(Since 1997 - ALPHA has CHANGED - please see text and links below):
1) KO - Komosomolskamur (north of Khaborovsk), 50N/137E
2) NO - Novosibirsk (master station, Central Russia), 54N/83E
3) KR - Krasnodar (Black Sea), 45N/38E
Time Schedule: Cycle period 3.6 seconds, 6 time slots at 0.4 sec. duration, 0.2 sec. spacing
Estimated radiated power in wattage 50 kW to 100 kW
|Frequency (kHz)||time slot 1||time slot 2||time slot 3||time slot 4||time slot 5||time slot 6|
Beukers Laboratories, Inc.: VLF and LF for Navigation, Summer 1974, Vol. 21, No. 2
Kerckhoff, Manfred; Bremen, Germany - narrow-band and wide-band receiving observations (Manfred also supplied the article above)
McGreevy, Stephen P.; Lone Pine, California - In-field observations with wide-band receivers
Originally written in Dec. 1997; revised April 2007
Russian Alpha Radionavigation System information - updated July 2005:
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The Alpha & the Omega (Radio Navigation Stations)
#517059 - 07/18/06 10:07 AM
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Some very large antennas made up the (now) defunct Omega radio navigation system . There were 8 Omega stations around the world. This was a system used prior to GPS and other satellite navigation systems. Some of the antennas still exist and may even be used for other purposes.
The Omega station in Argentina is the most interesting from a Google Earth pictorial standpoint.
For a full explanation of Omega, good old wikipedia tells all:
The Russian Alpha system is apparently still in use. Composed of 5 stations, of which 4 are in Russian and one is in Turkmenestan. The Alpha station in Krasnodar is the most interesting from a Google Earth pictorial standpoint.
For a full explanation of Alpha, good old wikipedia tells some:
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My source for the locations of the 8 Omega stations is:
My source for the locations of the 5 Alpha stations is:
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Re: The Alpha & the Omega (Radio Navigation Statio [Re: Calico_Jack]
#689771 - 11/19/06 03:23 AM
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Here's a 2nd Alpha station at Krasnodarsk.
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Re: The Alpha & the Omega (Radio Navigation Statio [Re: LeX2]
#772736 - 01/27/07 12:58 PM
Negative. Alfa station near Krasnodar has a different coordinates. You are already mentioned it in the link at www.vlf.it.
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