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FEATURE ARTICLE Article continued from page 15 porary measure. This is generally less risky than just replacing or expanding the concealment canister(s) because the mating flange at the top of the monopole is the only critical mounting position, as long as the design of that plate can be confirmed, the chance of field success is very high. It is also possible to have a contingency plan where a new flange plate can be shipped and is ready to be field welded into place if required. As long as this field weld philosophy is acceptable, it generally eliminates the need for the site survey discussed in Step 2 above. The steps recommended in this article are a basic roadmap only. Many factors, including project scope of work, age/condition of the existing site, and the quality of information available regarding the original installation will all contribute to determining the best path forward. I encourage anyone considering a slimline concealment retrofit project to not underestimate the complexity of these seemingly simple projects, and to consult an experienced concealment professional to discuss the possible options to insure project success. Trey Nemeth has served the wireless concealment industry for 15 years. His vast knowledge of custom designs allows Stealth to provide unique solutions for nearly any concealment challenge. Throughout his career, he has been involved with the design, manufacture and installation of thousands of concealment projects, both standard and custom, including several awardwinning concealment sites. Due to Nemeth’s engineering and technology experience, Stealth has been awarded patents and currently manufactures a number of patent-pending products. Trey Nemeth earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. Summary In our 20 years of designing and manufacturing concealment products for the wireless industry, we have learned some key lessons about slimline concealment pole retrofits: • Although generally small projects in dollar value, they rival much larger projects in complexity and the risk involved. • If they are not handled carefully and thoughtfully on the front end, very frustrating and often costly field situations will result. • It is important to understand and communicate the potential risks and suggested course of action in order to maintain customer satisfaction. 18 ANTENNA SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY SPRING 2012 WWW.ANTENNASONLINE.COM http://WWW.ANTENNASONLINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Antenna Systems & Technology - Spring 2012

Antenna Systems & Technology - Spring 2012
Editor’s Choice
Next-Gen Networks Call for the Re-Architecture of Antenna Systems
Wireless Infrastructure Cable and Antenna Testing Using the Next-Generation in Handheld Measurement Tools
Antenna Upgrade Challenges in Concealed Cell Towers
Wireless Communication
Test & Measurement
Industry News
Efficient Design and Analysis of an Ultra Wideband Planar Antenna with Band Rejection in WLAN Frequencies

Antenna Systems & Technology - Spring 2012