a radar device at a fixed location that, on receiving a radar signal, automatically transmits a particular radar signal in reply, identifying itself and enabling navigators of ships and aircraft to determine their distance and direction from it.
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Origin of radar beacon
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called racon.
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British Dictionary definitions for radar beacon
a device for transmitting a coded radar signal in response to a signal from an aircraft or ship. The coded signal is then used by the navigator to determine his positionAlso called: racon
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