Sunday 15 April 2012

Heyden Bell Site Status 15 Apr 12

Signs continue to confirm the reports in my blogs of 4 Nov 11  and 29 Jan 12 about Bell Mobility expanding into the North Sault area. There is now a new power line near the entrance to Beaumont Mobile Home Park; it goes up the hill to the proposed location of the new Bell tower identified in the public consultation process.  From road level it also appears there has been some clearance work done on the crest of the hill.

I guess Bell did not want to see a repeat of the Echo Bay/Hwy 638/Hwy 17 situation where lack of a power line meant the location had to be run on diesel generator for some time after the site went operational.

If the Heyden Bell site follows the previous patterns for new Bell sites, it will be a HSPA+ only and will not support legacy CDMA hardware.


  1. Good Morning to all,
    I drove up to the proposed Bell site on Buttermilk and it appears that some work is progressing there. No building nor tower foundation yet, but Hydro is connected to the site being fed from the McGaughn Rd, so things may look up.
    Regards, DF

  2. The following comment was submit and published on another blog entry. It is refiled here for the purpose of continuity.

    "Recently (June 08)checked on new Bell sites in Beaumont and Buttermilk-other than hydro connected and Meters installed (110+ 220v panel outlets available) there is certainly no evidence of further progress ( no concrete pads aso).

    So far the effects of Tbay tel/Rogers "TIGER TEAM" to address the band width problems for the greater Goulais area have so far effected me personally that my top dl speed is reduced from 6.5Mb/s to around 5Mb/s while synchronization (ratio between DL and UL) is often less than 5-10%.

    My personal opinion: Tigers only kill and eat their prey (customers?),maybe an elephant team-might get some work out of them; may be better yet a CRO-Magnum man or Flintstone man with his Dino.

    Any way, I run @ -31dbm signal strength (0= on the tower)and the whole affair smacks of the design of a pimple-faced engineering team. Have patience but pay.DF"

    1. I have not heard or seen a confirmation direct from Bell Mobility as to when the Goulais and Heyden sites are to be commissioned. The technician level, as opposed to management level, rumour mill has the target date sometime in August. I agree that one would expect to see some type of concrete base as a minimum requirement before any form of tower – be it free standing, self supporting , or guyed – is built.

      I did see a bunch of non-descript trucks and people around the base of the Beaumont power line and half way up the hill last week. There was no openly visible sign of their affiliation or exactly what they were doing.

      The completion date for the Tbaytel “fixes” is the end of June 2012. They are very tight lipped bout what they will be doing.