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Navico/Simrad Broadband Radar

I have Simrad network on board and looking to add either a Simrad 24'' radome 4 kW HD Digital Radar OR a 19'' radome Simrad Broadband Radar. I know the Broadband does not go as far as a traditional radar but my question is the following: How does the Broadband perform in rainy weather? Has anyone here used it in poor conditions? I don't really need to see 24 miles away just real well within 3 miles of my position but I need it to work even in the rain! Thanks

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There is another consideration that you may be overlooking. IIRC, the broadband radar will not trigger RACONs. The RACON receivers can not detect the modulated signal the broadband RADAR uses, so you'll lose a valuable navigation aid.
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I would like to clarify. The manufacturer states that the Broadband will see RACON. Do you have experience with the Broadband Unit? and have you witnessed it not detecting RACON? Thanks.

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Sorry, my bad, it will not trigger a RACON... since the RACON's receiver doesn't recognize the modulated signal that the broadband RADAR uses.

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I would like to clarify. The manufacturer states that the Broadband will see RACON. Do you have experience with the Broadband Unit? and have you witnessed it not detecting RACON? Thanks.

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BTW, there's a good feature comparison between Broadband and Pulsed RADAR located HERE.
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