Association releases mobile black spot survey

Mobile blackspots on Bouddi peninsulaA map showing where the blackspots are and the direction to the relevant mobile transmission tower

A preliminary report has been released on the results of a mobile phone black spot survey conducted on the Bouddi Peninsula.

Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association secretary Mr Ian Bull said the group thanked all who took the time to complete the mobile black spot survey conducted over December and January. “This survey was aimed at more clearly defi ning our mobile black spots to assist Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks in her efforts to have the black spots addressed under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program,” said Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association secretary Mr Ian Bull.

“The areas of poor reception were loosely defined by our 2014 Mobile, TV and Radio reception survey, so forms for this survey were delivered only to those areas and immediate surrounds “Responses have been tabulated and transferred to a map of the area. “This illustrates quite graphically both where our black spots are and, after adding arrows to show the direction to the sources of our mobile signals (antennas on the Mantra, Ettalong, and on Blackwall Mountain), how they are created.

“Mobile signals are blocked by our beloved sandstone which effectively creates three separate bowls at Wagstaffe; Pretty Beach and Hardys Bay; and Killcare and Killcare Beach. “These bowls are separated from each other in such a way that it is not possible for a single tower to solve the reception problems of each at once simply because there is no single location where a tower could be placed which could beam into each of these black spots.

“Mobile signals travel very much in straight lines and don’t like obstructions of any kind. “Sandstone absolutely obstructs. “Tree leaves do not obstruct totally but do attenuate, the more leaves and more moisture in them, the more attenuation. “Building structures also obstruct.” The association has delivered its map to Ms Wicks. “We have asked that, rather than attempting to solve this issue with a single tower which is clearly not possible, the communications people seriously consider a solution proposed by Mr Dave Abrahams at a forum in December. “This was to use mini or micro towers to address each black spot separately. “As opposed to a highly intrusive regular 30-metre-high tower, micro towers are unobtrusive and able to effectively service individual black spots of the size we have here. “A large scale print of the map is on display in our noticeboard adjacent to Wagstaffe Hall,” he said.

Media release, 19 Jan 2017 Ian Bull, Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association

First published in the Peninsula News Jan 23, 2017