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2004 Post Archives

Filed under: WEBSITE - Dec 31 2004

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Dec. 23, 2004
  • Website update on the way… Due to Cingular Wireless’ acquisition of AT&T Wireless late this year, it’s time to update the Carrier Evaluations. As part of the deal, Cingular will be giving it’s network and cell sites in Nevada and California to T-Mobile, and Cingular will use the former AT&T Wireless network and cell sites. According to news reports, this transition could take up to 4 years. In the mean time I will be referring to the 2 different wireless systems as…
    1. New Cingular/AT&T Wireless
    2. T-Mobile/Old Cingular
Dec. 15, 2004
Dec. 14, 2004

bullet New Cingular/AT&T Wireless adds GSM 850Mhz to cell site at Plumas and Plumb. This addition improves coverage in the Plumb and Sharon area of old southwest Reno for people with GSM850 phones. They also recently added GSM850 to the Lemmon Valley water tower cell site. These additions complete their GSM850 overlay in the Reno/Sparks area.
Dec. 9, 2004

bullet Newly discovered T-Mobile/Old Cingular cell sites… One near Daggett Pass on Hwy 207/ Kingsbury Grade providing coverage to the Carson Valley below, and Heavenly Valley Nevada Ski Resort. A website contributor reports T-Mobile/Old Cingular coverage at Kirkwood Ski Resort and along Hwy 50 around Strawberry and Kyburz
Dec. 2, 2004
Oct. 27, 2004
  • Local newspaper story in the Reno Gazette-Journal reports on the Cingular/AT&T Wireless merger and comments by local residents.
Oct. 25, 2004
  • The FCC has approved Cingular Wireless’ acquisition/merger of AT&T Wireless according to various sources. AT&T Wireless employees have reported that they are already receiving new training, and that the name and rate plans could be changing within the next 20-30 days. Previous announcements have stated that Cingular will use AT&T Wireless’ cell sites, and Cingular’s present-day cell sites will be transferred to T-Mobile.
Sept. 15, 2004

bullet Nextel cell site approved for construction above Interstate 80, just east of the NV/CA state line. This site will be co-located with 4 other carriers at the same site, which provides coverage along Interstate 80 corridor from West Verdi to the Farad area.
bullet Contributor report and Nextel coverage map shows coverage now available in the Susanville, CA area.
Aug. 31, 2004

bullet AT&T Wireless coverage in Reno/Sparks improved today for customers with 850Mhz GSM phones, due to the lower frequency standby or “control” channels being activated.
Aug. 23, 2004

bullet Contributor report about a month ago of a new Verizon Wireless cell site completed construction in Carson City near N. Carson St and Ruby Lane. The antenna structure is disguised as a flagpole.
Aug. 6, 2004

bullet AT&T Wireless coverage at Lake Tahoe/Truckee/I-80 has improved in the last month for subscribers with GSM 850Mhz capable phones. The 850Mhz frequency generally delivers longer range and better in-building coverage than the 1900Mhz frequency which AT&T Wireless also uses. Full GSM 850Mhz support has also been activated south of Reno in the Carson City area.
June 13, 2004

bullet Contributor report of new Cingular/T-Mobile cell site at Bordertown in Cold Springs now active (as of June 7).
May 23, 2004
  • Number portability now fully effective in Reno. See the prefixes page for more information.
May 17, 2004

bullet New Cingular Wireless cell site under construction at Bordertown along Hwy 395 in Cold Springs – co-located with Sprint site.
May 12, 2004

bullet Both AT&T Wireless and Cingular have construction plans in progress. Details will be announced as soon as permits are finalized.
May 3, 2004

bullet New Nextel cell site at the base of Squaw Valley ski resort
bullet Previously undiscovered Nextel cell site at the Diamond Peak Ski Resort, southeast of Incline Village.
Apr. 18, 2004
  • AT&T Wireless introduces GSM America Plans that allow roaming on other GSM networks in the United States. For the Reno area, that means that AT&T Wireless customers may now roam on the Cingular Wireless network.
  • AT&T Wireless announced plans to add 14 cell sites along U.S. Hwy 95 and Alt. Hwy 95 in the Fallon and Yerington areas. See last story on page here.
Mar. 14, 2004
Feb. 29, 2004
  • Added Combined AT&T Wireless/Cingular map showing both Cingular and AT&T Wireless cell sites as they exist today. With the February 17 announced acquisition of AT&T Wireless by Cingular, the map shows likely post-acquisition Cingular cell sites assuming that the acquisition is approved by stockholders and governmental agencies, and that Cingular keeps existing AT&T Wireless cell sites as part of their network.
  • Added Feedback section.
Feb. 17, 2004
  • Carrier News…  Cingular To Acquire AT&T Wireless, Create Nation’s Premier Carrier
    It is not known at this point if the acquisition will allow GSM phones to utilize the cell sites of both carriers – a total of 56 cell sites serving the Reno/Sparks city limits! A few of the two companies cell sites are co-located, so some consolidation is likely. A hypothetical combined cell site map will be posted soon. More to come on this exciting news for wireless coverage in the Reno area…
Feb. 9, 2004

