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While climbing around my boat i found an old Searanger Loran C, the broadcasts for which have gone the way of the dinosaur... anyway i have a waas enabled gps unit...

i was just wondering if, aside from being an oversized paperweight, there is any possible reason to keep this relic around....
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Same thing was in our boat when we bought it. We removed it and the thing is currently sitting at the bottom of a landfill.
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Dont throw it out Loran-C is still a viable tool:
Extract from CJO:
After a brief overview of Loran-C system operation and performance, the present situation of the system in Europe is described. Loran-C is now in operation under the NELS agreement in north-western Europe in newly established chain configurations with old and new transmitter positions. Parallel to Loran-C the Russian equivalent, Chayka, is also operating, with three chains in Europe. There is an agreement between Norway and Russia concerning cooperation and possibly joint chain operations between the two system providers in the north; similar agreements in the Baltic and Mediterranean/Black Sea areas are being worked on. The situation around the Iberian peninsula has not yet been clarified. Being the only long/medium-range terrestrial system in Europe in the 2000+ time frame, Loran-C could be seen as a supplement to satellite systems. Due to the good penetration properties of its low-frequency signals, it can be used in many circumstances where satellite systems fail because of limited satellite visibility. Integration of Loran-C and (differential) satellite receivers, where Loran-C is calibrated by the satellite system as long as there are enough visible satellites, could in fact give the best of both worlds. For this reason, Loran-C is being considered in the perspective of a future international, civil satellite navigation system, initiated in Europe.

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Well Mick, unless you are planning to sail someplace where there still IS a LORAN-C system running...

Or someone totally screws the GPS system and Congress is forced to recreate the LORAN-C system...

You can get five free posts within one month on eBay. Send up a balloon and see if it flies. Otherwise, I think you could turn it into an end-table lamp, like an old sextant. (WEG)
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