Unit History: RAF Boddington

RAF Boddington
RAF Boddington is a non-flying Royal Air Force station in Boddington, Gloucestershire. It is currently the home of 9 Signals Unit. Boddington was the first computerised communication centre in the 1950’s when it was run by the Army. The tradition of computerised relay communications has continued to the present day.The station closed in December 2007


Added on 19/07/2010

The system shown in the photograph is the STC ATS100 (STRAD) system control console. In the days of the RAF at Boddington this was normally manned by a Corporal (Controller) and an SAC (Assistant).
The computer part of this system was housed in a large room approx 50 x 50 feet and was electro-mechanical. Any old telecomms engineers would relate this to a Strowger type of switch.
The ATS was superseded in 1974 by the ITT ADX6400 system. From occupying the large room above the ADX was the size of a large chest freezer!
Other computer systems were installed, for differing reasons, through the years after that including a Ferranti Argos500.
 



Added on 19/07/2010

The system shown in the photograph is the STC ATS100 (STRAD) system control console. In the days of the RAF at Boddington this was normally manned by a Corporal (Controller) and an SAC (Assistant).
The computer part of this system was housed in a large room approx 50 x 50 feet and was electro-mechanical. Any old telecomms engineers would relate this to a Strowger type of switch.
The ATS was superseded in 1974 by the ITT ADX6400 system. From occupying the large room above the ADX was the size of a large chest freezer!
Other computer systems were installed, for differing reasons, through the years after that including a Ferranti Argos500.
 
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