bullet New AT&T Wireless cell site at Interstate 80 near Hirschdale/Boca interchange (CID 1252x) – also providing coverage to the Glenshire area of east Truckee. The site is co-located with Cingular and Sprint.
bullet New Nextel site at the SPPCo. substation near Hwy 89 and Squaw Valley Road.
bullet New AT&T Wireless cell site now active at the Burton Creek county offices complex at Burton Creek and Hwy 28 between Tahoe City and Dollar Hill (CID 1313x).
bullet New AT&T Wireless cell site now active near Pioneer Trail and Black Bart Avenue in South Lake Tahoe – just north of the intersection on the existing westernmost AM radio tower (CID 1326x).
bullet Pinpointed the exact location of a Cingular Wireless site constructed in the late 1990’s. CID 466x is located on a home at Skyline Blvd. and Clearview Ct. – west of Sunnyside on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
bullet Pinpointed the exact location of 2 AT&T Wireless cell sites that were constructed late last year and discovered on December 15:

bullet CID 1318 in Tahoma at the El Dorado County Transportation Department yard at Wilson and Harris.
bullet CID 1330 in Carnelian Bay atop the Sierra Boat Company building.

Feb. 2, 2004
Jan. 29, 2004
Jan. 20, 2004

bullet New Cingular Wireless/T-Mobile monopole cell site active at at 940 S. Virginia Street – just north of the intersection with Sierra Street. (CID 8164x)
bullet New Verizon Wireless flagpole cell site approved for construction at 4550 North Carson Street, Carson City at the new Regional Hospital.
bullet New AT&T Wireless GSM850 support during calls from several existing cell sites in central Reno.
Jan. 13, 2004
Jan. 8, 2004
Jan. 2, 2004

bullet New Cingular Wireless/T-Mobile cell site active at the easternmost wing of the Scolari’s Shopping Center at S. McCarran & Caughlin Parkway (CID 814x)

2003 Post Archives

Filed under: WEBSITE - Dec 31 2003

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Dec. 31, 2003
Dec. 29, 2003
Dec. 23, 2003
Dec. 22, 2003

bullet User report about about a new AT&T Wireless monopine cell site under construction at the Placer County Administration Center and Road Division yard near Lake Forest, between Tahoe City and Dollar Hill along Hwy 28 at North Lake Tahoe.
Dec. 18, 2003
Dec. 17, 2003

bullet New Cingular Wireless/T-Mobile cell site approved for construction at 940 S. Virginia Street – just north of the intersection with Sierra Street.
Dec. 15, 2003

bullet Confirmed 4 new AT&T GSM cell sites around Lake Tahoe, and updated maps with the first 2 cell site locations precisely verified:

bullet CID 1327 at Pioneer Trail and Washoan Blvd. near the South Lake Tahoe airport
bullet CID 1321 on the easternmost end of Venice Dr. at the Tahoe Keys Marina, South Lake Tahoe
bullet CID 1318 in the Lake Forest area (NW Lake Tahoe)
bullet CID 1330 in the Homewood area (West Lake Tahoe)

bullet AT&T Wireless GSM850 support during calls on cell sites on Mt. Pluto, Hyatt Hotel (Incline Village), Harvey’s Hotel (Stateline), Echo Summit, Gardnerville, and one cell site in Carson City on the east end of Fairview near the state prison.
Dec. 11, 2003

bullet New Cingular Wireless/T-Mobile cell site under construction at the Scolari’s Shopping Center at S. McCarran & Caughlin Parkway.
bullet AT&T Wireless has added support for GSM850 phones on at least 7 cell sites in the Reno area. Specifically, cell sites on Peavine Peak, Red Peak, Slide Mountain, Steamboat/S. Reno area, Spanish Springs and 2 cell sites in northeast Sparks now have the ability to use GSM850 during calls.
Dec. 3, 2003

bullet Discovered existing AT&T Wireless GSM cell site in Lemmon Valley – CID 301. Will update maps soon.
Updated Cingular Wireless Carrier’s Published Coverage Map link.
Nov. 26, 2003
Nov. 22, 2003

bullet User report of new Sprint PCS cell site coverage in the Silver Springs area and Lahontan Reservoir.

