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    B71 will depend on a few factors. If you're tied to B71 only and have the same signal reading as B4/B2 ... Then its coming from another site... Probably a lot further away. Ive done this, as there are only 4 B71 cells in my area and close to 30 B2/4/12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formercanuck View Post
    B71 will depend on a few factors. If you're tied to B71 only and have the same signal reading as B4/B2 ... Then its coming from another site... Probably a lot further away. Ive done this, as there are only 4 B71 cells in my area and close to 30 B2/4/12.

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    What other factors are you referring to?

    This area in N Wisconsin I am testing in ONLY has Tmobile band 71.

    The tower I am testing on is 4 miles east of my location. The next nearest Tmobile band 71 tower is 10 miles west (non LOS, many hills/trees in the way).

    So for my testing I am sure I was only picking up the one tower, not multiple...

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    I'm seeing about 12 miles as the maximum B71 range when I travel in Hyde County, NC. The area is served by band 71 only and has very flat terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hman414 View Post
    What other factors are you referring to?

    This area in N Wisconsin I am testing in ONLY has Tmobile band 71.

    The tower I am testing on is 4 miles east of my location. The next nearest Tmobile band 71 tower is 10 miles west (non LOS, many hills/trees in the way).

    So for my testing I am sure I was only picking up the one tower, not multiple...
    Line of sight - as you mentioned is one of them. Azimuth / altitude / edge of cell and overall power.
    A cell sight in Estes Park, CO has great range - it is probably 5-7 miles in each direction. It could be more, or less.
    Going across flat fields/water is pretty much optimal, as there's no interference from land/buildings, and height really only has to be high enough to cover for any 'hill' (land) or curvature of the earth. In a flat grass land, one could almost set the panels to be vertical for maximum distance. Places like Estes park, on the mountain, one would assume a fairly decent angle of at least 30 to 45 degrees. Typically urban sites are mostly vertical on 30-60' sites and don't need so much range... but ability to cover into buildings. https://www.google.com/maps/@34.2354...7i16384!8i8192.
    Ones in rural areas like where you are can cover long ranges - https://www.google.com/maps/@45.9263...i13312!8i6656m, but placement, elevation, azimuth are key. Most rural areas will typically be on a local area that is of higher elevation for maximum range. Issue occurs when the community served is at the bottom of a valley and not easily reachable by a cell due to the terrain features. Smaller cells should be deployed in those locations, but often aren't.

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