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RAF Edlesborough

Last modified: 10 Aug 2013, submitted by: Joker
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Country: United Kingdom    Region: Buckinghamshire

Latitude: 51° 50' 44" N     Longitude: -1° 24' 54" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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Former RAF Edlesborough. RAF Edlesborough was an HF transmitting radiostation from 1972 to 1985. It communicated with RAF stations around the world in the Strike Command Integrated Communications System (STCICS) network. It was one of a pair of sites with the other being at Greatworth and both controlled by the Systems Control site at nearby RAF Stanbridge. The receiver site was at RAF Bampton Castle in Oxfordshire as receivers could not be located near the high power transmitters. Site was using Racal and Marconi equipment. During the 1970s the transmitters used were the Marconi HS series (HS31, HS51 and HS71) and their more modern MST series. The power of these transmitters ranged from 1kW up to 30kW and the two transmitter sites operated as a RED path and a YELLOW path to provide diversity to cope with atmospheric conditions, HF radio being at the mercy of the ionosphere. Aerials were of the dipole, rhombic or biconical designs being usually fed via twin wire feeders

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