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    Re: instances of the use of "horizon grazing" technique
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 Oct 23, 13:55 -0400

    Latitude by Length of day for Emergency Navigation.  Hmm.

     

    Assuming that your latitude didn’t change during the course of the day

    AND

    You can determine the instant of sunrise, independent of refraction

    AND

    You can determine the instant of sunset, independent of refraction

    AND

    The declination of the sun is not zero or close to it

    AND

    Your watch doesn’t vary

    THEN

    you can probably tell your latitude within a degree.

     

    Whoopee!  Still don’t know our longitude.  Still have no idea where we are.  Fiddling around in the ocean in a lifeboat, sailing down a latitude line that will be vary north south in a drunken sailor walk.

     

     

     

    The clearest survival advice offered to any shipwreck survivor is to STAY PUT and wait for the cavalry.  Better yet, bring an EPIRB that sends your GPS position to the satellites on 406 MHz with a mayday message and that also sends a beacon on the 121.5 MHz for Radio Direction Finding when they get close.  Looks expensive when you don’t need one.  Super cheap the moment you do!

     

    Best Regards

    Brad

     

     

     



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