Radar Beacon

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radar beacon

[′rā‚där ‚bē·kən]
A radar receiver-transmitter that transmits a strong coded radar signal whenever its radar receiver is triggered by an interrogating radar on an aircraft or ship; the coded beacon reply can be used by the navigator to determine his own position in terms of bearing and range from the beacon. Also known as racon; radar transponder.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Radar Beacon


a transponder used as an aid to navigation that works in conjunction with the radar sets on aircraft and ships. Activated by the signals sent out from a radar set on board a ship or plane, the beacon responds with coded signals, which enable the radar set to determine the beacon’s direction and distance. Radar beacons are used in radio navigation to determine the position of an object with respect to the known position of the beacon and to provide for an accurate approach by these objects to the beacon’s site.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

radar beacon system

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A radar system in which the object to be detected is fitted with cooperative equipment in the form of a radio transponder (receiver/transmitter). Radio pulses are transmitted from the searching interrogator (transmitter/receiver) site, received in the cooperative equipment, and used to trigger a distinctive transmission from the transponder. This latter transmission rather than a reflected signal is received full strength back at the interrogator site. Also called a radar beacon transponder or a radar beacon.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
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(51) It was during this period that Berlin considered an unusual countermeasure to Allied radar beacon sites.
(4.) For example, in January 1945 the OSS London office only made local distribution of the aforementioned German directive, and the document apparently failed to draw attention to German familiarity with the Eureka radar beacon.
OSS commands remained unaware that in September 1944 the CCB had approved the release of all radar beacon technology to each member of the Alliance including resistance groups.
Among the Allied radio and radar beacon systems Berlin targeted were the larger "Gee" and "Oboe" stations moved to Europe after the Normandy landings.
Recently declassified OSS records show the regular employment of Eureka radar beacons in clandestine drop zone (DZ) operations.
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They also inspect and maintain automatic navigational aids, radar beacons and light buoys.

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