Old 10th Jun 2011, 14:27
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> Can any of you more knowledgeable guys account for why the VOR on
> Stapleford airfield is called LAMbourne, and the VOR on (former) Wisley
> airfield is called OCKham ? Biggin Hill manages the same name for both
> quite OK.

Ocham VOR started life as Wisley (coding WIS). However, there were several "interesting" events when Wisley was misheard for Ibsley (coding IBY), which was another VOR just north of Ringwood in Hampshire. So, Wisley was changed to Ockham to avoid such confusion, and has remained so even well after the demise of Ibsley.

I seem to recall that Lambourne started life as Ongar (coding ONG). Although I cannot be sure, I suspect it was changed for similar reasons.

Then we have Bovingdon that used to be called Garston, and Midhurst that was intended to be called Blackdown. The latter actually transmitted as BLA during its test phase, but was already Midhurst when it came into service.

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