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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Firdell or echomax

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    The good thing about passive reflectors is they just work.

    We have a Blipper on boat 1, but have fitted an Echomax to boat 2 because they give a bigger radar signal. Not rocket science.

    From talking to ships I know we are visible with the Blipper in seas up to about 3m, then we get lost. Hoping the Echomax will be better.

    I would definitely consider fitting an active reflector if I had the money, but always in addition to a passive reflector, never instead of.

    - W

  2. #12
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    Nov 2018
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    Newport IoW
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    Default Re: Firdell or echomax

    I've been using an Echomax X-band RTE for a few years, it uses a tiny amount of electricity, and if it did go wrong, the control box would start bleeping and flashing anyway. The fact that all ships from Brittany to the Skaggerak have magically behaved themselves since I fitted it may just be coincidence... or maybe not.
    Passive reflectors may be ok if they're big, the little ones just look silly, how can they be any use?
    Ignorance killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.

  3. #13
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    Nov 2007
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    Boat Orwell - Me Norwich
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    Default Re: Firdell or echomax

    I'm unclear how adequate a single band active is. Can anyone advise? (The dual band active was much more expensive last time I checked.)

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