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TOPIC: Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s

Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 09 Jul 2014 18:06 #1

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Operation and Readiness Fixer Stations

This is a list of 67 VHF Fixer stations in the UK, plus 2 UHF sites. Source: TNA AIR10/7407, SD747

There are 44 (inc 2 UHF) in England, 15 in Scotland, 8 in Wales, plus IoM and Isles of Scilly.

Pastscape states: The site of XXXXX Very High Frequency (VHF) Fixer Station. This was one of a network of 57 stations established in England by the Royal Air Force. It was built by 1951 as part of the Rotor programme to modernise the United Kingdom's radar defences. The station operated under the command of YYYY Sector as part of Fixer Organisation One and provided directional finding equipment, enabling fighter aircraft crews to receive positional data by transmitting a signal.

SD747 states: In general these occupy from one-eighth to one-quarter of an acre of land. Fixers are fitted in wooden towers. The aerial system, type 61A, is fitted within the roof of the tower and no masts or aerials are external to the building. Equipment consists of two Receivers, R1392D, fed from O.E.S. (outside electrical supply) or camp supply. Standby power is obtained from 12 volt accumulators.

Many of the sites seemed to consist of a wooden D/F tower in a brick octagonal blast wall with a generator building a short distance away. In many cases there are two D/F towers a short distance apart.

These are the stations extant c.1955. By February 1958 only 14 remained (marked '*') and many of these had changed sector. Two new UHF Fixers were added (marked '$'); (were more added later?).

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 10 Jul 2014 10:20 #2

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Ref’ relates to Pastscape monument number (14xxxxx), or Canmore ID (2yyyyy). Blue underline indicates a ‘Where’s the Path’ link.
SiteCountyParent StationSectorGrpRef
AstleyWorcestershireLongley LaneWestern121490066
Axminster DevonshireSopleySouthern111489851
Barnby Howe YorkshireShiptonNorthern121489974
Baxworthy Corner DevonshireTrerewSouthern111489834
Beckingham *NottinghamshireShiptonNorth / Eastern121489990
BishamBerkshireHillingdonSouthern111489653
Boots GreenCheshireLongley LaneWestern121490112
BurySussexTruleigh HillSouthern111489649
Bury Down CornwallTrerewSouthern111489817
CarisbrookeIsle of WightVentnorSouthern / Met111489638
Cockthorpe *NorfolkBawburghEastern121489908
Croydon Hill *SurreyDuxfordMetropolitan11-
DebdenEssexBawburghEastern121489924
DunningtonYorkshireShiptonNorthern121489996
$ DuxfordCambridgeshireDuxfordMetropolitan11
FarninghamKentBiggin HillMet / Southern111489884
Francis Quarry *DevonshireChivenorSouthern111489848
HalsteadEssexBawburghEastern121489927
Hawthornside Hill NorthumberlandShiptonNorthern12-
HemsbyNorfolkBawburghEastern121489912
High Park CumberlandShiptonNorthern121490008
How EndCumberlandLongley LaneWestern121490114
LeistonSuffolkBawburghEastern / Met121489920
Lizard *CornwallTrerewSouthern111489811
LongcroftSurreyHillingdonMetropolitan111489874
LuttonLincolnshireBawburghEastern121489935
Maidens HallNorthumberlandShiptonNorthern121490002
$ Martlesham HeathSuffolkMartleshamMetropolitan11
MonktonKentManston / SandwichMetropolitan111489889
Pett *SussexFairlightMetropolitan111489863
Pewsey *WiltshireOld SarumSouthern111489740
RoseacreLancashireLongley LaneWestern121490120
SaxtonYorkshireShiptonNorthern121489994
SherborneDorsetshireOld SarumSouthern111489753
SilversteadKentBiggin HillMetropolitan11-
SkidbrookeLincsShiptonNorthern121489946
Slappers HillDevonshireHope CoveSouthern111489824
Trerathic CornwallSt Eval (CC)Southern111489837
WestburyShropshireLongley LaneEastern121416227
Weston *DorsetshirePortlandSouthern111489624
WhittlesfordCambridgeshireDuxfordMetropolitan111489861
Winchendon *BuckinghamshireBawburghEastern / Met121489938
Wix *EssexWattishamMet / Eastern111489856
Woodland DurhamShiptonNorthern121490005
SCOTLAND
Cairn HillAberdeenshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
FindochtyBanffshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Fowlis WesterPerthshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Gowan FoldAberdeenshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
GreenockRenfrewshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Hill Rig LanarkshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Horsa HillAberdeenshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
HuxterstoneAberdeenshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Lamberton Moor BerwickshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12279613
LargowardFifeshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Mull-Of-KintyreArgyllshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Panteth HillDumfriesshireShiptonNorthern12
StoneykirkWigtownLongley LaneWestern12
StraitonMidlothianBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
Upper DysartFifeshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12
WALES
BangestonPembrokeshirePembroke Dock (CC)Southern11
Bryn-EurynFlintshireLongley LaneWestern12
Llane AFlintshireLongley LaneWestern12
Llanerchymedd AngleseyLongley LaneWestern12
Mynydd LlwydGlamorganshireSt Athan (TTC)Southern11
Mynydd PencarrigCarmarthenshirePembreySouthern11
Mynydd RhiwFlintshireLongley LaneWestern12
Penglais-FachCardiganshireLongley LaneWestern12
OTHER
BallafurtIsle Of ManJurby (FTC)Western12
Deep PointIsles of ScillyTrerewSouthern111416252

