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.

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

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alaskaPJ on 329.0 kHz at Robinson:

Robinson NDB, PJ 329 kHz south LOM for Whitehorse, YK. (142.0kb)
alaskaJB on 236.0 kHz at Leberge:

Leberge NDB JB 236 kHz is the north approach beacon to Whitehorse, YK. (197.0kb)
alaskaDB on 341.0 kHz at Burwash:

Burwash NDB-DB 341 kHz, a very strong cross-country beacon on Alaska Highway in Yukon. (151.0kb)
alaskaBurwash Beacon with Fireweed:

Here's the Burwash beacon with Fireweed - Yukon's official territorial flower. (228.0kb)
alaskaHow to get to the Haines NDB:

A sequence describing what you have to go thru to get to an Alaska NDB - Haines in this case. (405.0kb)
alaskaVHF Antenna Site:

First I thread around the locked gate at the VHF antenna site through an adjacent water tank lot. (287.0kb)
alaskaGrass choked path to the Antenna site:

Then down a grass-choked track one third mile to the antenna site. (412.0kb)
alaskaLead to the Tuner Shack:

All I could see to begin with was the wire in the air with the lead down to the tuner shack. (274.0kb)
alaskaTwo tall masts:

Two tall masts cut in a slit in the trees with a shabby antenna tuner shed in the middle. (345.0kb)
alaskaHNS on 245.0 kHz at Haines:

The north tower. Haines NDB is HNS 245 kHz, with the Juneau TWEB weather broadcast. (181.0kb)
alaskaEldred Rock Light:

I didn't neglect the lighthouses. The Eldred Rock Light north of Juneau used to have a beacon. (173.0kb)
alaskaSQM on 529.0 kHz north of Ketchikan:

Many of Alaska's NDB's are on remote islands. Level Island here has SQM 529 kHz, north of Ketchikan. (122.0kb)
alaskaListening to SQM from the Ferry:

Couldn't see the SQM NDB from the ferry, but could easily tune it from my cabin with its TWEB broadcast. (132.0kb)

Kriss has several other Galleries as well, click on the buttons below to visit them:

We're very grateful to Kriss for sharing the results of his travel 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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