     •     Updated Prefixes page with information about Number Portability

Nov. 5, 2003

bullet 3 new AT&T Wireless GSM cell sites confirmed serving the North Lake Tahoe area. CID 1314 is located on the Pepper Tree Inn in downtown Tahoe City. CID 1312 is located near the corner of Hwy. 267 and Speckled in Kings Beach. A third cell site, CID 1321 was identified, but it’s exact location is yet unknown. AT&T Wireless maps updated. Dead Zones updated.
bullet A report on October 9 about the existence of a Sprint PCS cell site near the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is false. There is no coverage in that area at this time, however they have an application pending for a cell site in that area according to public records.
Oct. 28, 2003

bullet New Verizon Wireless cell site now active on the west side of Virginia Street at Wells Avenue.
Oct. 20, 2003
  • Added link to the Reno Area Wireless Users Group’s user editable list of public Wi-Fi Hot Spots here.
  • Added more cell site pictures taken with camera phones here.
Oct. 9, 2003

bullet User reports and public information about as many as 3 new AT&T Wireless cell sites under construction or on-the-air in the Tahoe City/Tahoma areas of North Lake Tahoe.
bullet User report and public information about a previously undiscovered Sprint PCS cell site serving the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Alpine Meadows Road.
Oct. 3, 2003
  • Cell Site Locations are now viewable on Landsat imagery maps, zoomable to resolutions as low as 6 inches. Further information on this exciting new feature is available on the Bonus Pages. If you’re not already a contributor to this web site click for Bonus Pages Information. Web site contributors can click on Landsat Imagery Cell Site Location Maps to go directly to all the details..
  • Added cell sites in the Verdi area to the total count of cell sites per carrier serving the Reno/Sparks city limits because Verdi recently became annexed into the Reno City limits. This change added 2 cell sites to the total number for AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, Cingular/T-Mobile and Verizon. The annexation added 1 cell site to the total number for Nextel, and no additional sites for Cricket since they have no coverage in the Verdi area. Fun fact: The western-most point of the Reno City Limits are now within 1/2 mile of the California/Nevada state border.
  • Added Link to TK.COM – Wireless
  • Added Sprint PCS prefix to the Prefixes by Carrier page
  • Added more pictures from the Los Angeles area here.
  • Added to Dead Zone Guide
Sep. 25, 2003
  • Updated Map Pages
Sep. 22, 2003

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site active at Lake Tahoe above Round Hill / Zephyr Cove. More new cell sites for AT&T Wireless, Nextel and Sprint PCS should be operational by the end of the year according to a recent article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
bullet Cricket cell site on Ormbsby House Hotel in Carson City moved across the street to the Nevada Legislature Building, due to building renovations on the Ormbsby House.New photos and updated maps to be posted soon.

Sep. 20, 2003

bullet New Cingular/T-Mobile cell site (55′ monopole at Moana & Lakeside) now active. CID 813x. (updated map).
Sep. 18, 2003

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site confirmed as active – atop Bordertown Casino in Cold Springs at the Nevada/California border along Hwy 395. (updated map)
Sep. 15, 2003
Sep. 11, 2003

bullet Sprint PCS cell site under construction atop Bordertown Casino in Cold Springs at the Nevada/California border along Hwy 395. (updated map)
Sep. 10, 2003
Aug. 31, 2003
  • Updated Bonus Local and Regional Maps to cover exact same coordinates on each map for easy comparison of cell site locations for all carriers. See Bonus Pages Information for access to the Bonus Pages maps.
Aug. 30, 2003

bullet New Verizon Wireless cell site approved for construction near the intersection of S. Virginia and Wells Avenue. (red “X” on map)
Aug. 12, 2003

