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Old 31 March 2019, 15:25   #1
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Radar + Reflector + Allround light

Hi all, looking for some suggestions.

I plan to add a radome to my A frame and am looking for ideas on the best setup with the existing reflector and light. Most seem to involve a mini platform with either the radome or reflector on top & the other below. The light is then on a pole above all of it.

I assume the legs of the table and the pole create a blind arc on the radar?

Any good or bad experiences, and any killer solutions out there?

Thanks
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Old 31 March 2019, 15:41   #2
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Hi all, looking for some suggestions.

I plan to add a radome to my A frame and am looking for ideas on the best setup with the existing reflector and light. Most seem to involve a mini platform with either the radome or reflector on top & the other below. The light is then on a pole above all of it.

I assume the legs of the table and the pole create a blind arc on the radar?

Any good or bad experiences, and any killer solutions out there?

Thanks
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this is the set up on my rib, no issues with blind spots on the radar
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Old 31 March 2019, 15:47   #3
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Ahh, good question! If you go out at night now is the time to set up your all around white to be shielded by the radome.

Mount the radome and then mount the all around white on a pole to the rear of the radome but only just peeking above it, just enough to be seen forward but not enough to illuminate your helm position. The small amount of shielding of the radar scanner produced by the pole will be insignificant and it's also to your stern where the radar is not quite so important.

The reflector is a pest so just mount it wherever you can that works satisfactorily and is the most convenient... or is the least inconvenient.
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Old 31 March 2019, 16:09   #4
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Hi all, looking for some suggestions.

I plan to add a radome to my A frame and am looking for ideas on the best setup with the existing reflector and light. Most seem to involve a mini platform with either the radome or reflector on top & the other below. The light is then on a pole above all of it.

I assume the legs of the table and the pole create a blind arc on the radar?

Any good or bad experiences, and any killer solutions out there?

Thanks

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Have a look at Scanstrut mounts; they will likely have an off the shelf option. Echomax do a radar reflector with all round white nav light built into the top. Given how relatively ineffective radar reflectors of this type are I'd probably dispense with an expensive passive reflector, fit a £20 Plastimo job to tick the box for IRPCS and fit an AIS transceiver.
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There was a rib in a marina nearby that had all those mentioned but he had a platform for them built that you could fold down, piveted from top of A-Frame, which meant he could still get under the two bridges in poole harbour and then he would just pivet it up and secure. Very slick installation.
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Old 01 April 2019, 14:49   #7
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Couldn’t have asked for more, thanks very much everyone.

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