George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES


~~ GALLERY SIXTEEN ~~

The three NDBs featured in this Gallery are, 'BW' on 236 kHz at 'Noora', Bowling Green, KY (35 14 13N 88 30 58W), 'BPO' on 403.0 kHz at 'Pinney Grove', Oneida, TN (35 12 04.61N 90 03 04.27W), and 'ON' on 279.0 kHz at 'Music', Springfield, TN (35 16 53.713N 089 55 59.314W).

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 "BW - 236.0 kHz", 'NOORA',
BOWLING GREEN, KY, USA:
Located off Richpond Road (Kentucky Hwy 242), the beacon is about 7.5 miles south of the center of Bowling Green, KY, in a relatively flat region of rich agricultural land densely planted with corn (see Pic 7). On the road back to the interstate highway, we passed a TACAN/VOR beacon a Jet Aircraft Memorial park. Photographs taken at both sites are also included below.
BW 236.0 kHz
'Noora' Bowling Green KY.

BW 236.0 kHz
View of the arrangement within the security fence.

BW 236.0 kHz
View of connection to the vertical radiator.

BW 236.0 kHz
The 75 MHz outer marker Yagi antenna. The northwest tower is in view in the background.

BW 236.0 kHz
The two-wire symmetrical T antenna is oriented northeast to southwest. The southeast tower is in view in this picture.

BW 236.0 kHz
View of the northeast tower.

BW 236.0 kHz
A view back down the road leading to the beacon. A densely planted crop of corn surrounds the beacon on all sides. (Also see background in certain of the preceding photographs.)

BW 236.0 kHz
The author, photographing complete, returning to the car. The photograph was taken by my XYL of the past 55 years and a welcome partner on my NDB Photographing Expeditions. With this pic she can now properly claim an individual contribution to the NDB List Photographic Album page.

BW 236.0 kHz
TACAN/VOR Beacon off Smallhouse Road, Bowling Green, KY.

BW 236.0 kHz
Another view of TACAN/VOR Beacon.

BW 236.0 kHz
Closeup view of Beacon building.

BW 236.0 kHz
The coaxial-dipole monitoring antenna is mounted on the arm extending from the wooden tower pole. At the top of the pole are lights presumably for use when needed after dark.

BW 236.0 kHz
Heritage Park, Smallhouse Road, Bowling Green, KY.

BW 236.0 kHz
Grumman F9F Panther.

BW 236.0 kHz
MacDonald F4D Phantom II reputed to be able to pass everything in the sky except a refueling taker.

BW 236.0 kHz
Lockheed T33A Shooting Star (two-seat trainer version of F80).


NDB "BPO - 403.0 kHz", 'PINNEY GROVE',
ONEIDA, TN, USA:
Located about 1/3 of a miles east of the junction of Alberta Road and Bear Creek Road in Oneida, TN, the beacon is centered on a knoll atop a flat-topped mountain ridge. It is the highest point in the region for miles around. Although my GPS unit told me that I was within 50 yards of the beacon, the gravel access road was not discernible for the area around the knoll is terribly overgrown. I was fortunate that on the day I chose to visit the site, a lineman for the local power company was tracing power lines on the mountain. He kindly chose to detour and follow an unmapped power line thereby discovering the beacon. In his heavy-duty, high ground-clearance vehicle he eventually found and cleared the gravel road to the site allowing me access.
BPO 403.0 kHz
Last heard in Jan 2011 and now decommissioned. Curiously of the 83 log entries, most are along a north-south axis … Canada to Florida … none west of Colorado.

BPO 403.0 kHz
The two-wire symmetrical T is oriented north-south. This picture is of the south pole.

BPO 403.0 kHz
The north pole.

BPO 403.0 kHz
The heavily overgrown transmitter station located directly beneath the center of the symmetric T.

BPO 403.0 kHz
A Southern Avionics unit.

BPO 403.0 kHz
BPO was decommissioned by simply disconnecting the vertical wire from the base loading coil. The connection was made via a threaded rod that screws into the white ceramic-coated 'pip' dangling from the top of the box that shield the loading coil. (Also see next pic.)

BPO 403.0 kHz
The disconnected vertical wire has been wedged in the hinged side of the door of the security fence presumably to prevent it from moving around in the wind. Zoom the picture of the lower end of the wire to view the threaded rod use to connect to the loading coil.


NDB "ON - 279.0 kHz", 'MUSIC',
SPRINGFIELD, TN, USA:
Located off Lipscomb Cemetery Road about 2 miles northwest of Coopertown, TN, the beacon is 6.5 miles southwest of Springfield, TN. The surrounding area, primarily pasture land for cattle grazing, is open and relatively flat. Prior to its decommissioning in 2012, it was logged 49 times in 12 states, as far west as Arizona and Oregon.
ON 279.0 kHz
A nice shot of the 'ON' beacon.

ON 279.0 kHz
Spider-web top hat.

ON 279.0 kHz
Bracket supporting the top-hat.

ON 279.0 kHz
Connection to the vertical radiator.

ON 279.0 kHz
View of the connection from the transmitter shack to the vertical radiator.

ON 279.0 kHz
AC power-line breaker box (on bracket on left).


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