George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES


~~ GALLERY TWENTY ONE ~~

All of the five beacons in this collection are located in the state of New York. They are 'BBN' on 275.0 kHz Babylon, NY, 'FR' on 407.0 kHz 'Frikk’ Farmingdale (Long Island), 'OGY' on 414.0 kHz Bridge (Rockaway), NY, 'FO' on 400.0 kHz ‘Squir’, West Hampton Beach, NY, and 'IS' on 366.0 kHz Islip (Long Island), NY.

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NDB "BBN - 275.0 kHz", BABYLON, NY, USA:
Located on Cedar Court midway between South Anns (sic) Avenue and South Strong Drive in Babylon (Long Island) NY, the beacon is closely surrounded on three sides by private residences. Camera angles were restricted to those from the site's frontage on Cedar Court. In common with IS 366 Islip NY, its neighbor 7.2 miles to the northeast, it sports a triangular loop antenna, a configuration not often seen for an NDB.
BBN 275.0 kHz
View of the hemmed-in site for BBN 275.

BBN 275.0 kHz
Another view of the site. Note the vinyl safety fence to the rear of the shack which blocks view of the actual antenna's exit from the shack.

BBN 275.0 kHz
Partial view of the two transmitter lines exiting from the shack. These two lines run to separate connection at the supporting poles and constitute what might be described as a triangular loop.

BBN 275.0 kHz
View of the triangular loop.


NDB "FR - 407.0 kHz", 'FRIKK',
FARMINGDALE (Long Island), NY, USA:
Located off the side of the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, 'FR' on 407 kHz is about 3.5 miles northwest of Farmingdale, (Long Island) NY. A narrow highway pull-off for site access is available only via the expressway's southbound lane. Situated in a cramped site on the highway's embankment, the beacon is surrounded by extensive residential development. It serves as an outer marker for Republic Airport located about five miles to the east in Oyster Bay and a locator beacon for MacArthur Airport, fourteen miles to the east. The latter serves as a principal feeder airport for national and international flights.
FR 407.0 kHz
With only a small area available for the installation, the beacon hardware is close-fitted inside the security fence.

FR 407.0 kHz
View of approach to the beacon site via the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway.

FR 407.0 kHz
Another view of the site.

FR 407.0 kHz
Antenna line exiting the shack.

FR 407.0 kHz
The capacity loading lines for the antenna vertical wire. Note the unusual 4 wire configuration.

FR 407.0 kHz
North pole supporting the antenna lines.

FR 407.0 kHz
Outer marker 75 MHz Yagi Y-antenna. Picture also provides some sense of the cramped nature of the site.


NDB "OGY - 414.0 kHz", BRIDGE (ROCKAWAY), NY, USA:
Positioned on the Rockaway Peninsula which juts into the Lower Bay of New York Harbor, 'OGY' on 414.0 kHz is located off Rockaway Point Boulevard within the Park Police Compound in the Fort Tilden National Park, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The NDB is not in view from the road and permission to enter the Police Compound to photograph was required.

The Peninsula's width at the NDB's site is but 800 yards with an elevation of 6 feet above mean sea level. In conversations with a Park Ranger I learned that this area on the Peninsula was inundated by a huge storm surge during "super" Hurricane Sandy in Oct 2012. Water marks on the buildings indicated a surge height of 6-8 feet. The NDB shack was uprooted and toppled from its foundation by the initial surge although the (spider-web) antenna remained standing in place. The water covering the site remained in place until the tide began receding a few hours later. At the time of my visit (Nov 2014), much of the Fort Tilden National Park faculties were still awaiting reconstruction.
OGY 414.0 kHz
View of OGY 414. The bridge in this view is the Marine Parkway Bridge (toll) connecting Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to Rockaway Point Boulevard in East Rockaway. The floating crane in the background is being used in reconstructing the waterfront pilings.

OGY 414.0 kHz
Swept from its foundations by "super" hurricane Sandy, the shack has been mounted on a new foundation (note newly poured concrete steps) and repaired/repainted. Also the surrounding security fence has been repositioned.

