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Tower Prospecting

Discussion in 'Cell Tower Hunting Club' started by Blue_Tech, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. Blue_Tech

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    Just got back from Clearwater Beach in Florida, and I noticed at least 40+ towers along I-75 through Georgia and North Florida that have NO antennas on them???

    Anyone know of a carrier who is preparing for expansion down there? By the looks of the deserted states of the compounds, someone has built them in hopes of leasing the space out. Tall weeds, no buildings, no waveguides, no antennas, nothing! Most of them are freestanding units, but there are a few guyed towers as well.
     
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    Could they be for use for something else such as radio or emergency services that don't require cellular type panels?
     
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    Thats a very good possibility, but there were no antenna's at all. No panels, no omni-directional sticks, no parabolics, nothing! No coax either. Currently, these towers are dormant.

    A few of them have the mounts on them for cellular type panels, I am very familiar with these since I used to install them for a tower company about 3 years ago. However, panels can still be used for just about anything if the frequency is correct.
     
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    Word is Cingular is going to use those sites after the integration of AT&T :browani:
     
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    Who owns towers down there? American Tower, SpectraSite or Crown Castle?
     
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    Do you think a company like those mentioned above just built these towers hoping someone would rent/lease space on them?

    On the other hand, it would seem dumb of a specfic carrier to put up 40+ sites, and put panels on them after erecting 40+ sites...wouldn't it be smarter to go one by one and not erect tons of sites and have them stand empty and useless for such a long time?
     
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    Well. How is the coverage for all cariers there? And how long have those "deserted" sites been there? And also, how long a strech of road are we talking about with 40+ sites? Were they spaced for PCS or Cellular?
     
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    Hard to say whose towers those are. It would be cool to see pictures of these towers. Maybe an FCC database search would answer this question.
     
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    Well, Bluegrass Cellular showed no service in small parts of central Georgia, and Verizon is our biggest partner...

    This was along about 250+ miles of Interstate 75. That's 6.25 miles average spacing, so my guess is PCS. Nortels target range for CDMA Base Stations is something like 5.5 miles.

    Judging by the overgrowth at some of the sites, I'd say at least since last summer.

    If its pre-emptive tactics for possible exspansion of an existing carrier, the better solution would have been to buy the land and procure the permits and licenses but not build the actual tower itself until the need arises. Its easier to sell land than towers. A Rohn Titan 250 Footer goes for about $20,000 new. Add about another $10K to have a tower crew put it up.

    All in all, I was perplexed... Maybe they are not cell towers at all but bungee jumping/base jumping platforms??? :loony: I think we are headed back down there soon, I'll see if I cant get some pictures.
     
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