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Report - RAF Stenigot Mast, Lincolnshire - June 2014

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Bent Nails, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. Bent Nails

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    There are several interesting surviving features at this former radar station.

    A 350 foot radar mast, a remnant of WW2's Chain Home network provided an early warning of Luftflotte invasions into central England and is now used for training RAF aerial erectors.

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    Four tropospheric scatter dishes, built in 1959 as one of the 82 stations in NATO's ACE High program (a long range cold war communication system) remain at the far end of the site and are now used by sheep as shelter.

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    There are a handful of buildings still there too, including a transmitter block and a pill box.

    This visit however focused on the tower, which was one of four transmitter masts (there would also have been four receiver masts).

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    This is an impression I found of how the site might have looked in its heyday:

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    Although fascinated by it, I'm still pretty baffled by the system, but this diagram gives some kind of explanation.

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    The site was decommissioned in the 80s and mostly demolished in the 90s. Here are some photos of the ascent:

    Sunrise from upper platform
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    Looking up
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    Looking down
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    Looking north
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    Looking east
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    Looking south
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    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Great work mate, I like this a lot. I think it's the first time it's been seen on here, with it being live RAF and all that.
     
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    Yes! Very good.
     
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    Very nice indeed!
    Is that someones house directly underneath it?
     
  5. Bent Nails

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    Thanks very much. And yes, there's a semi detached house at the bottom!

    Here's a little video too (it's not the best):

    [video=youtube;MHnp1MW-XK0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHnp1MW-XK0[/video]
     
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    Thats awesome m8, very nice....
     
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    Nice report mate. You've captured the place well. :thumb
     
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    great stuff
    deffo 1st time ive seen anyone climb it
     
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    Crazy stuff, was wondering what it was like up there the other day!
     
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    Very cool! Nice work
     
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    Whats wrong with west :confused
     
  12. Bent Nails

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    Sorry, must have forgotten about west!
     
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    I like the mast shots very good. Nice view from the top which shows you how remote it is. I am not brave enough to climb the tower, I just hate heights. I like the shot looking down towards the house. Nice work.
     
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    I plan to return there later to photograph the mast and more bunker shots. Evening star trail shot would be good with the mast. Just time again is the main problem, also the weather.
     
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    Well done for cracking on, heard too many people talk about this over the years rather than just balls it :thumb
     
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