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    Hi All
    Can anyone tell me where the beacon at Northampton was during W W 2
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    Harold Dummer

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    Harold, Hi,
    (a) Blind Guess, (b) Intuition, and (c) Many of the current VORs, etc, are at places where there's been some sort of aeronautical navigational aid for a long time.
    All the above are things that one should NOT do in serious research!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Try Daventry (DTY) or Northampton NDB on 378.5 kcs
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    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter
    Many thanks for reply my interest in the above is that I live in northamton my brother flew with 10 Squadron during W W 2 and on the Orbs for 10 Squadron during his
    time there it states Base Northamton as a starting place in the flight instructions
    Many Thanks
    Harold Dummer

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    Hi Harold

    What is written appears to be the first turning point on a flight ie Base (Melbourne) to Northampton, not necessarily via a beacon

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Hi All,
    A direct track from RAF Melbourne to Northampton (town) passes about 5 miles to the west of the current Sywell Airfield. Sywell was known, at one stage, as RAF Northampton. The current Sywell NDB is at 52 18N 00 48W - i.e. to the west of the cluster of buildings at the south end of the airfield. It's current range is quoted as being 15 miles, but any wartime beacon could well have operated on a higher output and thus be usable over a greater distance. The standard R 1155 receiver (as fitted to many WW2 a/c) had a Direction Finding facility.
    Looks like a question of "Y'pays y'money, and y'takes y'choice"!!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    Hi All
    Many thanks for info I live very close to Sywell, as usual all very helpful
    Harold Dummer

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