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Can anyone identify this photograph?  We believe it was taken at Galleywood.  If you do please add comment at the bottom of this page.





Comments (3)

Ian Gillis said

at 8:19 pm on Mar 1, 2016

The building behind the left-hand tropo dish could be the grandstand for Galleywood Racecourse?

Alan Hartley-Smith said

at 9:15 pm on Mar 1, 2016

It definitely is - do we know if it was used as a workshop/lab/offices for those working there?

Ian Gillis said

at 9:43 pm on Mar 1, 2016

This is from the Radar History "Locations" page:
The site at Galleywood was on the old racecourse and was used to test out Tropospheric Receiver/Transmitters between Galleywood Common and Start Point in Devon (1957-60). It consisted of two huge dish aerials and a hut with a quad diversity receiver set. John Nuttall and Sam Woolard were two of the chosen apprentices to sit there listening to music and speech while monitoring the quality of the reception. This was thought to be pre-commissioning tests prior to the equipment's shipment and subsequent installation on two Caribbean islands. They spent many happy weeks there doing very little other than answering questions from their counterparts in Devon about which receiver and which aerial combination was producing the best quality.
Other memories recall the old Grandstand's lower floor being used for various things including a Publicity Store. In the late 1940s, Mr. A. W. Lay, worked on Diathermy @ Gt Baddow using frequencies in the range 30-45MHz. This interfered with TV IFs and he left and set up another company (LayLabs) in the Grandstand too. LayLabs did not survive very long.

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