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    Re: Noon sight for longitude
    From: James N Wilson
    Date: 2008 Jul 10, 17:16 -0700
    Thanks for coming to my defense. You stated my objections precisely. But I still must apologize for my "attack dog" approach. I'm expressing my frustration with popular articles which don't tell the complete story.. I've been trying to get my point across for over twenty years, and haven't made much progress. In that old time frame, I criticized an almost identical article in Cruising World, and was rebuked with a note to the effect that if I had something of interest to their readers, I should submit it. About then, I gave up. But not completely. I worked in that same time period to get the Power Squadron to revise their material which blatantly quoted the myth. Alas, the best that I achieved was that they deleted it. Later, in my short tenure as a member of their Offshore Navigation Committee, I did manage to get the point across. I was asked to prepare a paragraph on the problem for inclusion in their Navigation course. I condensed my twelve page Navigation article to a paragraph, basically the equation for the difference between the measured time of maximum altitude and LAN, with a short lead-in and the nomenclature. I don't know if it was included in the course material. I wasn't welcome on that committee, in that I think that I was too critical. I did last for two years. I was invited because in teaching their Junior Navigation course, I noted that they didn't have a form for reducing their meridian transit sights. So, I created one, and it was immediately welcomed, with a bit of mastication, and is now a part of the course material. So, I did achieve something.
    Thanks again, and I again apologize for expressing my frustration. I joined this group in the hope that it might help me get my point across. I'm encouraged.
    Jim Wilson

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