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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:14 AM #1
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Question Tower by Walmart in Westminster

A new tower went up in Westminster by the Walmart and across the street from the new Point Breeze Credit Union.

Surveillance? Communications? Russians? Aliens?

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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:24 AM #2
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FCC tower registration:
http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrS...regKey=2696596

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FCC tower registration:
http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrS...regKey=2696596

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So a cell tower? I thought they would be much taller, like the ones by highways. Or is it for something else? Maybe security for the Credit Union?

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There were quite a few of these that looked similar throughout London. New technology?
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There were quite a few of these that looked similar throughout London. New technology?
Probably a zoning and land use issue. Sometimes the NIMBYs force the comm companies to make the towers 'look prettier', at times even requiring them to 'look like trees'.
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There are quite a few of these being put up around town. I thought they were for the new Ting network that has a contract with Westminster.
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It appears to be omni-directional compared to the conventional antenna array like these:
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It appears to be omni-directional compared to the conventional antenna array like these:
It's an architectural shroud around many small vertically lined up directional antennas. Microwave spectrum is so expensive that the cell carriers would not waste any of it with a omnidirectional antenna.
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It's an architectural shroud around many small vertically lined up directional antennas. Microwave spectrum is so expensive that the cell carriers would not waste any of it with a omnidirectional antenna.
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Probably a zoning and land use issue. Sometimes the NIMBYs force the comm companies to make the towers 'look prettier', at times even requiring them to 'look like trees'.


There's one dressed like a tree on the north side of 200. Sticks out like a sore....
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Those of you familar with Scott's Gunsmithing have probably noticed the tower across the street at Corkran Middle School masquerading as the school's sign.

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If you look at the big cross at the intersection of Rt. 27 and 482 Northeast of Westminster, you are actually looking at a T-Mobile Cellular tower.
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There's one dressed like a tree on the north side of 200. Sticks out like a sore....
Yeah, if you see some weird-ass tree, it's often not a tree.

I personally think a tubular tower with identical antennas lined up along the shaft looks least intrusive. Freestanding lattice towers with a crows nest on top and different carriers antenna farms spread along the top third are the ugliest.

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There is also a giant flag pole by the airport at the trucking place that is a tower.
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They want to place a few of these "small towers" along the boardwalk in OC. I think that idea was scrapped.
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You should deep the ODAS system going in in Baltimore.
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I stopped as the crew was installing the one by Walmart. I asked. Excuse me, can you guys tell me what that thing is. Smart ass with a beard says "it's a pole" then I ask well what's the thing on the top he said "it's a topper". So I was like ok thanks Di**. And drove away.

Those things are all over now.

There are a few with out the topper. One next the chic fil. And the bank.
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Looks like a new mini cell to me, they are usually used to help with coverage and capacity in a growing area to avoid having to build another full size macro cell site. You'll probably gonna notice them popping up all over. Eventually they're gonna put a lot of them in street light poles.
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At least it looks better than a tree cleverly disguised as a cell tower.

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