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Mast Safety Question

3: Seeker Silver

We have constructed a new, multi-storey building close to an existing mast which holds a number of mobile telephone antennae. We wish to check that these antennae do not present an unacceptable level of exposure to anyone using or working in or on the new building. Unfortunately it is not possible to tell which network operator runs these antennae, as there are no markers on the antennae or the metal cabinets at ground level.

 

Please could you provide me with contact details at Vodafone whom I can approach to ask

  1. Does Vodafone operate or use this mast?
  2. If it does, can anyone give me technical details (ie number and type of antennae, maximum radiated power, maxium effective radiated power and antenna gain for each antenna?
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17: Community Champion

Hi,

 

Can you provide your full postcode ?

 

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Hang in there and I'm sure they'll be in touch. 

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3: Seeker Silver

The nearest postcode is B5 7ST, and the OS Grid Ref is 405000 283250

 

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17: Community Champion

Hi @Lockupchap

 

You should be able to get the information you need from the regulator, Ofcom.  If you put your postcode into the Sitefinder Map, you should be able to see which mobile company operates the site.

 

Please see the link below. 

 

Ofcom

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17: Community Champion

Lockupchap wrote:

The nearest postcode is B5 7ST, and the OS Grid Ref is 405000 283250

 


Thank you. 

 

Im sure the team will be along to help you. 

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3: Seeker Silver

I've already tried that. OFCOM used to publish a map to show which operators placed equipment on each mast, but unfortuantely the map is no longer available, and in any event OFCOM stopped updating it in 2012. Their website now advises the public to contatc operators, hence this thread.

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@Lockupchap Please can you verify the postcode, or an alternative postcode within the proximity?

 

 

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17: Community Champion

It appears to be a terminated postcode.   Try B15 2TY.

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3: Seeker Silver

It isn't the equipment at B15 2TY - although after looking at Bingmaps I know there is another mast at that location.

 

The equipement I'm interested in is in front of the site which used to have the postcode I originally gave, although the pub previously on the site was demolished and the site is now being redeveloped.

 

I assume the mast doesn't have a postcode, as it doesn't receive post.

 

Can you identify the mast from the OS grid reference I gave, or is there a map I can use to find out about the equipment attached to it?

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16: Advanced member Gold

The mast at the OS grid point is an EE and 3 mast with Fredo, Pagona, BTS3900A, it's as stereotypical as they get, see here: http://pedroc.co.uk/monopoles.htm or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcu3d-g-ln8

 

All masts installed have to meet safety requirements; there are countless masts identical to that deployed around the country, many immediately in dense residential areas.

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3: Seeker Silver

Thanks - that's useful.

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17: Community Champion

Lockupchap wrote:

It isn't the equipment at B15 2TY


The team seemed to be having trouble finding the location from that postcode, so I Googled it.  It's no longer in use, so it's a matter of putting the address in the Royal Mail poscode finder and seeing what it is now.   RM update postcodes all the time due to new building and delivery point changes.   Some codes are re-located, others fall out of use altogether.

 

(I used to run a mail-order business, so I know far more about postcode than is reasonable Smiley Embarassed)

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3: Seeker Silver

That's the reason I originally gave an OS grid reference rather than a postcode. The post code suggested relates to a building which has now been demolished. It used to receive its own post when we let it to another party and had a postcode. However the tenant moved out, we demolished the old building and are constructing a new building on the site. It won't have its own postcode, as it will form about 1% of our much larger site with centralised mail receving faciliites about 400 metres away.

 

Our concern is that the mast was no doubt safe when installed, bearing in mind the location and low height of surrounding buildings. However we want to review the situation with operators, as the building we are constructing is taller than the previous one.

 

As an side, it sounds like you've also had issues with the 'pigeon hole thinking' behind postcodes. I find it a problem when trying to get goods or services delivered to buildings that don't have a postcode. It's also noticeable how many people these days seem incapable of getting to meetings in locations that doesn't have a postcode.

 

Do masts - as opposed to nearby buidlings - actually have postcodes?

 

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16: Advanced member Gold

The mast is H3G Site ID B0780 and TUK 63170. 

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3: Seeker Silver

I think Ofcom started out the map with really good intentions but T-Mobile and their successor EE started getting hot under the collar about revealing their exact mast locations. 

 

As a result Ofcom couldn't really keep the service going if they couldn't reveal the locations of EE masts so sadly they had to knock it all on the head.

 

From what i understand this info is still available but NOT from Ofcom and only on a paid-for subscription service designed for corporate users.

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