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site active near I-80 and Boca – between Truckee and Floriston. (updated map)
bullet New Cingular 55′ monopole approved for construction in Reno at Lakeside & Moana. (red “X” on map)
July 29, 2003
July 9, 2003
June 30, 2003
June 26, 2003

bullet Maps updated for Cingular, Nextel, Sprint and Verizon. Recent cell site discoveries this month…
• Sprint cell sites on Sugarloaf Mtn. north of Carson City, Spooner Summit, Glenbrook and Cave Rock.
• Verizon atop the Reno Hilton, downtown Carson City near or on the old Post Office, 2 approximate locations in S. Lake Tahoe (exact locations are hard to find there due to the trees)
• Cingular on Echo Summit, west of S. Lake Tahoe
• Nextel site thought to exist on McClellan Peak (NE of Carson City) does not exist.
June 9, 2003
  • Updated Cingular and Verizon Carrier’s Published Coverage Map links. Updated site and home page table of contents
May 28, 2003
  • Cosmetic Updates. Added link to Cell Site Picture Gallery page.
May 19, 2003

bullet Improved Cell Site Map navigation. You can now compare maps easily on one page while the maps open in a separate frame.
May 17, 2003

bullet New maps posted…
• AT&T Wireless map now includes new GSM cellsite at the “Y” in S. Lake Tahoe.
• Cingular Wireless map includes approximate location of cell site in Kings Beach (not new – I’ll find the exact location eventually ☺)
• Nextel map includes newly discovered cell sites in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area – thanks to recently acquiring a Nextel phone for test purposes. Deleted cell site pinpoint on Peavine Peak, which does not exist.
• Sprint PCS map now includes newly discovered cell sites in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area – thanks to recently acquiring a Sprint phone for test purposes.
May 16, 2003
  • Added links to similar websites.
May 4, 2003

bullet User reports Sprint PCS coverage extended from Fernley to Fallon – highway coverage now solid from Fallon to Reno.
Apr. 15, 2003
  • Updated prepaid resellers in “Provider Links”
Mar. 31, 2003
  • Added prepaid wireless information to “How to Choose a Wireless Provider” and “Provider Links”.
  • Updated dead zone information.
Mar. 27, 2003

bullet New AT&T Wireless GSM only site in S. Lake Tahoe near Hwy. 50 & Emerald Bay Road “Y”. Co-located with Nextel on a monopole. CID 1324.
bullet Discovered new Nextel & Sprint sites between Carson City and Minden – will update maps.
Mar. 26, 2003

bullet Discovered another Cricket Wireless site at El Rancho Dr. and Garfield Dr. in Sparks. Updated maps.
bullet Deleted a Nextel site that was believed to be located near Hidden Valley according to FCC data. Updated maps.
Mar. 20, 2003
  • Added button to add this webpage to your favorites.
  • Added background sound to Cricket Wireless cell site map.
  • Added map of all carrier’s cell site locations plotted on a single map.
  • Reorganized similar website links by geographic area.
Mar. 17, 2003

bullet Added AT&T Wireless cell site to maps: East 2nd Street & Jensen (just north of Reno Hilton) that was previously accidentally omitted from the maps.
Mar. 12, 2003
  • Launched “Bonus Pages” section of website. All future cell site pictures and additions/enhancements to the website will be made exclusively to the Bonus Pages. Coverage information will still be updated on this public page.
Mar. 7, 2003

bullet Improved AT&T GSM only coverage confirmed on Interstate 80 east of Reno with new cell sites at Painted Rock (exit 40) and Fernley.
bullet New Cingular coverage confirmed east of Reno past Fernley. Cell sites located at Lockwood, Patrick, Painted Rock, Fernley and east Fernley at Farm District Road & Alternate Hwy 50.
Mar. 6, 2003
  • Updated and added pictures in the Cell Site Picture Gallery: cellsite #013, 031, 053
Mar. 5, 2003

