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Sprint Adding Cdma To An Iden Site With A Cow Being Deployed

Not sure if this COW is related to the Nextel & Sprint sites which are located on the utility tower and have a separate equipment shed. There are three pictures of this from different views.

Sprint Adding Cdma To An Iden Site With A Cow Being Deployed
larry, Jan 11, 2011
Location / Street Address:
13324 1/2 Grove Avenue
ZIP Code:
Structure Type:
Radio/Latticed tower
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Multiple Types
Number of Carriers:
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
Carrier on 2nd highest antenna:
    • larry
      Also note that the new Sprint CDMA panels are now round cylinder shaped as opposed to the more flat shape that they have been using for years. These new style of antennas are being used on all new sites as of 4 months ago. Not sure why they changed them.
    • Yankees368
      I can tell you exactly why, as was told to me by telcomjunkie. Those round panels, which are used in this market by MetroPCS, can have the actual antenna inside rotate. This can either be done from the ground, or from an office. This enables Sprint to change the coverage pattern without physically sending someone up the structure to change it. He also said that they are more expensive than a usual panel, of course.

      Do the panels look like this?

      From another metroPCS DAS node, he said this: " These are cool antennas, the azimuth can be changed electronically from the ground. Props to Metro for shelling out some $$$! "

      Looks like he can give props to Sprint now!
    • larry
      Yep that is it! Funny I sent telcomjunkie a message earlier asking if he knew about this. lol Sprint is using these on all of their new sites around here.
    • Yankees368
      Maybe this is a part of their network modernization doohickey stuff. Can't hurt to be able to adjust the coverage pattern easily. I never liked the 1 panel per sector deployment that Sprint usually users, it ends up with gaps in the beamwidth of the antenna edges.
    • larry
      Yeah I was thinking it was related to the network modernization project.

      I don't think there's any difference between 1 panel per sector or 2 panels per sector if the azimuth is the same. If modern technology allows for both transmit and receive from one panel than why not do it? They no longer need the old school 4 panels per sector that some of the other carriers still use.

      But maybe they should be doing something more like Metro PCS who uses the odd 6 sector azimuth pattern which to me makes good sense.
    • Yankees368
      I looked up the site on google maps, what carrier is on the adjacent power structure? T-Mobile shows no tower at that location, which is probably why that COW is there until they get a site up.
    • larry
      As far as I know only Nextel and Sprint (CDMA/iDEN) are in this area. No other sites that I can see within 1/2 mile or so.
    • Yankees368
      What about on the power structure right next to the Sprint one? There is at least one carrier on it in google maps street view:
    • larry
      That cell site was not there two days ago when I took my pictures! Hmmm maybe T-Mobile moved their site to the Sprint tower which would explain the COW?
    • Yankees368
      You will have to sort this one out for us. It isn't too often that a tower gets taken down. Maybe the are planning on removing that structure (or replacing it), and are getting ready to put up a monopole?
    • larry
      Yeah now my curiosity is up. I will re-visit the site again in a month or two and see what happened.
    • larry
      Also right now there's an equipment box right in between the two utility towers that runs over to the COW with the cables buried underground. In the Google maps street view none of that is shown so those Google pics were taken a while ago. Did you see the white horse under the Sprint tower on the google view? That horse was there yesterday too! The lot across the street is shown as an empty lot but now it is a big construction site.
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