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GB4GCT Special Event Station
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Greenham Common Control Tower is one of seven identical control towers built in the early 1950s, during the Korean War. The other six were located at fighter bases at Biggin Hill, North Weald, Brize Norton, Fairford, Upper Heyford, and at the Mildenhall tanker air base.
Since 1993, when the Greenham Common airbase was decommissioned, the control tower has been disused and as a result is still largely in its original state, which has resulted in Grade II listed status.
The building is in the middle of the now restored Greenham Common. After a long bidding process in 2013 West Berkshire Council agreed to sell the building to Greenham Parish Council for £100,000 under the Government's Community Right to Bid scheme.
Greenham Trust has committed £250,000 towards the project. During 2014 substantial works were started to prepare the building for use as a Visitor's Centre, where the public can see both the historic past and learn about the present natural landscape of the Common.
The ground floor comprises of a café and public toilets. The first floor includes an interpretation area, with displays not only about the history of the Common but also about its wildlife and how to enjoy the Common without damaging valuable habitats.
The top floor, where once men sat directing planes landing and taking off during the Cold War, is a viewing platform from which the panorama of the Common can be fully appreciated. The building includes facilities for the disabled and it is also hoped that some areas will be available for hire.
Over the weekend of September 8/9
the Newbury And District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) will be operating from the building with the special event call sign GB4GCT (Greenham Common Tower) from 9.00am until 4.00pm and is hoping to make contacts with other radio amateurs around the world who might have flown into Greenham airbase or been stationed in the base over its history.
The station hopes to be operating on the 80M, 40M 20M and 17M bands running 400 watts to vertical and wire antennas, on both SSB and CW modes.
In addition to the special weekend celebrations and NADARS demonstrations on 8/9
September at the Control Tower, GB4GCT will be on air most other (UK) evenings from 1
September from the QTH of Jeremy G4DOQ (Chairman of NADARS)
Further details on Greenham Common can be found at:
If you have a comment or question, please don't hesitate to contact us by email. We would very much welcome comments or details from personnel who have worked or been involved with the base over its history. Whether you were based there, or maybe you were on a flight to/from the base, please let us know. Why not send us your recollection of your time at the base (pictures are also welcomed). We will be pleased to pass on any messages to the people who are now responsible for Greenham Control Tower.
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