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Title:
DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM ANTENNA MOUNT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/173938
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An antenna mounting assembly that include a housing and base is provided. The housing has at least one access port plate. The at least one access port plate is configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing. Each access port is configured to be coupled an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling. The base is configured to be temporarily mounted to a work form. The base has an open end that is configured to be selectively coupled to a second end of the housing. The base further has a closed end with an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end to provide access to the internal chamber of the housing.

Inventors:
FACKLER KARL-HEINZ (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2021/019827
Publication Date:
September 02, 2021
Filing Date:
February 26, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (US)
International Classes:
H01Q1/12; H01Q1/22
Foreign References:
US6424307B12002-07-23
CN206313119U2017-07-07
CN101231361A2008-07-30
US20070066325A12007-03-22
US20040150575A12004-08-05
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LUNDBERG, Scott V. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What follows are exemplary claims. The claims are not intended to be exhaustive or limiting. The applicant reserves the right to introduce other claims directed to subject matter enabled by this application.

1. An antenna mounting assembly comprising: a housing having at least one access port plate, the at least one access port plate configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing, each access port configured to be coupled an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling; a cap configured to be attached to a first end of the housing; and a base configured to be temporarily mounted to a work form, the base having an open end configured to be selectively coupled to a second end of the housing, the base further having a closed end with an end plate, the end plate configured to be selectively removed from the closed end to provide access to the internal chamber of the housing.

2. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 1, further comprising: a mounting rod having a first end coupled to the cap; and a mounting plate configured mount an antenna thereto, a second end of the mounting rod being selectively attached to the mounting plate.

3. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 2, wherein the mounting plate has a central passage, the second end of the mounting rod configured to extend through the central passage, a retaining nut threadably engaging external treads on the second end of the mounting rod to selectively attach the mounting plate to the cap.

4. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 2, further comprising: a radome cover configured to the selectively coupled to the mounting plate.

5. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 4, wherein the radome cover includes a cylindrical rim with spaced internal retaining tracks that are configured to receive spaced radially extending cover pins on the mounting plate to selectively couple the cover to the mounting plate.

6. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein the base further includes at least one attaching rail that is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

7. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein the base further includes four attaching rails that are located ninety degrees from each other around an outer parameter of the base, each attaching rail being configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

8. The antenna mounting system of claim 1, further wherein: the housing including a radially extending housing retaining ring proximate the second end of the housing; and the base including an inner sidewall having a retaining groove, the retaining ring of the housing configured to be received within the retaining groove of the base to selectively couple the housing to the base.

9. The antenna mounting system of claim 8, wherein the housing includes guide tabs axially extending from the second end of the housing configured to guide the second end of the housing into the open end of the base to assist in positioning of the retaining ring of the housing within the retaining groove of the base.

10. The antenna mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein the at least one access port plate of the housing includes a plurality of access port plates with at least one of the access port plates being a different size than the remaining access port plates.

11. A base of an antenna mounting system, the base comprising: a body portion having an open end and a closed, the closed end including an end plate, the end plate configured to be selectively removed from the closed end, the closed end further including mounting apertures used to mount the base to a work form; and at least one attaching rail coupled to an exterior of the body portion, the at least one attaching rail configured to be selectively attached with another attaching rail on another base.

12. The base of claim 11, wherein body portion includes a cylindrical inner sidewall having a retaining groove configured to receive a retaining ring of a housing to provide a snap fit connection with the housing.

13. The base of claim 11, wherein the at least one attaching rail includes four attaching rails that are located ninety degrees from each other around an outer parameter of the cylindrical body of the base, each attaching rail being configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

14. An antenna mounting system comprising: at least one base configured to be mounted to a work form, each base having an open end and a closed end with an end plate, the end plate configured to be selectively removed from the closed end, each base further including at least one attaching rail that is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base; at least one housing configured to be coupled to the open end of an associated base, each housing having at least one access port plate, the at least one access port plate configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing, each access port configured to be coupled an end of a conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling; and at least one conduit having a first end coupled to an associated access port of an associated housing, the at least one conduit providing at least one path for the cabling.

