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Old 01 December 2004, 13:51   #21
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An empty bean tin on a piece of string will do everything the most expensive Radar Reflector on the market does.
I doubt that it will. A reflector has to RETURN the signal to source. Except for a minuscule narrow vertical, a cylinder will not do this. Now if you planished it, you may be in with a chance.
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Old 01 December 2004, 14:36   #22
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I have the cylindrical type RR and whilst crossing between Strumble and Rosslare last April in Fog, The Stena fast ferry had an echo off us at 2 miles and mid Channel, the Stena Europa clocked us at 3 miles. It gave me an awful lot of extra confidence and allowed me to loosen the bicycle clips a wee bit!

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Old 01 December 2004, 14:51   #23
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I've got one of these tubular thingies. No idea how effective it is. Comes with 2 different types of mount to allow horizontal or vertical mount. I would imagine if cable tied/fixed to the A-frame it would not be as high or possibly not be seen from some angles because the frame is in the way?
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Old 02 December 2004, 07:49   #24
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try these: echomax.co.uk or call John Simpson 07974 902416

I spoke with the distributer at Seawork this year and he reckoned that the tubular reflectors were next to useless. He could talk for England, but what he said made sense and the RNLI use them, as did Bear Grylls et al on the trans-atlantic crossing. we have our own design at THLS for our buoy fleet, which is a bit too big for a RIB!

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Old 02 December 2004, 10:32   #25
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Hi Nick,

I fitted the echomax a few months ago - it's a really sturdy installation and certainly suitable for RIB applications - it isn't small though! My previous reflector was a Visiball - I occasionally train with the local lifeboat and they couldn't see me on radar, hence the change.

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Old 02 December 2004, 12:05   #26
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http://www.capjack.com/catalog/Cyclo...ectors.asp?a=7

Really like the look of the Cyclops range - really cool and just the thing for a RIB - they are British but can't find their website here - typical - they not cheap though. Don't work so well on yachts as not so good when heeled over.
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Old 02 December 2004, 12:07   #27
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Just found this in a directory - on something called RIBNET.................

Cyclops Technologies Ltd
PO Box 6
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Cyclops Technologies Ltd manufacture and distribute the unique range of superior, maintenance free passive radar reflectors, effective through 360 degrees. Cyclops 3 has ISO, IMO and BS approvals. All Cyclops products are built to the same standard. Customers include HM Coastguard, Marine Police units and BIBOA members. Recommended and used by Alan Priddy on Spirit of Portsmouth
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Old 02 December 2004, 13:18   #28
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I notice people mount these the wrong way,they should be mounted upright not cable tied across the top of the A frame as so many people seem to do.
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Old 02 December 2004, 14:35   #29
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I notice people mount these the wrong way,they should be mounted upright not cable tied across the top of the A frame as so many people seem to do.
Hi Wayne sounds like i've got mine wrong . I have one of the tube type and yes it is cable tied to the top of the A frame.Three reasons for this, it did not come with a bracket or instructions,seen loads mounted this way and been told by others the brackets (when you have them) are not that strong and dont last.
From reports seen not sure how much use they are but if you or others have any more details on position me (and I am sure some others) would be interested to make the most of them.

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Remember you can also get flares that put out a cloud of chaff - or just have a binbag full of foil strips - chuck it into the air at 40kts and any radar will pick it up!!!!
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