George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY TWENTY THREE ~~

The four beacons pictured in this Gallery, 'EZF-237' 'Shannon' Fredericksburg VA,'PBT-284' Petersburg VA, 'BKT-326' Blackstone VA, 'FVX-357' Farmville VA, are additions to the continuing collection of pictures of NDBs in the State of Virginia. All are located within a few miles off of US Instate I95, which runs north-south and bisects the state.

NOTE# - All of the following pictures are copyright 'George M N2XM', and should not be re-produced with out first obtaining his permission - please ask us for his contact details if you should require them.


'EZF' on 237 kHz located at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Located in the Rappahannock Industrial Park immediately adjacent to the Shannon Airport, EZF-237 is about 2.5 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, VA. It is readily accessible from the industrial park's parking lot off Shannon Park Drive. The beacon is owned and maintained by the State of Virginia.


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EZF 237.0 kHzEZF on 237 kHz at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Wide view of the site. The elevated bank running left-to-right just below the middle of the photograph is the Shannon Airport runway. (199.0kb)
EZF 237.0 kHzEZF on 237 kHz at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Identification tag affixed to the modest transmitter housing. (165.0kb)
EZF 237.0 kHzEZF on 237 kHz at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Rear view of the transmitter housing assembly with prominent sign proclaiming ownership by the Virginia Department of Aviation. Notice that there is no security fence prohibiting close approach to this transmitter assembly. (283.0kb)
EZF 237.0 kHzEZF on 237 kHz at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Exit point for the transmitter output to the antenna. Note the small warning sign (~ 1.5 x 1.5 inches) below the exit window announcing "High Voltage". In view of the easy access to this site along with the absence of any security fence surrounding the transmitter assembly, and given the lethal possibilities of accidentally brushing the output wiring, this small notice seems grossly inadequate to warn of the potential danger at this NDB site. (181.0kb)
EZF 237.0 kHzEZF on 237 kHz at 'Shannon' Fredericksburg, VA:

Another view of the dangerously exposed lead from the transmitter to the antenna. (235.0kb)



'PBT' on 284.0 kHz Petersburg, VA:

PBT-284 is located about 11.5 miles southwest of Petersburg, VA. It is accessed only via a private driveway off of Boisseau Rd, one mile south of the intersection of the latter with White Oak Rd. The beacon, owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Aeronautics, is located in the rear yard of a private residence. The accompanying pictures were taken with a telephoto lens for, with no one at home at the time of the visit, it was not possible to obtain permission to photograph up close. Hence the camera angles are severely restricted.


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PBT 284.0 kHzPBT on 284.0 kHz at Petersburg, VA:

View of the southeast pole of the symmetric-T antenna. (234.0kb)
PBT 284.0 kHzPBT on 284.0 kHz at Petersburg, VA:

View of the northwest supporting pole. These poles are about 50 feet in height and are separated by about 100 yards. (180.0kb)
PBT 284.0 kHzPBT on 284.0 kHz at Petersburg, VA:

View of the radio shack. (340.0kb)



'BKT' on 326 Blackstone, VA:

The symmetric-T antenna structure is viewable from a private driveway located off Piney Green Road, about 1/2 mile northeast of E Courthouse Road, and about 4.5 miles northwest of Blackstone, VA. This NDB is owned and operated by the FAA. Although enclosed by a meandering security fence of no portent, federal "No Trespassing" signs encouraged the use of only a telephoto lens to obtain these photographs.


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BKT 326.0 kHzBKT on 326 kHz at Blackstone, VA:

Wide view of the site. The upper section of the T-antenna is thought to be of unusual length - about 270 feet. (187.0kb)
BKT 326.0 kHzBKT on 326 kHz at Blackstone, VA:

Closer view of the site. The third pole supporting the T-structure is seen in the extreme right side of the picture. (133.0kb)
BKT 326.0 kHzBKT on 326 kHz at Blackstone, VA:

The substantial radio shack is seemingly somewhat oversized for a 25 watt beacon. (325.0kb)



'FVX on 357.0 kHz at Farmville, VA:
FVX 357 is located about 4.5 miles northwest of Farmville, VA. Wedgewood Drive, which is accessed via South Airport Rd, bisects a large expanse of municipal land, on the east side of which is the Municipal Golf Course with the NDB running north-south along the edge of the 9th fairway. On the west side of the drive is the Municipal Airport (Newman Field).

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FVX 357.0 kHzFVX on 357.0 kHz at Farmville, VA:

Entrance to the Golf Course/Airport complex at the intersection of South Airport Road and Wedgewood Drive. (342.0kb)
FVX 357.0 kHzFVX on 357.0 kHz at Farmville, VA:

View of the site. Located on the 9th Fairway of the Municipal Golf Course, the poles supporting the center-fed symmetric-T antenna are about 30 feet in height and are separated by about 100 yards. (218.0kb)
FVX 357.0 kHzFVX on 357.0 kHz at Farmville, VA:

Flyers who need no help from NDB navigational aids. (218.0kb)
FVX 357.0 kHzFVX on 357.0 kHz at Farmville, VA:

View of the FVX radio shack. (227.0kb)



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We're very grateful to George for sharing this wonderful piece of NDB history with us, and if you have shots of your own that you would also like to see on display here in the NDB List Photo Gallery, we would love to hear from you too!



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