Well what a day for Walkington (13th Sept) and what a big news day for the blog. I had the opportunity today to watch the installation of the new telecoms mast on Northlands Farm. With the sun shining and the remnants of Storm Aileen blowing around our ears the new mast went up like clockwork. It was like putting up a fence pole.
After all the recent rain the project team had to lay a rubberised track to the mast location to enable the heavy machinery to get from the main road to the site. As you can see from the photo it was like a giant lego system approximately 150 metres long all fitted and bolted together.
The crane lifting the mast into place, was itself state of the art, being fully computerised and some 46 tons with an arm extending to 48 metres. The crane lifted the 15 metre mast and you can see from the photo it was walked into place and dropped onto the spot at the first attempt, and bolted down with eight steel bolts. I thought to myself these guys have done this before.
The mast is made of galvanised steel and is far enough from the road to be unobtrusive, especially when you compare it to the string of electricity pylons that march across the farm on their way from Cottingham to York built in 1968. The mast is hollow and full of what are called coax cables as seen in the photo.
The purpose of the new mast is to improve the mobile phone signal for all long suffering Vodafone and O2 users and although the project is behind schedule, for various reasons, it is slowly drawing to a conclusion with a live date sometime in October.
I jokingly mentioned in a previous post that the delay would provide me with sufficient time to learn how to use my new mobile phone. Well, the mast is now installed (but not live) and I still have to master my new phone, never mind how texting works.