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Old 18 March 2009, 09:59   #1
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Broadband Radar from Navico

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the On water experience and Demonstration training of the very latest Broadband Radar system from Navico. This system is available from Northstar, Lowrance and Simrad.

I have never had a radar before on my ribs as the height of the 2kW scanner was critical ect. With the broadband radar this does not apply as it emitts 1/10 less then a mobile phone and this is held close to ones head.

The on the water session was very interesting and an eye opener once we started recognising the targets and comparing to the actual objects. At a very close range and I mean very close the targets on the radar screen were very clear and easy to identify. see attached photos

if you have a traditional 2 or 4 kW scanner you will then probably more appreciate these photos

Photo 015 and 016 shows the old derlict pier West from Yarmouth. Just look at the shape of this pier on the radar screen. as if it was an ariel photo

Photo 028 and 029 shows poles marking the channel in Lymington. with a normal 2 or 4kW scanner there would be a long blob at such a close distance and not each target on its own. You could actually use the broadband radar to guide you say into a marina in the dark or if dense fog

this is a major breakthrough in radar technology and ideal for a small craft like a rib where the scanner height is critical and at close range important to identify targets.
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How did it perform at normal radar ranges, ie 1/ 3 / 6 / 12 miles?

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There were some interesting articles on this on www.panbo.com. Very tempting if I was going to fit radar.
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I wonder how well it will compare to Raymarine's new digital radar? Probably not suitable for RIBs but on normal boats.
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RM's digital radar is still a traditional radar with a magnetron. The digital bit is the communication method.
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How did it perform at normal radar ranges, ie 1/ 3 / 6 / 12 miles?

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No problem. we took my rib out past the Hurst and picked up the radio antenna which is past Christchurch a distance of about 12 Nm. I did not take any photos then as I was at the helm.

Out on the cat off Lymington we picked up the Spinanker Tower in Portsmouth.
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I thought it was a great system when I saw it, and I am installing it
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