National Radio Centre

National Radio Centre, Bletchley: Hours, Address, National Radio Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

National Radio Centre
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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We are pleased to announce that the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will reopen on Monday 28 March. It will be open seven days per week as usual. We were sorry to have to close the NRC week commencing 21 March due to a significant number of volunteers suffering from Covid. If you had planned to visit during the week we apologise for any disappointment caused. The National Radio Centre is an educational showcase for radio communication and has a state of the art LF, HF and VHF transmitting station including satellite communication by amateur radio. The centre is open to the public each day (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day) from 0930 hrs to 1600 or 1700 hrs (subject to Bletchley Park's winter/summer opening hours). GB3RS is the RSGB’s purpose built Amateur Radio demonstration station. It is located at the National Radio Centre within the Bletchley Park museum, home of the code breakers, where the Enigma Code was broken during the WWII.
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wassallsue
Bewdley, UK10 contributions
Jun 2021
Part of Bletchley Park and well worth a visit when its open. Good knowledgeable volunteers and interesting to see radios through the years. The Amateur radio set up was fascinating and the gentleman telling us all about his conversations with the rest of the world was very informative. They seemed so grateful that people visited them as I don't think they get loads of people stopping by.
Written June 6, 2021
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Lyndsay
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Oct 2021 • Family
This isn’t our first visit, but it was as enjoyable and entertaining as if it was. The staff here are so knowledgeable and passionate about something that on the face of it so many of us take for granted. Make sure to talk to the folks in the GB3RS radio station, it’s honestly one of the things that keeps us coming back to Bletchleytime after time despite it being a 2 hour drive from home.
Written October 27, 2021
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aboore
Dereham, UK4 contributions
Mar 2020
The National Radio Centre is part of the Bletchley Park Experience. This centre is worth a visit and the volunteers are excellent plus are full of information. Although the centre is small but is packed with information.
Written March 16, 2020
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JuneBug1939
Weston super Mare, UK4,144 contributions
Jul 2021
Part of the Bletchley Park centre. Manned by knowledgeable volunteers. It was very interesting to hear how we communicate with the rest of the world. I remember seeing this 22 years ago on my first visit to Bletchley Park.
Written July 30, 2021
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Ian N
Durham, UK167 contributions
Aug 2021
Nicely put together by knowledgable enthusiasts. The displays are quite good and tell a story well. The radio room is a bit disappointing, though - I'd hoped to see and hear an actual conversation with someone over the radio - that is, radio communication in action - but that didn't happen. They downloaded some telemetry data from a satellite, which was quite interesting. The volunteers there, although knowledgable, had to be pumped a bit to get them going. Once one showed them some interest they were away, but it took a bit of questining to get them there. I went twice, on two days, and once I realised how they work I was able to go back with a raft of questins - and that made it SO much better as a learning experience. Still didn't see radio communications in action, though. Show an interest and have some questions ready and you'll have a great hour or so talking to them.
Written August 20, 2021
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F G D Tozzi
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Jul 2019 • Family
Here are a group of people who have a true passion for amateur radio - and their enthusiasm is infectious. They couldn't be more helpful; I am a teacher who arranged for my students to visit the National Radio Centre during their visit to Bletchley Park and every one of them reported it was the highlight of the trip. Some of the NRC volunteers came in on a different day especially to help out and show the students what can be done with amateur radio - going so much out of their way to try to give the best possible experience - and they succeeded. They worked with satellite data, chatted with someone in Hungary, went through Morse Code and supplied certificates, etc. etc.
I have only admiration for these people - they have so enthused my students that I believe they have just found a number of new radio enthusiasts of the future.
Long may it grow!
Written July 1, 2019
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ianinayr
Ayr, UK246 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
If you have an interest in radio communication this is the place for you, this is a working radio station covering Ham Radio, Slow scan TV, data modes and satellite plus an exhibit of historic radio equipment.
Written March 14, 2020
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wolf5424
Wolverhampton, UK153 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Part of the Bletchley Park site an intetesting run through the history of radio and the chance for a interesting chat with the volunteer radio hams who are there daily to help you understand the importance of radio hams to our success in WW2.
Written February 5, 2020
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steamrail
Bridgend, UK48 contributions
Oct 2019
Did not know this was there before we went, had a one to one with one of the operators there and was most informative. The history of the amateur radios was amazing and all those valves in the past. Must listen to Tony Hancock (1950/60's TV and radio comedian) in the Radio Ham!!!
Written October 30, 2019
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Coupar Angus, UK67 contributions
Oct 2019
Never new that amateur radio buffs helped in the war and relayed messages back to the War Office. Well worth a visit. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Written October 29, 2019
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