Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/28/base_station_obsfication/

Would you know a base station if you saw one?

El Reg compo to identify those in the know

By Bill Ray

Posted in Mobile, 28th November 2008 10:22 GMT

What with the SiteFinder database still not getting updated, it's time to see if you notice now when the lamp post next to you is suspiciously pregnant, or if cellular base stations have become so much a part of our landscape that they no longer merit our attention.

Some of the following photographs are transmitter towers used by network operators to keep you connected, while others are just random street furniture and at least one is a real tree - unlikely to be familiar to city-dwellers. Your task is to work out which will provide you with decent network connectivity, and which is limited to providing a shady spot for picnics.

These days city centres are awash with micro cells which are small enough to hide in shop signs, where they're frequently found, but we thought that would be cheating. So every transmitter in the following pictures is visible, though some are more obvious than others.

Just make your educated guesses and supply an email address and the reader drawn from a virtual hat will be the proud recipient of an El Reg Goodie Bag, stuffed with whatever merchandise we can find lying around the office - draw will take place in about a week, or as soon as the office gets needs a tidy.

So, on your marks, get set, and start squinting at the next page.

1)

Cellular mast
Tree


2)

Cellular Mast
Shady spot


3)

Cellular mast
Dead tree


4)

Cellular mast
Flagless flagpoles


5)

Cellular mast
Tree


6)

Cellular mast
Flagless flagpole


7)

Cellular mast
Unrelated microwave relay


8)

Cellular mast
Lonely tree


9)

Cellular mast
Suspicious black thing


10)

Cellular mast
Fire alarm bell


11)

Cellular mast
Street lighting


12)

Cellular mast
Strangely shaped tree


13)

Cellular mast
Ideal fixer-upper opportunity


14)

Cellular mast
Station lighting


15)

Cellular mast
Random tree


16)

Cellular mast
Unexplained post


17)

Cellular mast
Another random tree


18)

Cellular mast
Dead spot


19)

Cellular mast
Incongruous tree


20)

Cellular mast
Drainage pipes


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Your email (for the purposes of this competition and nothing else)

Some photographs courtesy of Mike Pratt - we're not saying which ones for obvious reasons. ®