George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY FIFTEEN ~~

The four NDBs pictured in this Gallery, 'SZY' 386 'Silbley' Seimer TN (35 14 13N 88 30 58W), 'SPQ' 414 'Spain' Memphis TN (35 12 04.61N 90 03 04.27W), 'MIG' 232 Millington TN (35 16 53.713N 089 55 59.314W), and 'FYE' 255 Somerville TN (35 12 21.010N 089 23 32.820W) are all located in southwestern Tennessee. 'BAV' 404 'Hardeman' Bolivar,TN also properly belongs to this group but no pictures of BAV are available. It was located at the Hardeman-Bolivar County Airport and was decommissioned in 2010 and dismantled the following year to make room for fuel storage tanks installed as part of airport's expansion.

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'SZY' on 386.0 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

Surrounded by a forest of trees, 'SZY' on 386 kHz is located at the end of a heavily overgrown gravel "road" off Old Stage Road, about six miles northeast of Seimer, TN. Last logged in October 2010 it is now decommissioned

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SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

Located in a cleared region surrounded by a dense growth of pine trees, on the day these photos were taken (July 2013), the beacon site was heavily overgrown with brush and vines. Now formally decommissioned it is awaiting dismantling. (224.0kb)
SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

View of the transmitter (right) and coupler (left) units, both of standard Southern Avionic design. The coupler unit houses a base loading coil viewable though a Plexiglas window on the door (not seen in this picture). The second base (tuning?) coil is wound on the fiberglass insulating section seen immediately above the transmitter/base-loading coil housings. (408.0kb)
SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

Closeup view of the second lower base "tuning" coil. (192.0kb)
SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

Closeup view of the upper "tuning" coil. The vertical radiator is split at this point into two equal-length sections coupled together via a fiberglass insulating section around which is wound the upper coil. (103.0kb)
SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

View of the spider-web capacitive top hat. (107.0kb)
SZY 386.0 kHzSZY on 386 kHz at 'Silbley' Seimer, TN:

The long-unused and heavily overgrown gravel "road" leading from Old Stage Road for 300 yards into the NDB site. (340.0kb)


'SPQ' on 414.0 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

'SPQ' is located at the General DeWitt Spain airport, off North 2nd Street in Memphis, TN, three miles north of city center. Last logged in December 2010, it was formally decommissioned earlier this year (2013) and was scheduled to be dismantled the week after these photographs were taken in August 2013.

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SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

Sign marking the entrance circle to the airport's complex of buildings. [General Spain was a Memphis hero, serving as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean Conflict.] (268.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

The thirty-four foot tall vertical radiator is split into two sections with fiberglass insulated tuning coils at its lower extremity and additionally at it midpoint. It is then topped with spider-web capacitive hat. (194.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

View of the Southern Avionics transmitter unit and the insulated lower tuning coil. (265.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

The base loading coil is sealed by a fiberglass covering within this box, presumably to supply waterproofing in the absence of the box's cover. (238.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

View of the lower tuning coil, insulated from the vertical radiator with a fiberglass wrapping. (146.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

View of the center tuning coil and top hat. (103.0kb)
SPQ 414.0 kHzSPQ on 414 kHz at 'Spain' Memphis, TN:

The building in view in this photo houses the Selby County Flight School at this airport. (250.0kb)


'MIG' on 232.0 kHz at Millington, TN:

Located at the Charles W Barkley Airport in Millington, TN, 'MIG' on 232 is about 11 miles northeast of downtown Memphis. Last logged in April 2012, it was formally decommissioned earlier this year (2013) and was scheduled to be dismantled the week after these photographs were taken in August 2013.

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MIG on 232 kHzMIG on 232 kHz at Millington, TN:

Airport Entrance (193.0kb)
MIG on 232 kHzMIG on 232 kHz at Millington, TN:

A standard Southern Avionics installation with a 34 foot mast. (150.0kb)
MIG on 232 kHzMIG on 232 kHz at Millington, TN:

View of the transmitter/coupler sections. (238.0kb)
MIG on 232 kHzMIG on 232 kHz at Millington, TN:

Capacitance top hat. (90.8.0kb)


'FYE' on 255.0 kHz at Somerville, TN:

Located on Airport Road off TN Route 195, FYE 255 is sited at the Fayette County Airport, about three miles southwest of Somerville, TN. Of the four beacons pictured in this Gallery, FYE is the only one currently not decommissioned (August 2013) and, as told by the airport's manager, it is unlikely to be decommissioned at any time in the foreseeable future. It was recently upgraded and it is planned to continue its operation to serve additionally as a navigational teaching aid for aspiring pilots. (This airport is the home of a large and well-regarded flight school.) The beacon is owned and operated by the TN Department of Transportation.

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FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

Airport administrative building which also houses a flight school. (229.0kb)
FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

The supporting towers for the two-wire symmetrical-T antenna are estimated to be 80 feet tall. (147.0kb)
FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

North tower. (76.4.0kb)
FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

South tower. (157.0kb)
FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

The transmitter/coupler enclosure is located directly below the midpoint of the of the symmetrical-T. (301.0kb)
FYE on 255 kHzFYE on 255 kHz at Somerville, TN:

Automated weather station at this site. (232.0kb)


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