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Why create a 5 week plan?

Why create a 5-week plan?

The reason is simple, to not only help you reach one goal, but keep track of all your goals. The “To Do” checklists in here are going to help you keep your focus on what’s important. By looking at it every day you maintain the focus you need to stay driven and on task. Remember that life gets in the way if you let it. I let it get in the way too often when all I wanted was to stay on task or at least accomplish something every day that would take me closer to the goal. We all lose focus, but it helps when we can plan something to be done each day to get s to the goal, the to do lists helps us do at least one thing to get us to our goals and reach our dreams.

The purpose of this journal is to help you build your daily checklist. Let’s go over the pros and cons of building a to-do checklist. It should not be something you put together quickly. Most of us do, we have a checklist then we add to it then we think of another thing and jot that down. Soon you have a huge checklist that becomes next to impossible to complete everything.

Now you must think about what you want to do, but you don’t want to lose your idea or your task. So, what do you do? I think that you should gather in a master checklist.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day? Did you ever look at what you’ve done only to realize that many of them were not that important?

Here is what I am asking you to do, create a master checklist for your daily tasks. Think about what you want to get done. You don’t need all the details, but you do need to remember to do the task. This is what you can do. You can list them all out the week ahead of time, maybe even a month prior if you’re working on a larger project. This is how you can get back on track.

Make time each week to plan your week out. Set up priorities. It may be that they change from day-to-day, but here is an opportunity for you to take control of your time each day by taking an hour or so to plan the week.

Then, at the end of each day, prioritize the next day. This will help you go into the day prepared with a plan. Things may come up that throw you off, but this may help you prioritize when those surprises come up that are not important, these checklists can have you take a breath, look over your list, and think about what is more important. What you’re doing here is responding, not reacting.

Did you ever have someone else’s problem become your problem? I was an engineer that worked on problems. The problem with other people’s problems is that they become your problems even if they are not your problem. If you react, then you’re going to help them, which is a gut reaction, you want to help people, right? But, at what cost to you? Are you really helping them or are they coming to you to save themselves time? Would it be better if you would tell them what to do instead of doing it for them? Of course, it would be better if you could teach them what to do rather than doing it for them.

If your job is support, then you may have a different answer, but I spend a lot of hours getting interrupted by people who don’t really need my help, but they want me to do it for them.

It is up to you to teach them to do it themselves and then get back to what is important to you and your life, whatever it might be.

If you are interrupted by a work call when you are taking care of your kids or out on a date, what would you do? For one, if you’re not on call, you probably would not respond, or you would try to handle it quick. Now, what if our kid is screaming because they got hurt? Then you would not care about the call; you would tend to the child.

I know this is extreme, but you need to stay focused on the big picture. What is important to you? Think about that than put that at the top of your list and the to-do checklist can get you there. If it helps, think of the goal that you’re trying to reach.

If it helps, set aside tie for you to do specific tasks on your list. Try to set everything up so that you have no interruptions, if possible.

The point of this is to stay focused. This journal will help guide you, keep you focused, and let you have that feeling of accomplishment when you mark off tasks. It really feels good to get done what you want to get done each day and mark off the weekly goals.

If you think that you don’t have time to plan, like I did, then you’re looking at this all wrong. Build a plant to reach your goal, and if it doesn’t work out, then you can correct the next plan. Failure is a lesson that leads to success! Don’t be afraid to course correct.

Good luck my friend.

Now get busy!

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The Wireless Deployment Handbook, Small Cells, CRAN, and DAS Edition.

I get asked questions about small cell deployments all the time. The first question is “how can I do the deployments?” and the second question is, “how can we deploy small cells and DAS systems efficiently for less money?” Most people don’t know the end to end process of what it takes to deploy. Once you learn the process you can start to dissect it to build a better process.

All the questions add up. What are the differences between indoors and outdoors? What are all the steps? Why is it so expensive? Do you still need to optimize? Do you need to do e911 with LTE small cells? What can be done to make it more efficient?

Introducing the “Wireless Deployment Handbook for LTE Small Cells and DAS”. Written for the deployment teams.

