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Re: Compass corrections



I too must take issue with the comments about the accuracy of the military
compass. As a sargent in charge of a scout platoon in the army I used the
army lensatic compass extensively in day and night navigation as well as
teaching land navigation with it to other scouts. It was and is a fine
compass. If yours doesn't work then you may have a defective one or there
may be operator error.

Regards,
Keith
N1XTK



-----Original Message-----
From: Joel B. Black <jbblack@mindspring.com>
To: kd9kc@elp.rr.com <kd9kc@elp.rr.com>; 'Andrew N. Hardy'
<ahardy@velocity.net>; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2000 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Compass corrections


>When I went on WestPac 88-1, I went as a Naval Gunfire 1stBn 1st Marines
(we
>operated as forward observers for ships).  I can assure you that if the
>military compasses were off by much, NGF would not have made it home.
>
>73,
>Joel, K2SAT
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Michael P. Olbrisch <kd9kc@elp.rr.com>
>To: 'Andrew N. Hardy' <ahardy@velocity.net>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 7:15 AM
>Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Compass corrections
>
>
>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
>> > Behalf Of Andrew N. Hardy
>> > Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 7:53 AM
>> > To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>> > Subject: [amsat-bb] Compass corrections
>> >
>> >
>> > Hello everyone,
>> >
>> > Since the original post indicated the use of an Army-type compass
>> > (notoriously inaccurate most of the time)
>>
>> Very curious comment.  I carried an Army compass of one variant or
>> another for over 20 years in the U.S. Army.  In all that time I do not
>> remember one that was more than one degree off.  This was the
>> standard lensatic compass used by ground troops for land navigation,
>> not the system emplacement sets.  Believe me, if one had been
>> off enough to cause problems, the land nav students would have
>> had a fit, and blamed it in the equipment.
>>
>> Perhaps the next part of your post indicates that there may have been
>> an operator problem involved?
>>
>> > 2) If using a compass - keep it as far away as possible/practical from
>> > any metal.
>>
>> Which compass and whose army are you referring to?  <GRIN>
>>
>> Mike.
>>
>> Vy73,  Mike.   KD9KC    MARS: AAV6EV
>> kd9kc@elp.rr.com  -  kd9kc@amsat.org
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>> The farthest WEST ham in West Texas.
>>
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>>
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