OGY 414.0 kHz
View of the transmitter arc over protection.

OGY 414.0 kHz
The top-hat spider web antenna has both a base-loading coil (this picture) and a center-loading coil (next picture). Note the erosion of the fiber glass insulation isolating the antenna from its supporting pole. The crane in view on left in this picture is land-based and is involved in the demolition of several hurricane damaged structures.

OGY 414.0 kHz
Upper section of the spider web top hat antenna.


NDB "FO - 400.0 kHz", 'SQUIR', WEST HAMPTON BEACH, NY, USA:
Located in a large irregularly shaped clearing within an extensive stand of pine and scrub oak, the beacon site is not visible from the road. It is to be found about 1 mile north of the turn-off from Flanders Road onto Red Creek Road in West Hampton Beach (Long Island) NY. Up a dirt road twisting among the thick stand of trees, FO 400 is about 60 yards to the east of Red Creek Road.

There are two building on the site. One, the radio shack, stands near the front gate in the security fence. The use/purpose of a second building to the rear of the site is unknown. Its positioning is unusual - its stands immediately below and independent of a steel skeleton frame which mounts a 75 MHz outer marker Yagi antenna and a red navigation light. The Yagi has recently been repainted or perhaps replaced.

Recent extensive renovation of the site was in evidence on the day of my visit (5 Nov '14) for a large pile of trash awaiting disposal was located just outside the gate in the security fence. Contained within the heap were pieces of PVC pipe, scraps of vinyl siding, reinforcing lathe, foam plates of the type used for packing equipment for shipping, red-painted aluminum rods (remnants perhaps a Yagi antenna), etc.
FO 400.0 kHz
View of the irregularly shaped site.

FO 400.0 kHz
Another view of the site showing the bundles of trash awaiting disposal.

FO 400.0 kHz
There are two structures on the site, a small one which serves as FO 400's radio shack and seen on the left in the picture, and a larger building on the right beneath and independent of a steel superstructure sporting a Yagi antenna and a navigational light. Notice the white PVC pipe running along the security fence from the rear of the shack towards the larger structure. It may serve to supply power to the site for no power lines leading in from Red Creek Road were observed.

FO 400.0 kHz
A closeup view of the radio shack showing the exit of the connection to the NDB's vertical member and the (thin) grounding wire. The white PVC pipe seen behind the shack along the bottom of the security fence has a branch into the shack and may serve to provide power to the transmitter.

FO 400.0 kHz
View of the second structure at the site. Upon close approach it was seen that this structure is free-standing independent of the steel structure and that its vinyl siding recently replaced and/or washed. The steel superstructure sports the Yagi antenna, and a navigational light.

FO 400.0 kHz
The northwest support pole for the antenna nestled among a thick stand of trees outside the security fence.

FO 400.0 kHz
View of the connection to the single-wire symmetric-T antenna.


NDB "IS - 366.0 kHz", ISLIP (LONG ISLAND), NY, USA:
Located on Tupelo Ave on the southeast corner of its intersection with Woodland Drive in Islip (Long Island) NY, the beacon is isolated on two sides by a dense collection of trees. In common with BBN 275 Babylon NY, its neighbor 7.2 miles to the southwest, it sports a triangular loop antenna, a configuration not often seen for an NDB.
IS 366.0 kHz
View of the site ... well manicured and cared for.

IS 366.0 kHz
Closeup view of the transmitter shack from the south along Tupelo Ave. Note the vinyl safety fence to the rear which blocks any informative view of the rear of the shack.

IS 366.0 kHz
View of the shack from along Woodland Drive. The unused tower presumably supported a Yagi outer marker antenna.

IS 366.0 kHz
Partial view of the NDB's triangular loop antenna. There are two transmitter exit lines from the shack; this view is of the connection to the southeast supporting pole. A closeup view of actual exit point was not possible for the safety fence blocked the view.


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