26th August 2009, 11:41 AM #1
Pros & Cons of Cell Towers
Like any other decision about how to modify the business, there are pros and cons to cell-tower arrangements. This article breaks down the different factors to consider and gives good instructions for how to make a connection (no pun intended) with a mobile carrier:
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26th August 2009, 04:12 PM #2Junior Member
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I HIGHLY recommend that you stay as far away from any cell tower as possible. Over the past ten years, the tower that is adjacent to our 11 acre facility is struck on a regular basis. Every time it gets struck, we loose equipment, whether it is alarm panels, keypads or cameras. To answer every bodies next question, YES every keypad, camera and alarm panel is grounded. We have gone to GREAT lengths to surge protect and ground everything. We have ground rods at the keypads that go 150' deep and meg out to .0005 (which is as good as it gets) and still loose keypads. When a cell tower is struck by lightning, it dissipates its electrical charge into the ground, from there it is picked up in any or all of the underground low voltage wiring and follows it to your camera,keypad or alarm. Regardless of what a cell company is willing to pay you for a lease, it won't come close to paying for all the equipment that will get fried. We have estimated our loses over the past 10 years to be in excess of $150,000. That averages out to $15,000 per year. So if you are considering a cell tower lease, you better get more than $1,000 per MONTH!! I could go on for pages about the details of all the issues but my typing fingers are already worn out. If anyone cares to contact me directly regarding this, I can be reached at 850-656-2890.
26th August 2009, 11:24 PM #3
That might be good advice for properties located in thunderstorm country, but to recommend that everybody stay away from cell towers in all locations is foolish. The money to be made with a cell tower on your property is the BY FAR the highest price per square foot of any unit you currently offer. In our case, we're making 5x what the units would rent for on a monthly basis, every month like clockwork. I have found our Sprint tower to be completely worry free, the installation and maintenance of the site could not have been easier.
Here in northern California, I would take a few dozen more cell towers if I could get them.
27th August 2009, 09:23 AM #4Moderator
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Steve is in Tallahassee, Fl. I can tell you that everything in that area is susceptble to lightning hits. Been there and done that. Storman, you are correct that if you are not in a location that gets lots of lightning, let the cell towers roll.Bob Taylor (Astro)
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27th August 2009, 09:55 AM #5
We don't get lightning - I would kill for a cell tower!!!Wayne
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1st September 2009, 05:09 PM #6
I love my cell tower! We just re did our lease, extended the term. We do revenue share so when they add co-locates and users we get increased rent.
Cell Towers are cool.
6th September 2009, 12:36 PM #7Member
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We were close to a cell tower set-up, but I believe it fell through because the engineers didn't like our location. We're the middle of 3 2+ story buildings, and I don't think they liked the shadowing effect for their target signal path. Hopefully we will get some more good luck come our way with another offer!