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This virtual cache is situated on Ibsley Common in the New Forest, north of Ringwood.
The cache site is the remains of a WWII Radio Direction Finding Station or D/F Station. D/F usually consisted of three stations working on the same frequency. A pilot, who was lost or uncertain of his position, would transmit on a frequency asking for a ‘fix’. The three stations receiving the signal could then use the three different bearings to give the position. All that can be seen at the site now is the blast wall. This wall protected the D/F building from any bombs dropping. Fortunately, the only bomb dropped nearby fell two to three hundred yards away. The D/F building was about 24 feet in height and was made out of wood and felt (so it would not interfere with reception). When inside the blast wall look for the bolts that used to anchor the building down. Set around the building, at the points of the compass, are small concrete blocks in amongst the heather. Off to the east, about 50 yards is the remains of the WAAF accommodation block. The air raid shelter is home to a family of adders – BE WARNED.
Park your car at Rockford Common car park: N50° 52.424 W001° 46.091. The round trip to the cache is about four miles and an OS map will be useful. On your return, do make the effort to climb to the viewpoint above the sand pit; the view is really worth it.
To log your visit post a photo of yourself, on the website, standing outside of the building. If that is not possible look at the two line verse written inside the building and email the last word to me. Email me using my profile at the top of this page.
Enjoy the walk.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum