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Balado Bridge, Satcom Iii, Ground Station

Radio Station (20th Century)

Site Name Balado Bridge, Satcom Iii, Ground Station

Classification Radio Station (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Balado Bridge, Satellite Ground Terminal

Canmore ID 158652

Site Number NO00SE 38

NGR NO 09425 02865

NGR Description Centred NO 09425 02865

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Kinross
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Kinross-shire

Archaeology Notes

NO00SE 38 centred 09425 02865

See also Balado Airfield (NO00SE 26).

SATCOM II Satellite Ground Listening Station is situated on the S side of the World War II airfield ( ) and B918 public road and set within a high double fenced compound. The Station stands on the former taxiway of the airfield.

Known locally as the 'Golf Ball' on account of the radome covered in fibre glass panels. The radome is linked by corridor to the equipment building and mess and recreation/office building. Within the 'golf ball' is a large dish antenna on a servo assisted rotating base, the mechanism allowing the dish to move up and down as well as around. The other buildings are connected by a main corridor which have NBC doors at each end. There is an emergency power generator room, containing two 180KW output diesel engines.

A MoD Police Post was built at a slightly later date near the main gate to guard and control the first fence line.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE), September and October 2006


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