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Old 31-12-2014, 10:15   #1
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Ray radar options

My 4kw 24" analogue radar is apparently dead. The way I see it there are a few options.
1. try and repair it for $500 ish
2. buy a used working replacement for $500-700
3. buy a new D/HD radar.

The question on the new system is a bit more complicated as well...
is D vs HD and 18vs 24"

is it really worth all the cash to go up to a 24" hd? $2000

Budget minded decisions as most of us have in the real world.

The rest of my system is Raymarine. I have a 120E Classic so I can use the new radars natively. Alternatively the fix or a working old one is a simple plug and play!

hopefully I will keep this updated....
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Old 31-12-2014, 10:32   #2
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Re: Ray radar options

FWIW i was in the exact same situation as yours and I opted for the digital radome- at the time it was a much more economical solution vs the HD one, prices may have come down on HD since I don't know. On the other hand, if you can fix the analogue for $500 (that solution was not available to me) and be sure you'll get a few more years of service life out of it, then my recommendation would be to go for it.

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Re: Ray radar options

Everything else being equal, you will get more resolution and or range out of a bigger antenna, but do you need it?
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Re: Ray radar options

I have a used but perfectly working replacement if you are interested. It's listed on eBay but I will sell it to a fellow CF member for a reasonable me if interested. I have a 24" 4 kW analog Raymarine unit with cable and manual.

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