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How can you tell? Cell Attenna

Discussion in 'Cell Tower Hunting Club' started by RobSaah, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. RobSaah

    RobSaah New Member

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    Hi,

    How can you tell T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon antennas apart from each other?
     
  2. RadioRaiders

    RadioRaiders RF Black-Belt
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    You can't really tell just by looking at the antennas, unless you are familiar with who uses what kind of antennas exactly, and even that is difficult. Where I live there are 3 operators, and one of them owns the fixed-lines network, so I can usually tell which antennas belong to them because the other 2 operators usually have microwave dishes on them for backhaul.
     
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  3. Jonathan Kramer

    Jonathan Kramer Telecom Atty/RF Engr.
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    RobSaah,

    As already mentioned, it's difficult to tell the players by their equipment alone. Now at AT&T is using Air 21 antennas, you can't assume that it's a T-Mobile site.

    What I do is to look for the door/fence sign that give the NOC phone number. You can tell a lot about ownership from the signs.

    Good luck!

    Jonathan
     
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