|Broadband Radar comes into its own in close, targeting an inflatable and moored boats when set at a range of 200 feet.|
If your knowledge of radar performance is based on experience with older, fully analog scanners, fuggetaboutit! The modern incarnations of the 18-inch radomes, so favored by sailors because of their compact size, are somehow defying the limitations that used to dog this class. I say "somehow" because the magic going on under the domes is a complex stew of software, digital signal processing, and tweaked subsystems that isn't accurately reflected in once fairly definitive specifications such as horizontal beam width and transmit power. In fact, there are no comparative specs whatsoever for new radar-branding terms like Digital, High Definition, Ultra HD, Super HD, and the like. And the magnetron-free Broadband Radar introduced by Navico last winter, the BR24, which is available under the Simrad, Lowrance, and Northstar brand names, is off-the-charts different.