radio beacon

noun

Definition of radio beacon 

: a radio transmitting station that transmits special radio signals for use (as on a landing field) in determining the direction or position of those receiving them

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Modern technology is of little use—the rock blocks signals from satellites to GPS devices, although radio beacons can sometimes be helpful. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "What Lies Beneath? Vague Mapping Complicates Thai Cave Rescue," 8 July 2018 Eddie Jacks, like most Tangier crabbers, had not fitted his boat with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB, a device that automatically sends a satellite signal when a boat is in distress and pinpoints its location for rescuers. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The submarine also has an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and a satellite communications buoy that can be deployed if the vessel is in distress. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US Navy sends underwater robots to assist in search for Argentine sub [Updated]," 20 Nov. 2017 Before long Henry Ford’s engineers created the first radio beacon system for aircraft navigation. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Aviation and Detroit: One begat the other | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Oct. 2017

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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