15. The antenna mounting system of claim 14, further comprising: at least one housing spacer coupled between a pair of housings of the at least one housing to space the pair of housings apart; and at least one base spacer coupled between a pair of attaching rails of a pair of bases of the at least one attaching rail of the at least one base to space the pair of bases apart.

16. The antenna mounting system of claim 15, further comprising: at least one support configured to be mounted to the work form, the at least one support configured to support a housing spacer of the at least one housing spacer to position a housing of the at least one housing at a desired location within the work form.

17. A method of forming a preformed panel with an antenna mounting system, the method comprising: attaching bases at selection locations within a work form; coupling housings to the attached bases; coupling conduit to select housings to provide cabling paths to the housings within the work form; filling the work form with preform material; once cured, removing the work form from the perform panel; and removing at least portion of an end plate of select bases to access an interior chamber of associated housings.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising: coupling bases together with attaching rails associated with each base.

19. The method of claim 17 further comprising: spacing at least one pair of housings away from each other in the work form with a housing spacer; and spacing at least one pair of bases away from each in the work form with a base spacer.

20. The method of claim 17, wherein coupling conduit to the select housings further comprises: punching out an access port plate in a desired location of a housing of the select housings to form an access port; and coupling an end of an associate conduit within the access port.

Description:
DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM ANTENNA MOUNT

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This Application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 62/981,632, same title herewith, filed on February 26, 2020, which is incorporated in its entirety herein by reference.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Wireless cellular service providers use base stations to implement wireless communication links between user equipment, such as mobile phones and the service provider’s core network. A base station is typically in communication with one or more antennas that receive and transmit radio frequency signals to and from user equipment. The coverage area of a base station is limited by the transmit power of the associated signals. Moreover, the coverage provided by the transmitted signals is influenced by many other factors such as physical obstacles and interference. Hence, wireless coverage in buildings and stadiums has been traditionally poor when served only from conventional “macro” base stations.

[0003] One way that a wireless cellular service provider can improve the coverage provided by a given base station or group of base stations is by using a distributed antenna system (DAS). In a typical DAS, radio frequency (RF) signals are transported between a master unit and one or more remote antenna units using one or more transport cables. The master unit is communicatively coupled to one or more base stations.

[0004] Traditionally, RF signals transmitted from the base stations (also referred to here as "downlink RF signals") are received at the master unit. The master unit uses the downlink RF signals to generate one or more downlink transport signals that are distributed to one or more of the remote antenna units over the transport cables. Each such remote antenna unit receives a downlink transport signal and generates a version of the downlink RF signals based on the downlink transport signal and causes the generated downlink RF signals to be radiated from at least one antenna coupled to or included in that remote antenna unit. A similar process is performed in the uplink direction. RF signals transmitted are from user equipment (also referred to here as "uplink RF signals"). Each such uplink RF signal is intended for a base station coupled to the master unit. Each remote antenna unit receives uplink RF signals transmitted from user equipment within its associated coverage area.

[0005] Each remote antenna unit uses the received uplink RF signals to generate an uplink transport signal that is transmitted from the remote antenna unit to the master unit. The master unit receives uplink transport signals from the various remote antenna units coupled to it. For each base station coupled to the master unit, the master unit combines uplink signals intended for that base station that are received from the various remote antenna units.

[0006] For each base station coupled to the master unit, the master unit ultimately generates uplink RF signals from the combined uplink signals for that base station, which are provided to that base station. Each remote antenna unit can be coupled to each master unit either directly or indirectly via one or more intermediate devices (such as another remote antenna unit or an expansion unit). In this way, the coverage of each base station can be expanded using the DAS.

[0007] The antennas used to radiate the downlink RF signals to user equipment and receive uplink signals from the user equipment are mounted in areas needing coverage by the DAS such as ceilings of buildings. Typical mounting includes the use of a hollow pole passing through a hole in a suspended ceiling that is retained by the suspending ceiling with a nut. The antenna is then mounted on an end of the pole extending through the ceiling. Other known mounting systems may reduce the effective height of the antenna mounting level which reduces a safety space between people and a beam radiation level. Further RF cables used for communication between antenna and remote antenna units in this type of mounting arrangement are exposed under the ceiling. The exposed cabling provides issues relating protection against fire danger as well as cosmetic and architecture style disruptions.

