GB2SYS Sheringham "Y" Station, Special event - Beeston Hill Sheringham Norfolk England 2013
QRP Backpack Operation
World War II Top Secret Military Listening Post - Sheringham "Y" Station (In Remembrance)
Bands 8Ø /30/4Ø /2Ø /17 /15 /12 / 6/ 2 / Modes Voice & Data J3E - F3E - BPSK - RTTY - SSTV
Due to location & physical limitations with carrying equipment, this SES will be QRP Backpack Operation only,
There is no shelter on the Hill, I will have restricted battery life,.
During the Second World War Beeston Hill Sheringham was the location for a top secret listening station.
The “Y” station on Beeston Hill had two functions, The first was direction finding to locate the source of enemy radio transmissions, This part would have been located in a small hut on the concrete base shown in the photograph, The second was the interception of VHF radio signals, which were used by German "E"boats (fast surface vessels) for short range voice communication, I believe to be on frequencies between 38-42 mc/s. A control room was located 5ØØ yards from the direction finding station. It formed part of a chain of such stations around the country that gathered raw signals (usually in Morse code) for processing at the X-station at Bletchley Park. Coded messages were taken down by hand and sent to Bletchley on paper by motorcycle couriers or, later, by teleprinter.
Beeston Hill with a field of glorious red poppies
In 1938 the Government Code and Cipher School GC&CS moved into Bletchley Park.
Y Service personnel.
On average more than 3,ØØØ coded messages arrived at Bletchley Park each day from the 'Y' Stations. Messages were taken to different 'Huts', depending on whether they had come from the German army, air force, navy or another source. The secret military intelligence gathered in this way was code-named 'Ultra' and Winston Churchill called those involved his "geese that laid the golden eggs but never cackled" - in fact it's reported that in the early days of the war it was a FANY who was entrusted to personally deliver the decoded messages to him.
Remembering Our Secret and Silent heroes.
Picture by M6JWW 14/11/2010
LOC: JOØ2ow<> TG: 1677 4329 <> WAB TG14
QSL information for GB2SYS
The preferred QSL method is via e-QSL & LoTW (Sorry for only e-QSL) I hope to have printed cards later in 2014
This e-QSL card has been specially made for this event & Printable.
Thank you, Barry G7FSI
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