On this page you will find some images of a trip to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, which Russell and Andy made in June 2013, this features the island's infamous NDB 'SJX'. This beacon is infamous because SJX has been stable on the "split" frequency of 381.5 kHz for at least four decades instead of its assigned carrier frequency of 382 kHz. Andy also says that despite its modest size (13 miles long by six wide), Beaver Island has two airfields, but the other field does not have its own beacon, and that SJX is still very much among the living as they could hear it on the car radio on its third harmonic once they got close enough.

My thanks to Andy for sharing the pictures of the trip with us, and if anyone else out there has any interesting NDB pictures they would like to see displayed here please feel free to contact me with the details. I'll be only too happy to create a page here in the gallery and display them for you!

NOTE# - All of the following pictures are copyright Andy Robins, KB8QGF and should not be re-produced with out first obtaining the permission of the owner - please contact us for his details.

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
SJX on 381.5 kHz at Beaver Island, MI - End-on showing the two-wire capacitance "top hat" with the small white transmitter hut in the distance. Note that the nearer support mast is also a telephone / powerline pole!

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
An enhanced shot showing detail of the top hat hardware.

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
The same in natural light.

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
The hut and fence; note the "gnarly" condition on the vertical radiator wires!

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
Close-up of the transmitter hut.

SJX-Beaver Island NDB
Shot of the airport sign with one of the NDB's support masts just visible to the left (follow the power line).

Andy & Russell also have several other Galleries as well, just click on the buttons below to visit them:

Click on the links below to hear the idents:

  • BFA - Boyne Falls heard on 263 kHz: (57kb)
  • CAD - Cadillac heard on 269 kHz: (65kb)
  • CXK - Bellaire heard on 251 kHz: (91kb)
  • TV - Traverse City heard on 365 kHz: (68kb)
  • TV - Outer Marker heard on 75 MHz: (138kb)

  • Andy also recorded his local VOR and ILS Beacons:

  • AZO - 109.0 MHz, Kalamazoo's VOR Beacon: (73 kb)
  • I-AZO 110.9 Mhz, the Kalamazoo Localizer for ILS Rwy 35: (50 kb)

  • We're very grateful to Andy for the use of his pictures, 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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