REMOTE RADAR SITES

Luke Dougan thought some people may find this link interesting. It’s a news report from 1984 concerning the Radar site(s) at Mt.Gabriel, Co.Cork,Ireland.

putting the present before the history for once

Completion of UK radar network replacement project

On the left below is Clee Hill, identified by Steve Balfour. Some help please from radar spotters, where is the right hand radar?

….and secondly you will find some new photos below of other remote radar heads

Below are some early maps and a list of early radar sites in 1945 and the mid to late 1950s. Most were military but some were to become military and civil air traffic control units or to act as remote radars to military and civil air traffic control units.

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home-chain-south   both via Dave Smith

gci-radar-station-sites-in-the-uk   from John Freeman

Neatishead

The Type 84 (?) aerial at RAF Neatishead, now the site of the RAF Air Defence Museum

here is the  brochure issued in 1988 entitled “Great Dun Fell – completing the chain of new radar stations”

Great Dun Fell brochure

Photos of some of the remote long range area radar stations.

Great Dun Fell

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great dun fell 1

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great dun fell 2

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Claxby

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Clee Hill

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Clee Hill 1980s (4)RR6

mobile receiver van checking signals and inteference

Clee Hill 1980s (5)RR7

Clee Hill 1980s (6)RR8

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Clee Hill 1980s (7)RR9

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RR10a this and the next three Clee Hill photos by Alan Dodson. The next three taken on the occasion of Clee Hill becoming fully operational

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RR10B  Ian Macey  and Dave Richards

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RR10c  Ingvar and Ian Macey

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RR10d  Eddy Dapre and Ingvar Uvsgood (Alan’s spelling)

Debden

Cossor SSR on HSA Debden (1)RR11

Cossor SSR on HSA Debden (2)RR12

Cossor SSR on HSA Debden (3)RR13

Fitting a Cossor SSR aerial to the HSA primary radar head

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Cromer

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Gailes (Area Radar unit for ScATCC Rebrae)

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RR16a photo Ray Draper

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Ventnor Radar, St Boniface Down, Isle of Wight

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Burrington Radar

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Two of the four aerial installations at the Burrington Radar site with the Cossor 700 series interrogator in the foreground and the Plessey AR5 primary radar in the background.

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Burrington Equipment Room

Part of the Burrington Radar site equipment room with the duplicated Plot Extractor (PPSX100) and monitor console in the background

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Cossor twin SSR 700 advanced secondary surveillance system

Hartland

RR38a Burrington was located at Hartland Point, home to RAF Hartland Point

Lowther Hill

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RR39a a selection of photos by Alan Dodson

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St Annes

Ops room

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St.Annes Marconi 264A

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stannes

RR41a from Alan Dobson

I only have this one picture, which is of a bearing change on the 264 radar. Not over exciting in it’s self, but I installed the MK2 Stansaab plot extractor here in the 1980’s, and it was the only one of the plot extracted radar sites in the country that I programmed in the Plot filter.  CAA HQ had been told that it took the Swedes a year to programme their extractor, but HQ didn’t read the programming instructions correctly, it took me about 4 weeks.
So St Annes was unique . I found out that when St Annes closed, the plot extractors
went to the “Secret Nuclear Bunker” at Nantwich, and in order to get some more
photos of the installation, I paid a visit. The Nuclear Bunker is a joke, one medium sized HE bomb would have wiped it all out, however, the St Annes extractors were definitively there.
Whilst asking the curator of the site if I could get to the extractors and pull out some
boards for photographs (which I did), I asked (politely) how much he paid to aquire
the equipment, he said nothing, but that was the word he said, he paid nothing.
Hardly believing my ears, I echoed him and said “you paid nothing for the plot
extractors” he said no, “I paid nothing for the whole radar station”. It seems the only cost to him was about 40 workmen for 3 months and transport.

and not quite so remote Pease Pottage/TEE Gatwick

TEE Gatwick HSA radar

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EGKK 25 TEE PEASE POTTAGE HSA RADAR

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10 thoughts on “REMOTE RADAR SITES”

  1. RR36 takes me back – looks like A25 and G1 with EGBB in NE corner on A1

    Any old ones of Gailes and the “bedstead” radar – was it Type 5?

    Any of installations of Locus 16 project when live? I worked with Archie Lamont and co on the training side for the Eval Unit programme then skipped off to enjoy myself.

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  2. The B+W picture on the left, at the very top is Clee Hill, judging by the foreground rocks and distant landscape

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  3. Hi agn, I have just spent 2 hours scanning (not reading) this enormous website. I can offer more photos of sites, equipment and personnel, if you wish to have them.

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