What is a radio beacon?

What is a radio beacon? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (communication) A beacon that emits radio wave signals to guide ships or aircraft or to indicate their positions.
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He was found by a US Coastguard helicopter crew that had tracked his emergency radio beacon.
A simple method has been introduced for analyzing VHF omnirange radio beacon errors caused by deficiencies in and misalignment of its antenna system.
The emergency services were informed of the disaster by the ship's emergency radio beacon.
For some time Jimmy rode with only the roar of his own engine and the buzzing of the radio beacon reaching his ears.
A radio beacon as installed in 1927 and five years later the diaphone and radio beacon were synchronized to help guide them safely into the harbor.
He continued to climb, to watch his instruments, to listen to the radio beacon.

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