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    Re: Latitude by Spica/the NAV L list
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Jan 15, 10:07 +0000

    I wish to add my support to Kieran Kelly's recent posting about the
    interests of this list.
    It certainly does NOT confine itself to navigation at sea, and encourages
    contributions about other forms of navigation, on-land and in the air
    (though it has had few postings about air navigation recently, sorry to
    say). We have had extensive and interesting discussions about many such
    matters, which include the really expert Australian navigator from the
    1850s Augustus Gregory, introduced to the list by Kieran. As a rather
    recent member, Frank Reed may have been unaware that Nav-l is such a broad
    Kieran refers only to celestial navigation, but of course non-electronic
    navigation covers much wider aspects than that, although the topic of
    celestial navigation has dominated recent postings.
    By the way, a few recent postings have suggested that that their authors
    thought that electronic equipment including computers (on-board or back
    home) was banned as a topic, but that is NOT the case in practice. The
    general practice of the list seems to be to deplore postings about radio
    navigation itself: particularly GPS, but including Omega, Loran, Decca,
    etc, as being appropriate to more specialist lists. References to GPS seem
    to be accepted when they are relevant in our own context, for example in
    comparison with other techniques or to establish the errors in more
    traditional navigation or in charting.
    This is just my own view, and others may differ. I have no authority
    whatsoever, that being in the hands of Dan Hogan, who steers us with a
    light touch.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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