George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY SEVENTEEN ~~

The four NDBs pictured in this gallery, 'MD' on 204 kHz from (‘Enola’) Harrisburg, PA, 'CX' on 219.0 kHz from (‘Latle’) Harrisburg, PA, 'EUD' on 254.0 kHz from York, PA, and 'BZJ' on 328.0 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA, are all located in south-central Pennsylvania and were photographed in May/June 2014. When these are compared with photos taken about a decade ago by W3EEE and posted on his web site at: http://www.w3eee.com/NDBs.html, the equipment changes that have been made at some sites becomes evident.

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'MD' on 204.0 kHz located at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

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MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

MD ("Enola") Harrisburg, is located near the intersection of North 7th St and Walnut St in Lemoyne, PA, 2 miles southwest of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA. The site, of quite small footprint, is wedged in among a school, a shopping center, a parking lot, and is surrounded by residential housing. When compared with a series of photos taken about a decade ago by W3EEE it is seen that the current version has been updated … the original shack has been replaced by one of much smaller size, a solar cell array has been added, and the VHF and microwave antennas have been reconfigured. (305.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

The 75 MHz Yagi antenna pair seen in this picture serves as the antenna for the outer marker for the Harrisburg International Airport, located about 3 miles to the south. The current Y-configured pair replaces the single, vertically-directed Yagi photographed by W3EEE a decade ago. (317.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

As viewed here, the antenna support poles, each 20 feet in height are separated only by an estimated 50 feet. More commonly the usual NDB center-fed symmetric-T antenna have height/separation distances of 30/300 ft. Also M 203's antenna feed is offset from one end by a few feet (see Pic 6) rather than center-fed. Although listed as logged 69 times in the May 2014 RNA database, understandably with it stunted configuration, MD 203 does not get very well. Most of the entries are from nearby states. The building partially in view on the right in the photo is the northeast corner a sprawling two-story elementary school. (164.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

View of the transmission line exiting from the shack. For safety reasons the Plexiglas shield is grounded by the patina-colored copper tube connected to the black cable running down the side of the shack to ground. Note the solar cell array to the right in the photo, a new addition to this site from the configuration a decade ago. (112.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

View of the transmission line from the shack to a point below the southwest end of the antenna. (122.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

View of connection of transmission line to center wire of the antenna. The offset from the end is about 3 feet. This offset may be used to help provide a match to this scaled-down antenna. (203.0kb)
MD 204.0 kHzMD on 204 kHz at ('Enola'), Harrisburg, PA:

The microwave link, reported by W3EEE as being to the Harrisburg International Airport, is directed to the northwest away from the airport which lies to the southeast. Perhaps it is directed to a remote airport facility. (97.5.0kb)



'CX' on 219.0 kHz located at (‘Latle’) Harrisburg, PA:

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CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

CX 219 ("Latle") Harrisburg, PA is located in Friendship Park off Fisher Road in Shepardstown, PA, about nine miles southwest of the state capital building in Harrisburg, PA. Michael Oexner (April 2011) reports that CX is scheduled for deactivation. It adjacent to the Mechanicsburg Soccer Club clubhouse and is set in an unobstructed, well-manicured, open area. (255.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

Panorama view of the area. The NDB is seen far-distant in the center of the photo while, in the foreground, is a large parking lot for the adjacent soccer club. (276.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

Sign identifying the soccer clubhouse. A large soccer field is located to the right out of view in this photo. The field is surrounded on three sides by upscale residential housing. (294.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

View of the NDB compound. The poles supporting the symmetric-T antenna are 20 feet in height and separated by 80 feet. In spite of its unobstructed location, this scaled-down antenna size likely accounts for this NDB getting out poorly; it has been logged only in immediately surrounding states. (259.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

The shack is of all metal construction … aluminum siding and thin sheet-steel roof. The poured concrete footing in the left foreground served as anchor for a now removed Y-configured Yagi outer marker antenna. (The Yagi can be seen in the photo taken about a decade ago by W3EEE.) But such a marker would not lie on an azimuth with any of the runways for Harrisburg Internal Airport. Perhaps it served Taylor Airport 5 miles to the northwest or Vogelsong Airport about 4 miles to the southeast. (275.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

View of the exit of the transmission line from the radio shack. Curiously the Plexiglas safety shield at the line's exit is not grounded as it is at its sister station, MD 204, a few miles to the northeast. (340.0kb)
CX 219.0 kHzCX on 219 kHz at ('Latle') Harrisburg, PA:

View of the antenna's attachment to the south supporting pole. (107.0kb)



'EUD' on 254.0 kHz located at York, PA:

Off Airport Road and directly accessed from RT 30, the venerable Lincoln Highway (constructed in the 1920's, the first coast-to-coast road in the US), it is sited 8 miles west-northwest of York and 24 miles south of the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg, PA. The airport manager reported that it was permanently decommissioned earlier this year (Jan 2014).


