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Old 12 December 2005, 12:17   #31
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There was some funny business between Clarkson and James May on that programme, I don't know whether you caught it, but it looks as if all is not well amongst the presenters. Also, I can't believe how quickly they bundled Mansell off the set either (ok he is not Mr Charisma but he is a World Champion which is more than you can say for JC)

I think the Top Gear format has gone well past it's sell by date with that crew. Hammond is quite funny though.
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Old 12 December 2005, 12:22   #32
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What happened to Jason Dawe, the fat bloke from Truro? He didn't last long. Maybe he got fed up with being refered to as "The fat bloke" by a taller, balding, fat bloke.
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Old 12 December 2005, 12:27   #33
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I agree for open waters, but in crowded waters like the Solent, a boat fitted with a active radar reflector paints out everything around it, it looks like one large boat when in fact there are several. Des
Cool, then they'll stay away from all of us.
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Cool, then they'll stay away from all of us.

Bloody embarassing when the Pilot boat and tug rock up though!
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What are Cyclops Technologies playing at? They make probably the best radar reflectors in the World but try finding out anything about them or people who sell them!!!

I think Alan Priddy used one on his RIB.

http://www.cyclopstech.co.uk/

Spoke to them ages ago and they said "out soon" - web site is crap!!!

More info from some Yanks sites.

http://www.openseas.com/cyclops/cyclops.htm

Cyclops are probably too busy doing sneaky work for the MOD!!!
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Old 12 December 2005, 15:07   #36
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He is not too hot with a boat either . Anyone read his article in The Sunday Times yesterday?
Yep. Even for schoolboy capers that was a bit over the top

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Im curious....

Active radar reflectors - I have a question.

Normal radar works by transmitting out an EM signal and timing how long it takes to get back thus being able to calculate the distance the object is away because the radar signal travels at a known speed (the speed of light). - stop me if im wrong already...

How then does an active radar system work - if the radar is dependent on knowing the exact time the signal left the boat and timing how long it takes to be bounced back - how then does it calculate the distance for a signal that originates from an unknown location at an unknown time.
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Active radar reflectors - I have a question.

Normal radar works by transmitting out an EM signal and timing how long it takes to get back thus being able to calculate the distance the object is away because the radar signal travels at a known speed (the speed of light). - stop me if im wrong already...

How then does an active radar system work - if the radar is dependent on knowing the exact time the signal left the boat and timing how long it takes to be bounced back - how then does it calculate the distance for a signal that originates from an unknown location at an unknown time.
I think the active type take the already transmitted signal and amplify it. They don't actually send a new signal out!!!
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I'm not sure how the "Active" type work either. Codders must be right, it can only gather and return the sent radar signal in a more effective manner. I've just done a bit of "Googling" on the subject and found plenty of people selling them, but none that explain how they work. They appear to be of greater benefit on yachts to counter the heeling angles.
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