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A Pocket Mirror is an Effective Signal

Editor's Note: In our high-tech world, it's good to remember that there are useful, low-tech devices that can get you out of jam. This was first published in Marine Safety Update, Spring 2009. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an emergency signaling device that was pocket-sized, visible for up to 30 miles, worked in sunny or cloudy weather, had an endless power supply, and cost less than $1? It exists and it’s been around for decades; it’s the signal mirror. A little practice with a mirror will increase its effectiveness. On a bright day (although a mirror signal can also be seen on a cloudy day), find a target object in the same general section of the sky as the sun. Make a “gun sight” wit

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