Like Jim, I went back to the old FS9 files to try to determine how I had set things up when I made the flight from Lae to Howland (it's all on an old HD in a USB case, it just won't work any more). After looking at the file structure, it is obvious to me that I had both the Charles Wood adventure and the "Howland Island" scenery installed, and that's why I had the Itasca NDB.
Of course Amelia and Noonan didn't have NDBs; they had RDF, so to do the flight properly, one would need to augment the files with Alf B. Meier's "rcacz2.zip ", an RCA DZ-2 Receiver And Goniometer for FS9, and create a proper signal to be periodically broadcast from Itasca (that schedule is available on the Internet although confusion surrounds the time relative to GMT that the Itasca and Amelia were using.
Because I had the Howland scenery, and the Itasca NDB, I decided I would try to tackle the problem of rectifying the situation so the flight could be made as it was in 1937. That would mean I'd have to install all the Erhart/Howland files into my new and functioning FS9, download and install (in the plane) the RCA DZ-2, and finally create the required radio signals for Itasca to broadcast. Since I'm no genius with this stuff (Jim Robertson is 100 times more capable than I), I started on the simple stuff first, reinstalling the Erhart/Howland files.
Here is my problem. The Erhart/Howland files are installed. The Howland scenery has poor instructions, add although I followed them to what I thought was a "T", I have ended up with a Howland Island with all the proper elements, but no runway. I've e-mailed the scenery author, but there is no guarantee that I will get a response, so here is how I installed it. 1.) in accordance with the "install instructions", I unzipped the file to the FS9/Add On Scenery file; 2.) I then moved the scenery and texture files that the instructions indicated needed to be moved, 3.) I "added" Howland, and 4.) I fired up FS9 and had no runway. By the way, the reason for adding the scenery is because without it, FS9 has placed the island in an incorrect lat/lon position.
Can anyone assist me in getting the runway properly placed on Howland?