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Old Apr 13, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Locator Beacon

How about an emergency locator beacon that contains a small transmitter with a limited range that would turn on when you turn off your transmitter. You would also need a small "black box" receiver that you could quickly tape on another plane and fly over the area. When the receiver picks up the emergency signal it turns on a hi-intensity LED.

It would also be nice if the receiver could measure signal strength so, if you got closer and the signal got stronger, it would turn on a second LED. This way you could fly a search pattern with another plane and when you got close an LED would come on. If you go the wrong way, it goes out. You turn around and circle back and it comes back on. You search around until the second LED comes on, mark the spot, land, take the box in hand and do it all again on foot.

This would be a worthwhile gadget.

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