FURUNO SOLID STATE DOPPLER RADAR
It’s hard to imagine a sector of recreational boating that is changing as fast as marine electronics, and few things are quite as impressive as the latest in solid state tech. Furuno’s answer to the wave of new solid state products includes the NXT Doppler Radar, available in a 24-inch dome and compatible with Furuno’s NavNet TZtouch MFDs.
The NXT series offers pulse compression Doppler radar, and features, among other things, beam sharpening equivalent to a 2-degree beam, making targets sharper than ever. Along with Furuno’s trademarked Target Analyzer, targets on screen will change color automatically when they are determined to be hazardous. For example, Furuno has coded hazards that are stationary or moving away from ship in green; echoes returned and displayed in red are targets moving toward you (see image). These color codes will change dynamically so you will have an instant read on the magnitude of risk in your radar’s field of view.
Additional safety measures include Fast Target Tracking which, when activated, provides a vector line for any target headed toward you as well as sounding an alarm. And one of the best things about solid state: compared to magnetrons, the peak output power is 25W compared to 6kW. –Cooper Furuno DRS4D-NXT 24” Radar www.furuno.com