T-Mobile Lease of Bell-Tower for a Base Station

(Back in 2005, the Diocese were pursuing a lease with Sprint, but they never concluded deal.
Now getting Diocesan approval for multi-year lease with T-Mobile for cell-site base station antennas: this facility will provide much-needed lightning protection for the church bell-tower)


See T-Mobile  photo-simulation
of the antennas: a) view from street, b) close-up of tower

T-Mobile need this site to deal with a cell-tower coverage gap in Eastwood, zip code 77023
(
Once lease terms are agreed with the Diocese, may be 4th Quarter 2008 before it's installed)

PROPOSED SYSTEM (see floor plans of ground floor & above and of basement: they are 36" * 24" PDFs)

  • Multiple vertical antennas on the bell-tower roof, each aimed toward nearby cell-tower
  • Power/Telco rack/transmission equipment located on 1st floor roof (Telephone Rd side)
  • 200A service & separate sub-meter located in basement-level shared mechanical room
  • Grounding system located outside mechanical room, on Eastwood street side of church
  • T-Mobile to have 24/7 access to electrical service, transmission equipment & antenna:
    accommodate with ADT card, security code, add 2nd floor door, and bell-tower ladder.

Plan and elevation view of their proposed installation (Exhibit B of the proposed lease).


UNDERSTANDING CELL TOWERS

Base station antennas
, concealment, positioning and RF comm'ns in plain language.

Also check out discussion blog and photos of other churches that have steeple antennas.


TIMING IMPLICATIONS
T-Mobile installation is many months off, and scaffolding on bell-tower has already come down. Replacing galvanized ladder in bell-tower will require re-scaffolding: get quote from D. Orlando?
Also need to enlarge the attic opening from third-floor Telco closet, add fixed ladder into attic