Re: AT&T/American Tower sites
- Good points, Daryl, but again, from the point of view of the management
business, the cost of removal of such an involved system such as a KS
and it's waveguide is so substantial that it will not be done unless it
needs to be done, or a buyer is available for the old stuff.
If there is absolutely no other way to mount a new customer, you can bet
those horns will go bye-bye. You can bet the farm on it. But faced
with the cost of that, a side mount arrangement around them would be
much more preferable to most users.
In the several hundred sites we have, we have 3 old MCI self-supporting
sites; there are cellular arrays on each. We've been lucky....have not
had to remove the biggies yet. There is one array that is circled
around the tower at the same level as two Andrew horns.....was no
But....get that documentation going! I'm just trying to say to not quit
your day job! <g>
Daryl Gibson wrote:
> From: Daryl Gibson <drgibson@...>
> My original point, and one that I think Albert was commenting on,
> was that some of the AT&T towers are in prime real estate areas -- for
> example, AT&T's Salt Lake City Junction tower, a beautiful piece of
> engineering, is in a prime spot looking over the valley -- and I would
> those towers to change soon after the cutover, since they would have
> value. Some of the AT&T sites here in the West are along major roadways
> (relatively so) or within line-of-sight distance from those roadways...
> but others are out-of-the-way sites that you never see unless you're
> for them, and would only allow cell service to a few jackrabbits and a
> prairie dog
> town or two. So...I will try and document the sites that I believe are
> commercially valuable first, and take a chance on getting to the others
> at a future date. Sooner or later, though, most of those microwave sites
> going to change over, because the same piece of tower that now holds an
> old microwave horn is going to be a prime spot for a PCS antenna, and
> American Tower
> isn't going to let nostalgia stand in the way of profit.
Thanks for your insight into the tower business. I've noticed how American
is gobbling up sites here in the DC area. They own a big multi-tenant FM
tower a few miles from my house, and they've got the old Western Union
tower in NW DC, as well as a lot of the AT&T sites.
I haven't seen any AT&T horns removed under American's ownership.
Generally, the only horns taken down around here were those on the downtown
COs, and that was done some time ago, apparently by Bell Atlantic. There
is one AT&T site (Germantown, MD) where the microwave antennas were removed
to make room for a large number of cellular arrays.
It will be interesting to see what American does with the AT&T sites. Some
of them were looking a little shabby. I can imagine that the scrap value
of the horns wouldn't justify the cost of a rigger to remove them, and that
the launching networks wouldn't be of much use today. BTW, those networks
are interesting to see up close, especially the ones which have three
rectangular waveguides of different sizes going into them from the radios,
and a single circular guide going up to the the antenna. I'll bet most of
the people who are installing cell sites at those towers don't have any
idea what that stuff did.
- Also, it looks like the AT&T site names are in all upper-case letters on
the database listing by state.
From: Daryl Gibson <drgibson@...>
>Now, this allows those of us who are tower junkies an interesting bit of
>American Tower's database at their web site lists the AT&T towers that
>be (or have been) purchasing...and they tend to trend towards the bottom
>list and be labelled as "self supporting." If you ever wanted to look up
>location, between AT's database, and the FCC database, the time has
>never been better.
The American Tower web site has had its share of operational anomalies,
including a brief period when a search for towers in VA would bring up a
list of CA locations! It seems to be working OK at this moment - the
SiteSearch link should being up a list box where you can search by state,
and a set of boxes for a lat-lon-radius search.
There are some interesting former AT&T sites listed. I was surprised to
see Omps, WV (misfiled under VA) is an American Tower property, since it
is/was Mount Weather's AT&T microwave interface. At least, I'm pretty sure
it's the AT&T site; there's a 1-sec. difference in latitude and a 3-sec.
difference in longitude versus the March '98 FCC database, perhaps
attributable to the NAD27-83 conversion. The ground AMSL elevations are
Also, American Tower now owns the Kates (misspelled "Ketes") Mountain site
in WV - this was the AT&T link for the Greenbrier bunker, and one of a long
chain of stations. Again, a slight lat/lon difference vs. the old FCC
From: "Mike Jacobs" <mwj116@...>
>I have been watching the American Tower site for some time, and I
>don't actually see a list of their sites. When I follow the
>"SiteSearch" link, it just tells me that I will be able to search their
>database of sites, without actually telling me how. Am I missing a
>link? Or is their site (website) on the fritz?