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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    I wasn't aware any one still was.

    Regarding CRDF - the web tells me this stands for:

    • Commutated Antenna / Aerial Direction Finder
    • Communications and Acquisition Direction Finding
    • Cathode-ray tube automatic direction finding


    I suspect we are talking about the first one. I then found this comment after a Google search.

    A new direction finder working on this band was eventually produced, known as CADF (commutated aerial D/F). A brick building with a 20ft diameter metal mesh disc on its roof appeared on all airfields.

    This source has got to be 100% correct as I discovered the author was NP no less . Link here

    What is strange about the building is that its four obstruction lights are mounted at roof level. Hence they would be below any aerial structure mounted on its top. Perhaps it wasn't a radio / radar facility at all?

    Graham

    Although it was back in 64/5 I did a stint at No 1 radio School Locking CADF was Commutated Antenna direction finder a small square building with 20ft mesh disc on top bearing a circular row of aerials. CADF were to be found around the countryside as well as on airfields.

    CRDF was cathode Ray Direction Finder. I think this had 4 dipoles on a small brick building. CRDF & CADF differed in the frequency bands they operated in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    Regarding CRDF - the web tells me this stands for:

    Commutated Antenna / Aerial Direction Finder
    Communications and Acquisition Direction Finding
    Cathode-ray tube automatic direction finding

    I suspect we are talking about the first one. I then found this comment after a Google search.

    A new direction finder working on this band was eventually produced, known as CADF (commutated aerial D/F). A brick building with a 20ft diameter metal mesh disc on its roof appeared on all airfields.

    This source has got to be 100% correct as I discovered the author was NP no less . Link here

    What is strange about the building is that its four obstruction lights are mounted at roof level. Hence they would be below any aerial structure mounted on its top. Perhaps it wasn't a radio / radar facility at all?
    Graham
    Wrong, it's Cathode-ray Range and Direction Finding.

    'A new direction finder working on this band was eventually produced, known as CADF (commutated aerial D/F). A brick building with a 20ft diameter metal mesh disc on its roof appeared on all airfields.'

    The building described there is DRDF (certainly to the RAF), which still appears on some RAF stations.

    I'm 100% convinced that the building in the original pic is a CRDF, possibly with a newer aerial. Positioning of lights on roof could be due to their fitting on actual antenna causing electrical and physical interference to it.
    The red and white squares would also inferr the building was radio aids, and ad hoc brick buildings don't just appear on airfields.

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    Ah well MM you must be right then!!

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    CRDF - Cathode Ray Direction Finder had four aerials - one for N-S-E-and W in a double H type layout, you used to see them on houses years ago, and the sense aerial in the middle. Used in the old VHF frequency range.The aerials were several feet above the building. CADF - Commutated Aerial Direction Finder had eighteen dipole aerials one wavelength apart on top of a twenty foot diameter mesh shield. The "Test" aerial was on top of a wooden pole about thirty feet from the building, and worked in the "new" UHF frequency range. The ATC bods said they could tell the range of an aircraft from CRDF/CADF. Our reply was "Oh can you sir" then we would wander off laughing like hyenas. The CADF building was still standing at Swinderby a few weeks ago although the roof was being used as a convenient rubbish dump, and Newton's was still there up to three years ago.

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    Default Re: Another What's This?

    I work at Marshall Aerospace, i can find out if you are all still interested!!

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    I work at Marshall Aerospace, i can find out if you are all still interested!!

    Yes please!

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    il try and get an answer during the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    Bill,
    It looks like an Inner Marker beacon for the ILS, but....

    a) The IM is normally just outside the airfield - the pic suggests it is too close to the airfield.
    b) Why is the antenna at some strange angle. Two possibilities:

    • It's fallen over
    • It has been configured for mixed polarity.

    With the old wartime SBA system the Main Beacon had vertical aerial elements, and the aircraft had a vertical aerial to receive this. The SBA Inner and Outer markers had horizontal elements, and the aircraft was equipped with a horizontal rod antenna - often described as a 'handrail'.

    Then along came VHF BA for using in single-seat fighters, using only the aircraft's R/T set. The aircraft R/T aerial was a vertical element and was therefore insensitive to horizontally-polarised marker beacons. They didn't want to add an extra horizontal aerial to the fighter, so the solution was to move the ground marker beacons well to the side of the runway centre-line axis, and angle their antennas accordingly. An angle of 45 degrees would be optimal. A far from ideal solution but necessary at the time.

    Having said all that Option 1 above seems likely.

    Where is the device physically located?

    Graham

    hi there

    the ils buildings at raf abingdon are witinthe airfield grass areas just for information
    just wondered if this sort of stuff could have been used on a landrover as there are pictures of hf landrovers being dotted around the airfield to aid incoming aircraft

    ??????????

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    Just found this (rather poor) shot of the mobile CRDF we had at Stanley in '84. img034.jpg

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    Hi there.

    First posting on the forum.


    I can't say what this is but there used to be a similar contraption by the side of the A329 between Great Milton and the M40 in Oxfordshire.
    However this construction had two antennas back to back, mounted horizontally, and from memory, possibly smaller.

    The Cambridge one is vertical by the look of it.

    The antennas by the A329 pointed, roughly, NNW and SSE.

    Pictures from Google Earth/Google maps

    What is it.jpg

    thingy by side of A329.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by WJT View Post
    Anyone know what this is? Seen on the airfield at Cambridge, seemingly now known as Cambridge City Airport as opposed to Marshall's Cambridge Airport.





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