Ground communication station Raisting

The Radom

A unique industrial monument that has paved the way for our future. Without this earth station, we might never have come this far in mobile communications.

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On March 26, 1963, the building permit for the earth station of the Bundespost in Raisting was issued. In December 1964, the construction and assembly work was largely completed and the first test transmissions were started.

In April 1965, the Raisting earth station began regular operations with antenna I, under the radome. Between 1969 and 1981, four more large antennas and a large number of “smaller” antennas were added.

Antenna I in the Raisting radome was taken out of service in 1985 due to the technical developments that had occurred in the meantime and not least for economic reasons. 

The Deutsche Bundespost and subsequently the Telekom examined various scenarios regarding the Raisting radome. These ranged from demolition to an expansion of the facility into an “information center or communications museum”. For various reasons, none of these was implemented. The in the meantime determined monument status and civic engagement prevented worse.

Finally, in 2007, the takeover of the industrial monument Radom Raisting by Radom Raisting GmbH saved the plant from imminent demolition. Aware of the urgent need for renovation, the district of Weilheim-Schongau, together with Radom Raisting GmbH, assumed responsibility for the preservation and operation of Radom Raisting.

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Radom Raisting

Start your journey with us in our past

Discover history

Everything to see and also to touch, you will experience the story about the radome, the earth radio station, with all your senses.

Explore exhibition

Our special exhibitions give you a new experience every time you visit.

Sightseeings and guided tours

Our mediators through the radome allows you to learn all the exciting facts. The complexity as well as the uniqueness is unparalleled.

10.2021

Stroke in the third radome sleeve over antenna 1.

Before/After Picture

11.2020

Construction of a weather protection roof at antenna 1 (today's radome).

02.2020

Storm "Bianca" tears the radome apart.

09.2010

Disassembly of the old radome and assembly of a new radome.

2010 - 2012

General renovation of the radome and the building

01.2008

Handover of the Radom to the district of Weilheim-Schongau (Radom Raisting GmbH)

08.1985

Decommissioning name of the antenna 1, that today's radome.

06.1981

Commissioning of antenna 4 and antenna 5.

08.1972

Inauguration of the antenna 2

10.1969

Commissioning antenna 2

07.1969

Live broadcast of the first lunar cargo (Apollo 11)

Moon landing

04.1965

Conversion of antenna 1 to the geostationary satellite Intelsat 1 and commencement of commercial telephone traffic via antenna 1.

10.1964

Official commissioning of the antenna 1.

10.1963

Inflation of the (first) radome at the future location of antenna 1.

08.1963

Arrival of the mobile test antenna for "Field 4" from the USA.

05.1963

Construction of the first large antenna in Germany, Antenne 1

26.03.1963

Presentation of the signed building permit for the Raisting earth station.

Herbst 1962

Start of planning for the earth station Purchase of land from Deutsche Bundespost for the Raisting earth station

06.1961

Start of planning for the Raisting earth station

10.2021

Stroke in the third radome sleeve over antenna 1.

Before/After Picture

11.2020

Construction of a weather protection roof at antenna 1 (today's radome).

02.2020

Storm "Bianca" tears the radome apart.

09.2010

Disassembly of the old radome and assembly of a new radome.

2010 - 2012

General renovation of the radome and the building

01.2008

Handover of the Radom to the district of Weilheim-Schongau (Radom Raisting GmbH)

08.1985

Decommissioning name of the antenna 1, that today's radome.

06.1981

Commissioning of antenna 4 and antenna 5.

08.1972

Inauguration of the antenna 2

10.1969

Commissioning antenna 2

07.1969

Live broadcast of the first lunar cargo (Apollo 11)

Moon landing

04.1965

Conversion of antenna 1 to the geostationary satellite Intelsat 1 and commencement of commercial telephone traffic via antenna 1.

10.1964

Official commissioning of the antenna 1.

10.1963

Inflation of the (first) radome at the future location of antenna 1.

08.1963

Arrival of the mobile test antenna for "Field 4" from the USA.

05.1963

Construction of the first large antenna in Germany, Antenne 1

26.03.1963

Presentation of the signed building permit for the Raisting earth station.

Herbst 1962

Start of planning for the earth station Purchase of land from Deutsche Bundespost for the Raisting earth station

06.1961

Start of planning for the Raisting earth station

Much to discover

Here the future is linked to the past!

The new Radom 2021

After more than a year following the storm “Bianca”, Antenna 1 receives a new protective cover. 

Much to discover

Ready for your next adventure in the radome?

Today you possess the opportunity to explore the wonders of this monument by yourself and experience not only the absolutely breathtaking as well as picturesque region around the complex. You can also explore this marvel independently and get a glimpse of this giant. Get ready for your next adventure and plan a visit to Radom Raisting.

Building

The radome Raisting and the antenna I of the earth station Raisting
Built: 1963 - 1964 by the Deutsche Bundespost
Architect: Hans Maurer
Operation: 1965 - 1985; transmission of telephone and television signals

Operating technology

Support air blower: normal pressure 400 Pascal 
from 90 Km/h wind: 1.200 Pascal 
Other: heating, air conditioning and electric,

Airdome

Height: 39.5 m
Diameter at ground level: 43 m Equator: 48.5 m
Surface area: approx. 1,500 m²
Volume: 56,000 m³

Airlock technology

Since there is a relative overpressure of 400 Pascal in the radome, the radome can only be entered through the pressure locks. Antenna I was also brought into the radome in individual parts through the truck airlock and assembled there from bottom to top.

Parabolic antenna

Height: 32 m
Diameter: parabolic: 25 m Weight: approx. 280 tons
Components: steel, aluminum, electrical and electromechanical components

Antenna technology

Transmission and reception of telephone and TV signals to satellites at a distance of approx. 40,000 km
Frequencies: 4170 / 6390 MHz

Radome hull

Weight: 10.5 tons
Material: Sattler 780 Atlas Architecture Type V TFX opaque

The Radom Erdefunkstelle

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guided tours

Guided and group tours by appointment and reservations only.

Are you interested in a visit or a guided tour?

You can secure your tickets by calling this number +49 881 681 1172.

We are looking forward to your visit.

Your Radom Raisting Team.

NEW HILL

Radom ohne Kuppel Radom mit Kuppel

Season start 2023

We will reopen for tours and guided visits in the spring of 2023.

In the meantime, we are preparing for your visit. We are planning a new exhibition and dedicating ourselves to the preservation of Antenna I of the Raisting Earth Station.

Thank you for your interest, see you soon at Radom Raisting.