George M (N2XM)'S DGPS IMAGES

~~ DGPS GALLERY TWO ~~

This gallery contains images of two DGPS Beacons, with one located in the state of Delaware, and the other in Virginia. These are: DGPS #870 at Reedy Point, DE, and DGPS #806 at Driver, VA. Also included is a very interesting collection of images from Cape Henry, which is also in Virginia, and I'm sure you'll enjoy seeing these as well.

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.


DGPS Beacon #806 289.0 kHz - Driver,VA:
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Driver DGPS BeaconDriver DGPS, VA:

Located off Nike Park Rd (VA Rt 669) in an isolated rural area of Suffolk, VA, the transmitter operates on 289 kHz with Ref ID (012 and (013. (278.0kb)
Driver DGPS BeaconDriver DGPS, VA:

The GPS Antennae. (222.0kb)
Driver DGPS BeaconDriver DGPS, VA:

The GPS Shack. (444.0kb)
Driver DGPS BeaconDriver DGPS, VA:

The transmitter Shack. Note the supported metal grid shield suspended on a pipe frame covering the roof of the Shack. (467.0kb)



DGPS Beacon #870 309.0 kHz - Reedy Point, DE:
NOTE: -The access road to the station was closed on the day of our visit. Hence the photographs shown were taken with a telephoto lens while parked on the canal's south bank (South Reedy Point Road).

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Reedy Point DGPSDGPS Beacon - Reedy Point, DE:

Reedy Pic 1 - DGPS #870, 309 kHz, Ref ID (170, (171. is located in southeast Delaware almost at the extreme east end of North Reedy Point Road. This road runs along the north bank of the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal, which connects Chesapeake Bay (~6 miles distant to the west) with the Delaware Bay (~300 yard to the east). The canal is part of the Inland Waterway System running from New Jersey to Florida. (545.0kb)
Reedy Point DGPSDGPS Beacon - Reedy Point, DE:

Overview of the station ... the black 'smudge' seen at the top of the lower tower is an unoccupied Osprey nest. (279.0kb)
Reedy Point DGPSDGPS Beacon - Reedy Point, DE:

An automated weather station is mounted about half-way up the tower on the right. Also in view in the extreme lower right of the picture are a pair of GPS towers. (309.0kb)
Reedy Point DGPSDGPS Beacon - Reedy Point, DE:

Another view of the base of the station. The tall white pole at extreme right is thought to be a vertical antenna with the transmitter housed in the cabinet at its base. (608.0kb)



Cape Henry, VA:

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Cape Henry, VAChesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel:

A trip from NJ to the DGPS station in Suffolk, VA requires driving south on US Highway 13 to Cape Charles on the extreme southern end of the Delmarva Peninsula ('Eastern Shore' of VA) and whence over the 17 miles of the Bridge-Tunnel complex spanning the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. The view shown in this picture is of the south-bound lane of the highway a few miles after its entrance on Cape Charles. The pair of dark spots in the left of the picture at the highway's seeming-end are the entrance and exit of a mile-long tunnels (North Channel Tunnel) beneath the Bay allowing entrance/egress to commercial container ships and the capital chips of the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet. Hampton Roads, on far right and out of view in the picture, is the eastern home base of the fleet. (195.0kb)
Cape Henry, VATunnel Entrance:

Entrance to a second tunnel (Thimble Shoals Tunnel) beneath the southern channel into Chesapeake Bay. Although the bridge section of the highway is four-lane divided, the two tunnels are presently one-lane each way. Plans for an additional pair of tunnels have been completed and construction is anticipated to begin soon. (269.0kb)
Cape Henry, VACape Henry English Settlers Arrival Marker:

The Bridge-Tunnel's southern terminus exits in 'Tidewater Virginia' on Cape Henry, an area of considerable historical significance. Within the confines of the US Army/Navy Joint Expeditionary Base (East) ... aka Fort Story on Cape Henry, is a marker noting the arrival of the first permanent English setters in the 'New World'. Installed in 1933, the inscription on the base of the cross reads: Here at Cape Henry landed upon America on 26 April 1607 those English Colonists who upon 13 May 1607 established at Jamestown Virginia the first permanent English settlement in America. (542.0kb)
Cape Henry, VAThe 'Old Lighthouse':

At short distance from the Arrival Marker and as seen in this picture, is the '1792 Lighthouse', the first lighthouse receiving an appropriation from the newly formed US Federal Government. Completed in 1797 at a cost of $17.700, it has been completely restored and open for interior public viewing provided that the viewer is at least 42 inches tall. (See next picture.) (346.0kb)
Cape Henry, VALighthouse Visitor's Height Restriction:

Why the posted height restriction noted on the sign? As explained to me, the lighthouse's interior spiral staircase has an open handrail structure set at only three feet height. There is concern that an unsupervised child might accidentally fall a considerable distance. (368.0kb)
Cape Henry, VAThe 'New Lighthouse':

This second lighthouse was completed in 1881 to replace the old structure which had seriously deteriorated. I am told that, in spite of of the ready availability of modern GPS navigational aids, both the antiquated light and a fog horn that are incorporated within the tower are still both in current use. Seen to the right of the lighthouse is the US Coast Guard's Harbor Entrance control station. (243.0kb)
Cape Henry, VAHarbor Control Station:

Close up view of antennae atop the Coast Guard Control Station. Seen are three harbor-monitoring X-band slot-antennae radars along with weather monitors and numerous VHF-UHF vertical antennae. (177.0kb)
Cape Henry, VAMore Antennae:

A few miles from the Coast Guard Station is the US Navy's 'Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility' building which bristles with many more antennae. (354.0kb)

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We're very grateful to George for sharing these GPS images with us, and if you have shots of your own that you would also like to see on display here in the DGPS Photo Gallery, we would love to hear from you too.



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