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Yesterday was an ideal day for walking and once again found ourselves walking the mountains of Karbonkelberg. This time around I found myself investigating the ruins of an old radar/battery station. The surroundings area which is rich in flora and fauna with views you can only appreciate once you at the top of this beautifull mountain range. The eye stretches as far as table mountain, simonstown, somerset west and literally far beyond is quite breathtaking. On inspection of this ruin called the Radar Station in its day, I found this window and just had to capture the views protruding beyond. More images to follow.

"During the course of 1976 it was decided, as an exercise, to investigate whether it would be possible to reactivate the old 10 centimetre radar station situated on top of Karbonkelberg. The station had not been used since 1949. This station was the very first centimetric radar station built in South Africa and its primary function was to provide data to the various gun batteries in the Table Bay area - notably Apostle Battery, Robin Island Battery and even the 9.2 inch guns in the Simonstown batteries should they have been required to fire across the mountain into Table Bay.
It replaced an older 50cm low powered station built in the early part of the war and was operational by 1944. It's secondary purpose was the detection of enemy submarines off the coast. It had a range of approximately 65 nautical miles and could detect ships as far north as Saldanha Bay and as far East as Hermanus".

source: www.dynagen.co.za/eugene/collins.html

Enjoy the rest of your week and till tomorrow keep smiling.

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