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    From: Bob Rose
    Date: 2007 Apr 23, 06:39 -0700

    Just joined, and thought I'd introduce myself, somewhat.
    Live just outside of Boston, Mass., and have retired from MIT.
    Was a staff Research Engineer there for many years, working mostly on
    military related "stuff".
    Have always been intewrested in Navigation and boating (sail), and
    have a "N" rating from the US Power Squadron.  That was obtained back
    in '83 during the days when folks actually used 229, and there was no
    GPS.  They sure did have great navigation and celestial courses then;
    have no idea if they still offer these courses.
    Those that do nothing in the way of the classical navigation, and
    learning the theory, are really missing a lot, IMHO.  Replacing the
    batteries now and then in a GPS just isn't the same.
    There was something so rewarding about using a sextant, and obtaining
    position from it.  Still remember that the best I ever did, I think,
    was about 3 miles in error, and that was standing on a firm rock up in
    Marblehead !  Can imagine what it would be on a moving platform for
    Have always wanted a C. Plath sextant, but I doubt that I ever will.
    Oh well; fun looking them up on e bay and elsewhere, now and then, to
    see what's available.
    Bob Rose
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