LORAN-C SIGNAL ANALYSIS PROPAGATION MODEL EVALUATION

This report compares predictions of groundwave propagation time with experimental values. The prediction methods included an integral equation technique that accounts for both terrain and impedance variations, a method developed by J.R. Wait that accounts for impedance variations, and Millington's or Pressey's technique that accounts for inhomogeneous impedance. Experimental incremental time-of-arrival data were acquired between eight sites along a propagation path from Search-light, NV. to Ft. Cronkhite (near San Francisco Bay). The major conclusions reached from the analysis and comparison of results are: terrain variations produce significant local and cumulative phase variations, in this case, a cumulative large increase in total secondary phase; impedance values need to be known to within less than a factor of two to be sufficient for preparing charts for navigation in restricted waterways; a priori definition of terrain variation can be performed with required accuracy - a priori definition of surface impedance values with sufficient accuracy is unlikely without supporting measurements; and a combination of predictions and measurements is required for accurate chart preparation. Predictions can be used to define appropriate measurement locations and to interpolate between measurement values. (Author)

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    General Electric

    Marine Turbine & Gear Engineer, 1100 Western Ave
    Lynn, MA  USA  01910

    United States Coast Guard

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    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Authors:
    • Gambill, B
    • Schwartz, K
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

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  • Pagination: 229 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GE78TMP-51, USCG-D-20-80
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-64810-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2002 12:00AM