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Loran transmissions about to end; GPS will take over


1:01 AM Tue, Jan 12, 2010 |

By Tom Meade


The Coast Guard is urging boaters currently using Loran navigation (United States Long Range Aids to Navigation), to have a GPS navigation system aboard an to know how to use ut.

The Coast Guard will cease transmission of the Loran-C signal on Monday, Feb. 8

Once the signal transmission is terminated, mariners will not be able to rely on the Loran stations, including those in Caribou, Maine, and Nantucket, Mass.

As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, continued funding is no longer a prudent use of taxpayer money.

The Loran-C system was not established as, nor was it intended to be, a viable systemic backup for GPS. If a single, domestic national system to back up GPS is identified as being necessary, the Department of Homeland Security will complete an analysis of potential backups to GPS.

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