Features December 2012 Issue

Simrad Broadband Radar Comparison

BR24 3G and 4G units face off in Practical Sailor field test.

Practical Sailor has been following the developments of Simrad’s broadband radar since the BR24’s debut in 2009. Just as we were setting up a 3G BR24 for field testing, Navico (Simrad’s parent company) announced the release of the BR24 4G, which promised greater range and better target resolution at close range. A head-to-head test comparing the 3G and 4G broadband radar was impossible to pass up. Testers also compared the units to traditional pulse radar. Our test location just north of Sydney, Australia, was at the southern end of an ocean anchorage for large commercial vessels, about 600 feet long. Using a Simrad NSS7 for a display, we worked 7 nautical miles offshore to ensure the radar had a good “view” of the ships.

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