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Telecom St Heliers Exchange

One of the original AMPS sites, this is located at one of Telecom's landline exchanges. For some odd reason this site, originally 3 sectors for AMPS, is only using 2 sectors for CDMA.

Telecom St Heliers Exchange
KiwiSurfer, Jan 13, 2006
Outside the United States
Location / Street Address:
St Johns Road
Landmarks or cross street:
St Johns & St Heliers Bay Roads
Structure Type:
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Cellular 800/850 MHz
Number of Carriers:
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
    • KiwiSurfer
      Close-Up of AMPS/TDMA/CDMA panels.

      Close-Up of AMPS/TDMA-only panels. I'm not 100% sure if this sector is still active even for AMPS-only service, I will have to come back with a TDMA phone to check. But you can see the antennas are the old-type, originally used in the early 1990's. More rectently, Telecom has been replacing them with the newer type used above. I suspect this was due to complaints of 'visual pollution'.

      Different view of the site, this time from the Pony Club behind the exchange.

      Close-Up of Shipping Container-type Equipment Shelter. This is fairly common for Telecom when they co-site with their phone exchanges in Auckland. Even though the same company (which was originally govt-owned until 1989) owns both the cellular and landline side of the business, at many sites in Auckland Telecom has chosen to build a separate building/shelter for the cellular servies, even though the exchange is now half-empty since digital machines take up less room than the older analogue machines! Elsewhere in NZ Telecom generally puts the cellular stuff inside the exchange. Not sure why Auckland sites gets 'special' treatment!

      Here you can see where the shelter is in comparism with the tower itself. It's not too far out, and I suspect that white pipe paralleling the building between the shelter and the tower might be carrying the RF cables.
    • chuikov
      Fantastic photos!

      It looks like the power is coming in through what might be the generator plug - but it's a shipping container. This is wild-west stuff. I love it. I want to move back to my home in West Virginia.

      Is your NZ photo site up yet?
    • Andy
      Those are amazing pictures, Kiwi!
      So they broadcast three different technologies through one panel...that's interesting to me.
    • KiwiSurfer
      It's not really that special. They provide all the services on the same band, so obviously they just have a combinder to combine all the signals.

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