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    Re: Mercator vs. Great Circle Charts
    From: Richard B. Langley
    Date: 2001 Aug 29, 10:46 AM

    On Wed, 29 Aug 2001, Richard B. Emerson wrote:
    
    >Still in use???  I don't think so or you weren't seeing SATNAV.  The
    >Transit satellites have been shut down.  I've lost track of the URL
    >but I think NavCen had some pieces about pulling the plug on the
    >satellites.  Anyway, the point is the satellites are silent.  Maybe
    >you were seeing Omega or some other system?
    
    Omega is gone too!
    
    -- Richard Langley
    
    >After the QE2 taking the bottom on a rock off Nantucket and a couple
    >of similar groundings from blindly following the data on a nav
    >console, any captain who doesn't wear suspenders, a belt, and a
    >skyhook to keep his or her navigational pants up is asking for
    >problems.  Your observation suggests at least one captain so
    >equipped. [s]
    >
    >Rick
    >S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
    >
    >Young, Derrick writes:
    > > Rick,
    > >
    > > I understand your comment about SATNAV - but I was on a cruise ship recently
    > > and they still had the equipment and it was still in use.  Like many
    > > mariners - we seem to keep the old stuff "just in case."  I still found
    > > folks onboard that thought it was funny that the quartermaster was taking
    > > dawn/noon and dusk shots with a sextant and then working out the position
    > > (by hand!) to confirm what the position that the GPS and LORAN-C were
    > > reporting.
    > >
    > > It felt good (to me) to see their accuracy was a bit better than mine (lots
    > > more practice!).
    > >
    > > derrick
    >
    
    
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     Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: lang---.ca
     Geodetic Research Laboratory                  Web: http://www.unb.ca/GGE/
     Dept. of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering    Phone:    +1 506 453-5142
     University of New Brunswick                   Fax:      +1 506 453-4943
     Fredericton, N.B., Canada  E3B 5A3
         Fredericton?  Where's that?  See: http://www.city.fredericton.nb.ca/
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