[0008] In addition, ceilings made of concrete, such as ceiling 90 illustrated in Figure 1 A, provides additional challenges in mounting antennas. For example, as illustrated in Figure

IB, some types of the concrete ceilings include heating and cooling coils 94 and 96 as illustrates in Figure IB. The ceiling example of Figure IB also illustrates is a ceiling layer

92, such as fiber board layer, plaster work (or plastering) etc. that is sometimes used to cover the concrete. With the type of ceiling 90 illustrated in Figure IB drilling holes to mount antenna mount members is not possible since the drilling of the holes may pierce the heating and cooling coils 94 and 96. Figure 1C illustrates yet another example of a false ceiling 98, such as gypsum plaster board that is fire retardant, as well as layers of the fire retardant material 99 that are positioned above the false ceiling 99 which hamper the installation of antenna using conventional techniques. This is due to the vary thinness of the fire retardant material 99 which if disturbed by the antenna mounting process with effect the fire proof quality of the ceiling. Further once an antenna is mounted there is no access for cable management after installation.

SUMMARY

[0009] The following summary is made by way of example and not by way of limitation. It is merely provided to aid the reader in understanding some of the aspects of the subject matter described. Embodiments provide a DAS antenna mounting system.

[0010] In one embodiment, an antenna mounting assembly that include a housing, a cap and base is provided. The housing has at least one access port plate. The at least one access port plate is configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing. Each access port is configured to be coupled an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling. The cap is configured to be attached to a first end of the housing. The base is configured to be temporarily mounted to a work form. The base has an open end that is configured to be selectively coupled to a second end of the housing. The base further has a closed end with an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end to provide access to the internal chamber of the housing.

[0011] In another example embodiment, a base of an antenna mounting system is provided. The base of the antenna mounting system includes a body portion and at least one attaching rail. The body portion has an open end and a closed. The closed end includes an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end. The closed end further including mounting apertures used to mount the base to a work form. The at least one attaching rail is coupled to an exterior of the body portion. The at least one attaching rail is configured to be selectively attached with another attaching rail on another base.

[0012] In yet another embodiment, an antenna mounting system that includes at least one base, at least one housing and at least one conduit is provided. The at least one base is configured to be mounted to a work form. Each base has an open end and a closed end with an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end.

Each base further includes at least one attaching rail that is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base. The at least one housing is configured to be coupled to an open end of an associated base. Each housing having at least one access port plate. The at least one access port plate is configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing. Each access port is configured to be coupled to an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling. The at least one conduit has a first end that is coupled to an associated access port of an associated housing. The at least one conduit providing at least one path for the cabling.

[0013] In further another embodiment, a method of forming a preformed panel with an antenna mounting system is provided. The method includes attaching bases at selection locations within a work form; coupling housings to the attached bases; coupling conduit to select housings to provide cabling paths to the housings within the work form; filling the work form with preform material; once cured, removing the work form from the perform panel; and removing at least portion of an end plate of select bases to access an interior chamber of associated housings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0014] Figure 1 A is an example of a ceiling of the prior art.

[0015] Figure IB is an example of a ceiling of the prior art.

[0016] Figure 1C is an example of a ceiling of the prior art.

[0017] Figure 2 is a side perspective view of an antenna mounting assembly according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0018] Figure 3 is side perspective view of the antenna mounting assembly of Figure 2 positioned within a preformed panel according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0019] Figure 4A is a side perspective view of a housing partially within a preformed panel according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0020] Figure 4B is a side perspective view of the housing partially within a preformed panel of Figure 4A with a conduit attached according to one exemplary embodiment. [0021] Figure 5 A is side perspective view of the antenna mounting assembly of Figure 2 highlighting a cap portion.

[0022] Figure 5B is closeup side perspective view of a portion of the cap of the antenna mounting assembly of Figure 2.

[0023] Figure 6A is side perspective view of the antenna mounting assembly of Figure 2 positioned within a preformed panel including mounting rod and mounting plate according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0024] Figure 6B is bottom perspective view of mounting plate of Figure 6A.

