Bracketed Monopole

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The Bracketed Monopole

Most wireless communication facilities attach 6 to 12 feet long brackets to a hollow steel pole. The cellular panel antennas are attached to the brackets that are attached near the top of the pole. One pole may house the antenna of multiple carriers (known as co-location) and there may be other types of antennas attached, including parabolic antennas for microwave frequencies. The hollow steel pole on which all these antennas are mounted is known as the monopole. These poles are self-supporting and do not require guy wires.
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It is difficult to mitigate the visual impact of the traditionally designed wireless telecommunication array mounted on a monopole. Because trees inhibit the cellular signal, the poles are designed to rise above the treeline at sufficient distance to still allow co-location. The higher they are the larger their range, and so they are often sited on high ground, which means that they are typically quite visible. A chain link fence and equipment shed often accompany the monopole with the number of equipment sheds equal to the number of carriers located on the pole.

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