George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES


~~ GALLERY THIRTEEN ~~

The two beacons pictured in this Gallery, 'LUA' on 245.0 kHz 'Caverns' Luray VA (38 41 57.52N 78 28 20.58W) and 'VJ' 236.0 kHz 'Whine' Abingdon VA (36 44 00.99N 81 56 52.64W) are sited in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The Valley, running parallel to the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains, runs northeast to southwest for nearly the full length of western Virginia. 'LUA' 245 lies at the northern terminus of the Valley, 'VJ' 236 lies a few miles beyond its southern terminus.

Both of these beacons, of the Southern Avionics "spider web top-hat" configuration, are the property of the (state of) Virginia Department of Aviation. Apparently this Department has a preference for this configuration for TEC 368 (Blacksburg VA) and MK 335 (Marion VA), both also installed by this Department, are of the same type. (The TEC and MK pics are posted in my Gallery 2 collection.)

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.


NDB "LUA - 245.0 kHz", 'CAVERNS', LURAY, VA, USA:
'LUA' beacon is located between two ridges in the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Virginia. The northern end of Virginia’s storied Shenandoah Valley lies about 10 miles to the west. The entrance to the Luray Caverns, the largest cavern on the east coast of the US and a popular tourist destination, lies 3 miles to the southwest; the town of Luray lies 2 miles to the southeast.
LUA 245.0 kHz
LUA_245 is located at the intersection of Old Forge Road and State Road 654 on the eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Luray, VA. The western mountain ridge of these mountains is seen in the background. Note that with the sun somewhat off vertical (judge by shadows of the pole), the blue shading of the western ridge is correctly rendered in this photograph as is appropriate given the mountain chain's name.

LUA 245.0 kHz
Close-up view of the site. Note the absence of any security fencing or warning signs.

LUA 245.0 kHz
Three-wire, center-driven symmetrical T.

LUA 245.0 kHz
Exit point from transmitter shack to the driven elements overhead.


NDB "VJ - 236.0 kHz", 'WHINE', ABINGDON, VA, USA:
The 'VJ' beacon is located behind a collection of buildings comprising the Temple Baptist Church facilities. [See Google Earth (36 44 00.99N 81 56 52.64W)]. Off Baugh Lane on Inspiration Drive, the beacon is about 2.5 miles northeast of Abingdon VA and about 20 miles northeast of the Virginia-Tennessee border.
LUA 245.0 kHz
The beacon is located on the down-slope side of a large metal Quonset Hut. The storage hut is but 30 feet from the tower; its roof is at the same height as the top hat. There is a complete rf dead zone at ground level when close to the hut on the far side from the tower.

LUA 245.0 kHz
The slope at the site can be judged from the slant of the security fence in this view.

LUA 245.0 kHz
Southern Avionics antenna coupler in the cabinet on the left and the transmitter in heat-sink covered cabinet on the right. The pair of heavy-duty cables exiting the bottom of the transmitter cabinet lead to a another box beneath (left cable, see Pic 4) and the main AC power switch (right cable, see Pic 5).

LUA 245.0 kHz
Perhaps the "JoBox" houses a battery backup for the system. A single cable connects the "JoBox" to the transmitter box.

LUA 245.0 kHz
The main AC power switch.

LUA 245.0 kHz
Exit line from the coupler cabinet.

LUA 245.0 kHz
The Top Hat.

LUA 245.0 kHz
A Virginia Department of Aviation beacon.



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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