On this page you will find a collection of photographs of the NDBs and other navaids, which were photographed during a recent visit to Alaska in July 2013. The ones featured in this Gallery include: 'PJ' on 329 kHz at 'Robinson, YK, 'JB' on 326.0 kHz at 'Leberge', YK, 'DB' on 341.0 kHz at 'Burwash, YK), and 'HNS' on 245.0 kHz at 'Haines', YK. These are also accompanied by a number of shots showing what you have to go through to reach some of these remote Alaskan NDBs.
NDB's in Alaska are generally pretty hard to get to as a lot of them are on remote small islands and you need a private boat to get there. But the signals are very strong, so there's never a problem hearing them. Also, unique to just Alaska now, is the phenomenon of "TWEBs"- continuous aviation weather broadcasts on beacons. These used to be all over the country until the 1980s, but now only remain up there. The rationale is that Alaska has a lot of remote country with no cell phones, and float planes can land on zillions of lakes in the middle of nowhere, but how do they get weather info once they get there? - That's right, high power NDB's.
Using a NDB as a weather station seems like a funny thing, but the FAA started doing it clear back in the 1930s, and its a really efficient idea, but it never caught on in any other country, even Canada, which is sort of one big Alaska. I have heard a few local airport beacons in Australia with an automated voice broadcast of the local airport weather, but not regional broadcasts like a TWEB, even though Australia has many high power cross-country beacons to put them on.