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Krypton
30-12-2011, 12:00 PM
1991 Closure. Visited with Triplesix.
Status: Open.


I must admit, the post isnt as bad as i thought it was going to be. I last visited in 2009 and it was in a bad way. The hatch was detatched at the bottom of the shaft and the post was flooded to about 4".


When we visited this time - the hatch has been put back on, although not properly fastened. At least it keeps the water out.
The wind up here was absolutly crazy..

Above Ground
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6599463049_422e2fea25_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599463049/)

Monitoring Room
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6599457323_4e09f6f4b4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599457323/)

Shaft
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6599451951_032db8c785_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptonuk/6599451951/)

I am trying to find out who owns this. When i do, we will return with two padlocks and start our next restoration project.


Krypton

KingElvis
30-12-2011, 01:18 PM
Someone had used this place as a shitter when I went a few years back, shame as it could be restored that one.

Krypton
30-12-2011, 01:21 PM
Its a good restoration candidate and fairly close by to Chop Gate too as that is our main base.

KingElvis
30-12-2011, 01:33 PM
Isn't this one just over from a pub too?

Krypton
30-12-2011, 02:27 PM
Nope - its outside of the main village

Bunkerkid
31-12-2011, 01:01 PM
If you sorted out the sump it would probably be ok just needs a tidy and some repairs. Though to be honest I can think of better posts you could do!

Krypton
31-12-2011, 02:41 PM
If you sorted out the sump it would probably be ok just needs a tidy and some repairs. Though to be honest I can think of better posts you could do!

Like where?

I dont want one too far away from home - this can probably be reached withina 40min drive.


It would be still nice to fix it up though

Tankman
31-12-2011, 08:08 PM
You need to fix up a cluster of posts and then connect them up on the comms. Our post is still connected up on the BT line! (connected via the underground network).
BT ran a check for me and said there would be no problem issuing a phone line again, providing I paid the line rental etc.

Krypton
01-01-2012, 02:29 PM
I have recently contacted BT about getting a phone line re-installed but i was put through to India and told i had to pay 130 engineers fee, 30 connection charge and then a load of other costs - which i dont think is the case as i am sure Chop Gate will still be connected. I need to speak tp someone in the UK somehow..

I am also in the process of getting two Burndept 525 Radio's like were issued to the Master Posts. Also, i am getting a ROC Radio Base Station (as found in Group Controls), a Plessey PRD1100 Multiplex Base Station (as found in group controls) and aerials. Then that way, i could connect Castleton and Chop Gate together through the VHF High Band - if all goes according to plan - then this wouldnt run up any charges.



Perhaps if i got BT to re-connect the lines though, i could switch providers to get a cheaper tariff?

Lots to do this year!!!

GeoVDUB
01-01-2012, 07:29 PM
I wonder what the landowner is responsible for on these? Like if someone falls in and hurts themselves, are they liable like on normal land or is it different because it's military? There's so many of these that are just deathtraps! Underground box full of water and rusty bunk beds...

Bunkerkid
01-01-2012, 07:51 PM
Well suppose they would say more what was you doing, though to be fair you would be pretty dumb to fall right through the shaft :thumb
And its not military now, once stood down it was just given back to the land owners so yeh if anything happened it would be between them and the person in trouble.

GeoVDUB
01-01-2012, 09:08 PM
I know you'd have to be dumb, but I know of a case where a guy hopped over a wall onto private land for a piss when he was drunk, broke his ankle on a piece of loose paving and sued, won a fortune from the landowner. I can imagine an unlocked ROC post would prove a complete nightmare for a landowner should someone get hurt...

Krypton
01-01-2012, 09:56 PM
Yes.

Luckilly i have only ever had one accident at Chop Gate which was a minor head injury.

We have all visitors sign a waiver of liabilty and release - which probablys accounts for nothing in the legal world.

If something happened down here, i can imagine the owner would be held responsible for not having it secured, thats why many have the ladders removed, welded or capped with concrete.

pilot25dmc
02-01-2012, 01:17 AM
Krypton, you will need to get a radio licence to use the Burndepts, they run on a band still in use by the MOD and as such are not legal to use. If you convert them to 2m (144-145mhz) then you can work
away with them (A radio licence is not very hard at all to get, just do the exam with your local radio club). I took mine 2 years ago and now Portadown has its own RSGB special event call-sign 'GB1ROC'.

Do you know if the radios you have are converted? There is a civilian version of the BE525 on eBay at the moment that is on 2m and it would suit you down to the ground.

Do not be tempted to operate the radios illegally, Ofcom and other amateur radios 'hams' will not hesitate in making themselves known to you very quickly.

If you need any help or advice concerning the radios then let me know.

Krypton
02-01-2012, 11:24 AM
Krypton, you will need to get a radio licence to use the Burndepts, they run on a band still in use by the MOD and as such are not legal to use. If you convert them to 2m (144-145mhz) then you can work
away with them (A radio licence is not very hard at all to get, just do the exam with your local radio club). I took mine 2 years ago and now Portadown has its own RSGB special event call-sign 'GB1ROC'.

Do you know if the radios you have are converted? There is a civilian version of the BE525 on eBay at the moment that is on 2m and it would suit you down to the ground.

Do not be tempted to operate the radios illegally, Ofcom and other amateur radios 'hams' will not hesitate in making themselves known to you very quickly.

If you need any help or advice concerning the radios then let me know.

I am not sure, i havent got them yet.

I will take a look at that one on eBay.

Do you know anything about the Plessey PRD1100's ?

pilot25dmc
03-01-2012, 10:35 PM
Do you know anything about the Plessey PRD1100's ?

Yeah, its ucking huge! Think of a server rack only with big orange radios instead of servers.

Only ever seen one of them in the flesh before and that was at the RGHQ in Ballymena.