[OSM-talk] Antennas and radio networks supports mapping
eric at christensenplace.us
Thu Jul 16 13:23:16 UTC 2015
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 01:27:40 PM Suzan Reed wrote:
> May I suggest contacting the American Radio Relay League, ARRL? With all
> the technically knowledgable people in the organization, and their interest
> in humanitarian readiness (ARES) they are sure to have information useful
> to map antennas.
I'm curious what question we're actually trying to answer here. I'm a member
of the ARRL and have been in radio communications (both amateur and public
safety) for 18 years so I'll happily try to answer any questions related to
It would seem that we already handle tagging that describes the tower. I
would suspect that for most people they are making an assumption that what
they are seeing is mobile phone infrastructure when they see the typical panel
or sector antennas. That may not be the case, however.
In the USA, all tower structures (over a certain height) must be registered
with the FCC and these records are freely available on their website under the
Antenna Support Structure listings. You can then cross reference the tower ID
with the frequencies associated with a license that says they are at that
tower. Of course the licenses don't always reflect the geographic location of
all of their gear so you might miss something. Also, amateur radio equipment
at these tower sites aren't recorded.
I would think that knowing a tower is a communications tower is sufficient.
Knowing the height of the tower would be nice, too. There are also ways to
describe the construction of the tower. Knowing what's on the tower may not
always be known and could be subject to change.
I believe you meant http://www.arrl.org
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