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The Radar Room

The Radar Room owns an interesting collection of fully functioning and demonstratable original, replica and pattern equipment from the 1940s, all of which is easily transportable and therefore ideally suited for:

Feature Films

Documentaries

Television

Education

Historical reenactment

Demonstrations

Dioramas

Events

 

The 1940s was a time when there were enormous leaps forward in technology, some of which we are able to show with our exhibits.  Whilst there exist many interesting collections of 1940s electronics in museums country wide, in our opinion, there is nothing quite like seeing an active image on a period cathode ray tube, or hearing morse, music or speech being relayed (albeit at a very short distance) over the airwaves. (Using OFCOM allocated frequencies and ultra-low power levels) Hence we believe that  our wartime electronics ‘experience’ is far more interesting and realistic than some.

Here are a few of the exhibits we currently have on offer:

Chain Home and CHL control room

CHAIN HOME RADAR

The idea for a coastal defence radar system was started in 1935 and has a fascinating history. Since all this equipment was by nature very large, the Radar Room has a couple of smaller demonstration cathode ray tube units to show active replica displays using mainly wartime technology.

Avro Lancaster

GEE AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION AID

This was the most widely used radio navigation system used by the RAF during WW2. It was still being used during the 1950s and 1960s. Our fully functional GEE display unit, uses both wartime and later technologies to give interesting demonstrations showing how the GEE system worked.

Early R1155 receiver

 R1155 RAF AIRCRAFT and COASTAL COMMAND RECEIVER

Our R1155 is one of the few remaining restored receivers of this type that features fully working direction finding circuitry. Using this, one of the earliest examples of radio valve ‘digital technology’, we offer an easy to follow radio direction finding demonstration.(Which is fun and always very popular!)

U Boat being attacked on the surface

ASV RADAR

Whilst ‘Chain Home’ offered a working radar solution, with the invention of the magnetron, radar sets became small enough to fit into an aircraft. ASV was used to spot vessels in the sea, such as submarine conning towers. Our demonstration unit offers various radar display variations on its CRT screen.

Covert resistance radio operator

 WHADDON PARASET - RESISTANCE RADIO SET

During the war, many different radio sets were dropped into occupied territories to allow people to listen to the news. The Paraset  incorporated both transmitter and receiver for ‘resistance’ groups. Our fully working exhibit allows transmitted morse code to be heard with a period headset.

NAAFI canteen with flyers and a Halifax bomber in the background

NAAFI CIVILIAN RADIO SET

This is an example of the kind of radio set used in public places to keep up the wartime ‘morale.’ Our fully functional NAAFI set is an example of the dual waveband version as made by HECL. We usually leave ours tuned into a Forces Broadcast Transmission for period background music.

Loran APN-4

LORAN AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Currently being converted from a static exhibit to a fully functional live demonstration unit.

Decca navigation chart

DECCA NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Similar to the GEE and American ‘Loran’ systems, Decca offered a navigation aid for both shipping and later after 1945, in the air too. Used to good effect  by the Admiralty for the Normandy landings. Currently, we only have some display material and a couple of small indicator exhibits.

Wurzburg Radar

AXIS FORCES *WURZBERG RADAR*     - COMING SOON!

Our demonstrator is currently under construction.   This being the primary ground-based gun laying radar used by both the German Luftwaffe and the Wehrmacht Heer (German Army) during World War 2.

STATIC EXHIBITS

Along with out ‘active’ working exbibits, we also have a number of static items of interest, such as a radar Klystron, (a type of magnetron, something we commonly find in microwave ovens today), assorted cathode ray tubes and wartime valves (tubes) etc.

Wartime electronics test gear

WARTIME ELECTRONICS TEST GEAR

Whilst not generally seen ‘in action’, we also offer for display, a number of 1940s (working) pieces of electronic test gear. Examples include the legendary (US Military) BC221 Frequency Meter, the UK ‘Calibrators Crystal No.10’ and the small Instrument Testing No.1 to name but three.

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