[0025] Figure 6C is a bottom view of a mounting plate being connected to a suspended ceiling according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0026] Figure 7A is a top perspective view of a radome cover according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0027] Figure 7B is a side perspective view of the radome cover of Figure 7A couple to a mounting plate according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0028] Figure 8 is a side view of different antenna mounting assemblies according to exemplary embodiments.

[0029] Figure 9 is a side perspective view of an antenna mounting system according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0030] Figure 10 is a side perspective view of a pair of housings positioned within a preformed panel according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0031] Figure 11 is a side perspective view of a base being coupled to a work form according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0032] Figure 12 is an antenna infrastructure formation flow diagram according to one exemplary embodiment.

[0033] In accordance with common practice, the various described features are not drawn to scale but are drawn to emphasize specific features relevant to the subject matter described. Reference characters denote like elements throughout Figures and text.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION [0034] In the following detailed description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings, which form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the inventions may be practiced. These embodiments are described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the embodiments, and it is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is defined only by the claims and equivalents thereof.

[0035] Embodiments provide a DAS antenna mounting hardware and accessories that enhances wireless coverage. Embodiments are designed for simple installation with minimal visual impact. One example embodiment of antenna mounting assembly 100 is illustrates in Figure 2. This example includes a housing 102 (box), a base 120 and a cap 110. The housing 102 in this example includes pre-defme access port plates 103a and 103b that may be selectively removed to provide access into an internal chamber 111 of the housing 102. The internal chamber 111 of the housing 102 is designed to hold and provide access to communication cables that are to be connected to an antenna.

[0036] The cap 110 is designed to be selectively attached to a first end 102a of the housing 102. In the example cap 110 of Figure 2, interior threads 110a in the cap 110 are designed to selectively engage exterior threads 102c on the housing 102 to selectively couple the cap 110 to the housing member 102. The exterior threads 110a of the housing are located proximate the first end 102a of the housing 102. Other embodiment may use other types of connections between the housing 102 and the cap 110, such as, but not limited to, snap fits bayonet fitting, etc.

[0037] The base 120 in this example embodiment includes attaching rails 124. In this example four attaching rails 124, that are located 90 degrees from each other, are positioned around an outer perimeter of the base 120 and proximate a first end 120a of the base. Each attaching rail 124 is designed to be attached to another attaching rail 124 of a different base 120. Hence, if desired in an application, bases 110 may be attached together for support and spacing. An example of this is illustrated in Figures 9 and 10 discussed in detail below.

[0038] The base 120, as illustrated in Figure 2, includes the first end 120a (open end) and a second end 120b (closed end). The second end 120b includes an end plate 125. The end plate 125 of the base 120 includes mounting apertures 126. The mounting apertures 126 may be used to mount the base 120 to a work form as illustrated in Figure 11. In particular, Figure 12 illustrates a base 120 being connected to a work form 302 with a fastener 304. The fastener 304 in this example is a nail, but any type of fastener 304, such as, but not limited to a screw, may be used.

[0039] The end plate 125 of the base 120 in the example of Figure 2, further includes passages 127 that may be used to pass cabling and the like through. Further, as discussed below, the end plate 125 of the base 120 is designed to be removed to provide unobstructed access to cabling in the interior chamber 111 of the housing 102.

[0040] The first end 120a of a cylindrical body portion of the base 120 is open as best illustrated in Figure 11. Within an inner sidewall 120c is a base retaining groove 307 that is positioned proximate the first end 120a. The base retaining groove 307 is designed to receive a radially extending housing retaining ring 107 of the housing 102 to snap fit the housing 102 and the base 120 together in this example embodiment. The retaining ring 107 of the housing 102 is positioned proximate the second end 102b of the housing 120 as illustrated in Figure 2. In connecting the housing 102 to the base 120, in this example embodiment, the second end 102b of the housing 102 is guided into the opening in the first end 120a of the base 120 via guide tabs 105 that extend axially from the second end 102b of the housing 102. When the housing 102 is pushed down into the base 120 the retaining ring 107 is forced into the base retaining groove 307 of the base 120 to connect the base 102 to the housing 120. Other embodiments may use other types of connections between the housing 120 and the base 102.

