MIBS2020: Koden MDS-11R RADARpc, radar for Coastal Explorer

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

7 Responses

  1. Anders says:

    “So, until now the only option for recreational boaters to display radar on a PC has been TimeZero paired with Furuno’s radar units.”

    This is not correct.

    Navico Radars work and work well with open cpn.

  2. Andy says:

    Worth mentioning, Opencpn supports Garmin and Navico radars and it is quite affordable.

    Official plugin supports:

    – Garmin HD and xHD radar support.
    – Navico “new” 3G support.
    – Older 3G radars are still supported via the BR24 type.
    – Navico HALO-3, HALO-4, HALO-6 and HALO24 support

    – some Raymarine radars are also supported by third party (free) plugin

    Wish the support extended to other brands also!

  3. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    Andy and Anders are quite correct and pointed out what I missed. OpenCPN supports several different radars from multiple manufacturers. More can be found on the OpenCPN radar module page: https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/plugins/radarPI.html.

    -Ben S.

    • Andy says:

      Which begs the natural question:

      What is actually inside that Koden’s MDS-11R interface box?

      And further follow-on question, how wise it is to invest into such a soon obsolete piece of hardware, as all the radars are very fast moving to being 100% directly Ethernet/IP -interfaced?

  4. Nick says:

    Expedition also supports Koden and Navico radars. The Navico interface uses the Navico SDK.

    I don’t know about the MDS-11R though.

  5. That MDS-11R looks suspiciously like the MDS-5R that I had aboard 15 years ago, hooked up to Nobeltec 7 (remember the days!)

    It seems to have the same analog interface to the radome itself. This makes sense for Koden, as it means it will work with many of their existing radars.

    Unfortunately it also means you’re going to have a magnetron type analog radar. If that is what you want (power consumption, 2 minute startup time, 500 hour magnetron life…) go right ahead, but for most recreational sailors better options exist.

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