SY7581 : Defending Dorset: RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (1)

taken 6 months ago, near to Holworth, Dorset, Great Britain

Defending Dorset: RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (1)
Defending Dorset: RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (1)
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Chain Home radar station: DoB ID: e25089

Operational bunker No. 1. This bunker was one of two transmitter blocks for this wartime radar station. It was the first to be encountered during a 6 mile circular walk taking in some of the various extant remains of the technical site of the former RAF Ringstead Chain Home radar station. The station was established after the Battle of Britain in April 1941, comprising several earth covered bunkers housing transmitting and receiving equipment for both Chain Home (CH) and Chain Home Low (CHL) radars, together with a number of their associated aerial arrays - huge structures, some as high as 300 feet. The domestic site was in the village of Upton where today a few of the buildings (and other remains) can still be seen, with some of them having been refurbished and put to modern use.

After the war the unit continued in operation, remaining in service until as late as 1956 as one of the post-war rotor stations, a direct result of the Cold War with Soviet Russia. The site was also used by a detachment of the USAF 2180 Communications Squadron, who from 1963 onwards operated a tropospheric scatter radio-relay link to Spain. This operated until 1974 when the site was closed, the tropo link decommissioned, and the massive parabolic antennas that had once dominated Ringstead Bay being dismantled and removed. LinkExternal link

SY7581 : Defending Dorset: RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (2)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 15 April, 2017
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Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Air transport  Construction, Development  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 7580 8167 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:38.0531N 2:20.6128W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 7580 8167
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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