George M (N2XM)'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY TWENTY ~~

The three beacons in this collection are located in the northeastern section of Pennsylvania. They are 'LQX' on 339 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA, 'AV' on 257 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA, and 'PIX' on 344 Picture Rocks, PA. This region of Pennsylvania, located along the eastern slope of the Alleghany Mountains, is centered on Scranton, PA. Its principal population centers lie only along the Interstate Highway (I81). (Actually the later-appearing Interstate had its route aligned to connect the much earlier-present towns and cities.)

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'LQX' on 339.0 kHz located at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:
LQX on 339 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA is located just north of the east end of the taxiway at the Jake Arner Carbon County (PA) Airport. The taxiway is accessed from East Mahoning Dr (with difficulty via detour) in Lehighton, PA. Now decommissioned, the area surrounding the NDB has not been maintained and the transmitting antenna structure has seriously deteriorated.

A heavy rain had accompanied my arrival on an early morning in Aug 2014. Obscured by heavy growth, the antenna was only partly visible from my car parked on the taxiway. As I waited for a break in the rain, I pondered having to traverse about 150 yards through tall wet weeds to photograph the beacon. Admittedly it was with some reluctance that I left the car to photograph at this site. But, enshrouded in a knee-length waterproof poncho and wearing a pair of old boots (both items permanent residents in my car trunk), the heavy undergrowth was eventually traversed and the accompanying photographs accumulated.

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LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

Airport entrance off an East Mahoning Dr detour in Lehighton, PA. (269.0kb)
LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

View of the beacon, about 150 yards distant, when standing on the airport taxiway. (232.0kb)
LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

View when within about 25 yards of the antenna. A thick tangle of shoulder-high weeds entirely surrounds the beacon structure. (393.0kb)
LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

To photograph above the weeds this picture was taken with the camera mounted on a pole tripod raised 5 feet above my head. A six-spoke spider-web antenna, LQX has both base and center loading coils. (154.0kb)
LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

View of the rear of the transmitter shack. Note the tilt of the upper section of the vertical member of the antenna. The fiber-glass covering of the lower base coil has seriously deteriorated (see next picture) and seemingly support of the vertical structure has weakened. (291.0kb)
LQX 339.0 kHzLQX on 339 kHz at 'Carbon', Lehighton, PA:

Close up view of the housing of the transmitter coil. Note the deterioration of the fiberglass covering of the lower base coil, located just above the housing, which also supports the antenna's vertical member. Also note that the cover of the housing is missing, the opening being closed with an ill-fitting piece of Plexiglas held in place simply by a pair of twisted wires (zoom picture to view). The interior of the housing was well drenched with moisture from the heavy rain that immediately preceded my visit. (300.0kb)



'AV' on 257.0 kHz 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

'AV' 257 'Barty" is conveniently accessed via Exit 115 of the Northbound Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and then onto Westminster Road in Wilkes-Barre, PA. But locating the beacon along Westminster Road proved to be another matter. My Garmin GPS unit positioned me at the site and reported "Off Road 50 yards to left" (i.e. to the west). But I could see nothing of an antenna system ? only a tangle of fallen trees, heavy undergrowth, and the like. After ten minutes spent fruitlessly cruising along Westminster Road looking for evidence of an NDB site, I returned to the GPS marked site, parked, and set off to the west through the fallen trees and undergrowth. After struggling forward for 25 yards, 'AV' 257 'Barty' came into view.

Now decommissioned, this beacon had served as an outer-marker for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Airport. The required 75 MHz outer-marker Yagi, reported and photographed by W3EEE about a decade earlier, is now missing but otherwise the system seems in good repair and, with electrical power made available, could likely be revamped and then reactivated.


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AV 275.0 kHzAV on 275.0 kHz at 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

View from atop an embankment on the far side of the road. When standing at road level the beacon's south supporting pole, seen in the background of this picture, is hidden from view by fallen trees. (283.0kb)
AV 275.0 kHzAV on 275.0 kHz at 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

First view of 'AV' 257 upon emerging from the heavy undergrowth and toppled trees. The missing 75 MHz Yagi reported by W3EEE a decade earlier would have been to the left rear of the south antenna support pole seen in the center of this picture. (351.0kb)
AV 275.0 kHzAV on 275.0 kHz at 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

View of the site. Note the close spacing (~30 feet) of the short antenna support poles (~20 feet). Such a stunted structure likely accounts for the beacon being logged only seven times before being decommissioned in 2008. (213.0kb)
AV 275.0 kHzAV on 275.0 kHz at 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

A certain indicator of a beacon's decommissioning ? an absent utility meter in the incoming electrical service box. (250.0kb)
AV 275.0 kHzAV on 275.0 kHz at 'Barty' Wilkes-Barre, PA:

View of the antenna connection to the south supporting pole. (106.0kb)



'PIX' on 344.0 kHz Picture Rocks, PA:

Located off Nunn Lane on Arrowhead Court in Picture Rocks, PA, this NDB's location is among the most unusual of those that I have photographed - its symmetric-T antenna spans the front yards of a pair of homes in an upscale residential neighborhood. Attracted by the presence of a stranger with cameras strolling about in their front yards, I was joined in conversation by several residents. They understood the function of the NDB and were undisturbed by my presence for they asked if I was a pilot .. over the years a number of pilots had stopped by to photograph the navigational beacon.

I asked if they found the presence of an FAA beacon in their front yard disturbing. No was the reply for "the beacon was here first and we've have gotten used to it". But they wondered why the FAA held property easements for "football-field sized areas" in their front yards. I offered the speculation that perhaps it was to allow the installation and possible future repair of the beacon's buried grounding system. One young teenager present, listening to my Tecsun 380 UltraLite receiver tuned to 344 kHz, blurted "that's 'i', that's Morse Code". I asked if he could read code. "Not really" he replied "we are just starting to learn it at Boy Scouts". He then added "..I now know 'p' and 'x' also ..". Seemingly, at least in Picture Rocks, PA, code is not yet a dead communication medium.


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PIX 344.0 kHzPIX on 344 kHz at Picture Rocks, PA:

View looking north along Arrowhead Court in Picture Rocks, PA. Of the five telephone poles in view in this picture, the two tallest are the support poles for the beacon's center-driven symmetric-T antenna. (190.0kb)
PIX 344.0 kHzPIX on 344 kHz at Picture Rocks, PA:

View of the transmitter shack. The telephone pole seen in the background supports the north end of the beacon's symmetric-T antenna. (276.0kb)
PIX 344.0 kHzPIX on 344 kHz at Picture Rocks, PA:

View of the transmitter exit line from the shack. The rusted sheet-metal bonnet-shaped cover presumably is a rain shield for the connection at the top of the post. (204.0kb)
PIX 344.0 kHzPIX on 344 kHz at Picture Rocks, PA:

View of the connection of the south end of the symmetric-T to its supporting pole. (52.0kb)



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