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    Default Christmas Common Relay Tower – June 2016


    The history

    There are very few details regarding the mast available, but what I did find was that it is a former USAF radio relay station, and is around 200 feet or so tall. The mast is a US Air Force microwave relay station and part of the Digital European Backbone network. This network linked the EUCOM war headquarters at High Wycombe, Bucks to the Upper Heyford F-111 base.

    In 1990, $210,000 was allocated in the US Defence budget to provide heavy security precautions at the site. The second site in the area - a short distance along the road - was also a microwave relay station used by the Civil Aviation Authority to relay radar to the air traffic control centre at West Drayton.



    The Explore

    Out and about with @slayaaaa and on our way to look at something else and we just happened to drive towards this.

    The weather was good, so we decided it would be a nice little spot to stop for lunch. Once over the fences and in the site we climbed to the top and proceeded to have lunch and watch the world go by…
































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    Wonderful views! Well done for gettin shots on the way up too!

    I thinks me grub wuda been yacked up if I'd climbed that to have me lunch at the top.
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    Nice photos especially from the top. But I think I'd have my lunch somewhere at ground level instead of 200 feet above ground. Mind you, it would be peaceful up there.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Haha! Looks great fun :) nice views!

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    Me hats off too you, back in the day I wouldn't have bin able to resist it, the world needs mad sods, loved it, Thanks
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