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    Mr.Frank Hyde (54) an electronics engineer and amateur astronomer, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, has received a?

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    Each roll about 20 ft waste torn off the end.

    Reel One (HP3) shows general shots of the Martello Tower, the aerials, and Mr. Hyde arriving. My Hyde is also seen with equipment on the roof of the tower.

    Reel Two (HPS) shows Mr. Hyde in his observatory studying data recorded by the equipment.


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    Background: Mr.Frank Hyde (54) an electronics engineer and amateur astronomer, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, has received a grant from the National Aeronautics Space Administration organization whose headquarters are in Washington.

    The grant has been made to enable Mr.Hyde to assist the Florida State University in the observation of Jupiter to establish the relationship that exists between radiation from the Sun and radiation from Jupiter.The project is due to begin next month (May) and the grant enables special equipment to be flown from America for Mr.Hyde's use.

    Some of the equipment has already been installed alongside Mr.Hyde's own equipment.Mr.Hydes observatory is a "fortress" at St.Osyth, or Clacton, overlooking the marshes.He bought the old Martello Tower two years ago, and has mainly built all the aerials which stand outside.Tower was originally built as an anti-invasion fortress during the Napoleonic wars.Mr.Hyde was one of the pioneers of radio astronomy and started his hobby in 1935.

    Mr.Hyde said today "The observations will begin in May and will continue several months.Then they will be resumed again next year.I have been asked to assist in the observations so that the maximum information can be discovered.Recording is only possible for about 4 hours a day at each observing station." Mr.Hyde added that the University of Grahamestown, South Africa, had also given notice of their intentions to join in the experiment.

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  1. suffolk says

    The Tower Ken used was at Beacon Hill, near to Point Clear, St Osyth

    A second Martello Tower was built in St Osyth was Martello Tower B’ on Beacon Hill. This tower was demolished in c1967 to make way for a new housing development.
    It had been owned by Mr Hyde who was a keen amateur astronomer and it was through this interest that he became a pioneer in Radio Astronomy with the tower roof housing a number of radio detection aerials to pick up signals from space.

    Ref: St Osyth Parish Council

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