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 10 Jul 2014 15:01 #3

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Note re the above table;

Pastscape states that there were 57 English sites; (I suspect they may be wrong). They list 40 (including the Isles of Scilly site).

In England, Croydon Hill and Silverstead need to be traced – note the latter seems to be spelt Silversted on most maps including OS, but Silverstead everywhere else. Hawthornside Hill is located in the above table. It is mentioned in our thread on D/F stations.

Debden is Essex – not Yorkshire, Woodland is Co Durham – not Yorkshire. Barnaby Howe should be Barnby Howe (thanks David Thompson).

Skidbrooke seems to be in Lincs, not Lancs. The IoM site was described as Ballefort, it is Ballafurt, Huxerstone appears to be Huxterstone, Pen-Glais-Fach is Penglais-Fach, Rose Acre is Rosacre Stoney Kirk is Stoneykirk, Largo Ward is usually Largoward, except for some maps.
Horsa Hill cannot be found. Llane A, Flintshire could possibly be Llanasa?

The accuracy of this official Air Ministry document is shameful, and proves that primary sources are not always the bottom line.

EDIT 26 July 2014 - Axminster, Bury Dow, Lizard and Trerathic links added

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 10 Jul 2014 18:11 #4

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There is a hill called Mynydd Rhiw in Gwynedd. There is a modern mast here.

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 15 Jul 2014 10:55 #5

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Dave Smith;147905 wrote: There is a hill called Mynydd Rhiw in Gwynedd. There is a modern mast here.


There is a modern Quinetix radar station at the bottom of the hill. I had a walk up to Mynydd Rhiw a few years because it is mentioned as one of the sites used in microwave trials around the Irish Sea during WWII (I had visited one of the Scottish sites, known locally as ' Hush-Hush ').

There are a lot of concrete bases around the top of Mynydd Rhiw so I am sure it must have been used back to WWII with a number of masts / towers there. I don't know how long the MOD continued to use but I think it must have become a police wireless site (or more accurately Welsh Office perhaps). The building has been extended and various mobile phone additions but I think I could see an original building at the core of this.

Mynydd Mawr, at the tip of the Lleyn, was a CHL. Volume 3 of Wings Across the Border has a good plan of it and details of the microwave trials including a picture inside the building on Mynydd Rhiw.

Wings Across the Border: v. 1 History of Aviation in North East Wales and the Northern Marches Derek Pratt; Pratt, Derrick; Pratt, Derrick1872424759
Wings Across the Border: v. 2 History of Aviation in North Wales and the Northern Marches Pratt, Derrick; Mike Grant9781872424941
Wings Across the Border: v. 3: A History of Aviation in North Wales and the Northern Marches Pratt, Derrick; Mike Grant9781844940103

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 17 Jul 2014 09:58 #6

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Posts 1 to 3 of this thread have been completely revised.

I hope to add more Where's the Path locations in time. Check post occasionally #3 for additions.

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I think this is a mistype?

Upper DysartFifeshireBarnton QuarryCaledonian12


Must print out and go through the list later, I recognise a few names and can see some on maps. Lamberton was quite an active site with at least two of the octagon brick walls bases of DF towers still there but more is visible on aerial images.

Seem a very high number in the area North of Aberdeen but nothing North of Inverness

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 18 Jul 2014 07:29 #8

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Fighter Command VHF Fixer Stations, 1950s 20 Jul 2014 09:13 #9

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Trerathic seems to have a different version of blast wall ?

Skidbrooke seems to be in Lincs, not Lancs according to Pastscape. I can’t find a place of that name in Lancashire. No visible remains on the Lincs location .

(There are a lot of WWII remains in this area LINK - six pages).

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PETERTHEEATER;148206 wrote: I thought that this was one but maybe airfield related WW2:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=55.522260&lon=-1.688363&lz=15&rz=19<=Old%2025K&rt=satellite&lov=None&rov=None&lgrat=None&rgrat=None


I visited this site last year and it gets a mention on the Brunton thread . The site plan gives ;
Site 9 , Building No 252 , V.HF/DF. STATION , T , 11421/42

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