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    Default Chain Home Swingate - IFF

    Hello,

    I have another question concerning IFF. Although I have already found some information about chain home towers at Singate/Dover, I would like to ask if it is correct that the former four metal towers (two of them left in these days) have been used as transmitting (not receiving) towers for IFF purposes.

    http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/swingate/index.php

    Does anybody know more?

    Thanks.

    Best wishes.

    Marcel

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    Marcel,
    I could use maths and GE to work out what the vhf line-of-site over the Continent was from Swingate.
    But better if Ian The Radar replies to this (when he comes on the cct). He will know the answers - and can probably work out the heights/distances in his head!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Hi Peter,

    thanks for your comment.

    Best.
    Marcel

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    Default Re: Chain Home Swingate - IFF

    Marcel,

    Apologies for the delay in responding. I've had problems accessing the site for some considerable time and only today have managed to re-establish access.

    In answer to your question, the 350 foot steel towers at Swingate (and other Chain Home radar stations) carried the transmitting aerials. The receiving aerials were mounted on 240 foot wooden towers. The IFF system had the equipment mounted in a small brick building separate from the protected Transmitter or Receiver Blocks. This would have stood at the base of one of the 240 foot receiver towers and the aerials would have been mounted on one of the 240 foot receiving towers.

    I hope this answers your question, and apologies again that I as unable to give you an answer more quickly.

    All the best.

    Ian

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