Surveillance and Communication

Radio and Telecommunication Sites

Radio Chain Installation

Troposcatter antenne

Troposcatter antenne

Full name of site:

Troposcatter antenne / Antennae of the European Troposcatter Army microwave communications network relay station

Location:

Paviljoensweg 39, 3151 HK Hoek van Holland, Holland

Operational period:

1960

to

1974

Primary user:

NATO

Description:

The troposcatter antennas in Hook of Holland are remnants of a relay station of the European Troposcatter Army (ET-A) microwave communications network. This was part of an American world wide military long distance communications system (Defense Communications System DCS). The station in Hook of Holland connected West Germany (Stein) with the United Kingdom (Martlesham Heath). In the 1970s the system was replaced by satellite communications.

Ownership:

Stichting Zuid-Hollands Landschap

Valuation of authenticity and integrity:

Baseline 1973. The troposcatter station was built in 1958 in grounds with remnants of the First World War, the interwar period and the Second World War. These grounds are called Vinetaduin. Of the troposcatter station only the antenna installation remains. The grounds and installations of Vinetaduin are listed as a national monument since 2019.

Status and access:

Acces: partial. The grounds and the installations can be visited by appointment through Stichting Zuid-Hollands Landschap.