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The New Targets of the Radar World

Wim Vercauter
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While a chart plotter can show where everything around is supposed to be, nothing beats a radar for navigational safety.

The basic principle of radar operation is based on the fact that radio waves are reflected by objects. Because propagated electromagnetic waves are traveling through air at a constant speed, it is possible to determine the distance between an object and the radar.

Electromagnetic waves were first described in 1865. However, the knowledge and technology of radar as we know it today is created through an accumulation of many developments and improvements. This continued evolution leads to extra features, more accuracy and lighter weight solutions.

Raymarine Integrates CHIRP technology

The Quantum Raymarine-FLIR radar is a next-generation radar with CHIRP technology. CHIRP is perhaps the most significant radar advance in recent years. By applying mathematical techniques to conventional pulsed radar, range and resolution can be increased while using less peak input power.

Raymarine took advantage of this technique. It results in outstanding close-range detection and improved details at minimum distance of 5.4 meters. The Quantum radar simplifies installation through integrated WiFi and thin cables. Its lightweight design weighs approximately 50% less than equivalent radar and the low power consumption (17 W transmitting and 7 W standby) guarantees extended battery use and a safe level of radiated emissions.

The New Targets of the Radar World
Courtesy of Raymarine

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