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EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

EUD 254 is located adjacent to the south end of main runway at the York (PA) Airport. Compared to the well-manicured grounds seen in the photos taken a decade ago by W3EEE, the area is now terrible overgrown with close access blocked by a fence. The following pics were taken with a telephoto lens. (258.0kb)
EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

Guarded by security fencing, the transmitter is now disconnected from the overhead horizontal wires. (258.0kb)
EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

View of the north pole. One of the two horizontal wires is simply left draping to the ground in the general direction of the south pole. (258.0kb)
EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

South pole. Only one of the horizontal wires remains attached to the pole. (258.0kb)
EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

Automated weather station located in the south end of the airport. (258.0kb)
EUD 254.0 kHzEUD on 254 kHz at York, PA:

Located in a secure area at the extreme south end of the airport and connected to the main airport by a taxiway, are a series of four building housing the York Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron #301. Organized in 1941, a few months before the US entry into World War II, it was among the first civilian air units activated. In the early months of the war, civilian pilots in these squadrons using their private planes, undertook various tasks, principally transport and messaging but including submarine detection along the Atlantic coastline. They now have official status as US Air Force Auxiliary and have an active program providing flight instruction to 14-18 year olds. (258.0kb)



'BZJ' on 328.0 kHz located at ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

BZJ 328 is sited on a knoll in an extensive open space within the confines of the Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) Military Reservation. The Reservation's 11,000 acres lie in the foothills of two mountains in the Appalachian chain, Blue Mountain and Second Mountain. These mountains form the background for several of the photos that are included below. Since 1998 FTIG has served as headquarters for the Pennsylvania National Guard as well as an Army reserve component training post. Major facilities include the Muir Army Airfield, Eastern Army Aviation Training Site, a state-of-the-art helicopter training center and an educational complex for combat arms training. Images 1 - 5 show the NDB, and images 6 to 13 show Activities/Features photographed at the Indiantown Gap site.


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BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

Sign marking entrance to the Reservation. Located off Exit 85B of Interstate 81 at the intersection of Fisher and Blair Road within the reservation, it is about 22 miles from Harrisburg, the State Capital of Pennsylvania. (285.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

A symmetric-T configuration with support poles of the usual 30 feet in height but the pole's separation is only about 150 feet which is about half that of a full-form antenna. Such "truncated" configurations seem to be characteristic of Pennsylvania NDBs and may account for their limited range. RNA lists no PA NDB logged as far west as the US west coast. This NDB's configuration has not been changed from that seen in the photos taken about a decade ago by W3EEE. However his observation that the post was a "... steadily decaying military base ... " requires amending. Along with much new construction, the facilities have been completely renovated and there are many active training exercises ongoing. The description of the Reservation's training operations notes a current throughput of 10,000+ soldiers yearly.(225.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

Transmitter exit from the (substantial) concrete-block shack. The shack and surrounding within the security fence appear well-maintained. (170.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

Pole-supported connection of the vertical radiator to the center of the horizontal wires. (63.1kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

Connection to the north-supporting pole. (70.4kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

These three helicopters are on display adjacent to the Reservation's Parade Grounds. From the left: UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" multipurpose copter, AH-IF Bell "Cobra" aerial weapons platform, and OH-6A Cayuse "Loach" scout, observation, and reconnaissance copter. (Note the gap in the two mountains in the background.) (180.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

Business end of the AH-IF Bell "Cobra" aerial weapons platform. A three-barrel 20 mm cannon protrudes from the nose while a pair of 19 shot rocket pods and four TOW (Tube-launched optically-tracked) launchers holding a total of eight missiles are mounted from the sides. (122.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

A training flight(?) ... while I stood with camera in hand, this copter lifted vertically about 30 feet and remained stationary for about a minute, then rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and again held for about a minute (see next pic), then rotated another 90 degrees counterclockwise and held, followed by a final 90 degrees counterclockwise to its initial orientation and then set back to earth. (98.4kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

After executing an abrupt 90 degree counterclockwise rotation from its orientation in the preceding photo, the copter held stationary for about a minute. (98.6kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

With me as the sole audience, four copters went about practicing their pirouettes. (Only the tail rotor of one copter is in view.) About 45 minutes later as I drove past leaving the Reservation, the copters were still going about their practice routines. (126.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

An EC-130E, one of only seven specially modified C-130 "Hercules" aircraft for use as an Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center. Note the many antennas on the wings and on the belly. The pods on the vertical tail are reported to contain X-band antenna - perhaps for side-searching radar. (Also see next pic.) The official description of this aircraft remarks that "...(it) conducts psychological operations and civil affairs broadcast missions in the standard AM, FM, HF, TV, and military communications bands. ... The targets may be either military or civilian personnel. Secondary missions include command and control communications countermeasures (C3CM) and limited intelligence gathering." (201.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

The plaque adjacent to the EC-130E in the preceding photo. (295.0kb)
BZJ 328.0 kHzBZJ on 328 kHz from ('Bellgrove') Indiantown Gap, PA:

The entrance to the US War Veterans National Cemetery is located immediately adjacent to the entrance to the Fort Indiantown Gap Reservation. Administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, burial therein is available to veterans of any of the armed services who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. (201.0kb)



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