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Old 11 December 2005, 17:16   #1
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Radar reflector

Could any body enlighten me on fitting a radar reflector to my rib. and to what benefit. Thanks
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Old 11 December 2005, 17:24   #2
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Any offshore work,especially at night and one is essential! Inside the thing are steel plates welded together at right angles. These then bounce (deflect) the radar waves back to the set that is sending them, hence making you very visible on its screen. Soft angles and smooth ribs don't show up very well on radar. Large shipping at night rely almost solely on radar, they should always have a man on visual watch, but it's not always the case.
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Old 11 December 2005, 17:39   #3
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Cheers for that. Any sugestions on a suitable unit.
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Old 11 December 2005, 17:42   #4
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. and to what benefit. Thanks
Have found radar to be a useful aid to navigation especially at night/poor vis. as has been said. It's complementary to gps charts (for e.g.)

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What you want is the ECHOMAX radar reflector. see www.echomax.co.uk

They come in White, black or orange and you fit on the top of your A frame. You can also buy special stainless steel brackets with the echomax
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Another good choice is the Viking tri lens - and much easier to mount. Money no object the See Me active unit is the best but costs about 400.
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Dig about for a suitable reflector for yourself,

A Radar Reflector as everyone says is much needed at night or in low visibility.

How much of a RIB will reflect back on a Radar??
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They did a definitive test a couple of years back - may have been Motor Boats Monthly, and it was amazing how ineffectual a lot of the so called reflectors were. The Active ones worked best but there were a couple of passive units that were OK. Nothing under 100 though. The Echomax looks good and at least they publish their test results.
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Radar Reflector

After spending quite a few years on big ships trying hard to not run over little boats I can confirm that the active radar reflector are the most visibal on radar. A word of caution, it will make your little boat look like a much larger ship on the radar which can be confusing to large ships especially in poor vis.

Also, don't forget if you fit an active reflector you have to register it on your radio licence with Ofcom.
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itt woz practicul bote owener hoo didd a tesst ov orl de reeflectirs

thay sed thay woz orl crapp

wot de bastuds didunt tel yew woz dat too weaks layter thay fownd owt dat de raydar thay woz yewsin woz fukt

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