George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY SEVEN ~~

On this page you will find another fine collection of George's NDB images, and this includes pictures of three NDBs 'OR' which is located at 'Ingle' Norfolk, VA and operates on 329 kHz - the co-ordinates for this one are: 36 50-26N / 76 15-05W, 'RK' on 249 kHz which is located at 'Waley' Suffolk, VA and located at: 36 35-58N / 76 38-57W, and 'AKQ' on 274 kHz which is located at Wakefield, VA and the co-ordinates for this NDB are: 36 59-00N / 77 00-04W. Also included are pictures of some of the many interesting weather aids which can be found at the nearby NOAA Weather Center in Wakefield, VA.

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.




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OX 407.0 kHzOR on 329 kHz at 'INGLE' - Norfolk, VA:

Located in a salt marsh on the north shore of the James River (in background), the surrounding area is heavily residential. (285.0kb)
OX 407.0 kHzOR on 329 kHz at 'INGLE' - Norfolk, VA:

The antenna connection exits from the rear of the shack and then splits to make connection with both ends of the long wire suspended between the 30 foot telephone poles (also see next pic). (204.0kb)
OR 239.0 kHzOR on 329 kHz at 'INGLE' - Norfolk, VA:

An unusual connection in that the geometry of the antenna is, in effect, a loop. (174.0kb)


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RK 249 kHzRK on 249kHz at 'WALEY' - Suffolk VA:

RK_249 was located off of County Rd 616 in Whaleyville, VA. Now decommissioned and dismantled, it was centered in the vacant region shown in the picture. (294.0kb)
RK 249 kHzRK on 249kHz at 'WALEY' - Suffolk VA:

The only remaining hardware at the site is the power box (with plug-in meter absent) along the dirt road leading into the site. (251.0kb)
RK 249 kHzRK on 249kHz at 'WALEY' - Suffolk VA:

View of another nearby FAA site a mile or so down County Rd 616 at its intersection with County Rd 673. It serves as a "remote" receiver/transmit site for aircraft communications. (Info courtesy of Don KPC6NDB.) (218.0kb)


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AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

Wakefield Municipal Airport along the General Mahone Highway in Wakefield, VA. (270.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

The antenna system is located parallel to the tree line rendering it difficult to discern even when quite close. (351.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

Rear view of shack with the single-wire antenna exiting vertically. (209.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

Connection to center of the "T" with the north end of the antenna tethered to the runway marker pole light pole. (179.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

South end of the "T" antenna tethered about halfway up the tower of the rotating beacon marker. (155.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

Automated Weather Reporting System located but 20 yards from AKQ shack. (291.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

A up close view of a "tipping bucket" rain gauge seen in the foreground inside the fence of the preceding picture. "In operation two buckets inside the central cylinder are positioned on a "see saw" mechanism. The bucket facing up collects the rainwater and when the rainwater is too heavy for it to hold, it tips down, empties itself and another bucket comes up to collect the precipitation. When that bucket is full.....etc, etc. Essentially, this rain gauge measures the amount of bucket "tips" in a certain amount of time to determine the amount of rainfall. The slats arranged on the outer circumference of the unit improve the "catch" of the rain by diminishing wind updrafts around the rain gauge funnel." [Identification of this unit and explanation of its operation courtesy of Alex VE3GOP.] (369.0kb)
AKQ 274 kHzAKQ on 274 kHz at Wakefield VA:

Another NDB at the Wakefield Airport. Operates at a much, much shorter wavelength and also serves to hold up the south end of AKQ's wire antenna. (141.0kb)


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weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

NOAA Weather Forecast Office, Wakefield, VA. This station is located less than a mile west of AKQ-274 at 10009 General Mahone Highway. (256.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

Doppler Weather Radar. (233.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

Radar Shack. (404.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

View of the underside of the radome. The rectangular white pipe in the group of four running up the center of the structure into the radome is S-band waveguide channeling the microwave power from the klystron in the shack to the antenna. (287.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

Weather Satellite Microwave Dishes. (328.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

A tower licensed for a amateur-band VHF-UHF transmitter/receiver used in volunteer "SkyWarn" operations. (232.0kb)
weatherNOAA Regional Weather Center at Wakefield, VA:

A collection of rain gauges of an earlier era and now serving as decorative pieces adjacent to main entrance of the facility. (497.0kb)


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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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