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Re: Small craft RDF in 1967
From: Bill Lionheart
Date: 2020 Dec 1, 16:41 +0000
There are not the same marine navigation beacons we used to use, but there are aeronautical NDBs -- non directional beacons. There is even a mailing list NDB-list for people who like to monitor them. I have a Brookes and Gatehouse Harrier DF antenna/compass that works using my Icom M801transeiver so in principle I could actually take a fix. The NDBs dont seem to have much range though. Homing on a MW radio station on a remote island might work?
To Casey Michael,
Hi Casey,good to hear from you. Not sure if this was addressed to me or the whole list.(good idea to actually state who you want to talk to.)
Either way, by some miracle, I have found the lokata7 manual amongst my huge and mostly disoraganised nav library.
Please find attached. I used this sailing in the 1980s before GPS or even Decca with success , (usually fix within 2 miles!). A few years ago I tried it again using the LW nav signals from small airports, (the RDF transmissions stopped years ago). This worked well too.
Not sure if they are still transmitting, doutbt it but fun anyway.
I still use mine for the exellent hand bearing compass.
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