Saturday April 22nd was a great day for meteor tracking, peaking during the late morning.
Paul Whiting of the Felixstowe and District Amateur Radio Society set up his equipment in the ‘top room’ of Felixstowe library. The visitors watched the meteor traces as they showed up on his screen with the red and yellow ‘spikes’ showing the size and speed of the meteors as they crossed the sky.
Between 10:00 – 11:00 91 meteors were tracked; 11:00 – 12:00 84 meteors were tracked; 12:00 – 13:00 87 meteors were tracked 13:00 – 14:00 80 meteors were tracked and 14:00 – 15:00 75 meteors were tracked.
Many visitors, several from overseas came to see the event and were thoroughly fascinated as they watched the traces come and go on the screen.
The other activity demonstrated was the trialling of our new ‘virtual reality’ tour of the main room of the Transmitter Block. Visitors could view 360degree panorama of the main room showing the physical state of the current room. This was great for children and parents alike.
Another ‘virtuality reality’ tour will be created at the end of the restoration programme so a comparison can be made. Also it is hoped that future reality tours will cover both the inside and outside of the Transmitter Block and its surroundings.
This Saturday, 22nd APRIL, at Felixstowe Library, 10 am to 3:00pm.
Bawdsey Radar are linking up with Felixstowe and District Amateur Radio Society to provide a live demonstration in the Library of meteor tracking.
Saturday 22nd April is a great day for this as there will be a large number of meteors hitting the earth’s atmosphere that day and visitors will be able to watch as meteors are tracked with Radar.
Check out the latest video of the progress to date of the blast walls, roof and inside the building
Bawdsey Radar Trust are delighted to welcome Lynette Burgess as the new Visitor Services and Outreach Manager. Here Mary and Miriam discuss the new roof concrete with Lynette.
Bawdsey Radar joined historical groups and museums at a networking and sharing day organised by Suffolk Local History Council. It was a great success. All the visitors to the event are looking forward to the re-opening in the Autumn.
Check out the latest video.
The Trust wishes to appoint a Visitor Services and Outreach Manager on a part time basis (4 days a week) for a three year fixed term contract commencing in spring 2017. Until the Transmitter Block is fit to occupy, the successful candidate will need to be able to work from home.
Salary: £27,500 pro rata (£22,000)
For full job description click here.
Closing date: Friday 17th February 2017.
Interviews will be held during the week beginning 27th February.
Please email your CV with a letter detailing how you meet the requirements of the role, to our Project Manager email@example.com.
Following a short break for Christmas, work at the Transmitter Block is progressing well with over 95% of the blast wall repairs complete and the excavated earth around the blast walls is now being put back. In addition one third of the roof has been emptied of the shingle blast protection and is ready for waterproofing – our latest YouTube video showing this can be found here… https://youtu.be/kRNvQ7y-cNo.
Work will start later this month on the incinerator chimney and excavation of the walkways (between the blast walls and the Transmitter building) to install the new drainage.
A Happy New Year to all our Volunteers, Friends and Supporters of Bawdsey Radar Trust from the Trustees.
Regular updates will be published as the project continues; check the yellow hat!
The contractors have started on the Restoration work and the weather has been favourable so good progress is being made.
See our YouTube video “Site Work Begins”.
Thank you to Volunteers!
The Chair and Trustees held an afternoon tea celebration to thank all the volunteers for their support over the past year. It was also an opportunity to meet our project manager, Peter Vadden and for him to update everyone on the restoration progress.
Delightful entertainment was provided by Alison McWilliam who treated everyone to vintage style songs.
With the building now empty, work has commenced in earnest on the conservation of the blast walls. Photo shows the extent of conservation required to the west blast wall.
Bawdsey Radar Trustees attended a lecture by Professor Hugh Griffiths of University College London entitled ‘Reflections on the History of RADAR’.
It was hosted by MH100-Martlesham Heath Aviation Society and held at the Waterfront Building University of Suffolk.
The last visitor to the Transmitter Block being presented with a Certificate and Bawdsey Mug before we close for restoration. Have a look at the youtube video of the event.
The Transmitter Block is now being emptied and some of the contents put into store.
There will be an opportunity on Heritage Open Day, Sunday September 11th, to veiw the inside of the Transmitter Block and also the exterior concrete blast walls before the work is started .