Wildwood eLoran Transmitter Test Operations Continue

October 16, 2015  - By
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According to UrsaNav Inc., the Wildwood, NJ eLoran transmitter will be continuously broadcasting from 0900 (EST) on 21 October 2016 through 1200 (EST) on 22 November 2016. Wildwood will be broadcasting as 8970 Master and Secondary most of the time but occasionally may operate at other rates.

In May, Exelis, UrsaNav, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the U.S. Coast Guard entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) for testing and demonstration at former Loran-C sites, including Wildwood, N.J.

The team will evaluate eLoran as a potential complementary system to GPS. The capabilities and potential utilization methods of eLoran will be explored in depth to identify all strengths, capacities, and potential vulnerabilities of the technology.

The sites are the legacy ground-based radio navigation infrastructure of the decommissioned Loran-C service that could be retained and upgraded to provide eLoran low frequency service.

Under the CRADA, Exelis will use the former Loran-C assets to put eLoran signals in space for research, test and demonstration of the ability of eLoran to meet precise positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) requirements of government and privately-owned critical infrastructure.

The first station Exelis is broadcasting from is in Wildwood, N.J. The broadcasts will provide a usable signal at a range up to 1,000 miles.


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