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Report - Radio Mast- Christmas Common, Oxfordshire, 03 August 2013

The Queen

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I had a nice few nights away camping this weekend, with the intention of doing nothing but chilling the fuck out with some good company.

However, while browsing Bing Maps to see what was in the area, I discovered this mast.......

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...... Was about a mile away, so it would've been rude not to.

The details/history of the mast are not abundantly available, but a small search reveals that it is a former USAF radio relay station, and is 200 ft or so tall. As I find more info, I will add it here.

Edit: a little information kindly forwarded on to me by 28 member Storm (many thanks)

Christmas Common is a US Air Force microwave relay station in the 'Digital European Backbone' network, which linked the EUCOM war headquarters at High Wycombe, Bucks (Daws Hill)to the Upper Heyford F-111 base. In 1990, $210,000 was allocated in the US Defense budget tot provide heavy security precautions at the site. The second site in the area - a short distance along the road - was among other things a microwave relay station used by the Civil Aviation Authority to relay radar to the air traffic control centre at West Drayton.
So, at teatime, myself and Groundcrew Styru had a wander up here, and off I went.

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It was around about this point that I was once again questioning my sanity:-

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But I carried on anyways.

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Nearly at the top

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Looking down....

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Views from the top :)

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The Stokenchurch Mast in the distance-

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Aircraft warning beacon

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lightning conductor at the top

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And, a photo that Styru took from the road:-

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Thanks to Groundcrew Styru

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And there it is, thanks for looking :) x
 
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