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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B) 1941 to 1956.

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From the A353, turn down to Ringstead and the Beach Cafe. There is a pay car park. Alternatively the turning to Osmington Mills and walk east from the Smugglers INN.

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Air battles 1940.

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Spitfire reloading.

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He111 bombers.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
There are public foot paths that pass all the items connected to the Radar site.
RAF Ringstead was part of the Chain Home (CH) and Chain Home Low (CHL) transmitter/receiver radar. Started in 1940 but too late for the Battle of Britain. It continued service until 1956 by then using the new 'Rotor Radar'. In 1963 part of the site was taken over by the USAF as 2180 Com. Sqn. operating a Tropospheric Scatter System link. This closed down in 1974 and the aerials were removed shortly after.

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PB - Pillbox.
SL - Search Light.
CH - Chain Home Radar items.
Sc St - Scatter Station USAAF.
Upton Fort - Coastal Artillery Battery.
RX - Receiving.
TX - Transmitting .

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Pill box defence against Operation Seelöw the invasion of Britain.

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RX - Tower.

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Osmington Mills 1940's.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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The red squares are where the radar bunkers you can visit, are situated and the four left TX aerials are the Transmitting towers and the two RX to the right are the Receiving towers (now all removed).

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TX - Towers.

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RX - Tower.

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Do17 bombers.

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21 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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To the left is the Emergency Standby Set house bunker.
To the right the route we will take.

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Plan.

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RAF Canewdon's National Service radar crew.

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Two Me109's flying past RAF Swingate aerials 1940.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house

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Power came from the National Grid, but if the power should be lost, then a very powerful generator could automatically start up and run the whole system.

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Crosley standby set 'West Coast Type'.

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National Grid.

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05 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house

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Standby set house entrance.

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Erk at work.

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Learning their trade at probably RAF Yatesbury.

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Scarlett Point

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house plan

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Two entrances, one for machinery and the other for personnel.

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Generator.

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AIR 16-939

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Upton Plant Architects

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house

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Personnel entrance.
Planning permission has been applied for to turn it into a holiday home, actually a very good idea, as it will preserve it.

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They may have been issued with for bicycles.

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Upton Plant Architects

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house.

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Power Plant standby set house as it may have looked.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Standby set house

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Huge engines with large generators that were needed to energise the radar systems.

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15 November 2017

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Aerial tie down

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This is the ex RAF roadway, on the left is a chunk of concrete, part of a cable tie down probably for an aerial.

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Aerial & tiedown.

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15 November 2017

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Aerial tie down

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Red - early Chain Home coverage.
Yellow - later Chain Home coverage.

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4 x TX - Transmit aerials steel.
The way Chain Home worked was very like turning a flood light on and pointing it outwards away from where you wish to defend. This (flood light) was four steel framed aerials. Laid out in a straight line pointing towards your enemy. When an aircraft flew into the (flood light), the reflection is bounced off the plane and returned to (east coast four, west coast two, aerials) here two large wooden aerials.

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2 x RX - Receiver aerials wooden.
The bounced reflection is received in the two RX bunkers and when seen by the operators, a message would be sent to a filter station. They would work out the threat and then send up fighters to intercept the bombers.

This is a simple description and I hope it helps, there are many websites that explain it better than I can.

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15 November 2017

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Aerial tie down

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Steel hook to support an aerial.

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TX Towers.

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Looking up an RX aerial.

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15 November 2017

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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I have wondered what this hut was for and the only answer I have is, that it was the radar sites guard room.

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Guard room.

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John O'Neil was stationed here in the 1950's when he was doing his National Service. The picture is the Ringstead Cricket team, all members of the Chain Home Radar crew.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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A standard RAF temporary brick building guard room.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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The original paint on the door. In fact the door is still in very good condition.

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RAF Police.

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They may have used Police dogs to patrol the site.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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Unlike the roof.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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Looking inside.

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Hut plan.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Guard room

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Plan of the building. A wartime temporary brick hut design.

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Temporary Brick bonding. The brick pointing at 90° from the wall, took the roof support beam.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The RAF road

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Continuing along the roadway.

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They would have had their own three ton lorry as transport.

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An RAF Jeep which they also may have been issued.

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The Austin Utility is another vehicle that may have been used.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The RAF road

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Continuing along the roadway.
X is the way to the first RX bunker.

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Plan.

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13 October 2003

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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First receiver bunker.

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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Crew entrance.

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Members of the radar crew.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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Blast wall crew entrance.

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Entrance plan.

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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N - Personnel Entrance.

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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N - Personnel Entrance.

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Plan.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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A - Goods Entrance.
B - Earth Bank.
C - Transformer Room.
D - Switch Gear.
E - Pump.
F - Filter Unit.
G - Roof Vent.
H - Electric Part Store.
I - Receiver Equipment.
J - Electro-mechanical Calculator.
K - L - Cable Ducts.
M - Battery Room GPO.
N - Personnel Entrance.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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M - Battery Room GPO. The GPO (General Post Office) ran all the phone lines around the country, so all the CH radars would have had cables laid and connected to the main telephone network.

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A telephone of the day.

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Post Office van 1940's.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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H - Electric Part Store.

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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L - Cable Ducts.

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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I - Receiver Equipment.

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Plan.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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Chain Home receiver room photograph shows console (right) and RF8N Receiver (left).

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Plan.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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K - L - Cable Ducts.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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J - Electro-mechanical Calculator.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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J - Electro-mechanical Calculator.

