Private Radio Towers For Better WiFi and Cellular Signals

DIY Radio Antenna Towers for Rural and Commercial Buildings

This week we installed a 55-foot radio tower just east of Red Deer at Foothills Camp.   That's about 5 stories tall.

These radio towers are simple enough to install yourself though you do need a couple of strong and capable guys to raise the tower.  After putting up a couple of these, we also recommend having a tractor or some sort of hoist available.  At 55 feet and loaded with antennas, these are not light.

Preparation Work for Tower Installation.

This particular tower design doesn't require concrete.  It comes with a base plate that's designed to be placed on normal earth and installed with spikes. Most of the support comes from the building that is next to the tower.

Set aside two days to get the tower setup, mounted and equipment attached.

If you do decide to use concrete, there is a "Hinged Up Base" available that makes the installation somewhat easier.  The base is buried down 4 feet and covered with earth or in concrete.

The building that the tower mounts to is very important to its stability.  The manufacturer recommends a single 10ft length above the top of the building though we've found with a little more than that, it's still very stable.   If you want or need to go significantly higher, guy wires will be required.   Guy wires attach to the tower and stabilize it in the three directions.

And yes the towers are CSA certified

Radio Towers Improve Reception

Trees, buildings and other solid objects block radio waves and wireless signals. Getting up above buildings and objects will give you a stronger signal and better reception.

The theory is simple. The signal is picked up from the source which will be your ISP for the internet or a cellular tower for cell phones and then re-broadcast much lower to the ground where people and devices are.

Do It Yourself Kits

We sell Radio Tower kits on our web store. Find out more at:

If you'd like us to install a tower and are in Alberta, Canada, Call or email us (403) 698-0700 or

More Information about Radio Towers

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Shaw Internet Down? Get Backup Internet to Keep Things Going

A second internet connection is inexpensive and keeps you going during a Shaw outage.
Internet is just as important as water or power for a business.  When it breaks, you might as well send everyone home.

Backup internet is inexpensive and though it might be slower then your Shaw connection, it will keep your business going even during a Shaw outage.

Today saw national outages with Shaw internet.  This means that Credit card payment terminals don't work, VoIP phones don't work, cloud based tools don't work, email doesn't work and of course, the internet doesn't work.

Backup internet sits in the background.  When the Shaw internet connection has problems,  you're router will automatically switch over and start putting your internet over the secondard backup connection.  It may be slower but everything will continue to work.

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Or phone HELIA at (403) 668-7895

How To View Call Recordings in 3CX Phone System

Changing Call Recording Options in 3CX Phone System
Recording your calls is quick and easy.  It's just a button on your phone that you press however by default you cannot see the recordings you've recorded.

As of version 15, the recording controls are found in the Phone Provisioning screen of the 3CX Web Admin.  

Select "Extensions" from the left menu and then "Edit" your extension.  Select the "Phone Provisioning" tab and then Select the "3CX Client" from the "Your Phones" area.  You will find a section titled "Access" in that section there is a "Show Call Recordings" option.  Make sure this is selected.

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