There's a tower 2 min walk from my house!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Loves2spoon, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2010
    So I noticed there is an AT&T tower that's 70ft high and 2 min from my house, nothing blocking it's view in any way. I get 1-3 bars of 3G?
  2. The Great Boony macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2010
    If you're too close to the tower, you wont be getting a signal from it... Signals go out, not down
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Yep, it's like an umbrella when you're that close.
  4. DukeOfHunslet macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Hunslet, England
    2 mins walk = 700 feet from the mast. That 'should' be OK.

    Each site is different and the transmitter density has a great deal to do with antennae tilt and power output.

    The two biggest causes of poor signal in obvious signal locations are.

    No dominant server.
    A zone in between 2 or more masts where the phone cannot decide which of the masts to be served from. The constant jumping causes signal loss (how's your battery drain?)

    Sector division
    i.e. you are directly between one of the 3 (sometimes 4) sectors of a mast. Imagine looking at a 'Nuclear' warning sign - that's how the mast blows out signal. Each sector on a larger mast has two masts pointing out to fill that entire sector - this creates a 'blind' spot between the sectors if you are close. Imagine Mercedes 3 pointed star logo... The further from the cell the signal converges but close up you are in one of those point.
  5. dryja123 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    That's a pretty brisk walk if you ask me.

    Let's say you take a step almost every second, 65 steps in a minute, and cover approximately a yard [3 feet] per step. You will cover, approximately, 390 feet in 2 minutes.
  6. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
  7. nickmccally macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2010

    You take some big steps!
  8. TheyCallMeSaint macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2010
    Yeah, it would realistically be about 1/2 to 3/4 a yard per step. That would be from 195 to 290-ish feet. Meaning, you're right underneath the tower.

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