direction-giving beacon

direction-giving beacon

[də′rek·shən ‚giv·iŋ ‚bē·kən]
(navigation)
A beacon (light or radio) which, when observed or received by suitable equipment on the craft or vehicle, gives the observer the bearing (usually magnetic) from the beacon; although it operates in a different mode from that of a direction-finding station, the information produced by both types of stations is identical; however, a direction-giving station (which is shore- or ground-based) produces navigational parameters that differ from those of a craft or vehicle-borne direction finder. Also known as directional beacon.
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