Design Goal D

Shrouding and Back Screening

Discussion

Shrouded antennas result in a better visual effect than antennas mounted to poles, head frames and numerous single antennas on a rooftop and should be used wherever technically possible. It is acknowledged that this can restrict co-location opportunities or the upgrade of sites with additional antennas.

Antenna system equipment can look “untidy” particularly where the cabling feeds into the antennas. One way of addressing this is to shroud panel antennas wherever possible so that clean lines are produced. Shrouding panel antennas whether on a monopole or rooftop installation is a very effective way of producing a better visual outcome as it results in a neat, tidy facility.

Backscreening can reduce the visual clutter of multiple antennas when placed in relation to primary viewpoints.

Backscreening can reduce the visual clutter of multiple antennas when placed in relation to primary viewpoints.

Shrouded panel antennas result in clean lines and a better visual effect.

Shrouded panel antennas result in clean lines and a better visual effect.

Shroud antennas so that they appear as a chimney or exhaust stack.

Shroud antennas so that they appear as a chimney or exhaust stack.

Design Opportunity

  • Use panel antennas wherever technically possible.
  • Shroud panel antennas so that they appear as a chimney or exhaust stack or use omni-directional antennas wherever possible.
  • Utilize front and back screening to reduce visual clutter. Consider the location of the screen in relation to visibility and primary viewpoints.