Posts Tagged ‘antennas’

How Mercy High School Makes a Few Extra Bucks: Hosting Lots of Cell Phone Tower Antennas on the Roof

Thursday, September 11th, 2014


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MERCY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 500; Location: 3250 19TH AVE; Grades: 9 – 12; Girls only)

Antenna Farm: The Misty Mountains of San Bruno – Or, the Reason Why You Can’t Watch the Olympics Using Rabbit Ears

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

These stubby nubbins are no match for Twin Peaks, so that’s why you can’t watch NBC without paying The Man on a monthly basis.

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It’s also why you can’t host a Super Bowl Party once every three years.

BTW, your local electeds just looove the Comcast monopoly – it’s kind of a failure of Democracy.

In closing, death to Comcast, death to Time Warner. Rise up, Comrades!


SFO ATC Tower, Telephoto

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Air traffic control, baby!

Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a fly-by:

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Such antennas!

Now THIS is a Cell Phone Tower – We Should Have These All Over San Francisco, NIMBYs Be Damned

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

It’s beautiful:

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Hang those who talk of less.

Maybe ATT, VRZ, SPR, and TMO all share this pole, in perfect harmony.

Learning From Japan, 2013: Cell Phone Towers Everywhere – Excellent Coverage – How Different From San Francisco!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Now this is how you get good cell phone service.

A common scene in the Land of the Rising  Sun. These antennas are all over the place:

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If San Francisco is the “World Capital of Innovation,” then every city in Japan is also The World Capital of Innovation.

Riced-Out “Survey Vehicle” From New Jersey: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

As seen on Masonic:

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My favorite touch is the aluminum foil on the exhaust tips.

What’s Hanging Off the Side of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – The Scariest-Looking Cell Phone Antennas Imaginable?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

That’s window cleaning equipment on the left, but what are those huge antennas on the right?

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OMG, Haight Ashbury Wireless Coverage Meeting Tonight! – Improving Cell Phone Service – AT&T in the 94117

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Don’t be a hater, don’t be like this guy:

Instead, you ought to do something about poor cell phone coverage in San Francisco.

Like what about you Upper Haight, Cole Valley, Panhandle, NoPA people? Why don’t you come on over to tonight’s big meeting regarding cell phone service.

Check it:

“October 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Haight Ashbury Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street”

All right, see you there!

“Dear Neighbor,

We want to have a conversation with you about improving wireless coverage in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco. We would like to invite you to attend a community workshop to discuss our plans to upgrade service in the Haight-Ashbury. These upgrades will provide improved coverage and better wireless service.

To learn more: attend a community workshop at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Park Branch Library, at 1833 Page Street. 

This community workshop is an opportunity for you and your neighbors to discuss wireless infrastructure with us in an informal setting.  We will be ready to talk about our broad plans for the city and specific plans for your neighborhood.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity for us to have a dialogue about San Francisco’s wireless infrastructure needs.  For questions or additional information please contact 415-646-0972 or

Marin NIMBYs Tolerate a Verizon Cell Phone Tower Installation in Sausalito – Improved Service for Tennessee Valley – Hurray!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

I’ve never used the Verizon – I’m not sure what makes it so great, you know, the way people say it’s so great.

Or some people, anyway:

No matter. We all win when more cell towers go up, right? Hurray!

As here, with the news of a new cellie in the southern part of Marin County.

Of course it’s somewhat absurd to consider each installation a victory over the NIMBYs, but that’s what it’s come to. (When you’re participating in trench warfare, even moving the battle line forward 100 yards is cause for celebration.)

Here it is, a full-fledged press release for just one (1) tower going up.


“New Cell Site Helps Sausalito, California, Residents and Visitors Make More Calls, Download More Apps and Stay Connected

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., July 28, 2011 – Calling, downloading apps and surfing the web on the Verizon Wireless 3G network is now easier and faster for residents and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to a new cell site, Sausalito, California. The site expands 3G wireless coverage and capacity along Highway 101, Highway 1 and Tennessee Valley Road.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $5.7 billion in its California network since being founded in 2000.  Nationally, the company has invested more than $65 billion over that same period to increase the coverage and capacity of its network, and to add new services.

In Northern California, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network covers more than five million people.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, 4G LTE coverage extends south to San Jose and east to Oakland.  In addition, Verizon’s 4G LTE footprint recently expanded in the Bay Area to include parts of Marin and Solano Counties, as well as Fresno and Sacramento. For more information, please visit:

Verizon Wireless on Twitter

To stay up-to-date on Verizon Wireless news in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawai’i, follow @VZWheidi on Twitter at

For the latest network-related news, information and upgrades follow @VZWNetwork on Twitter at

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at”

Here’s Your Chance to Improve AT&T Cellular Service in the 415 – New, Improved Cell Towers All Over Town

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I used to laugh at AT&T…

…but no longer.

People, you got to get out there and let AT&T put up towers and otherwise improve service. My sweet T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G isn’t going to work so hot post-merger unless you get out there and support a cell tower or something.

You live next to 3165 Steiner Street or someplace in Cow Hollow or the Marina? Well, then start fighting those NIMBYs post-haste.

Thusly (but please remember to double-check starting times if you’re actually going to go down to City Hall):

AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco and your support will help. AT&T proposes a new cell site at 3165 Steiner Street on top of the city-owned Lombard Street Garage.  In addition to improving wireless coverage for the residents of Marina and Cow Hollow, this upgrade will provide improved wireless coverage for commuters and residents who travel along the busy Lombard Street corridor, which is the gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge and US 101N.

You can show your support for better coverage in this area of San Francisco by emailing the Planning Commissioners and letting them know you supportAT&T’s efforts to improve service across San Francisco and specifically at the Lombard Garage location:


Attend the Planning Commission hearing at 2pm, on July 28, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall, Room 400.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends, neighbors and family members. AT&T wants all of our customers to enjoy the convenience, safety and security of quality wireless service now, and for many years to come. Your support will make a big difference.

For additional information go to

“There are a number of opportunities for you to learn more about our efforts to upgrade San Francisco’s wireless network, or speak up to support our work to bring you a better wireless experience. These events are usually community meetings, planning commission hearings, or meetings of the Board of Supervisors.

Please feel free to invite your friends, neighbors and family members. Your attendance at these meetings will make a big difference.

All Planning Commission Meetings are on Thursdays at San Francisco City Hall at 1:00pm.

Date Location Project #
July 28, 2011 Visitacion,
199 Leland Avenue
August 4, 2011 POA Credit Union,
501 6th Street
September 8, 2011 Project Open Hand,
726 Polk Street
September 15, 2011 Condor Club,
301½ Columbus
September 15, 2011 Chinese Hospital,
1099 Powell Street
September 15, 2011 Pottery Barn,
400 Castro Street
September 15, 2011 Monaco,
201 9th Street
September 15, 2011 Mission Parking Garage W,
833 Mission
September 22, 2011 Church of the Fellowship,
1515 Broadway
September 22, 2011 539 Bryant Street CC5238

Don’t see your neighborhood on this list? Contact us if you’d like to schedule a Community Meeting in your area.

Date Meeting Location Proposed Site
July 27 Tenderloin Recreation Center,
570 Ellis Street
RJ’s Sports Bar,
709 Geary Street
July 28 County Fair Bulding-Garden Room,
1199 9th Avenue
Woodside International School,
1555 Irving Street
August 3 Mission YMCA,
4080 Mission Street
3999 Mission Street
August 10 Grace Cathedral Chapter Room,
1100 California Street
Thai Thai Noodle,
1400 California Street