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Sutton Common Cheshire
NGR: SJ933676 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 401m Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Signal One: 96.4  Silk FM: 106.9 
Digital Radio: Manchester: 11C        Stoke & Stafford: 12D       
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Sutton Common is one of those monolithic BT "backbone" towers, which takes it's site name from the hilltop it sits on, just south of Macclesfield. It's positioned between the BT towers at Pye Green, to the south and Heaton Park, Manchester, to the north as far as the backbone network is concerned. I don't think there's an east/west backbone link through here, but I could be wrong. I know these towers normally have a crane built in to the structure, right at the top of the tower, to assist in rigging, so I don't know how they would get the crane to work on this one with all the additional metalwork on the top!

In common with most of these sites, BT have removed the original horn antennas and replaced them with more compact dishes, although some of the dishes fitted here look quite old and weathered.

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