bullet New Cingular/T-Mobile coverage confirmed in the Hirschdale area of west Truckee – filing a former dead zone along Interstate 80 from west of Floriston to west of Boca. (CID 808).
Mar. 3, 2003
  • Added more cell site picture links from the Picture Gallery page
  • Added cell site description tool tips to the thumbnails in the left frame of the Picture Gallery
Feb. 22, 2003
  • Added cell site picture pages #40 – #53 over the past few days
Feb. 11, 2003
  • Added link, and hyperlink formatting changes
Feb. 6, 2003
  • Added 6 more local cell site pages to the picture gallery
Jan. 29, 2003
  • Added more Oregon cell site pictures
  • Added site search box
Jan. 27, 2003
  • Added links to other cell site picture web pages from the Cell Site Picture Gallery Home Page
  • Added Cell Site Picture #31
Jan. 23, 2003
  • Added pages with cell site pictures from other areas
  • Condensed “Recent Updates” table so that the most important updates are shown in HTML view (still shown in source code)
Jan. 21, 2003
  • Added Dynamic HTML effect to Cell Site of the Week Picture
Jan. 17, 2003
  • Added Telephone Number Prefixes by Carrier page
  • Added 5 more pages to Cell Site Picture Gallery
  • Added link to Wireless-Florida
Jan. 15, 2003
  • Improved Cell Site Picture Navigation
Jan. 13, 2003
  • Added new symbols to all maps. Re-designed some pages for easier navigation. Added PayPal donation link.
Jan. 12, 2003
  • Added Cell site pictures and “Cell Site Picture of the Week” on home page
Jan. 7, 2003
  • Formatting changes, added links, updated Carrier Evaluations
Jan. 4, 2003

bullet The last remaining AT&T Wireless cell site that was TDMA800 only, now also is GSM1900:

  • CID 82x on top of the Business Building on University of Nevada Reno campus

Jan. 2, 2003

bullet 2 new AT&T Wireless GSM1900 only cell sites now active in Reno (updated metro map):

  • CID 64x near Plumb & Kietzke. Building permit applied May 2 – issued October 18 – cell site active Jan. 2
  • CID 334x at Plumas and Plumb. Building permit applied Sept. 27 – issued Dec. 6 – cell site active Jan. 2

bullet New AT&T Wireless GSM1900 only cell site discovered in Incline Village (updated regional map):

  • CID 311x  – possibly the new cell site that got approved for construction on Nov. 25 on CalNeva Lodge, Crystal Bay, or possibly co-located at a Cingular cell site at the Diamond Peak Ski Lift.

bullet Discovered Nextel site co-located in Tahoe City (updated regional map):

  • I don’t think this is a new site, it was just overlooked in previous drive tests.

2002 Post Archives

Filed under: WEBSITE - Dec 31 2002

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Dec. 24, 2002
  • Formatting changes
Dec. 21, 2002

bullet New Cingular coverage confirmed along Hwy 50 east of Carson City in Moundhouse and Dayton (regional cellsite map updated). New coverage reported in Fernley – I-80 east of Reno
Dec. 19, 2002
  • Now two ways to view cell site pictures – Thumbnail selection (better for slower Internet connections) or Large Picture Gallery view.
Dec. 17, 2002
  • Modified Cell Site Picture Gallery to thumbnail style viewer
Dec. 12, 2002
  • Added Cell Site Picture Gallery, Carrier Ratings
Dec. 10, 2002

bullet New AT&T Wireless cell site under construction — northwest corner of Plumb & Plumas, Reno (see yellow dot on map)
Dec. 4, 2002
  • Added Links
Dec. 3, 2002
  • Updated Links, Added Published Coverage Map links
Nov. 26, 2002
  • Added cellsite picture
Nov. 25, 2002

bullet New AT&T Cellsite under construction — co-located on CalNeva Lodge, Crystal Bay/North Lake Tahoe
Nov. 20, 2002
  • Added links, re-worded some sections, posted new maps with local streets shown
Nov. 16, 2002
  • Formatting changes
Nov. 13, 2002
  • Added Reno/Tahoe Dead Zone Guide, Deleted Cricket site on Sundowner Hotel (Site was replaced by another site nearby at St. Mary’s Hospital)
Nov. 1, 2002

bullet Found a new Sprint site in Sparks industrial area, updated map
Oct. 30, 2002
  • Nextel/AT&T Regional Map updates
Oct. 28, 2002
  • Major map overhaul
Oct. 27, 2002
  • Updated map listing order, higher quality local maps
Oct. 26, 2002
  • Updated Links
Oct. 25, 2002

bullet New AT&T cellsite under construction near Plumb & Kietzke, map updates
Sept 17, 2002
  • Updated map pages for AT&T, Cingular, Cricket and Verizon
Aug. 20, 2002
  • Added Relevant Links
July 30, 2002
  • New Regional Maps (Reno/Carson/Tahoe) posted for most carriers
July 22, 2002
  • Added Coverage Comments below the maps on the map pages
July 17, 2002

bullet T-Mobile launch: Added T-Mobile Link, and name on Cingular map page
July 10, 2002
  • Lots of formatting changes
July 8, 2002
  • This site was launched
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