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JTVOIP

Near Utah County/Juab County Line at I-15

Near Utah County/Juab County Line at I-15
JTVOIP, Sep 11, 2006
City:
Rocky Ridge
State:
Utah(UT)
Structure Type:
Radio/Latticed tower
Number of Carriers:
3
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
CINGULAR WIRELESS
Carrier on 2nd highest antenna:
VERIZON WIRELESS
Carrier on 3rd highest antenna:
SPRINT PCS
    • JTVOIP
      Cingular's got panels at the top.

      Verizon Wireless has two sectors about halfway up the tower. I spent some time gazing up at them, and I realized they (Verizon) actually put some thought into this setup. One of the sectors sort of faces northeast, and it's angled and elevated such that anyone driving on the interstate would do a seamless handoff about a mile north of the tower where there is somewhat of a crest going into Utah Valley. From there, users switch to the tower in Payson, the southern-most site in Utah equipped with 1xEV-DO.

      Sprint has just one lonely panel and one sector here (too low to be visible). It faces southward down the interstate.

      FWIW, this is the only site I've come across in the area where Cingular's equpment is simply on a pad. It's just a couple of those tall grey boxes that look like outhouses. Sprint's also got its [minimal] equpment on a pad. VZW's got a full-fledged shelter with a back-up generator ready to go.

      Picture was taken on my Motorola Q. I would have liked to take better pictures, but there were gunshots coming from around a bend...that's when I realized Warren Jeffs had been arrested the night before, and the community by this tower is known to be a polygamist village. So I made my way back out to the highway without delay. :)
    • Andy
      Very nice picture. Thank you for sharing.
      Have you noticed that while driving on I-15 from Payson to Nephi your phone switches between VZW SID 94(Wasatch Front) and SID 1740?? I noticed this every time I drive down that way and makes me wonder what towers the phone jumps between to switch SIDs that frequently.
      I wonder how come Verizon put the panels so low on this tower...the panels facing northward are ok since the Payson tower picks up about a mile up the interstate as you said, but I think their coverage gets a little weak south of that tower towards Nephi unless I can't remember right.
    • Andy
      It's also interesting that you mention Verizon having a backup generator in place. This goes along with what I always say that the Verizon network is very good prepared for situations that are not rutine(like a power outage). No other network, at least in this area, is as dedicated as Verizon to providing service to its customers, even in rural areas.
    • JTVOIP
      Agreed. I've wondered the same thing about SID 1740.

      You are totally right about the weakness between this site and Nephi. There's a stretch for several miles where my power readings are usually -95 to -105 dBz, though I don't think I've ever dropped a call there, unlike farther south in Millard and Iron Counties.

      It is a comfort to be on a network that's prepared with back-up generators. Of the sites I've observed, all Verizon's rural setups have generators, and 75% of the in-town sites have them (that I could see)--and the ones that don't have generators are geographically close to other sites that do have them.

      I can't say that for T-Mobile, Cricket, Sprint, or Nextel in the area. Cingular has a few sites with generators, but not consistently like Verizon does.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      I don't care if you did take the pic w/ your cell phone. I think the photo looks very nice. Great color & contrast.

      -jay
    • Andy
      I also have not dropped a call between this site and Nephi but I'm also glad I'm not the only one that has noticed the weird SID behavior. I wonder what's up with that.

      South of Nephi is when you start getting the really 'cheap' built out Verizon coverage, which is really a big disappointment for me when I travel along I-15. Seems like Verizon doesn't invest anything at all in rural areas...well Beaver just got a new site, maybe that's a sign for things to come in the future.

      I have never seen T-Mobile, Cricket, Sprint or Nextel have backup generators in Salt Lake either; I think I've seen one Cingular site but I'm not even sure about that.
    • JTVOIP
      Have you seen VZW's newest maps depicting future EVDO coverage? It shows they're planning on putting up 3G in central Utah in the middle of nowhere! It doesn't include Nephi, but it includes south from there. Why would they build out 3G in the middle of the desert???
    • Andy
      Exactly what I was wondering. The stretch they are putting EVDO seems to be the desert south of Nephi and north of Beaver...weird if you ask me, because I would have thought that Nephi, Beaver, Cedar City, etc. would get it first, and then the middle of nowhere.
      Hey, question, have you ever been to Escalante??
    • JTVOIP
      Exactly what I was wondering. The stretch they are putting EVDO seems to be the desert south of Nephi and north of Beaver...weird if you ask me, because I would have thought that Nephi, Beaver, Cedar City, etc. would get it first, and then the middle of nowhere.
      Hey, question, have you ever been to Escalante??[/QUOTE]

      Hmm...Escalante...can't say I've been there. What do they have? If there's an interesting cell site maybe I will have to go and take some pics.
    • Andy
      Hmm...Escalante...can't say I've been there. What do they have? If there's an interesting cell site maybe I will have to go and take some pics.[/QUOTE]

      I guess we'll have to wait and see what will happen.

      The reason I asked if you have ever been down there is because I'm probably gonna head down there soon and was jus wondering if you had any experiences, coverage wise there.
    • JTVOIP
      Hey Andy I think verizon reved up power, at least on the south-facing sector. My recent trip to Las Vegas I got real good readings all the way until the next hand off, abt five or so miles north of the omni-directional site just south of Nephi. No Rx readings weaker than a 90.
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  • Category:
    Utah (UT)
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    JTVOIP
    Date:
    Sep 11, 2006
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    Sectorized

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