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Sep 29 09 4:09 PM

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Grant for WWII code-breaking site

BBC News reports that Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the top secret code-breaking hub of World War II, has been awarded nearly £500,000 of lottery funds.
The development money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help the historic site become a world heritage and educational centre.
It is the first step towards a target of £10m to completely revamp the site.
The home of the code-breakers has been open to the public since 1994 but is in an advanced state of dilapidation.
Some of Britain's best brains spent the war cracking enemy codes at Bletchley Park, with many historians agreeing that their efforts shortened the war by two years. Read the full BBC News item at

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Apr 1 10 5:03 PM

World War II Wireless Intercept and Secret Stations

On Tuesday April 6, Stan Ames, G4OAV, will give a talk to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) on World
War II Wireless Intercept and Secret Stations
and he’s set a puzzle.
Stan will describe the development of the network of secret wireless stations that intercepted enemy transmissions during WWII and subsequently decrypted at Bletchley Park.
The story begins with a Post Office radio station at St Albans that was secretly reporting German wireless traffic to the Foreign Office in 1932.  By the end of 1938, the military authorities asked the Post Office to set up a network of eavesdropping stations – the first of which was built at Sandridge near St Albans.
The work of Bletchley Park is well understood but little is understood about the how the raw intelligence was collected.  This presentation describes the growth of wireless intelligence in WWII and the networks of secret wireless intercept stations and direction finding stations around Britain.
The three Armed services each built their own networks but more secret still were those operated by the Foreign Office and MI5 and MI6 who successfully tapped directly into the highest levels of German Secret Service communications.
Radio amateurs played an important role in this work and a number of key installations in and around Chelmsford also played an important role.
Stan, who lives in Harpenden, gives this presentation around the country and likes to provide a little local history to expand his talk. He has unearthed a site which existed from sometime during WWII to maybe the 1970s and occupied a number of fields between Great Waltham and Pleshey in Essex.

This aerial photo shows 5 radio masts and a few Nissen huts. They have all now gone (except the run down Nissen huts) and the fields have been returned to agriculture use. The area can be seen as it is today on Google Earth at

The questions are :
Who built them?", "What were they for?" and "Who ran/occupied them?"
Did YOU get involved with them or do you know anything about them. Did your grandparents or parents get involved?

It has been suggested that the Navy were involved but it seems a long way from the sea so that may have been a "cover story".

If you can assist, Stan G4OAV would like to know, you can him send an email via the CARS newsletter editor: editor<at>

The talk takes place on Tuesday April 6 at the Marconi Social Club (MASC), Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 9RX. The doors open at 7:10 pm and the meeting gets underway at 7:30 pm. Admittance and car parking are free and a bar is available for refreshments.
An apartment block has been built near the entrance. Look for the large "Salsa" advertisement which shows the turning for the car park.

For directions download the PDFs at
or see at

CARS run courses for the Amateur Radio Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced exams. To find out more talk to Clive G1EUC on
Tel: 01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835
E-mail: training2010<at>

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

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Jun 6 10 5:29 PM

Bletchley Park WWII archive to go online

Millions of documents stored at the World War II code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, are to be made available online.
Electronics company Hewlett-Packard has donated a number of scanners to the centre in Milton Keynes so volunteers can begin the ground-breaking task which is expected to take over 3 years.
Read the BBC news story at
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Feb 9 16 8:46 AM

From what I can see online, phase one of the restoration was completed in 2014. So far the place looks amazing and their web site is top shelf.

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