I was doing some digging around online with map programs to try and work out what the tower is that I have direct line of sight to from my house. I worked out that the distance is 10.3km and I managed to find it's location and get a clear pic of it using my local free high resolution areal map program.
I spotted it about 4 years ago through my telescope as it's not visible with the naked eye. Looking at online mobile phone tower maps it isn't showing up on any of them (there is a Telstra tower a few km from it in the same district and I have driven past that one though it's not the one i can see line of sight from out house. This tower I can see has areals on it and what looks to be some kind of significant infrastructure at the base.
The hill that it's on has good coverage to the valleys below
At my place I have mobile (voice, text only) coverage if my mobile is placed on the kitchen window frame in one location. Though if you pick the phone up you loose the signal. I use a bluetooth cordless phone that pairs with my mobile and all landline and mobile calls are accessed through the cordless phone handset. This avoids having to physically touch our mobile handsets and drop the call. This works fine though is a bit of a pain having to remember to pair your mobile and leave it in the one location all the time.
Would be great to find out what this tower is for and if it's going to be any use to me now or in the future. Perhaps it might be used for fixed wireless NBN and I could have a receiver aimed directly at it in the future (10.3km a issue?) Or perhaps 4g or something like that.
The biggest issue in my area is all the hippy's (who drive to the town meetings in smoke bellowing VW combi vans
) with there copper foil helmets firmly in place jumping up and down every time a tower is proposed for the NBN or mobile phone. If it wasn't for them we would have had progress years ago. They are making a already hard infrastructure project even more difficult.
What I could dig up on the tower pics.
Red dot showing the tower location direct line of sight from house.
Tower through telescope.
Direct line from house to tower is 10.3km
Areal view of the tower.
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