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Photos by Alan Price and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2017-03-30
Gib Heath (James House) West Midlands
NGR: SP060885 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height:
Digital TV: BBC A: 29 D3&4: 31 BBC B: 37
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Comments: Replacement site - service transferred from Norfolk Tower June 2016; relays Sutton Coldfield. This site is known as BIRMINGHAM NEWTON DRIVE by Ofcom. Pre-B700 allocations: 50/59/55.

October 2016, updated March 2017

The Gib Heath relay was moved from Norfolk Tower (SP056883) to James House in June 2016 as the original site was scheduled for demolition.

Alan visited late in September and reported: "I popped up to Gib Heath today, however, I found it really hard to get a good angle of the TX array from ground level. The photos were taken from a car park near to the old site. It looks as though the arrangements have stayed the same: two logs for transmit, one for receive."

Dan visited early in October 2016 and after some searching found a point from which the antennas could be seen. Almost.

Finally - at least for now - Alan went back in March 2017 and comments: "I think this is the best anybody's going to get without getting rooftop access. I did try and walk around the area, but these seemed to be the best two viewpoints." Full marks for persistence!

Above and below: the "new" Gib Heath seen from near the previous site.

Is the "spike" on the left an antenna or for lightning protection?

Still two logs for transmit and, just visible, another for receive

James House is the middle block in this group - but there's nothing visible from ground level at this distance - even if the sky wasn't over exposed!

Seen from a location to the south east of the block - a bit more detail but the receive antenna is only just visible. The spiked device seems "too pointy" for an antenna so most likely is for lightning protection.

Below: Alan has improved on this...

That's better. If only there was a way to lose the "domestic" antenna on the left?

Better still!

An intriguing group of SHF panels just to the left.

By way of context, James House is on the left with the antennas just visible against the sky.

Gib Heath (Norfolk Tower)

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