The reason I used that analogy is becasue CRT and LCD are worlds apart except for the fact that they display an imagine.
The shift from magnetron to solid state represents an huge shift in technology, much like that from CRT to LCD.
Magnetrons are fairly inefficient becasue of the fact that they emit a MUCH larger amount of energy to achieve the same effect.
If you look at the examples from Simrad
, you notice that close in target detection is far superior to cavity mags. They accomplish this by emitting far less RF which, of course, makes it safer for the user to be around. But at the same time, the frequency is far more stable. This allows for higher accuracy.
The IMO is the International Maritime Organazation. They are a group of countries that have a large say in the equipment
that must be used for larger vessels to operate in international waters.
Becasue JRC changed its business model to larger merchant vessels, the IMO became quite important to us. I am sure you have heard of SOLAS or Safet Of Life At Sea. This was a convention that spawned GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress
The IMO is constantly changing to support an ever cahnging merchant industry. However, the IMO is limited by the same political drawbacks as any multinational entity. Things happen slowly.
The reason why broadband radar will take off is becaue its development is not governed by the IMO.
Broadband radar is designed with you guys in mind. The personal craft owner who is interested in a better product for a higher level of safety
and situational awareness.
Why broadband radar??
Lower emitted power
Higher target discrimination
These are ground breaking claims that a cavity magnetron system could never make.
I would would love it if JRC made one for you guys, but as it is, all I can do it educate the public on why they should own one. I obviously can't support one manufacturer over another, but I can tell you that everyone on this forum should at least do thier due diligence and look into it.