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Old 19th June 2018, 22:51
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British ground-based radars, 1942

I've come across the abbreviation M.R.U. in the context of radar performance in Egypt in 1942. Also "M.R.U. Types 4 and 9 stations".

I'm familiar with M.O.R.U. (Mobile Operations Room Unit) but this seems to be something different — Mobile Radar Unit perhaps, or does somebody know the correct interpretation?
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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

This page gives the name as Mobile Radio Unit:

https://www.radarpages.co.uk/mob/types/types1.htm
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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

Nick, you say it appears 'in context of radar performance': does the Mobile Radio Unit name fit?

One of the tasks sometimes given to MRUs was to listen for enemy radar transmissions to identify type/location. There was nothing to transcribe, it was the detecting the transmitting device that was the object.

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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

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Nick, you say it appears 'in context of radar performance': does the Mobile Radio Unit name fit?

One of the tasks of sometimes given to MRUs was to listen for enemy radar transmissions to identify type/location. There was nothing to transcribe, it was the detecting the transmitting device that was the object.

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That does seem to fit: the report I was reading was about operating under interference from German jamming.

Thanks for the answers Bruce and RSwank.
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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942




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This book may be of interest to some looking to know more about the subject
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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

Thanks Orwell, I’d never come across that one before.
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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

And thanks from me too. In the past I read 'MRU' in North Africa as being a Mobile Radio Unit and now can see I have to revisit those documents and think again.

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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

Point of interest, Arthur "Captain Mainwaring" Lowe served as a radar technician with REME in the Middle East.

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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

British ground-based radars that were mobile. I had not run across this before.




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Re: British ground-based radars, 1942

I have no excuse for not knowing about them because I was aware of
Mobile Radar Control Posts (MRCP) and should have realised there must have been a corresponding set of radar devices and units to operate them.
Duh.

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