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Report - NATO ACE High base, Kefalonia, May 2024

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mingerocket

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A week with family is always better if I can escape now and again and do some exploring so I did some homework and found there was a disused NATO base less than an hour's drive from my accommodation.

Here's some history..

Allied Command Europe Highband, better known as ACE High, was a fixed service NATO radio communication and early warning system dating back to 1956. After extensive testing ACE High was accepted by NATO to become operational in 1964/1965.

The frequency supportability and frequency assignments were provided in accordance with the NATO Joint Civil/Military Frequency Agreement (NJFA). The system was designed to be a combined UHF troposcatter/microwave radio system, providing long-range communications in the form of telephone, telegraph and data traffic in the NATO chain of command.
Its combined services produced over 200 channels and equipment was in place to multiplex them to contain up to 12 different calls each. There used to be 49 troposcatter links augmented by 40 Line Of Sight Microwave terrestrial stations, located in nine different NATO countries from northern Norway through central Europe to eastern Turkey. The transmitters broadcast at 832.56 - 959.28 MHz producing an average transmitting power of 10 kilowatts.

The explore..

From the satellite imagery it was clear that the place was literally in the middle of nowhere so I was pretty confident it would be an easy in. I usually tackle these places at first light but due to the hot climate I thought I would stand the best chance of being left alone in the midday heat.
So off up into the mountains I went, the roads were some of the best I've driven, with epic views too, and were fun even in the 3 cylinder shitbox French rollerskate I'd rented for the week.

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After a short walk from the car I was already hot as balls so rather than my usual routine of finding the most complicated way in possible I decided to try obvious route first. High security bailing twine dealt with and I was in.

Here we go....

Security gate. I got this shot on the way out. the guys on the bikes gave me quite a scare as I was at the top of the antenna tower when they arrived and from a distance I thought it was the police or security of some kind. Turns out they were up to the same as me.
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View from the guard tower
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View from the top of the antenna tower
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Admin block
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Security beetle - this thing was huge
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Water pump house
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Can't beat a spiral staircase. The mezzanine floor above was full of spare parts and paperwork
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More to follow.
 
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mingerocket

28DL Regular User
Regular User
And now for my favourite bit. The generator house. Four huge diesel electric generators live in here and would have powered the secluded site.

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Siemens control panel
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A random CRT monitor, there was room in the admin block full of these old things.
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And some of the finest peeling paintwork
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And that's it, a nice relaxing (except the brief fright) explore of a place with just the right amount of decay.
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mingerocket

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I think it was Shiey who did a video on these, made me want to see them one day.
It's a cracking place, apparently there is a similar one on Lefkada, one of the other greek islands. Guess where I'm booking for a week away next year šŸ¤£
 

albino-jay

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Yeah fantastic that mate. Canā€™t beat a quick break away from the mrs n kids in the sun. Solo explores like this are great to take your time and just chill out.

That beetle can do one though, no to that. I remember doing that power station in Italy, dropping onto my stomach to do a crawl in. Had summat similar inches away from my face. New boxers were needed.
 

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