Amateur Radio at Coalhouse Fort

Coalhouse Fort is a Victorian fort designed to protect London from attack. It’s located on the North bank of the River Thames at East Tilbury. Today, it’s a military museum, and it’s also home to a permanent amateur radio station.

Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury

The Coalhouse Fort Radio Society is a small group of amateurs that get together to activate this historic fort during the various Coalhouse Fort open days which happen throughout the year. The station’s callsign is GB1CHF and the station is equipped for VHF and HF operation.

Coalhouse Fort Location

Location: Princess Margaret Road, Tilbury, Essex RM18 8PB

Coalhouse Fort Photos

Here are a few pictures of the fort, and the GB1CHF shack:

Coalhouse Fort amateur radio shack GB1CHF - April 2014
Coalhouse Fort amateur radio shack GB1CHF – April 2014
John M1DUC working the Algarve as GB1CHF
John M1DUC working the Algarve as GB1CHF
Receiving SSTV at Coalhouse Fort on 20m
Receiving SSTV at Coalhouse Fort on 20m

The station is normally only active on a public open day, and only when volunteers are available. The club doesn’t have a website, so check the Coalhouse Fort site for dates of public open days, or scroll down for dates from our events calendar

 

More on Coalhouse Fort

The fort houses several displays of artillery and military vehicles, as well as various displays and exhibits. When visiting, it’s well worth going on the guided tour of the fort – these run frequently, don’t last too long, and are included in the admission price.

Radio enthusiasts may want to take a look around the fort’s museum, where there are a few radio artifacts. On our tour, Essex Ham Sarah M6PSK found the following gem  – A Marconi Type 354N ‘HUFF DUFF’ high frequency navigational direction finding aerial – These were used from the 1930s on civil and naval vessels until circa 1942. An updated version can be found on the HMS Belfast, currently moored in Central London.

Marconi Type 354N DF antenna on display at Coalhouse Fort
Marconi Type 354N DF antenna on display at Coalhouse Fort

To find out more, and for details of public open days, go to www.coalhousefort.co.uk

Fort admission prices are £4 for adults, £3 concessions and 50p for children
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Amateur Radio Events at Coalhouse Fort

Here is a list of events, from our Essex Ham Radio Events Calendar – It’s advisable to check first before travelling as the station is only staffed when operators are available.

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