- a radio station that sends a characteristic signal so as to enable ships or airplanes to determine their position or bearing by means of a radio compass.
Origin of radio beacon
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for radio beacon
This tone acts as a radio-beacon, and directs the ants to the colony, no matter where they may be located.The Bell Tone
Edmund H. Leftwich
- a fixed radio transmitting station that broadcasts a characteristic signal by means of which a vessel or aircraft can determine its bearing or positionSometimes shortened to: beacon