Fort Miles Operations
28-29 April 2012
Mission Objective Primary: Support the 261st Coast Artillery Re-Enactment group at Fort Miles, Delaware. I was invited to setup my WWII military radio equipment during their April 2012 meet in conjunction with the Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club of Seaford, Delaware . This meet also celebrated the delivery of one of the 16 inch gun barrels that was utilized on the Battleship Missouri.
Missions Secondary: Evaluate the Fort Miles
area for noise levels for future communications between Ft. Miles and
Ft. Mott on 3.5 to 4.0 Mcs. In addition determine if Ft. Miles would be
a suitable "portable" location for the Christmas Eve reception
of SAQ from Grimeton, Sweden on the very low frequency of 17 Kcs.
Missions Tertiary: Check into the "Moose and Squirrel Cold-War Clandestine and Long-Range-Reconnaissance-Patrol Net" with the NCS N3FRQ stationed at the Sussex Military Vehicle Show (see page 3) and keep a CW schedule with K2WI.
of Ft. Miles and the 261st Coast Artillery Re-Enactment organization can
be found at:
My operations and demonstration of WWII radio equipment during this event is another example of the cooperation between Military Vehicle Collectors/Re-Enactment groups and Military Radio Collectors.
Many thanks to:
Mr. Jason Garver
Fort Miles is located at Cape Henlopen near Lewis Delaware and was one of several artillary batteries in place to guard the Delaware Bay. Miles is problably most noted for the assistance of the capture of the German Submarine U-858.
WWII U-858 Information
Fort Miles barracks and HQ complex
from Observation tower #7
Every installation needs a PX.
Jason KB3ATV(left) stopped by during K4CHE's initial setup.
Sarge and a Civilian Constable
Ready for inspection?
All ages were present.
Americans have a extremly short memory span.
Guess who got the "Dear John"?
The switchboard was manned and fully operational.
The New Deal grew, and grew and . . .
My GN-45 with a "conversion" for the BC-474.
CAUTION: When displaying these gen sets do not leave them unattended.
Very dangerous once those handles start in motion, a lot of "mechanical" energy swinging around.
K4CHE display ready for 10:00 Saturday opening. During set up
with this group you bring what you will need, all civilian vehicles have to be parked outside the compound at 09:00 in the morning
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