OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEMS SPECIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT

O. J. Baltzer and A. C. Fraser

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Abstract: With the coming of age of the Omega network, a great number of users and producers are entering the VLF arena, many for the first time. As with any product that one wishes to buy or sell, one must describe how the item is to perform - usually in the form of performance specifications. It is all too, tempting to utilize the same specification format for VLF radio navigation systems that has proved very useful for radio systems operating at HF or above. The VLF portion of the radio spectrum, however, exhibits a number of vagaries that can cause a standard approach to performance specification and system design to lead to erroneous conclusions regarding a system’s true performance potential. This paper is intended to point out those areas where the behavior of VLF systems differs markedly from that of more conventional radio systems, and to propose a standardized terminology and measurement procedures that will provide an accurate measure of a system’s performance capability and permit valid comparisons between alternative systems.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 22, Number 2
Pages: 176 - 182
Cite this article: Baltzer, O. J., Fraser, A. C., "OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEMS SPECIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 1975, pp. 176-182.
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