[0041] One application of the antenna mounting assembly 100 is where the antenna mounting assembly is positioned within a preformed panel such as a preformed cement ceiling 202, as illustrated in Figure 3. The antenna mounting assembly 100 and conduits 204 that provide cabling passages to and from the antennas mounting assembly, are positioned within a work form before preform material, is poured. Once the material is cured, the work form is removed and the end plate 125 in the base 120 may be removed to gain access to the interior chamber 111 of the housing 102.

[0042] Figures 4A and 4B illustrate how a conduit 204 is attached to a housing 102 that is partially received in a preformed concrete panel 230. In Figure 4A, a tool 225 is positioned to punch out an access port plate 103b at a select location of the housing 102. A conduit 204 is positioned within an access port 115 that is left by the removal of the port plate 103b by the tool 225 as illustrated in Figure 4B. Communication cabling and other wiring can then be routed through the conduit 204 to the housing 102. In one embodiment, the conduit 204 includes spiral ridges 204a that act as external treads that can be treaded into an edge that defines the access port 115 that is left with the removal of the port plate 103b to securely couple an end of the conduit 204 to the housing 102. Other securing methods may be used.

[0043] The cap 110 of the antenna mounting assembly 100 may include a mounting guide 262 as illustrated in Figure 5A and the closeup view of portion 260 in Figure 5B. In this embodiment, the mounting guide 262 is cylindrical in shape and extends from an inside surface 110b of the cap 110 from a central location. The mounting guide 262 in an embodiment defines a cap bore 261. A mounting rod 264 (a threaded bolt in an embodiment), as best illustrated in Figure 6A, has a first end 264a that is retained within the cap bore 261. In one embodiment, the cap bore 261 includes internal threads that engages external threads on the first end 264a of the mounting rod 264 to couple the mounting rod 264 to the cap 110. In another embodiment, the mounting guide 262 defines a mounting passage that extends through the cap 110. In this embodiment, a head end of the mounting rod 264, or nut that threadably engages the external the threads on the first end 264a, of the mounting rod 264 is used to couple the first end 264a of the mounting rod 264 to the cap 110. As illustrated in Figure 6A, the mounting rod 264 extends through the housing 102 the base 120 and a mounting plate 265. A retaining nut 266 threadably engages exterior threads on a second end 264b of the mounting rod 264 to secure the mounting plate 265 to the antenna mounting assembly 100. An antenna may be mounted to the mounting plate 265.

[0044] A bottom perspective view of the mounting plate 265 and retaining nut 266 is illustrated in Figure 6B. The mounting plate 265 may also be directly couple to a suspended ceiling, such as suspended ceiling 267 illustrated in Figure 6C. Fasteners 269, such as screws, passing through spaced apertures 271 (illustrated in Figure 6B) may be used secure the mounting plate 265 to the suspended ceiling 267 as illustrated in Figure 6C.

[0045] Mounting plate 265 includes cable passages 273 and spaced radially extending cover pins 270 in this example embodiment. An example of a radome cover 280 (or radome) of an antenna that is selectively coupled to the mounting plate 265 is illustrated in Figure 7A. The radome cover 280 includes a cylindrical rim 280a with internally spaced retaining tracks 282 that are designed to receive the cover pins 270 of the mounting plate 265 to selectively couple the radome cover to the mounting plate 265 (i.e. provide a bayonet fitting). An example of the radome cover 280 coupled to the mounting plate 265 is illustrated in Figure 7B. Other methods for attaching the radome cover to the mounting plate 265 such as, but not limited to, snap fit, threadable connection, fasteners etc. may be used.

[0046] Figure 8 illustrates that antenna mounting assemblies may come in many different configurations and sizes. For example, the housing 402 and cap 210 of antenna mounting assembly 400 is smaller than the housing 102 and cap 110 of the antenna mounting assembly 100. Further, the housing 402 of the antenna mounting assembly 400 has a different configuration of access port plates 403 than housing 102 of antenna mounting assembly 100. The access port pates themselves may have different shapes. For example, the shape of access port plates 453 of antenna mounting assembly 450 are different than the shapes access port plates 403 of antenna mounting assembly 400. Further the housing may have different shapes such as housings 460 and 470. Housing 470 is designed to be selectively coupled to a different type of housing 472. Further assemblies 480 and 482 use just caps 481 (which may function as housings) and bases 120 in select applications.

