Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

GB80CH Chain Home Radar Anniversary

80th Radar Anniversary
11th - 23rd August 2020
Chelmsford On The Air
"GB80CH Special Event"
GBARC & CARS Members

August-2020 saw another very special event, following on from the success in June with GB100MZX celebrating the Dame Nellie Melba centenary.

This time it was for the 80th anniversary of the crucial role that radar played in the Battle of Britain. The Chain Home Radar system was key to supporting early warning and coordination, and was the inital focus of events on 12-August 1940, 80 years ago.

Commemorating the 1940-2020 anniversary, the GB80CH special event station was organised by the BAE Systems Great Baddow Amateur Radio Club (GBARC) and supported by CARS. It operated from 12 to 23 August. In addition like GB100MZX, the call was used for three CARS nets - on 2m, 70cm and 80m

With PR by GBARC, RSGB and CARS, it proved popular on air with almost 1500 QSOs with 60 countries using CW and phone on bands from 80m to 2m, as well as the club nets.

QSOs were also made with linked special event stations GB80BRS at Bawdsey Radar in Suffolk and GB0VCH at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight the latter was the first radar to be attacked on August 12th 1940. The GB80CH team comprised Andy G0IBN, Keith G3WGE, Les G4JDS, Ian M0LZI, Paul G4PVM and CARS net controller Bob G4MDB, assisted by Murray G6JYB.

Other SES marking the occasion are GB80BRS (Bawdsey Radar Suffolk) and GB0VCH (Ventnor, IoW)

BAE Great Baddow is home to a Grade II listed 360ft Chain Home Radar transmitter tower, which was formerly at Canewdon

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