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  1. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    LTE B2/B4/B5/B12/B46/B66/B71 on the V30 and V30+ Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  2. Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Dark matter
  3. Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Head Teacher Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  4. Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Pumpkin Pie Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  5. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Yes, that is a HUGE problem on the Westside. I am actually going to take him to that VZW site on Skyline and the VZW site up behind AAMCO as those both would be PERFECT locations and would fill existing issues. I think that Skyline site would really cover the westside fairly well. I am also going to show him the highrise by the hospital and the site at Golden West off from Deadwood Ave as that is a weak area as well. I actually think they should strike a deal with the hospital and put the gear there. The hospital is currently in the middle of a 200 million dollar expansion and they may be able to strike a deal with equipment and providing service. I had a friend that worked there until recently, and he said they are unhappy with VZW and have potentially 700-800 lines to move. I talked to T-Mobile about it but we all agree, until the holes are fixed, it's a dead horse. Then we are off to the Hills. I am taking him everywhere and have advised that I would like a whole day so that we can make detailed notes. The engineering team isn't on the ground here and doesn't seem to understand topography for some reason. They seem to claim that west Rapid City should have excellent coverage..........cough, cough, cough....
  6. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    One more thing of note, all the TV Stations above channel 37 in the Rapid City SD BEA/PEA have been notified of the fact that they have to go lower on the dial to make way for 600mhz. The latest date for them to be moved is listed as the 16MAR18 to begin testing by T-Mobile. This will clear the way for 600mhz in the Black Hills area. I have already been advised that any further coverage in this area will be done using 600mhz, not 700mhz. This means that Lead/Deadwood, Spearfish, Whitewood and all new sites will have 600mhz on them and we should hopefully be seeing it fairly swiftly as T-Mobile tends to move quickly. Also, in Wyoming, the sites in and around Gillette, Wright, Newcastle are completed, however, channels in Sundance, Gillette, and Pringle all are in the process of moving before they can light anything up. First date on testing is 04FEB18 and the latest 16MAR18-Pringle station, so I should be getting a bit busy around here. This also explains the misfire on Gillette a couple of weeks back.
  7. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Just checking in real quick. Site at Spring Creek is silent or VZW. Need to walk back to it, however, it's on private property and there are 2 houses not far away and visible from the site. Just need to get up enough guts and a bit warmer temps to do it. I do wear my T-Mobile gear when I am out tracking stuff, however, just in case somebody approaches. I will let you know what I find. On another note, the TPR here has been complaining about dead zones to T-Mobile and T-Mobile is finally listening. When the T-Mobile Sales and Ops manager for the TPR's is up here from Denver next month, I am going to drive him around Rapid City and the Black Hills so that he can actually see the weak/non-existent spots in this area. That is a plus and another reason why it's great to make friends with your local T-Mobile and let them know how much you really know about wireless. S8 Active looks like a great phone and, of course, the S9 and S9+ will both have BAND 71 active on it. I am certain we will also be seeing some more mid/lower range phones with Band 71 very soon.
  8. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Now that you say that, yes, that is right. WOW. Tomorrow I am going to check the site at Spring Creek. Additional radio's got added to that rack recently so it looks like Band 12 and Band 4 at that site. No T-Mobile signal from there yet, but those radio's have been there about the same amount of time as Pactola. Another note is that they have been adding Band 4 to all the Band 12 only sites in western SD for the past couple of months. This install would line up with that and that site IS a microwave backhaul site. I will be most curious to see the results and will report in when I get them. Fingers crossed!! Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
  9. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!! FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY, the tower at Pactola, SD is finally fired up. 700mhz only. You have to understand, radio's and base station have been there since at least November of 2016 or possibly even longer. They had a permit last March to do a microwave backhaul to that site and that's what I thought was taking so long. On a whim, I drove up there today and voila the tower is LIVE and NO microwave backhaul-must have ended up with fiber. Couldn't figure out why they would need microwave backhaul as Verizon, who's on that tower, has fiber backhaul to the site. Either way, it's running now. Also, they have added Band 4 to the site at Custer Peak and re-engineered the signal on that site so that I was able to get a signal from just south of the lake on hwy 385 all the way to Strawberry Hill, all on T-Mobile. There are some weak stretches, but strong enough to keep a call active. I still think they need to be at Merritt Rd and hwy 385 on that ATT pine tree. Would give them a much better signal on that middle portion where the other 2 towers cross each other. Hopefully, I will be more active in reporting as I have it on good authority that much more work is coming very soon in this area, including the west side of Rapid City, Spearfish, Lead/Deadwood, Whitewood and more. Stay tuned............... PS-mapped on both CellMapper and Sensorly
  10. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Okay, so now that I am over it, I will post about it...................Went to Gillette last weekend to map and test out Band 71 on my LG V30. Get all the way to Gillette and you can only guess..............................NO SIGNAL. Yes, 160 miles just to find out NOTHING! Was not happy at all and took to Twitter to message both Neville and John Legere. Received a reply back from T-Mobile Help, which is nice, but they can't help with turning on towers now can they.................I just would prefer honesty when they are making announcements and making believe they have all this wonderful 600mhz coverage when they really don't. Will NOT be going back until I see it LIVE on the coverage map on T-Mobile's site. #DISAPPOINTED
  11. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Don't have any info on phones, as of yet, but as soon as I do I will be posting it.
