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What is the radio transmitter installed on a pole at South Third and Nun streets?

Julian March
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The transmitter atop a phone pole at Third and Nun streets is a "mini cell tower" that boosts cell phone coverage. Photo by Doug Erickson

The transmitter atop a phone pole at Third and Nun streets is a “mini cell tower” that boosts cell phone coverage. Photo by Doug Erickson

Q. There has been some sort of radio transmitter or antenna installed at South Third and Nun streets on top of a telephone pole in the center median. There are two warning labels stating “Caution-RF Hazard.” What is it, what are the hazards and why is it there?

A. What you are seeing is essentially a mini cell tower, said Bret Russell, who works in city engineering. The tower, permitted by the city and the N.C. Department of Transportation, enhances cell phone coverage in areas where large towers are not as effective, Russell said.

The caution label alerts utility workers servicing lines near the antenna of the presence of a radio signal, said Don Bennett, city traffic engineer. A worker could request the radio be disabled for safety purposes, Bennett said.

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