Jun 22, 2015 - 02:27 PM
Water tanks are a convenient way for carriers to place antennas on an existing structure. Below are photos of 2 different types of water tank structures and the antennas on each. The second picture shows a cylinder water tank, not how the top is curved like an egg, that makes them particularly fun to work on. In this instance the antennas are attached to the side of the tank as well as on top of the tank. Most of those mounts have to be welded to the water tank. Finally in the third picture there is what we call a golf ball water tank that is a big blob on a single pedestal. Usually, you climb up the inside of the pedestal and then exit a top port or a side port to access the antennas. In this case the port is on top of the "golf ball" and the antennas are on top of the tank. It is not unusual to see antennas further down the round globe of the water tank. In order to install antenna and work on antennas at that location the climbers have to install ropes on the top of the water tank and descend over the side of the tank to where the antennas will be installed.