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Bocksberg Radio Station
Wideband Germany

Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. If you have any stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me.

102nd Sig Bn
19..-.. (Jim Creek)

447th Sig Bn

232nd Sig Co

Bocksberg Radio Station

102nd Signal Battalion

(Source: STARS & STRIPES, June 28 1960)
The Bocksberg Radio Station, located on a 2,200-foot mountain near Goslar (in the Harz mountains), Germany, is one of nine radio stations operated by "A" Company, 102nd Sig Bn.

The isolated site (it is 80 miles from the nearest PX and 200 miles from company headquarters) is manned by seven microwave repairmen -- two men are on duty at all times. As a vital link of the USAREUR Multichannel Radio & Telephone Network, it provides a vital US military communications link between the American sector and the West Berlin garrison (125 miles to the northeast).

Kassel Post is the supply base -- food, gasoline, spare parts, rec equipment and personal items are obtained from there -- with a supply, mail, commissary and PX run being made twice a week.

Winters are rough -- a mountain road is kept open via a bulldozer and a weasel (M29) that are assigned to the site.

Besides the antenna tower, the site is comprised of an operations building and a one-story wooden structure that serves as the living quarters, with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bath and all-purpose dayroom.

(Source: Email from Jim Creek and the 102nd Sig Bn MSN Group website)
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447th Signal Battalion

(Source: Email from Tom Craycraft, Bocksberg Radio Site, 1967-69)
I was intriqued by your link on my old site. I haven't been able to find out much about it since I left, Sept. 1969. I figured it was shut down after the Wall went down, and it was nice to see a couple of pictures on that link. I will always think of that time of my life as being some of the best.

After graduating from Ft. Monmouth MOS 26V20, it seemed that one class would go to Nam and the next to Europe. I was lucky and went to the good old Frankfurt overseas replacement center. From there I was sent to Brunssum, Holland for duty, under USAE AFCENT (US Army Element, AFCENT). We worked in the radios at old mines we rented from the dutch. It was super duty, but it seems they had too many of us with the same MOS's. So that is how I ended up at Bocksberg.

First back to Frankfurt, then assigned to their most remote site. I arrived at Bocksberg in Sept. 1968. We were then under Army Signal Group 22, Co. D, Sig. Bn. 447. Then in Jan. 1969 we were changed to Co. B, Sig. Bn. 360, along with the sites at Killianstädten, Dellbruck and Stein.

When I got to Bocksberg they were in the process of installing new equipment, I believe it was REL 2600. They had a tech rep. there assisting us with training, maint, etc: the main company was in Paramus, New Jersey.

We were a repeater station for info between Berlin and Frankfurt. There were nine of us manning the site, six of us lived there and the other three were married and lived down in the town. The personnel were site chief John Arabie, E8; John Landquist; Keith Scott; James Hayes; Moses Evans; Charles Fisher; Patrick Lennon; Lewis Meyer; and myself. We also had like a maint. man named Ernie that kept our compressors and generators, maintained, along with another local guy named Max who we used as a temporary engineer, when needed. Along with the main house approx.1500 sq. feet, there was the equipment room like a three car garage, and the building that had our mech. equipment in it.

Like I said, Walter, I had a great time there.
Tom Craycraft

(Source: SIGNAL, August 1968)

Bocksberg Radio Station

Bocksberg Radio Station
  The Radio Engineering Laboratory (REL) Division of Dynamics Corp. has been awarded an order for troposcatter radio equipment for a two-span system that will be installed in Germany. The sites for the quadruple diversity system that will operate in the 4400 to 5000 megahertz range, will be Bocksberg and Breitsol in West Germany and West Berlin.

The contract calls for two terminals (Breitsol and Berlin) and one repeater station (Bocksberg) which will employ REL 2600 equipment.