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GB1PF - Special Event Station for Palmerston Forts

Thank you for looking up GB1PF, which is a Special Event Station organised and run by the Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club - http://www.fparc.org.uk/

Representing the historic Victorian military defence buildings known as the Palmerston Forts that encircle the City of Portsmouth on the South coast of England. These Forts were built and completed in the late 19th century under the auspices of Lord Henry Palmerston. Built at immense cost in order to defend the city and its Naval Dockyard against a French invasion, they never did see action and came to be known as Palmerston's Folly - a 'Folly' being a building (or in this case buildings) constructed extravagantly for decoration and serving no real purpose. Besides new Forts being constructed, existing fortifications were given improvements as well, for example, Fort Cumberland at Eastney.

Palmerston Forts are located elsewhere too, not just in the Portsmouth area - please see the links at the bottom of this page for further information.

Not all of these buildings still exist, some having been demolished, and most of the remainder are now used for civil purposes, although some still remain within British Ministry of Defence (MoD) ownership and usage. The Forts are, however, magnificent structures built from millions of red bricks, and are part of the extraordinary military heritage that the Portsmouth area has to offer.

As the Fort Purbrook ARC is already established at one of these substantial pieces of Victorian architecture, we are commencing the initial use of GB1PF at our home QTH and will be QRV from the Fort Purbrook ramparts using the club marquee and antennas. Fort Purbrook is the most Easterly of the chain of hilltop Palmerston Forts, and its location can be seen on the map shown below (Google Earth also gives a great view). These hilltop Forts were designed to protect Portsmouth from an inland invasion and consequently face North, thereby appearing to be built the wrong way around (back-to-front) when viewed from the City of Portsmouth.

The map gives the locations of the Palmerston Forts and other defences, including Gun Batteries, in the Portsmouth area.

We look forward to meeting you on the air.

73

GB1PF - Fort Purbrook ARC  Club Call G3CNO

For further information, please click on these links ...

http://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/palmerstons-folly/

http://www.victorianforts.co.uk/index.htm

http://www.philipwoolway.com/portfolio/solent-forts

http://www.palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk/

http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/fort-nelson

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/fort-brockhurst/

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/fort-cumberland/

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/f/fort_southwick/index.shtml

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/f/fort_widley/index.shtml

http://www.peterashleyactivitycentres.co.uk/

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