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Baldock radio monitoring station

Overview

With the ever increasing demand for radio based services, monitoring of the radio spectrum plays a vital role today in keeping the spectrum clean for authorised users, particularly the emergency services. It is also an essential and integral part of the spectrum management process, producing and evaluating data to aid spectrum managers in their day to day work. The radio monitoring station, located near Baldock in Hertfordshire is Ofcom's "listening ear" on the radio spectrum.

The monitoring station today has a much broader spectrum monitoring capability than when it began life in 1929. Its original role was to monitor the international HF radio circuits operated by the General Post Office (GPO), which followed on from historic first trans-Atlantic radio telephony services received at the site from New Jersey, USA.

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