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This should really be the primary usage of beacon, plus link to a DAB page with all the other uses of the word on.

Beacon signals[edit]

a good overview on beacon signals: what, why, how and where has been published in IEEE Computer, October 2001.

applications in cellular networks, WLANs, GPS, serach-and-rescue systems, mobile robotics and local tracking systems are discussed.

Byron Hall trivia[edit]

I removed this:

World famous animal rights activist, Byron hall, once famously quoted " its not a kangaroo man, its a beacon!"

How was this relevant to the article? I don't even know who Byron Hall is, or what his quote even means. Feel free to put it back, but please outline why it would be relevant. --GSchjetne (talk) 11:11, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

The Byron Hall stuff was re-inserted by on 11 June 2008 at 06:59. At the same time, a similar statement was inserted by user Joshlongstaff on the Kangaroo page. Considering that Joshlongstaff is the very same user that originally added the Byron quote on the beacon page on 25 March 2008, I have enough evidence to sentence Byron Hall to oblivion for being blatant vandalism. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:22, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Trojan War beacons, Aeschylus[edit]

One of the most famous monologues in Greek theatre is that of the Watchman in the opening of Agamemnon by Aeschylus, where the character describes the sequence of beacon-fires that leapt "from mountain to mountain" bringin the news of Troy's taking; various beacon-summits are named, but at least some of it seems worth quoting here...but I don't have a copy/translation worth using (many are online).Skookum1 (talk) 18:09, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Lord of the Rings[edit]

I think the passage about beacons in the books are incredibly unnecessary. Why not write about every book that mentions a beacon? I guess some LOTR-nerd have been Wikiing too much. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Swesob (talkcontribs) 13:59, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Paul Revere[edit]

The article currently refers to "Paul Revere's Ride, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (historic use of a lantern as a signal, akin to a beacon)". I don't think this is appropriate, as the term "beacon" usually describes a waymark for a direction in the sense of a compass heading. The famous lanterns in the Old North Church are not used to give a direction, but to relay information. The event is therefore more akin to a signaling with an Aldis Lamp or Heliograph. I vote for the removal of said sentence. --BjKa (talk) 10:01, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

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Split article and use for disambiguation page.[edit]

The question of translating this article has arisen on Norwegian WP. We have no one name for a beacon in Norwegian. We have different names for different beacons. Would very much like to have the article split between the different meanings of the word beacon an consequently split between different Wikidata items. This is Wikipedia in English but in this case the English language covers up the fact that the article have turned out to be an unmarked disambiguation page. See Beacon (disambiguation) (which lacks quite a few beacons), Electric beacon, Sea mark, Marker beacon, Phryctoria (which is wrongly linked to w:dk:Bavn Swedish and Norwegian w:no:Vete (or lacks so much information that the link is difficult to understand), w:de:Lärmfeuer (with company), Sector light and so on. I probably could find further beacons if i looked closer at all the possible translations of beacon from English to Norwegish. --ツDyveldi ☯ prat ✉ post 19:56, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

A "beacon" is commonly known as "fyr" in Norwegian, with various words prefixed and appended. Some words are for more specific types of beacons, but I'm not sure they apply here, this is English Wikipedia. Jeblad (talk) 22:32, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
No, Jeblad and please read what other people write before you try to answer, especially what was written on Norwegian WP about Norwegian. A Lighthouse (fyr) is a beacon, but beacon has fare more meanings and usages than that. --ツDyveldi ☯ prat ✉ post 05:01, 1 June 2017 (UTC)