A document to help the deployment teams understand the end to end process. The handoffs are very important. Covering deployments to make them easy to understand.  This will be a living document to be updated as the industry changes, (the great thing about eBooks is that you can update it and send the updates out to the people who bought it). See all the steps that cover end to end deployment. Look at the planning and how it is laid out. This will help the teams that are planning to go from macro deployments to small cells. Look at this as a tool for learning all the steps and how to plan for your part. Why not learn from my mistakes?

For me, this has been a learning process over the past 3 years. The original thought is that it would be a “cell site” but smaller, which it is, but I learned quickly that the model is cost prohibitive. The backhaul is still an issue The process has evolved and I realize now that the models have to be cost effective to sell. So I thought I would record what I have learned by putting together a book that would outline the end to end deployment process.

Where to get it!

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A partial table of contents so you can see what’s covered!

Naming Overview (Abbreviations and Acronyms)

A Quick Note on Deployments

What is a Heterogeneous Network?

What is a Small Cell?

Why Install Small Cells?

What is CRAN?

Why Install CRAN?

CRAN Deployment Notes

What is DAS?

Why Install DAS?



DAS or Small Cells?

Will DAS and Small Cells Work Together?

What is a Mini Macro?

Why Install Mini Macro Cells?

Unlicensed Bands

How Does Wi-Fi Fit In?

What is LTE-U?

Carrier Aggregation

Carrier Aggregation with Wi-Fi, LTE-U, and LTE


Connections – Backhaul and Fronthaul

Backhaul and Fronthaul Options

Backhaul Planning

CRAN and Fronthaul and oDAS

What is involved in deployment?

Project Management

RF Design

Site Acquisition

Site Survey

Site Design

Network design






Value in Partnerships

Deployment Evolution

Installation Skills for Small Cell, DAS, and CRAN

Fiber Connections

Copper Connections

RF Connections

Mounting the Small Cell or CRAN RRH

Pole Mounting

Strand Mounting Notes

Stealth Mounting Notes


Overcoming Challenges: Problems and Planning

RF Coverage versus Offloading

Permitting and Zoning Challenges

Backhaul and Fronthaul Challenges


Mounting Assets

PIM Testing

Tiger Teams


Planning Overview

Don’t you think it’s about time that the end to end deployment is laid out so that field workers get a good understanding of wireless deployment of small cells and DAS for the carriers? I do, so I took a few months to put together this deployment handbook to give a view of the end to end deployment steps for LTE small cells,dog-tags_clearbackgrond DAS and CRAN. Why? Because this will help you make your part of the process easier. Helping you plan and build a price model. You may not be the lowest bidder, but you will be the smartest bidder. Plan ahead for not only the pricing but also the work flow. Handoffs were a problem in the past since the teams didn’t know what was next. When the teams are all on the same page then the process becomes more efficient. Most people think it’s just the installation, but there’s so much more when you look at it end to end

“Plan ahead” is more than a saying, its good business. LTE small cell and DAS can be confusing. This book will help you understand, in layman terms, what is happening out there. The learning process can be costly, so why not get an edge? Knowledge is power and having a reference really helps.

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About Wade4Wireless


My name is Wade. I know what it takes to deploy for wireless projects, large and small. I have worked on all sides. I was a tower climber, estimator, project manager, foreman, sales, business development, and oh yes, let’s not forget grunt. I know what it can be like to learn all of these steps. My goal is to make it as easy as possible for you by providing products to make your job easier so you can avoid all of my mistakes. I want to help you help yourself move ahead in this industry.  I may not have all of your answers, but I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

I have been in the wireless industry for over 25 years, doing almost everything in the RF field. I really enjoy the work. It is not always the same thing, that is what I enjoy the most. I have seen technologies come and go. I remember when 2 way radio and mobile phones and pagers were the talk of the industry. I remember when a small company could compete. Now it seems the big wireless companies have taken over. The wireless workers, the tower climbers, the field engineers, the field technicians have all remained a key factor in wireless expansions and maintenance.

I thought it was about time to put out some information to help the wireless field worker. Something that you can use in your work lives to improve the status of the climber and engineer working int he field. Without the technical field worker not much would get done. You deserve help with your day-to-day jobs to make it go better and be safer.

I want to help the tower climber, tower technician, tower hand, field engineer, field technician, and all those that are working in wireless deployment. I plan to help the tower crew owners and the tower owners make the work environment better by getting the word out about safety and providing helpful tips.

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