12 November 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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Gas filtration plant room.
D - Switch Gear.
E - Pump.
F - Filter Unit.
G - Roof Vent.

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Gas filtration plant room.

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A broken roof vent on the roof of the TX block.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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Gas filtration plant room.
D - Switch Gear.
E - Pump.
F - Filter Unit.
G - Roof Vent.

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Gas filtration plant room.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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I - Receiver Equipment.

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Plan.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
'C' Type Receiver Block (West Coast Type)

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A - Goods Entrance.
C - Transformer Room.

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Plan.

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Transformers in an M & E plinth on an RAF airfield somewhere in England, gives an idea of what would be there.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Nissen Hut

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There must have been a few around here. I have found several bases of huts here.

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16ft Nissen hut.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Nissen hut.

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12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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More hut remains.

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Building a Nissen Hut.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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Either a cable bridge or a pathway, I think it was a bridge to carry very heavy cables across the stream from the aerials to the bunkers.

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Plan.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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Cabling from the aerials.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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At the end of the path you reach the sea. I have seen in the past, with barbed wire and picket posts set between the beach and the coast path, these have all been cleaned away.

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Barbed wire.

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Screw picket posts.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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Walking west along the coast path and there is a style on the right side and a path crossing this track leading into the next wood.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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We have just been walking through the far wood and down to the sea, now walking west along the coast path, there is a style on the right and you cross this track between two fields. And then enter the next wood that runs north.

The field we can see in this picture shows NO signs of what it once held. There were twin parabolic aerials of the US Airforce Tropospheric Scatter radio-relay link to Spain. The system at Ringstead was operated by the USAF No. 6 Detachment, 2180 Communications Squadron from Dec 1963 to 1974, with the two massive aerial arrays dismantled by March 1975.
Ronald Searle, Geograph.

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USAAF Scatter Station

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
USAAF Scatter Station

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US Airforce Tropospheric Scatter radio-relay link to Spain, they were huge ,150ft high. As children I remember coming to Ringstead at the time these were here, although I remember the four steel masts or remains of them, I do not ever remember seeing these. It was closed by 1970 and dismantled in 1974.

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Microwave radio messages could be sent over long distances by using the Troposphere as a sounding board and bouncing the signals back to the next station.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
USAAF Scatter Station

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US Airforce Tropospheric Scatter radio-relay link from a 1972 air photo.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B
USAAF Scatter Station

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US Airforce Tropospheric Scatter radio-relay link being dismantled.

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A crawler crane like the one that was used here. I was told they brought a crane on a lorry all the way down and along the track/roadway to the Scatter station, to remove it. Everything was removed.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
One of the RX - Receiver wooden aerials concrete base

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There are four bases if you can find them in the woodland.

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RX - Receiver wooden aerials.

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RX - Receiver wooden aerials.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
One of the RX - Receiver wooden aerials concrete base

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The path looking south, there are four all together. Hard to find in summer, so head out in winter and they should show up.

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20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block.

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Crew entrance.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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A - Goods entrance.

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The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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A - Goods Entrance.
B - Earth Bank.
C - Transformer Room.
D - Switch Gear.
E - Pump.
F - Filter Unit.
G - Roof Vent.
H - Electric Part Store.
I - Receiver Equipment.
J - Electro-mechanical Calculator.
K - L - Cable Ducts.
M - Battery Room GPO.
N - Personnel Entrance.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block.

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C - Transformer Room.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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A - Goods entrance.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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All the insides of the 'C' type blocks would have looked exactly alike. The reason that there are two, if one had been hit by a bomb, the other one could take over and continue working.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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Gas filtration plant room.
D - Switch Gear.
E - Pump.
F - Filter Unit.
G - Roof Vent

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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J - Electro-mechanical Calculator.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block.

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I - Receiver Equipment.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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L - Cable Ducts.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B
The second 'C' Type Receiver Block

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A - Goods Entrance.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Nissen hut bases

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More Nissen hut bases.

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Nissen hut.

12 February 2012

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The path continues back to the road. Its a lovely walk.

12 February 2012

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The military road and bridge.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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Sunset through the woods.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
First TX Block.

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Transmitter Block. There were main and reserve blocks. I am not sure which was which but up on the hill around the farm is the second TX block. (TX-transmitter, RX-reciever). I have never found this one.

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Plan.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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Plan.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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The second TX Block, continue along the track and a gate on the left allows you to get into the field to see it.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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View through the trees.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second Type 'C' Transmission Block, TX Block.

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A - Roof vent.
B - Bay for cable feed troughs.
C - Cable ducts 80cm deep.

D - Transmitter equipment.
E - Goods entrance.
F - Personnel entrance.
G - Transformer room.
H - Ventilation system.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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The entrance and on the right the cable entrances.

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Plan.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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Nice description of the radar.

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Radar coverage.

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Scarlet Point

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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Scarlet Point's TX Block. Note the air vents and chimneys for the air conditioning and anti gas systems.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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TX cables would have come out of here and out to the aerials.
B - Bay for cable feeds.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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Cabling.

20 May 2021

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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Crew entrance.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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The view inside from the machinery entrance.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block

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West Coast CH Type Transmitter Room.

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T3026 Transmitter Control Desk.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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West Coast Transmitter T 3104.

12 February 2012

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)
Second TX Block.

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A - Roof vents.

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RAF Ringstead Chain Home Radar Station (AMES12B)

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Portland.

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