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There are several different kinds of beacons. In aviation there is a beacon called NDB or Non-directional Beacon. These are used to help find airports and conduct instrument approaches. These beacons will be decommissioned over the next few years as they have been replaced with newer better technologies. There also in the past were marine beacons for use at sea, but most cases these no longer are in service. There are also HAM radio beacons that are used to test propagation of radio signals. Beacons are also use in both geostationary and inclined orbit satellites. Any satellite will emit one or more beacons (normally at a fixed frequency) whose purpose is two fold; as well as containing modulated station keeping information, the beacon is used to 'find' the satellite in the sky. Any AM, VHF, or UHF radio station can also be used as a beacon with Direction_finding equipment.
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