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Photos by Peter Leach
Additional info from Ray Cooper

Tick Hill
NGR: SJ963451 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 265m Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Stoke & Stafford: 12D       

Tick Hill, the ex-PCM link site east of Stoke-on-Trent. It used to run Sutton Coldfield > Tick Hill > Macclesfield Forest > Holme Moss. This route became redundant when TV distribution went Energis fibre, which also had capacity for the PCM bearer channels.

There are two SHF dishes on this mast. The larger one being the ex-PCM link, looking at Sutton. Originally there was another large dish firing to Macclesfield Forset which would have been facing the camera in photo 3.

(The line-of-site path from TIK to MCF just grazed the ground at a point about a kilometre to the north of TIK, where it crossed a farmer's access road. I used to wonder what would happen if somebody parked a large pantechnicon just at the critical point!

Since 2004 is has also broadcast the Emap DAB service for Stoke-on-Trent.

Not sure of the date this site was built, in 1980 it looked not much different than today. Local people thought it was a MOD site so as children everyone kept away.

It's always had the large dome Andrews microwave dish pointing south and the smaller lower dish (with skin cover) pointing towards BBC Radio Stoke-on-Trent building in Hanley. This is used as a studio TV link for simple live interviews back to BBC Birmingham Midlands Today News it is rarely used for News24.

Other small upper dish is the link to the Sutton common DAB mux site.

The stacked dipole array

GPS timing aerial for DAB transmitter

The stacked dipole array is a typical low power low population DAB aerial array. Spilt into two half’s (upper & lower) for operational reasons to maintain a service. Each horizontal boom has two phased dipoles giving approx 3dB gain in the forward and sides direction, polar diagram similar to an apple shape, so lower and upper aerials both have around 6dB gain.

Macclesfield Forest | Sutton Coldfield

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