Royal Observer Corps
Record added 1/5/2001
Post Name MARKFIELD
OS Grid Reference SK48601080
County Leicestershire
Date opened October 1966
Date closed October 1968
Location In a square compound 30 yards West of Whitwick Road
Description LOCKED All surface features remain intact but the louvres on the ventilation shaft are missing. The monitoring room now houses amateur(ham)radio repeater equipment run by thge Leicestershire Repeater Group and an aerial mast stand nearby in the compound. A Repeater is a radio relay system primarily for mobile and portable users such as from the car or on foot. It's purpose is to extend the range of amateur radio transmissions by many miles by re-broadcasting VHF, UHF, microwave and tv signals from a fixed high location. The hatch is locked with a new internal lock fitted. The original hole for the 'T' bar key has been welded up. The access shaft has a removable metal cover over it to stop the ingress of water. A hole has been dug beside the ventilation shaft (alongside access shaft) 18" below ground level and a wooden plate, perhaps covering a hole in the shaft, has been bolted to the side. (unknown purpose). The post retains its telephone connection with a new line coming from a different direction, one original pole being redundant. The Coalville Times (29.1.1965) reported the building of the post, one of the last to be built in the country because it had to be blasted out of solid rock.
Remaining
Surface
Structures
None
Date of Visit 15.8.1999
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