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    Re: The Spirit of this List
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Sep 19, 20:22 -0400

    I agree with Dr. Kolbe,
    If you really want to pick fly s*** out of pepper, non-electronic navigation
    would negate sextants with electrically illuminated arcs and, as Dr.Kolbe
    mentioned: quartz watches. Much as I love my sextant, I have no desire to go
    back to the wind-up watch. My understanding of "electronic navigation" is
    that it entails "black box" navigation such as LORAN, GPS, Omega and other
    related electronic/radio positioning systems. You know... black magic in,
    black magic out, and one never really understands what is going on inside or
    the principles that govern the system.
    Even the term "traditional" navigation would be open to interpretation.
    Whose to say that this does not involve the old coconut with the holes
    drilled into it or the Al Kamal? A sextant, by comparison, is a modern
    Let's not worry too much about the odd heretical ;-) electronic navigation
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Dr. Geoffrey Kolbe 
    Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 12:43 PM
    Subject: Re: The Spirit of this List
    > If "non electronic" is taken to its logical conclusion, then quartz
    > and chronometers are off limits too... That would almost certainly knock
    > all off this list! Damned pity as quartz watches are so reliable, so
    > accurate - and so cheap!
    > It seems to me that the vein running through this list has been self
    > reliance. Being able to stay found through the observation of celestial
    > objects and other natural phenomenon and the translation of those
    > observations to a position on the earths surface using equipment you can
    > carry with you.
    > Yours aye,
    > Geoffrey Kolbe.

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