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Navigation Telecommunications

RTL-SDR for LF Beacons

Introduction In my previous post (Ref.1) I examined how the RTL-SDR with the up converter can be used to receive the LF/MF/HF bands. Low power radio navigation beacons are located in the LF band and can be received by the RTL-SDR. Figure 1 shows a table of LF radio navigation beacons located in the Toronto […]

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RTL-SDR for HF 0-30MHz

Introduction The standard RTL-SDR receives from 25 – 1725MHz, which does not include the LF band from 30-300KHz, the MF band from 300KHz – 3MHz and the HF band from 3 – 30MHz. However with the use of an up-converter, these bands can be received (100KHz – 65MHz). Fig.1 shows the 1st version of the […]

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Navigation

Celestial Navigation Basics – Aim Off

The sun is shining, it’s early morning and I’m on my deck, Colombian coffee in hand, reading a fantastic book “China Clipper: The Age of the Great Flying Boats” by Robert Gandt (Ref.1). It is the amazing story of the American airline Pan Am crossing the Pacific in 1935. In order to fly safely with […]

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Navigation Telecommunications

RTL-SDR for Marine HF Weather Fax

Introduction Up to date weather information is critical for sailors and can make the difference between a safe or a hazardous passage. Marine HF Weather Fax has been working reliably for many years and is an independent source of valuable information. NOAA’s Marine Weather Fax page (Ref.1) has all the information you need to use […]

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Navigation

Celestial Navigation Basics – Fix

In this post we will look at how to generate a fix from observations of two Celestial Bodies. In previous posts we looked at Hc (Ref.9), Ho (Ref.8), Ha (Ref.7) and Hs (Ref.6). Now we are in a position to use Ho & Hc from two measurements to get our fix. The Marcq St. Hilaire […]