George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY TWELVE ~~

The three NDBs in this album are located in Kentucky and Tennessee and consist of: 'HDI' on 369 kHz 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN (35 09 12.50N 084 54 19.00 W), 'HIX' on 356 kHz 'Honey Grove' Hopkinsville, KY (36 52 50.313N 087 20 15.288W), and 'FQW' on 371 kHz 'Walter Hill' Murfreesboro, TN (35 57 40.31N 086 22 15.32W). The Tennesse beacons are all in Middle Tennessee. HDI, sited on a plateau with no higher obstructions for at least 20 miles surrounding, must be considered a near ideal location for an NDB. Also appended to the HIX collection are pictures of a nearby NOAA Doppler Weather Radar Facility which may be compared with the pictures of another Doppler Facility in Virginia (see Gallery 9 pictures).

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'HDI' is sited off the Lee Highway at an elevation of 1015 feet above mean sea level. Its nearest neighbor, an electrical power substation, is downhill about 100 feet below. In its day, with only 25 watts of nominal power but with an unobstructed view of surroundings for many miles around, HDI got out well ... heard throughout many US states as far west as Oregon. Last logged in Dec 2009, it has now been decommissioned.

HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

Google Earth view of the HDI site. (295.0kb)
HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

View of the site looking up while standing aside the Lee Highway. (209.0kb)
HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

View from the site looking out to the southeast. Nothing blocking view out to the Great Smoky Mountains approximately 30 miles distant. ( In the picture, the far distant Smokies are seen in the gap between the closer ridges to the right of the tower pole). (221.0kb)
HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

The enclosure box of the Southern Avionics base-mounted coupling coil. (280.0kb)
HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

The pole supporting the east end of a two-wire symmetrical T. The pole-support of the west end is identical (not shown). (77.7kb)
HDI 369.0 kHzHDI on 369 kHz at 'Hardwick' Cleveland, TN:

A view looking down the hill to the electrical substation 100 feet below and about 300 feet horizontally distant. (384.0kb)


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'HIX' is sited on Vaughan-Grove Fairview Road in a rectangular section, ca. 25 miles in each dimension, of relatively flat fertile farmland along the Middle Tennessee-Kentucky-border. On my trip to this site (July 2013) I drove for mile-after-mile along country roads lined both sides with seemingly unending corn and tobacco fields in full growth. Corn and tobacco are the two cash crops in this region.

HIX 352.0 kHzHIX on 356 kHz in 'Honey Grove' Hopkinsville, KY:

HIX is surrounded by tillable acreage dissected by a copse of trees and the two-lane macadam road allowing close approach to the tower. (249.0kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzHIX on 356 kHz in 'Honey Grove' Hopkinsville, KY:

The tower height, estimated as being 50 feet, seems unusually tall for this configuration. (218.0kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzHIX on 356 kHz in 'Honey Grove' Hopkinsville, KY:

Spider top-hat with the tower guy lines used to add to the antenna's capacity. (There are insulators half way down each guy line, not viewable in the picture. See Pic 2.) (79.8kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzHIX on 356 kHz in 'Honey Grove' Hopkinsville, KY:

Although quite shop-worn, this Southern Avionics beacon gets out quite well, having been logged in 14 states as far west as California. (345.0kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzSHARE THE ROAD:

'Share the road.' Several horse-drawn carriages passed me while photographing this NDB. This area of Kentucky-Tennessee sports a sizable Amish-Mennonite population who shun any electrical or gasoline driven machines. Also they prefer not to have photographs taken of their faces for such is considered an invasion of invasion of their privacy. Hence I waited until the family was well-past before I took this photograph. (213.0kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzNOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR:

A NOAA Doppler Weather Radar about nine miles east of Hopkinsville along US Hwy 68-90. It is identical in design to the Wakefield (VA) radar (cf. my Gallery 9 pictures) except the dome is only twenty feet from ground level versus fifty feet for the Wakefield unit. Presumably this height difference reflects differences in the topography of the surrounding terrain. (Hopkinsville's surroundings are sensibly flat for many miles around. Not so for Wakefield). (179.0kb)
HIX 352.0 kHzNOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR:

Closeup view of the tower structure. The white flanged-section ('choke' section) of rectangular pipe entering from the left of the picture and running to the bottom of the tower's dome carries the S-band (or L-band?) microwave power from the klystron power unit in the shack to the antenna within the dome. (223.0kb)


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Located off Holly Grove Road in Murfreesboro, TN, 'FQW' is located on well-fenced private property used for grazing livestock. Although denied entrance to photograph because many horses were within the enclosures at the time of my visit, I was invited back in the fall when they would be absent. I chose instead to affix a telephoto lens to my camera and proceeded to collect the attached photos while standing outside the fence in the property-owner's rear yard.

FQW on 371 kHzFQW on 371 kHz at 'Walter Hill' Murfreesboro, TN:

Google Earth view of the grazing land. The 'Stood Her' place mark is where I stood while shooting the following pair of photographs. The second place mark is offset above the transmitter enclosure. (163kb)
FQW on 371 kHzFQW on 371 kHz at 'Walter Hill' Murfreesboro, TN:

The steel towers are positioned north-south and support a two-wire symmetrical T. (163kb)
FQW on 371 kHzFQW on 371 kHz at 'Walter Hill' Murfreesboro, TN:

Close up of the blue enclosure protecting the transmitter from the weather and the live stock from electrical shock. It is located at the midpoint of, and directly beneath, the wires strung from the pair of towers. (163kb)


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