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Old 03-01-2006, 05:06   #1
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Radar Reflectors

Radar Reflectors ~ Radar Reflector Test provided by West Marine
© 1995 by Jim Corenman, Chuck Hawley, Dick Honey and Stan Honey
as posted at the USSAiling website;
http://www.ussailing.org/safety/Stud...ector_test.htm

”Almost nothing provokes as much fear in the hearts of sailors as the thought of a collision with a ship. Rogue waves and killer storms, maybe, but there are a lot more ships than either of those. The good news is that a ship keeps a careful watch and they always use radar, so avoiding a collision is simply a matter of a good radar reflector.

Or is it? Just how well do radar reflectors work, anyway?

Thanks to the generous cooperation of SRI International, in Menlo Park, CA, we had an opportunity to find the answer to that question. West Marine provided samples of 10 commercially available radar reflectors, which were tested in SRI’s large radar test chamber, normally used for testing such things as satellite antennas and stealth bombers.

Participating In the tests were Eldon Fernandes, the operator of the range and an employee of SRI; Dick Honey, a Sr. Principal Scientist at SRI; Stan Honey, Vice President of Technology for News Corporation and a former Research Engineer at SRI; Chuck Hawley, Technical Director for West Marine; and Jim Corenman, Sailor at Large ...”

Goto: http://www.ussailing.org/safety/Stud...eflector_2.htm
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:23   #2
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Gord, the complete URL didn't show up can you resend? Thanks, Wiz

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Gord, thanks for the reference. I notice this was published in 1995 and, while the people involved are top-notch, the YM article referenced in another thread here and published in 2005 gives performance data on the currently available products.

When I read the last paragraph under 'Conclusions' I was left with the impression the authors would have instantly shifted into an endorsement of AIS when discussing how much ship avoidance needs to be in the hands of the sailor, not the ship handler. BTW did you know that Jim Corenman was the author of Airmail, and the co-founder with Stan Honey of Sailmail? Boy, are those guys sharp.

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Gord, I've got it now. Thanks. Awsome info. I am constantly made aware of how much I have to learn and how much this forum helps. Thanks again.
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