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Old 22-09-2010, 05:27   #1
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Question Two-KW Radar Domes

Anyone have experience with these smaller domes?

I was looking at the Si-Tex it's only 12" in dia.

Any other brands that are small?
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Old 22-09-2010, 07:18   #2
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It depends on how you want to use the radar and what you expect. The problem with small arrays is the beam width. A wide radiated beam cannot discriminate close targets.

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Can you elaborate on that?
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Radar beamwidth varies inversely with antenna (Radome) size.
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As already stated, the real advantage of larger antenna is proportionally narrower beamwidth and better target resolution. Larger radomes typically have more power, too. However, the radar wave's amplitude decreases proportional to the square of the distance to the target, so while doubling your power is somewhat helpful with range, rain clutter, and so forth, it does not double your performance in these areas.
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The problem with small arrays is the beam width. A wide radiated beam cannot discriminate close targets.

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More specifically targets that are close to each other, not targets that are close to you.
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More specifically targets that are close to each other, not targets that are close to you.
Of course. I was half awake this morning plus I was in a hurry. The problem is acerbated by distance because the beam width, not in degrees but distance is larger the further away the targets are.

Thanks for picking up on my error.

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I was planning on mounting it on the stern, about 9' above the water, sound ok?
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I was planning on mounting it on the stern, about 9' above the water, sound ok?
Get the 30 degree vertical beamwidth scan comfortably above your eyes...
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Of course. I was half awake this morning plus I was in a hurry. The problem is acerbated by distance because the beam width, not in degrees but distance is larger the further away the targets are.

Thanks for picking up on my error.

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Wasn't an error, it was an ambiguous sentence which could be read the way you meant.
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Wasn't an error, it was an ambiguous sentence which could be read the way you meant.

That was what I meant, my reply was vague which would not help anyone. Thanks again--

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