What are radio beacons?

What are radio beacons? Here are some definitions.

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  1. plural of radio beacon
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In navigational applications, RDF signals are provided in the form of radio beacons, the radio version of a lighthouse.
Similar technology is used to track down lost aircraft and yachts through their radio beacons.
However, with the development of sophisticated radio beacons and automated electrical lighting, as well as shipboard navigational aids, many lighthouses became redundant.
Aerial bombs or radio beacons are suspended from external bomb racks on detachable pylons.

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