Telecom Apps

Cell Tower Inspection

Use this Cell Tower Inspection app to perform initial and recurring tower inspections and maintenance to ensure safety and extend the service life of self-supporting (SST) or guyed towers. Complete inspections after severe wind, ice storms, or other extreme conditions, at the completion of any major installation or maintenance on the tower, and at one-year maximum intervals for Class III structures.

This checklist allows field technicians to survey telecommunications tower components including structural members, conduit, junction boxes, and controllers, paint, antennas and microwave dishes, guy wires, guy wire hardware (turnbuckles, cable thimbles, etc), and more. It’s important that guy wires are clean and clear of debris, and that guy wire tension is measured regularly to note significant changes and take remedial action when needed.

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Cell Tower Inspection

Site Location

Date

Time

Field Technician Name

Tower Photo

Tower Elevations

Tower Height Above Ground

Indicate locations of all antennas, antenna mounting brackets, microwave dishes, transmission line sizes to each antenna.

Tower Structure

General conditions satisfactory?

Any loose bolts?

Any damaged members?

Any signs of unusual stress or vibration?

Any missing members?

Are climbing ladders, platforms, and safety equipment secure?

STRUCTURAL MEMBERS: Spot check at least 10 bolts on the vertical tower members at intervals of approximately 25 feet apart on all tower faces.

How many bolts and/or nuts were found missing?

Any fractures, bends, or defective welds on structural members?

Are tower base anchor bolts tight?

Is general condition of stub antenna towers satisfactory?

Are guyed tower cantilevered joints above the guy level?

Guy and torque arm lugs satisfactory?

Are welds on equalizer plate where it connects to anchor shaft satisfactory?

Tower Foundations and Guy Anchors

Foundations and guy anchors photo

General conditions satisfactory?

Is exposed concrete protected?

Are any cracks observed?

Are there any signs of movement?

Are anchors clear of brush, vines, and trees?

Tower and anchors fenced?

Is grading sufficient to ensure proper water drainage?

Is guy anchor head clear of earth?

Any evidence of anchor bolt corrosion?

Any low spots that may collect moisture?

STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

Guy plates and rods inspected for bends and fractures?

Concrete tower foundation(s) inspected for cracking, spalling, and settling?

Guy anchor foundations inspected for cracking, weathering, and creepage?

Anchor rod below earth to a depth of at least 12 inches?

Has base of tower been properly grouted with sufficient drain holes?

Any obstructions in drain holes?

Have obstructions been cleared?

Guy Wires and Fittings

Guy wires and fittings photo

General conditions satisfactory?

Connection points (top and bottom) in satisfactory condition?

Are end fittings secure?

Is rusting evident?

Is vibration observed?

STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

All turnbuckles inspected for slippage and condition?

Turnbuckle jam-nut safeties and cable safeties inspected?

Guy cable clamps inspected for security and slippage?

All pre-forms inspected for unwinding and slippage?

All shackles, clevises, and thimbles inspected?

Guy wire dead ends inspected?

Did you visually inspect all guy wires with binoculars for broken strands and/or damaged insulators?

GUY WIRE TENSION

What method was used for the guy wire tension measurements?

What was temperature, wind direction and velocity during guy wire measurements and adjustments?

Notes

Guy wire size?

Antennas, Microwave Dishes, and Transmission Lines

Antennas, microwave dishes, and transmission lines photo

General conditions satisfactory?

Any loose hardware found?

Any antenna misalignment of physical damage present?

Were antenna deicers operational and inspected?

SPECIFIC HARDWARE INSPECTION

All antennas, microwave dishes, feed horns, and radomes inspected for any signs of damage and shifting?

All antenna coaxial cables, jumpers, and fittings inspected?

All antenna mounting brackets, supports, and bracing inspected?

All transmission lines inspected for damage, loose bolts, and water and air leaks?

Inspection completed for loose or missing coaxial cable and waveguide clamps, supports, and restrainers?

If transmission line is wrap-locked, was inspection completed of protective covering under the wrap-lock for signs of chafing?

Are transmission line supports no more than 4 feet apart?

Paint and Obstruction Marking

Paint and obstruction marking photo

General conditions satisfactory?

Is rusting evident?

Any rusting evident?

Is painting necessary?

Any paint splatter near the surrounding area?

RUST AND CORROSION

Does any part of the tower appear to have rust?

All antenna mounts and hardware inspected for rust?

All guy plates and rods inspected for rust and corrosion?

All guy cable clamps inspected for rust?

Ice shields inspected for rust?

Transmission line clamps and hanger bolts inspected for rust?

TOWER PAINT

Any paint peeling, flaking, or fading?

Does paint meet FAA regulations?

Electrical and Lighting Systems

Electrical and lighting photo

General conditions satisfactory?

Incandescent lamps replaced?

Beacons

Beacons type

Obstruction

Obstruction type

INCANDESCENT LAMP VOLTAGE AT SOCKET UNDER LOAD

TOP

Socket 1

Socket 2

Socket 3

1/3 from top

Socket 1

Socket 2

Socket 3

Midway

Socket 1

Socket 2

Socket 3

2/3 from top

Socket 1

Socket 2

Socket 3

SPECIFIC INSPECTION ITEMS

Old incandescent removed and destroyed?

All lamps found burning?

All strobe lights found burning?

Photoelectric control working properly?

Flasher unit operational?

Inspection completed for broken or cracked beacon and obstruction globes?

Inspection of beacon closure bolt completed?

Inspection for sidelight gasket conditions completed?

Inspection for beacon and sidelight socket condition completed?

Inspection of internal wiring of beacon completed?

Are all drain holes open and clean?

Inspection of conduit, conduit clamp, and junction box completed?

Inspection of overall appearance of the electrical system connections completed?

Explanation of Unsatisfactory Conditions