Blind transmission

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A blind transmission, in telecommunications, is a transmission made without obtaining a receipt, or acknowledgment of reception, from the intended receiving station. Blind transmissions may occur or be necessary when security constraints, such as radio silence, are imposed, when technical difficulties with a sender's receiver or receiver's transmitter occur, or when lack of time precludes the delay caused by waiting for receipts.


  • In aviation it is common to "transmit in the blind" when an aircraft is approaching a non-towered airport. The pilot will broadcast his position and intentions over a common frequency. If no other aircraft are in the traffic pattern, the pilot continues to transmit his position in the blind in case another aircraft is in the area but unable to respond.[1]
  • The less common reason would be a ground control station not being able to transmit (due to transmitter failure) or not wanting to transmit any acknowledgment (to avoid giving away further information and putting a military mission at risk).

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  • "Federal Standard 1037C Telecom Glossary 2000:Blind Transmission". Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Retrieved 2008-06-26.