WHAT DO WE MEAN BY NAVAIDS ?

Well, first off we mean NAVIGATIONAL AIDS : how the hell do we get home !.......

and then, what was on offer in 1959 [for example] a time when the lessons learned from WW2 were integrated in our every day toolbox of NAVIGATION. These included:-

Device Variants
COMPASS Gyro
Magnetic
Transmitting Magnetic
Gyro Magnetic

LOGS

Pitometer
Chernikeeff
Electro Magnetic
Taffrail
Topographical Highlights

ECHO SOUNDERS

Supersonic Echo Sounder Type 765

SEXTANTS

Marine
Radio
Horizontal Angles

DISTANCE MEASURERS

Optical Rangefinder
Taut Wire Measuring Gear
Tellurometer

SELF CONTAINED NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEMS

Shipborne Inertia Navigational System (SINS)
Magnetometer
Gravitometer

RADAR

High Definition Warning Surface
Navitran

RADIO AIDS (HYPERBOLIC) CW PHASE COMPARISON

Standard Commercial Decca
Survey Decca
Dectra (Decca Track and Range
Delrac (Decca Long Range Area Coverage
Radux
Omega
Raydist
Lorac
Berserk
Rana

RADIO AIDS (HYPERBOLIC) PULSE COMPARISON

Gee (RN QH)
Loran
LF Loran (Loran 'C')
EPI (Electric Position Indicator)
Ctac

RADIO AIDS (CIRCULAR)

Shoran
Two Range Decca

RADIO AIDS (AZIMUTHAL)

MF/HF Shipborne
MF/HF Shore Based
Consol [ex German Sonne]
Popi [Post Office Position Indicator]
Consolan
Navaglobe
Facom
Navarho
Microwave Beacon

MISCELLANEOUS TRACKING AIDS

Tacan
Airborne doppler
Shipborne doppler
Leader Cable

UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC

U.A.N.S [N.A.D.C. System
Passive Acoustic Markers
Active Acoustic Beacons


But, we must concentrate on RADIO NAVAIDS and even then, on just a few of the systems available.

Below you will find some of the most important modern day [1960-1980] devices which give a good description of the gear on offer with a supporting picture.

Type DAS2
Type QM10
Types QM3,4
Types QM 5,9,10
Types QM 6,7,8,11
Type YE

followed by a description of the kit used in the 1950's
radio navigation aids - lots of good things in here !