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Nextel equipment box hidden with fake boulder

Nextel recently installed about 5 micro-cells along Carbon Canyon Road between Brea and Chino Hills. The antennas are attached to power poles but Nextel is the only carrier to disguise their equipment boxes with a fake rock looking type of cover.

Nextel equipment box hidden with fake boulder
larry, Jan 27, 2006
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Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
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Cellular 800/850 MHz
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Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
    • JFB
      Wow, a car could just smash right into that.
    • larry
      Yes I was thinking the same thing. It's gonna happen.
    • Andy
      They probably made it look like a huge, scary rock so people would go out of its way and be scared of it;)
    • Jonathan Kramer
      Larry, I believe these are NextG DAS "RUCs". I'm working with NextG in Rolling Hills Estates to place 7 new DAS sites, and I worked with Calabasas to place 6 of the NextG DAS sites in that City. Good photo! j
    • KiwiSurfer
      Nice to see some microcells being installed in rural areas. I guess the mcirocells covers little dead spots not covered by a main site?
    • Jonathan Kramer
      Good (early) afternoon, tomorrow, Kiwi! Nope, this appears to be part of a distributed antenna system. Do you have any down there yet?

      For lurkers, a DAS system works something like this: The low power RF output of a cell site is upconverted to light, then sent via fiber to a DAS site, then downconverted back to RF. The process is reversed for the uplink. This is something like a repeater.

      Who knew you could send RF via fiber, eh? :browani:

    • chuikov
      Larry, is this the final installation?

      It looks like it's in the road right-of-way. And no bollards. Dang, this is a site acquisition, construction and maintenance nightmare!
    • larry
      As far as I know it is. But I'm not sure.
    • ShoresGuy
      Obviously you did :) :D. A truck could also serious smash that setup to pieces.
    • Jonathan Kramer
      I'm reminded of a Debbie Boone song title: :music:

      "You light of my life"

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