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Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by clock3687, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. clock3687

    clock3687 Cell Signal?????? Use it!
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    My guess is that either T-Mobile or Sprint are on that tower, but that is just a guess. The best way to find out is to go to the bottom of this tower where the equipment sits and see if there's a number/logo/name anywhere...usually there is and that will lead you to know who the providers are.
     
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    I agree with Andy. T-Mobile on the top and Sprint on the bottom.
     
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    We agree for once??? :D
     
  5. clock3687

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    Ok I did a little digging around and found out that the tower is owned by global signal (gsignal.com) and that they have bought out all of the sprint tower leases for this area...so that makes sense. however, its not a t-mobile site on top, cause i get crappy reception sitting right next to it, :lmao: (confirmed by slipping my sim into another phone.) Who else would that be?
     
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    If you go Settings on your T-Mobile Phone,
    then Manual Network Selection and see Cingular
    Then it's Cing since you get a strong Signal w/ Cing.
    You may Not even see T-Mob since they have No Signal.
     
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    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    Yep Global signal is very likely to be Sprint. So it's Sprint and some other 1900 Mhz carrier. Who else uses 1900 Mhz in that market?
     
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    They'll always be Pinnacle to me. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, in your neck of the woods. Pinnacle didn't have much of a presence out here. Not near as many sites as ATC/SS.
     
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    Just curious are there any identification Guidelines to identify panels for carriers, I know that Sprint does one panel per sector, but there's gotta be more identifying marks that should distinguish the carrier.
     
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    They were very weak up here as well, but in a past life I did a lot of business with them...when they were still paying their bills :D
     
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    That's pretty hard to do as the antennas and configuration used will vary from market to market. This is especially true with Cingular and Verizon Wireless as their networks are comprised of many bought out networks and many of the antennas in use are the ones installed by the networks original owner. The best advice is to look through the gallery here and see the antennas used. Hopefully most of them are properly identified (I know mine are :biggrin:) and you can use the pictures as a learning guide.
     
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    Funny you mention that, one of my friends systems (located at a Pinnacle site) went off the air several years back, when he went up to investigate he found the power disconnected and a red disconnect tag from the power company.
     
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    If you can get close enough to the base of the tower, check out either the electrical meters or on the transmitter boxes to see what carrier is there. I know when I am not sure I will go to the base & from outside the fence I can ususally find out which carrier is there. I don't know if they do this in other states, but by me each carriers name is next to their electric meter.
     
  17. clock3687

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    Ok im a retard...i just looked at the power meter and that is infact t-mo...now that means that the tower isnt working properly, or is giving off a very very low signal (only 1-2 bars standing right outside the fence), t-mo doesnt look like they want to do nething about it, should i call global..err...pinaccle about this one?
     
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    I wouldn't, remember those panels are "sectorized" meaning they are aimed at a direction. if you get away from the tower about 100 feet you should have good signal, what you're catching is the bleed off of the panels.
     
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    Global signal is responsible for the actual physical tower, not the service coming from it. Call up TMobile as see what they say. Ask to open a ticket on the issue.
     
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    Honestly, if you were getting a really good signal from a cell site standing at the base og the tower, it would cause for concern. It should not propogate/radiate straight down, therefore yoi are getting another site or lobe emissions which is what should be happening if the tilts are set properly on an average site.
     
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    Called up T-Mobile and they said that the poor cell phone service in the area due to a "seasonal" issue. They were working on it and gave me 200 minutes to use over the next few months. :rolleyes: Coverage in my area looks something like this...Its obviously geared towards the golf course. I told them that there was a lot of development in the area and they said they would look into that as well. Well see if nething improves.
     

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    Umm actually here in So. Cal I ALWAYS get a full signal from a tower when standing directly beneath it. There's more than enough signal bleeding that propogates downward to give about a -60 dbs rssi level on my phone. Most phones will show full signal strength at up to -75 dbs.
     
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    If you are only getting 1-2 bars that close then the tower is not functioning properly or for some reason is only powered at a low level. The only other possibilily I can think of is that it might be a repeater. A repeater will have a lower signal reading than a regular cell site.
     
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    If thats the case, then wats the range of one of these repeaters. I live less than 2500ft away from it. I understand that the signal is "aimed" at a particular place. And wat would the chances be that they would change that, cause there is a lot of development (theres plans for a casino and lots of housing) out here and they will definately need to boost the capacity to handle it.
     
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    I would be willing to bet when standing below a tower, your -60 is going to be from another site. That doesn't matter where in the world you are...it is simple physics of the propogation.
     
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    Unfortunately, im not able to put my phone into field test mode to tell you exactly wat the db signal would be under the tower, but when i did that diagram i was at least 75-300ft away from the tower on all sides. The next cell phone towers are about 3 miles away in either direction, so would they have much of an effect on the propogation of that signal?
     
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