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A radio tower has been installed at Furillen.

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It occupies the spot that was previously taken by a water tower …

Furillen

… and, more recently, a windmill …

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While some of Furillen’s structures – such as the Ferris wheel – are temporary and obviously whimsical, the structure that occupies this part of the sim should not be.

I wasn’t satisfied with the previous structures because although they looked good enough in that nostalgia-kitsch style that is (alas) so fashionable on the grid …

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… they made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Whereas the radio tower does. Indeed, there is a history of structures like this at Furillen.

gotland radar

The first radio tower was placed on Gotland in 1952, shortly after the so-called Catalina Affair, in which Soviet Jets shot down two Swedish planes over the Baltic Sea. Those planes had allegedly been intelligence gathering (predictably, the Swedish government denied this).

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The radar installation – now labelled an ‘early warning’ system, of course – was first built on Furillen itself during 1953-4.

radar furillen

The station subsequently employed up to ten military personnel, four radar observers, and a series of guard dogs, including a German Shepherd called Hit and a Rottweiler called Boy.

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The structure changed shape as the technology improved. Inevitably, pictures of such a sensitive piece of kit are not exactly in plentiful supply, but the images I have found so far suggest that it is not outlandish for us to imagine that the structure I have placed on the sim – taken from an existing build by KT Syakumi – once existed on the real Furillen …

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… which has got to be better than windmills and water towers.

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