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Jonathan Kramer

Why Store the Signal?

This unknown carrier makes its home at a Public Storage location in Rowland Heights, California.

Why Store the Signal?
Jonathan Kramer, Oct 29, 2005
Rowland Heights
Location / Street Address:
19102 E Walnut Dr N
Landmarks or cross street:
SR60 (Riverside Highway) at S Nogales St
ZIP Code:
Structure Type:
Attached to or on a building
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Don't know
Number of Carriers:
    • Jay2TheRescue
      I took a picture of a tower today that was on a mini storage lot. the equipment was housed inside one of the storage units and the tower and generator were outside on the end of the building. I'll upload the pic tonight.
    • larry
      I'm 90% sure that's a Sprint site.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      Just wondering - what makes you think so? I have trouble identifying carriers on a tower unless there's a sign somewhere on the site. The site I visited today had a Verizon sticker on one of the pieces of equipment so that is the only one I can identify for sure.
    • larry
      I can tell by the panet type, color of panels, number of panels, etc. After spending years looking for these things I've picked up a few tricks.
    • larry
      It's definetly not Verizon or Nextel and it's not the former AT&T panels either. It's either Sprint, or Cingular/T-Mobile 1900 Mhz.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      Ok, I guess its just gonna take me some time to be able to identify it like you do.
    • Jonathan Kramer

      I have a bunch of self-storage cell sites at my other place. Maybe that's the next competition. Who can photograph the greatest number of self storage cell sites!

    • Jonathan Kramer
      Jay, it takes time to develop a finely tuned nose, especially for the truly camouflaged sites. One trick I use is to keep an eye on the various manufacturers of camo trees/domes/towers etc for style purposes.

    • Jonathan Kramer

      It's a site that's been there for a while. One of the ways I find out the carrier is simply picking up the phone and calling the manager. Most of the time the'll say who it is.

    • Andy
      If I had to guess, I'd say it's a former Cingular/now T-mobile 1900 site.
    • larry
      Agreed. Has to be by process of elimination and the fact that Cingular was very agressive building sites in that part of LA compared to other carriers.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      I found a few cammo sites by putting my phone into engineering mode and following the signal. Once I find some really strong signal I start looking really hard.
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    Oct 29, 2005
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