[0047] Figure 9 illustrates an example of possible configurations of components of the antenna mounting system positioned in a work form before the preform material is poured. Figure 9 illustrated different cable routes to select housings 602, 606 and 610 formed with different conduits 204. Further in this example, housing 602 is coupled to provide a cable passage to housing 604 and housing 610 is coupled to provide a cable passage to housing 608. Housing spacers 615 may be used to space the housings apart from each other in the work form. For example, housing 610 is spaced a select distance from housing 602 via housing spacer 615 and housing 608 is spaced a select distance from housing 604 via housing spacer 615. Moreover, with the use of a support 625, a housing, such as housing 606 is spaced from an edge of a preformed panel that is to be formed in the work form. In addition, base spacers 620 may be used to space bases a select distance from each other. Hence, the housing spacers 615 and base spacers 620 may be used to selectively position the housings 602, 604, 606, 608 and 610 in desired positions in the work form so when the preform material is poured, they are in the desired positioned within a formed preform panel. [0048] Figure 10 illustrates a pair of housings 702 and 704 and respective conduits 204 that routes cabling for an antenna system to and from the housings 702 and 704 that are positioned within a preformed panel that is used as a wall. In this example, an access panel 720 is coupled to the bases 120. The access panel 720 provide select interface ports 722 and 724 to the cabling in the respective housings 702 and 704. In an example embodiment, this configuration would provide access to cabling routed to an antenna.

[0049] An antenna infrastructure formation flow diagram 800 of one example embodiment is illustrated in Figure 12. Flow diagram 800 is provided as a series of blocks. The series of block may occur in a different sequence then that shown in Figure 12. Hence, embodiments are not limit to a specific sequence of blocks.

[0050] At block (802), bases 120 are coupled to a work form at select locations.

Housings are then coupled the bases 120 at block (804). In situations not using housings 102, caps 481 and 428 are coupled to bases 120. As discussed above use of spacers 615 and 620 may be used to position housings and bases in desired locations. Conduit 204, used to form cable paths to the housings 102, is positioned within the work form at block (806). Cable routing is then accomplished by connecting the conduit 204 to select housings 102 at block (808).

[0051] Once the components and conduit 204 are in place, the work form is filled with the preform material, such as but not limited to concrete at block (810). Once the material has cured, the work form is removed at block (812). At least a portion of the end plates in select bases 120 are then removed to allow access to the housing at block (814). This can occur before installation of the preform panel or after installation.

EXAMPLE EMBODIMENTS

[0052] Example 1 is an antenna mounting assembly that include a housing, a cap and base. The housing has at least one access port plate. The at least one access port plate is configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing. Each access port is configured to be coupled an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling. The cap is configured to be attached to a first end of the housing. The base is configured to be temporarily mounted to a work form. The base has an open end that is configured to be selectively coupled to a second end of the housing. The base further has a closed end with an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end to provide access to the internal chamber of the housing.

[0053] Example 2, includes the antenna mounting assembly of Example 1, further including a mounting rod and a mounting plate. The mounting rod has a first end that is coupled to the cap. The mounting plate is configured to be mount an antenna thereto. A second end of the mounting rod is selectively attached to the mounting plate.

[0054] Example 3 includes the antenna mounting assembly of Example 2, wherein the mounting plate has a central passage. The second end of the mounting rod is configured to extend through the central passage. A retaining nut threadably engages external treads on the second end of the mounting rod to selectively attach the mounting plate to the cap.

[0055] Example 4 includes the antenna mounting assembly of Example 2, further including a cover configured to the selectively coupled to the mounting plate.

[0056] Example 5 includes the antenna mounting assembly of Example 4, wherein the cover includes a cylindrical rim with spaced internal retaining tracks that are configured to receive spaced radially extending cover pins on the mounting plate to selectively couple the cover to the mounting plate.

