PAUL THOMPSON'S NDB IMAGES

~~ GALLERY THREE ~~

On this page you will find another collection of Paul's NDB images, many of which were taken at various locations in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA. These include the following installations: 'PPI' - 'Hopey' on 400.0 kHz at Woodbury, MN, 'JYG' - on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN, and 'BXR' - 'Big Doctor' on 203.0 kHz at Siren, WI.


NOTE# Unless otherwise stated, all of the following pictures are copyright 'Paul Thompson', and should not be re-produced with out first obtaining his permission - please ask us for his contact details if you should require them.




'PPI' Hopey 400 kHz Woodbury, MN May 2013

Hopey is a beacon centrally placed between three airports and is located across from 5220 County Road 13 (Radio Drive) in Woodbury, MN. As you can see from the pictures, the beacon is a huge three tower affair located in an open farm field and is easily visible on the east side of the road. The airports served are Lake Elmo, South St Paul and St. Paul Holman Field. Airnav reports that the coordinates are 44-52-24.070N / 092-56-31.216W and the power is 25 watts. It is owned and operated by the State of Minnesota. The beacon is also visible from Military Road just a few hundred feet south of the Radio Drive location.


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PPI 400.0 kHzPPI on 400.0 kHz at 'Hopey', Woodbury, MN:

The view of Hopey from Military Road. (179.0kb)
PPI 400.0 kHzPPI on 400.0 kHz at 'Hopey', Woodbury, MN:

Hopey as seen from Radio Drive and County Road. (211.0kb)
PPI 400.0 kHzPPI on 400.0 kHz at 'Hopey', Woodbury, MN:

In an open field across from 5220 Radio Drive, Woodbury. (280.0kb)
PPI 400.0 kHzPPI on 400.0 kHz at 'Hopey', Woodbury, MN:

The Transmitter House, Center Pole and Control Device. (229.0kb)


'JYG' 260 kHz St. James, MN 9/10/13

From New Ulm, I drove to St. James, MN via Sleepy Eye. Had a little trouble finding the poorly marked airport 3 miles east of town but found it and the beacon was alive and well on 260 kHz broadcasting AWOS along with it's ID on a 35 second cycle. Standard three pole two wire setup and I noticed the birds favored the wires toward the center pole to roost and, probably, get the forecast for their evening activities from the AWOS (Joke). This beacon is owned by the State of Minnesota.


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JYG 260.0 kHzJYG on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN:

This beacon attracts birds! (232.0kb)
JYG 260.0 kHzJYG on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN:

Looking north west. (265.0kb)
JYG 260.0 kHzJYG on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN:

Looking west. (255.0kb)
JYG 260.0 kHzJYG on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN:

This image shows the three Poles looking north west. (282.0kb)
JYG 260.0 kHzJYG on 260.0 kHz at St James, MN:

Another shot of the thee Poles looking to the north west. (253.0kb)


'BXR' 203 kHz Big Doctor, Siren, WI 11/12 and 7/4/13

I first visited BXR in on November 20, 2012 and revisited on July 4, 2013. According to RNA Signals, BXR (Big Doctor) has been reportedly out of service since at least August, 2004 and was last heard in February 2004 by a monitor in Colorado. Since it still shows on FAA navigation charts, I don't believe the beacon has been officially decommissioned however it is definitely off the air.

The beacon is named after Big Doctor Lake near the airport and is located at 45 49 17n, 92 21 59w. The beacon and equipment still stand just west of Wisconsin Highway 35 at the junction with the airport road. The Burnett County offices and jail are across the street. The County owns and 'operates' the beacon. The setup consists of two poles with two wires in between with a small SAC 250 transmitter/coupler in their weather-sealed cases attached to a 4x4 pole. I have never heard this beacon at my home QTH in St. Paul or at my friends' house in nearby Grantsburg, WI. The assigned frequency is 203 kHz.

When I first visited the beacon on November 20, 2012, I found a completely open site where County employees park right on the property – see the truck in the picture. The site is used as an overflow parking lot for Burnett County employees. No FAA warning signs were noticed and the transmitter area is not fenced. This is a Southern Avionics unit. You will note in the pictures that there are two wires between the poles and you can see that they appear to be tangled up west of the feed point, probably from a violent storm or tornado. My guess is this may be why the beacon went off the air. Otherwise the setup appears to be complete.

On July 4, 2013, I revisited the beacon to get some better pictures. The antenna is still tangled up so I concentrated on getting pictures of the transmitter box and antenna coupler as well as the wiring. Nothing had changed from my previous visit however with no snow on the ground I did notice what appeared to be cut romex wire on one end laying on the ground. This could have been the electrical power connection to the beacon and if I'm correct, this intentional act sort of tells me that, commissioned or decommissioned, BXR will never return to the air. The twisted antenna should be an easy fix using a cherry picker however Burnett County evidently feels that the NDB resource is no longer needed so why spend the money. In the meantime, it just stands there, commissioned, doing nothing, some nine years after it was last heard.

NOTE# - Paul made a return visit to BXR on June 6th 2014, and the good news to report was that someone has apparantly been working on the beacon. The twisted wire on the west side of the feed point had been straightened, and it appeared to Paul that the only thing that still needs to be done is to reconnect the electricity. Paul also said that someone had taken the romex wire and wound it around the post, and that the last time he was there it was pretty much just laying down on the ground. He didn't have my radio with me to verify broadcast or silence however he believes the cut romex is the power for the beacon. The trailer in the background may have been storing the equipment used by the repairman.


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BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

Nice wintry shot of the BXR NDB at Siren, WI. (222.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

A shot of the BXR Builder's Plate. (159.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

Another shot of the beacon's Builder's Plate. (221.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

A shot of the Coupler Box and Builder's Plate. (176.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

This shot shows the front view of the Coupler Box. (228.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

In this shot you can see a side view of the Coupler Box. (265.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

A shot of the Siren NDB. (263.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

A shot of the BXR Transmitter. (322.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

Another shot of the BXR Transmitter. (267.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

The BXR Transmitter. (254.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

The BXR Transmitter. (399.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI:

Wire assembly coming out of the ground, note the Romex laying on the ground. (554.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI: New

Romex wire assembly as it klooked on June 6th 2014. (366.0kb)
BXR 203.0 kHzBXR on 203.0 kHz at 'Big Doctor, Siren, WI: New

The BXR NDB as it looked in June 2014. (162.0kb)

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