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GB2BT [Bell-Hill Telegraph] is a Special Event Station being held at Bell-Hill (Belchalwell) Nr Ibberton, Dorset, England. The dates for this special event were 0900 utc Sunday 7th October until1940 utc Friday 12th October 2012.

QSL Card Details: The image is a model shutter telegraph made for me in 2009 by Lt S.N. Cooke RN BEng (Hons).

QSL cards to be sent via bureau or direct to: John Wakefield M0XIG, Oakhurst, Lower Common Road, West Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BT - England. Please enclose a SASE or return postage costs in the form of an IRC or green stamp. If uk of course just a stamped addressed envelope.

You do not have to send me a QSL card to receive one. I will automatically send a card to every contact via the bureau, unless I have a request at the time not to do so.

The Grid / Locator for this site is IO80uv ITU Zone 27 CQ Zone 14 IOTA: EU-005. The WAB square is ST80



All QSL cards for this Special Event were forwarded to RSGB on Monday 12th November 2012 for distribution.




I also run special event stations for other Shutter Telegraph locations on the Plymouth Extension: GB2CT, GB1WT, GB2TT, GB1TT, GB2BST,GB5NTT, GB2HST,GB5TST, GB5LCT, GB1DCT, GB5RST, GB5GHT, GB1SKT, GB1MT, GB2LST, GB1ST and GB2MWT. Please see details on QRZ.com - also under my personal call M0XIG.

Bell-Hill Telegraph is the 9th Shutter Telegraph on the Plymouth Line.


Station location on Bell Hill

Early Morning

CW on Sunday 7th October


Schedule of Operation:

I have now taken to operate CW only on the first day (Sunday) and those who follow me will note that generally I start first thing in the morning on 20m and then 15m or even 10m if the bands are open, follwed by 40m and then 80m into the evening. If 80m is poor then I will return to 20m around 2000 to 2300 utc if the band is open.


This event commemorates the fact that it is over 200 yrs since the Shutter Telegraph first operated at this site. During the Napoleonic wars Bell-Hill Shutter Telegraph was one of a number that operated as a communication link for the Admiralty between London and Plymouth.

There was already a system in place between London and Deal, also London and Porstmouth and in 1805 this line was started to connect with the Naval Port of Plymouth.

The exact date of when the work was completed isn't known, but it was believed to be between May and July 1806.


John Wakefield M0XIG



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