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jamesonnorth

join:2012-12-22
Modoc, IN
reply to jcharr1

Re: Help IDing antennas

I'm not a Verizon tower expert by any means, but that could very possibly be a lightning rod and not an antenna. I've never seen a Verizon tower that uses an omni antenna, because the actual gain from omni antennas is much lower when staying under the FCC's amp guidelines. Most all cell towers use sector (panel) antennas on all sides. These have a 60 degree or 120 degree horizontal span and do the same job as an omni while providing better range and supporting more wireless clients.

LTE equipped towers should simply have three or more sets of these antennas versus two sets for a normal tower. You have one for legacy 1x, at least one set for 3G, and at least one set for LTE, since they all use different frequencies, amps, etc.