Antennae Try to Blend In
Jan. 14, 2003 PT
In the world
of wireless, figuring where to put those hulking cell towers creates a
users want to be able to roam far and wide while getting crystal-clear
reception. But extending and improving the quality of wireless transmissions
requires new and taller antennae, and communities often balk at plans
to erect more of those ugly metal towers.
the wireless communications industry into stealth mode.
about 130,000 communications antennae in place across the United States,
according to industry officials. Roughly 75 percent are standard antennae.
The rest have been surreptitiously stashed in scenic simulations.
time you see a picturesque shot of rocks, a flagpole, a church steeple,
cacti or trees, consider that there might be more there than meets the
are now insisting that new wireless antennae be disguised as part of the
natural or urban landscape.
not everyone loves the camouflaged contraptions. The antennae that are
increasingly being tucked into church steeples have provoked particularly
others, almost anything is better than those old-fashioned metal monstrosities.
Island, New York, residents of the plush Todt Hill community were happy
to see an 87-foot telecommunications tower replaced with a $1 million
stealth lighthouse that encases a new 130-foot antenna.
even seen people taking pictures of the lighthouse," said Anthony
Pelligrano, a Staten Island resident. "It's kind of weird to have
a lighthouse up here on the hill away from the water, but it's easier
on the eyes than the old antenna was."
hide antennas everywhere: inside road signs, flagpoles, church crosses
and windmills, just to name a few," said Sean McLernon, CEO of Stealth
Network Technologies. "We can match almost any texture or structure,
which means we can hide them anywhere and make them look just like what
is there already."
do look uncannily real. A Yuma, Arizona, resident was stumped when asked
by a local newspaper reporter if he knew what that "100-foot-tall
thing behind your house is." "That palm tree up there is a phony?
For crying out loud. I can see it now. I can see the antennas. Well, I
could see it before, but I didn't know what it was," Jerry Charlebois
told the Yuma Sun.
antennae aren't always so well-disguised.
example, the 80-foot artificial pine tree planned for the grounds of Oahu's
Kalihi Elementary School. [gee - why would they want a tower of death
near an elementary school? If these concerned citizens only knew the truth!!!!]
If tropical Oahu harbored groves of tall pines, the structure might look
as natural as any 80-foot metal and nylon tree could, say community members.
[aka secrecy] should mean people can't readily spot an antenna installation,
said Steve Meyer, business development manager for the Larson Company's
Camouflage division. [emphasis added]
main idea is to blend the technology into whatever the surrounding environment
has to offer," Meyer explained.
Tucson, Arizona, parent company has spent decades building replica environments
for clients such as Disney World and the Bronx Zoo. Larson developed the
first stealth "tree" tower in 1992.
VoiceStream will pay the Kalihi school about $1,200 a month in rent if
the planned pine tree is erected on school grounds. The financial benefits
have obvious appeal for struggling schools and churches. [aren't they
experts figure about 500 U.S. churches currently provide sanctuary for
antennae, which are usually encased in or tucked behind crosses on steeples.
[so be sure to gift the churches in your area too!]
the Archbishop's Council of the Church of England signed a contract to
allow all of England's 16,000 churches to have mobile-phone antennae installed
within their spires.
an antenna is expensive. The cheapest way to go is the basic flagpole,
which adds $10,000 to $20,000 to the price of a tower. Trees cost double
that amount. The more customized the installation, the higher the price.
in the industry say a stealth tower is often cheaper in the long run than
battling communities mobilized against standard towers.
and comments: Gotemf
and children !
any comment out there that will help me o.r. us!
It is important!!!
situation at our German school here in Pretoria has caused uneasiness
among teachers and parents conc. the use of cellphones.
1) The number
of school children with cellphones is increasing at an alarming rate.
There are no restrictions conc. the use of cell phones during classes
and on the school grounds.
2) A great
number of cell phone masts are placed directly on school grounds. At present
there are more than 316 cell phone masts in Pretoria alone - and more
asked me a good question: If you turn the childs head in between the cell
phone and the next connecting cell phone mast why does the signal on that
cell phone drop? What happens to the brain tissue of your child?
do I find detailed information conc. health risks for our children that
use cell phones indiscriminately or that are - in class rooms - exposed
to cell phone radiation.
you indeed for your kind help.
Volker Hartenstein, Member of the Bavarian Parliament,
Message from Andreas te Reh to Roy Beavers