[0057] Example 6 includes the antenna mounting assembly of any of the Examples 1-5, wherein the base further includes at least one attaching rail that is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

[0058] Example 7 includes the antenna mounting assembly of any of the Examples 1-5, wherein the base further includes four attaching rails that are located ninety degrees from each other around an outer parameter of the base, each attaching rail being configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

[0059] Example 8 includes the antenna mounting assembly of any of the Examples 1-7, further wherein the housing includes a radially extending housing retaining ring proximate the second end of the housing and the base includes an inner sidewall having a retaining groove. The retaining ring of the housing is configured to be received within the retaining groove of the base to selectively couple the housing to the base. [0060] Example 9 includes the antenna mounting assembly of Example 8, wherein the housing includes guide tabs axially extending from the second end of the housing that are configured to guide the second end of the housing into the open end of the base to assist in positioning of the retaining ring of the housing within the retaining groove of the base.

[0061] Example 10 includes the antenna mounting assembly of any of the Examples 1-9, wherein the at least one access port plate of the housing includes a plurality of access port plates with at least one of the access port plates being a different size than the remaining access port plates.

[0062] Example 11 includes a base of an antenna mounting system having a body portion and at least one attaching rail. The body portion has an open end and a closed. The closed end includes an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end. The closed end further including mounting apertures used to mount the base to a work form. The at least one attaching rail is coupled to an exterior of the body portion. The at least one attaching rail is configured to be selectively attached with another attaching rail on another base.

[0063] Example 12 includes the base of Example 11, wherein the body portion includes a cylindrical inner sidewall having a retaining groove configured to receive a retaining ring of a housing to provide a snap fit connection with the housing.

[0064] Example 13 includes the base of any Examples 11-12, wherein the at least one attaching rail includes four attaching rails that are located ninety degrees from each other around an outer parameter of the cylindrical body of the base. Each attaching rail is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base.

[0065] Example 14 includes antenna mounting system that includes at least one base, at least one housing and at least one conduit. The at least one base is configured to be mounted to a work form. Each base has an open end and a closed end with an end plate. The end plate is configured to be selectively removed from the closed end. Each base further includes at least one attaching rail that is configured to be attached with another attaching rail on another base. The at least one housing is configured to be coupled to an open end of an associated base. Each housing having at least one access port plate. The at least one access port plate is configured to be selectively removed to form an access port to an internal chamber of the housing. Each access port is configured to be coupled to an end of conduit that provides a path to and from the internal chamber of the housing for cabling. The at least one conduit has a first end that is coupled to an associated access port of an associated housing. The at least one conduit providing at least one path for the cabling.

[0066] Example 15 includes the antenna mounting system of Example 14 further including at least one housing spacer and at least one base spacer. The at least one housing spacer is coupled between a pair of housings of the at least one housing to space the pair of housings apart. The at least one base spacer is coupled between a pair of attaching rails of a pair of bases of the at least one attaching rail of the at least one base to space the pair of bases apart.

[0067] Example 16 includes the antenna mounting system of Example 15, further including at least one support that is configured to be mounted to the work form. The at least one support is configured to support a housing spacer of the at least one housing spacer to position a housing of the at least one housing at a desired location within the work form.

[0068] Example 17 includes a method of forming a preformed panel with an antenna mounting system, the method includes attaching bases at selection locations within a work form; coupling housings to the attached bases; coupling conduit to select housings to provide cabling paths to the housings within the work form; filling the work form with preform material; once cured, removing the work form from the perform panel; and removing at least portion of an end plate of select bases to access an interior chamber of associated housings.

[0069] Example 18 includes the method of Example 17, further including coupling bases together with attaching rails associated with each base.

[0070] Example 19 includes the method of any of the Examples 17-18, further including spacing at least one pair of housings away from each other in the work form with a housing spacer; and spacing at least one pair of bases away from each in the work form with a base spacer.

[0071] Example 20 includes the method of any of the Examples 17-19, wherein coupling conduit to the select housings further includes punching out an access port plate in a desired location of a housing of the select housings to form an access port; and coupling an end of an associate conduit within the access port. [0072] Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that any arrangement, which is calculated to achieve the same purpose, may be substituted for the specific embodiment shown. This application is intended to cover any adaptations or variations of the present invention. Therefore, it is manifestly intended that this invention be limited only by the claims and the equivalents thereof.