On 29th March 1992 at 11:30 GMT an era came to an end at Borough Hill Daventry, Northamptonshire. This was the day that the last shortwave transmission for the BBC World Service was made from the BBC Site on Borough Hill.
Though the BBC World service continues to transmit all over the world this marked the end of services from the Daventry site and 67 a years of association with the BBC world service from the hill.
The Daventry station was known worldwide with the callsign of “5XX” and the distinctive BBC introduction which preceded transmissions from the station in the early days of “Daventry Calling”.
The Northamptonshire Communications Club will be marking the historic closure of the BBC World Service transmitters on Borough Hill Daventry with an event on Thursday 29th March 20012 and Saturday 31st March 2012 which will involve the display of historical material and the operation of an Amateur Radio station using the callsign G5XX from the site.
We will be welcoming visitors to the park to participate in activities on that day, these will involve operating a station which will be making contacts on the day worldwide and visitors will have the opportunity to operate the station under supervision and send greeting to other stations.
Members will be on hand to answer any questions about the amateur radio community as well as explaining the technical aspects to those interested and provide information about the history of the BBC world service on the Borough Hill site.