Just an exercise to locate the local exchanges in my area.
Grass Area 1/2 mile from Fenny Exchange / Bletchley (MK) bRAS near Bletchley Tesco roundabout.
A number of fibre cables from the Exchange and bRAS start to run North from this small grass area just down the road towards the Centre MK and SMBA Bradwell Abbey Exchange.
A fibre cable running to the Bank of England runs under one of these network chamber covers using dark fibre provided by Zayo (formerly Geo). 186k was taken over by Geo Networks and further by Zayo, so it’s most likely under those 186k covers.
Replacing my FT-857D Selector Encoder
I have had my Yeasu FT-857D for a long time and the tiny, fragile selector knob had been getting worse over the years until it finally broke off ! Time to replace it.
The replacement selector switch was easily available from Yeasu UK and arrived the next day.
A house that isn’t a house.
Cable landing stations come in various forms. Mainly industrial buildings but here is one on a housing estate hidden inside two houses. The inner walls and floors have been removed to house the fibre terminating equipment. The four large air con units outside give it away. The garage houses the backup generator.
Proposed Equipment Building Plan
Data Centers in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes has a number of Data Centres. The Linford Wood area seems to have a concentration of Data Processing and Data Centre companies and fibre cables and dat a connectivity providers.
My Mapped Data Centers ( work in progress )
The Secrets of Cornwall by Mark Thomas.
This video started my interest in searching further for the hidden buildings and ducts that make up the Internet Backbone of the UK.
Watched this video several hundred times pausing and following Mark’s journey mapping the sites he visited. Also used a number of sources like Secret Bases and Internet Maps to map other interesting sites. Some sites were found by endlessly and painfully zooming and scrolling Google Maps !
I have made up several KML files locating each these sites and the route of the GTN and other fibre cables.
My Mapped Points Of The Internet Backbone ( work in progress )
Fibre Repeater Sites
Collected from a number of sources like Secret Bases and Internet Maps and some painfully located on Google Maps by endlessly zooming and scrolling !
Satellite Dishes at SIS Studios in Milton Keynes
Drive past this site often on the way to work so stopped off one afternoon to take some pics of the dishes.
Marine Tank Stuff
Some long needed maintenance on the rear cross member.
My Current (4th) Defender 90
My 3rd Defender 90
My very first Landy – A Series III
My Dad’s Landies and a Range Rover – My Landy Upbringing
SIMOCO SRM9000 Radios
I have three SIMOCO radios now :-
E0 – 4m
AC – 2M
TK – 70cms