Tag:man_made=communications_tower

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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = communications_tower
Sender Blauen-2.jpg
Description
A huge tower for transmitting radio applications
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: Unspecified

A man_made=communications_tower is a huge tower for transmitting radio applications like television, radio, mobile phone or officials radio. It is often made from concrete and usually a far visible landmark. An indication could be a height greater than 100 meters.

Another indication is, that a man_made=communications_tower has stairs and a lift inside, whereas as man_made=tower, tower:type=communication has to be climbed on the outside.

Note

Please, keep in mind, that neither this page nor any other source gives a clear verifiable way to distinguish between the objects, supposed to be tagged with man_made=communications_tower and man_made=tower tower:type=communication respectively. "Huge" or "really big" are relative non-verifiable characteristics - using it contradicts the fundamental OSM principle. Many regional broadcasting towers (supposedly meant to be tagged as man_made=communications_tower ) in hot climate or less wealthy countries have the access ladders outside and have no elevator, while many "conventional" towers with tubular design have a ladder inside it. Height greater than 100 meters can be seen even in some longwave transmission masts. So, these two features are non-distinctive.

Distinguish between other kinds of communications towers

First question: Is it a mast or a tower?

Second question: What kind of services are being provided?

Examples

BTS GSM-R Jistebnik.jpg
Mobile communications mast.JPG

Mobile phone

Bayreuth - Einsatzzentrale PP Oberfranken.jpg

Police radio

Richtfunkantennen.jpg
Frazier Peak microwave relay tower.jpg

Microwave link(s) (German: Richtfunk)

Greifswald Funkturm Hans-Beimler-Straße July-2010 SL274692.JPG

No mast any more, but a tower

Sender Burgwindheim.jpg

Really big communications towers >= 100 m:


Possible tagging error

man_made=communications_transponder - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag. Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!