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Deerness Radar Station 8 years, 11 months ago #48

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Has anyone done any research on this? It is local to me, so any photos of the inside operational bits and bobs would be great! (coming from a Signals-type background myself)

Some nice, but external, photos and a bit if info available here:

canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/81646/deta...e+low+radar+station/

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Re:Deerness Radar Station 8 years, 11 months ago #49

Not a site I am familiar with but definitely one I\'d like to visit. Will do sometime soon maybe and get some pics. Radar is something I am keen to find out more about, particularly it\'s use in gunlaying.

I think someone has been trying to post some info for you but is having problems so watch this space and will try and sort it.

Andy

Re:Deerness Radar Station 8 years, 11 months ago #50

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A bit more info on the externals for Deerness Radar Station - apparently it was a \"Type 2\" www.radarpages.co.uk/mob/chl/chl1.htm

Internally, I haven\'t been able to find anything (yet).

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Re:Deerness Radar Station ??? #52

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Hello,

Anne Billing, ODIN Chair here, and with any question about Deerness you hit the jackpot, not necessarily because I know the answer but because I might know a man who does.

Yes, some good external images on the Canmore site, and perhaps some too in the Orkney Photographic Archive which has many images relating to wartime Orkney and well worth a visit of a windy, wet winter afternoon.

The Radar set-up was serviced largely from RAF Deerness, very little of which now remains and the book about Deerness \'Almost and Island\' has extracts from an account of being stationed there. I hope to be able to post the account in its entirety on this website later this year. It doesn\'t say much about what was a top secret place in waritme but certainly gives a marvellous flavour of being stationed here.

It is also the plan, all being well, that the Friends of St Ninian\'s in Deerness will host a talk in next year\'s Science Festival by the noted wartime historian Geoffrey Stell on the radar station and other aspects of Deerness\'s role in World War 2. He and I have come across a couple of Deerness wartime puzzles which we hope can be opened to the light of day when he visits for the Science Festival.

I recently had a fascinating afternoon\'s visit to the site accompanying Geoffrey Stell and Alan Scott, Colin Wylie (ex ROC Orkney) Billy Bruce and Jimmy Wylie all local Deerness men with knowledge of the site whilst they went over its chronology, the buildings and how they were used and its subsequent role with the Royal Observer Corps.

www.radararchive.freeserve.co.uk gives contact with Scotland\'s prime expert on its wartime radar, Ian Brown and it would be very interesting to follow through anything you can learn from him, in the ODIN forum.

Best wishes, Anne

Re:Deerness Radar Station 8 years, 11 months ago #54

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Thank you Anne - I will look forward to the St Ninian\'s talk next year.

In the meantime I will keep adding bits here so that we can build up a bit more information. Unfortunately, the freeserve link doesn\'t work - I rpseume we will have to wait until that page is sorted.

I have however, found some more info about Chain Home Low and how Deerness fits into the bigger picture:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Home_Low

Still looking for internal photos though...

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Re:Deerness Radar Station 8 years, 11 months ago #55

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Thanks for the information Anne - I will look forward to the St Ninian\'s meeting next year - in the meantime I will try and add bits as I come across them.

Here is a Wiki link that shows how Deerness fitted into the bigger picture and it is interesting to note that there is a similar site at Crustan (I have never heard of that - being a ferry looper!)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Home_Low

The hunt for internal photos continues!

(Possibly something here reference.findtarget.com/search/Chain%20Home/)

Adrian (aka Blister)
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