!!). Located on Dauphin Island. Listed as one site. Note Verizon Wireless cabinets on high to the left.

Dauphin Island #1
pbw, Sep 27, 2005
Dauphin Island
Location / Street Address:
Chaumout Ave. & La Vente
Landmarks or cross street:
behind Police Station, nexto PO
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Multiple Types
Number of Carriers:
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
Carrier on 2nd highest antenna:
    • ShoresGuy
      Interesting setup, I wonder why the two antenna sites weren't combined into one. It's unusual to see 2 towers right next to one another.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      Would placing cell antennas between the microwave drums create interference?
    • walkguru
      you would think so, good shot.
    • KiwiSurfer
      Probaly not. You'll notice there are some antennas very close to the top microwave dish, so it's not very likely that the dish would cause probems.
    • pbw
      I don't think so. The antenna are panels so they don't spray RF all over the place. Microwave antenna are the ultimate parasitic antennas, they take the rf from all other angles and concentrate it in one specific direction. It could be a tower loading issue. The concrete monopole is taller than the tower, the panels may be to heavy to locate on the Alltel site due to Alltels antenna and microwave drums. Keep in mind when hurricanes come up from the gulf of mexico and hit the US gulf coast they come through Dauphin Island (unless it focuses soley on Texas or Floridia).

      The pictures I took were before Dennis hit the Island and most definately before Katrinia came through. In a situation like this one wants to keep their towers well under wind loading limits.
    • chuikov
      I agree with pbw. This is either a structural or maybe a leasing issue - not RF. If the lattice tower wasn't maxed out, Verizon may have just been unable to make a decent deal to get on it, and it became easier to build their own pole.

      The concrete pole is interesting. When I first looked at it and saw the cables on the outside I thought they built it on the cheap. But being where it is, I reckon they used concrete instead of steel due to salt spray?
    • Verizonftw
      alltell and verizon are now the same cmpany. verizon bought them...
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