PAUL THOMPSON'S NDB IMAGES

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On this page you will find another collection of Paul's NDB images, many of which were taken at various locations in the state of Minnesota, USA. These include the following installations: 'RG' - 'Regue' on 274.0 kHz at Welch, MN, and 'BA' - 'Babco' on 385.0 kHz at Newport, MN, and 'GYL' - on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN.


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'RG' Regue 274 kHz Welch, MN 6/25/2013

This beacon serves as an outer marker for the Red Wing, MN airport which is physically located in Wisconsin. This is a three tower marker that is physically spread out. It's located on a scenic back road between a couple of farms and on top of a large bluff located northwest of Red Wing. To get to the beacon, take Goodhue County 18, the road to Treasure Island Casino, (northwest of Red Wing, MN off Highway 61) and at the top of the steep grade turn east on County Road 46 also known as Mount Carmel Road. Mount Carmel is a well maintained dirt road and it makes a nice side trip. After a couple of turns and passing the tiny Mt. Carmel Cemetery, you will see the beacon to your left just before you make a third turn. The only way to photograph the beacon is looking east toward the airport (about 7 miles away) and north. The east side is bordered with trees and looking south would require trespassing on private property. Corn is grown on the adjacent farmlands. If you want a broadside picture, suggest you take them before the corn crop grows to maturity. Geographic coordinates are 44 35 52n, 92 38 52w and the location is in the township of Welch, MN. It operates on 274 kHz and was operating when these pictures were taken. It id's with slow cw on a 7.5 second cycle. Note the blown up picture of the connection on the center pole and how it differs from ON Bolln. This one is another regular at my home QTH in the Twin Cities.


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RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

Looking east towards Red Wing Airport. (276.0kb)
RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

Another view looking east towards Red Wing Airport. (287.0kb)
RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

Looking somewhat north and clearly showing the three Poles and Lightning Rods. (242.0kb)
RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

The Transmitter Cabin, looking east towards Red Wing Airport. (349.0kb)
RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

The Transmitter Cabin, looking north. (272.0kb)
RG 274.0 kHzRG on 274.0 kHz at 'Regue' Welch, MN:

'Blow up' image showing the connection of the feedline to the twin wires. (200.0kb)


'BA' Babco 385 kHz Newport, MN May 2013

Located just a few miles from Hopey is Babco. This beacon is physically located in a heavily wooded area on Woodbury St just north of Washington County 74 on the city line of Newport and Cottage Grove, MN. The transmitter cabin.pole towers and outer marker antenna are on the Newport side of the street. It is an outer marker for runway 32 at St. Paul Holman Field (downtown airport). Woodbury St (old Geneva Ave) is a dirt road that is not frequently used and you don't see the setup until you're right on top of it. This beacon does not appear on many air charts and I'm not sure why. It also is not listed by Airnav but is listed by Skyvector.

Surrounded by trees, there are only two pole towers here (not spread very far apart) with three wires between the poles along with the outer marker antenna and the transmitter equipment cabin. Although the gate is locked, there is no fence attached to the gate so you can walk around and get up close to this one. A second chain-link fence surrounds the cabin and the OM yagi. Coordinates are 44 51 24n, 92 59 04w. For those unfamiliar with outer markers (and I'm sure no expert), they transmit with very low power and the special v-shaped yagi antenna creates a 'teardrop' pattern that can only be received when a plane is directly overhead. The purpose of the NDB is to lead aircraft to this point. If the aircraft is at the prescribed altitude, it will be in position to intercept the signals from another set of transmitters called the 'glide slope'. The glide slope guides the aircraft to the end of the runway under IFR (instrument) conditions.


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BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

In this shot you can see both Poles and the Transmitter House behind the tree. (386.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

Close up of both Poles showing the feedline in the center. (144.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

A shot of the east Pole. (414.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

The east Pole and Transmitter House. (304.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

A shot of the Outer Marker. (483.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

Another shot of the Outer Marker. (358.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

The Transmitter House and west Pole. (285.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

Another shot of the Transmitter House and West Pole. (272.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

Another shot of the Transmitter House and West Pole, this time showing the Power Pole as well. (298.0kb)
BA 385.0 kHzBA on 385.0 kHz at 'Babco' Newport, MN:

A shot of the west Pole end Outer Marker. (297.0kb)


'GYL' 407 kHz Glencoe, MN 9/10/13

'GYL' was the first of several beacons I visited on a 413 mile / 12 hour marathon trip on September 10, 2013. The beacon is easy to find and is located on 100th Street just North of the airport runway. It is a three tower setup with the equipment cabin in the middle. While I was there, there was little to no activity at the airport and the beacon was off the air. It has been previously reported by various monitors that this beacon is turned on and off as needed or, possibly, requested. The beacon is owned and operated by the City of Glencoe and this may be the reason as to why it is not on the air continuously. The beacon area is unfenced and one can walk right up to the cabin. I could hear the air ventilator operating at the cabin but tuning my radio to 407 found no signal. I have picked up this beacon at my home QTH in St. Paul when it is on.


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GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

In this shot you can see the Cabin and the 3 Poles looking east. (288.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

This image shows the transmitter Cabin. (259.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

Here you can see the connection from the Cabin to the Pole. (327.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

This shot shows the backside of the Cabin. (242.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

A view of the NDB looking east. (249.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

Here you can see the Cabin feedline and middle Pole looking south. (294.0kb)
GYL 407.0 kHzGYL on 407.0 kHz at Glencoe, MN:

The wiring assembly at the top of the middle Pole. (240.0kb)

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