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Solid state radar #1: long ranges and deep thoughts

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

6 Responses

  1. A repeat from the earlier Doppler entry but still amusing and telling of the future:
    “It’s fun to realize that some of the earliest buyers of these new radars will be competitor R&D departments, who will field test the hell out of at least one and carefully dissemble at least another one.”

  2. Maldwin Drummond says:

    After seeing the Furuno solid state radar at MIBS, I wanted to immediately put it on my Nordhavn but thought I ought to wait for the open array version. After reading this, it occurred to me that I should use my existing Furuno radar for long range, while adding the solid state radar for closer range. That way I get instant gratification as well as using each component as intended!
    Best,
    Maldwin

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    I am on the edge of my chair waiting for your next entry.

  4. Sorry, but NOW I think that all the screenshots above can be clicked up to their full MFD resolution. Thanks to Adam H for the head’s up!

  5. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Furuno has another interesting Doppler radar capability in a specialty product designed to predict the occurrence of rainstorms.
    http://www.furuno.com/en/systems/meteorological-monitoring/
    They can determine the diameter of rain drops (e.g. 3mm, 4mm , etc.) and from that determine storm intensity. Also this radar can scan vertically.

  6. Thanks, Dan. And Garmin already has what looks like a sophisticated Doppler radar for aircraft:
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/in-the-air/avionics-safety/weather-solutions/gwx-70/prod116902.html
    And FLIR has at least one very interesting Doppler ground surveillance radar:
    http://www.flir.com/surveillance/display/?id=63996
    I’ve been poking around and learned that the Doppler effect radar concept goes at least all the way back to WWII, an aircraft landing problem, and “coffee cans soldered shut to make microwave resonators”!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_gun#History
    (Which happened amazingly close to where you live 😉

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