  12. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    More news from T-Mobile today. 600mhz now LIVE in 586 cities, and heard that maybe 150 more went live this afternoon/evening. Be sure to read the whole story. Will be heading into Wyoming to map Gillette-Wright-Newcastle on CellMapper and Sensorly. https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/number-1-customer-satisfaction-2017.htm Additional info here-click on the list to see the actual list of cities that are LIVE. You must have a phone that supports Band 71 to receive any benefits from this....currently only the LG V30 and Samsung S8 Active are available, however, it looks like more than a dozen new phones coming in 2018 that support it. Also talks about the I-Wireless deal being completed as of yesterday. https://www.tmonews.com/2018/01/t-mobile-600mhz-lte-586-cities-confirms-completion-iowa-wireless-deal/
  13. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Unfortunately, my insights are only local at this time. If you let me know the area you are inquiring on, however, I can do a check on tower movement in your area. Let me know.
  14. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Band 12 is on all existing sites in Western South Dakota. 90% of those sites were Band 12 only. They are now coming back in and adding Band 4 to all those Band 12 only sites. Problem starts when they didn't put any towers up in Deadwood/Lead or Spearfish. They expected the tower at Terry Peak to handle all that. Not possible as ATT has 2 towers in Deadwood, 1 in Lead, and 2 in Spearfish, as well as being on Terry Peak. This should have told them something. I am aware of conversations with both the T-Mobile engineering and tower tech teams and that is how I know that they are looking at Band 71 in those places, as opposed to Band 12. Why? I am not certain, but it may have to do with propagation in those hilly areas. Of course, Wyoming has no 700mhz licenses until they finalize what they are picking up in Western and Southwestern Wyoming from Silver Star. http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-700-mhz-spectrum.html Also, here is the 600mhz info to date. This is interactive, and you have seen it already, but it gives some information on what is happening. http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-600-mhz-band-71-deployment.html
  15. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Hey everyone. Not sure if anyone else here is from the Dakota's/Nebraska/Wyoming/MT, but I wanted to report that there is quite a bit of action in Wyoming. There are currently 10 sites in progress around the Gillette area (I know they want to get a store in there ASAP) as well as 2-5 sites in each of these locations-Newcastle, Torrington, Lusk, and Lingle. All of these sites have a minimum of Band 71 and several are actually Band 2/4/71. Found that very interesting. Will be checking additional cities when I get time to stop back into the store. If you have a T-Mobile location near you they have the same coverage map as the website, however, it also shows any MODERNIZATION IN PROGRESS and will give the details of what they are doing at each site. It is a great tool and I suggest making friends with your local T-Mobile store so you are up on the happenings in your area. In regards to the Spearfish/Lead/Deadwood situation, and lack of towers, I don't expect to see anything happening until after the 1st of the year. There is a low power PBS station that broadcasts over the border in Sundance WY and they have been advised they have to be moved by the 4th of February 2018. They are going to be using Band 71 instead of Band 12 in the northern hills so they can't light up until then, but I am sure they will have equipment up and ready by then. As soon as I hear, I will report. One last thing that Robert will find rather funny.....both kinds of funny-funny haha and funny hmmmm. The site at Pactola (hwy 44 and 385) has been pushed back 3 times over the past month. They are finally adding the microwave dish for the backhaul, which was permitted last March. Worse yet, the radio's and base station have been there since before Robert moved away from here last year. In fact, I actually believe they may have been there since March or April of 2016-Robert may be able to confirm. Believe me, I will probably get out of my car and dance in circles when that sucker finally goes live. Out for now, take care and keep up the great tracking and info sharing.