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Old 22nd May 2020, 19:37
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As I remember it the VOR was originally Wisley but at that time Ibsley VOR was also in use. This caused some confusion so it was changed to OCK.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 05:33
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Sorry I lied!
Thinking back, I reckon Wisley/Ockham came into use with the big LTMA re-organisation of 1977. At the same time another VOR at Stapleford Tawney was introduced named Ongar; however it was found the reception on some aircraft radios made made this sound too similar to Ockham so Ongar was changed to Lambourne.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 07:02
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According to the Piket/Bish book, the Wisley VOR was introduced on 9th December 1971 to replace the Epsom NDB (which was retained as a standby). It was renamed Ockham 20 weeks later, on 27th April 1972.

Four weeks prior to the above, on 30th March 1972, the NDB at Ongar was replaced by a VOR, which in turn was renamed Lambourne on 28th March 1974.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 10:53
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I recall being told the Heathrow “EPSOM” holD was name changed to “OCKAM” to appease the numerous wealthy and politically influential residents of Epsom, who objected to having a holding stack over their manor. They were overjoyed the EPSOM stack was withdrawn, not realising that the introduced OCKAM stack in effect still put holding aircraft over them!
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