[Tagging] mast / tower / communication_tower (again)

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 22:39:05 UTC 2018

On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 at 20:39, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Where, in your (or anybody else's) scheme of things does the BT Tower fit?
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT_Tower
> Its primary purpose was for microwave communications and replaced an
> earlier steel lattice
> mast (wikipedia calls it a tower but from the description it was a mast)
> on the site.  It contained
> office space, galleries, a souvenir shop and a rotating restaurant.  Due
> to security concerns, public
> access to the tower ceased in 1981.

So it would have been a man_made=communications_tower (which I want to
rename multipurpose) but after 1981 should have been changed to

Given that public access to the BT tower has ceased, is it now a mast?  I
> think not. :)

Definitely not!

> But I do think it
> needs some sort of tagging to distinguish it from the likes of
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preseli_transmitting_station
> (even though it is sometimes referred to locally as "The Big Tower").

Yep, that would be a

> And then there are oversized lamp-posts for mobile phones.  And there's an
> ordinary telephone
> pole near me, with wired connections to surrounding houses, which also has
> two crowns of
> flat plate antennae for mobiles.  And I've seen a couple of
> strange-looking small antennae in my
> local town that might be GSM or might be part of the current UK emergency
> services network.  Oh,
> and there's a radio ham near me with a Versatower (or similar) laden with
> antennae.

Yep, when does a pole become a tower? Doesn't seem to be any definition
that I can find that says that one becomes the other at x metres tall, or
when there are more than y things attached to it? But I've always called
mobile phone towers, with telephone or power poles in front of it.


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