Echomax Active-X Band
Radar Target Enhancer
The Echomax Active-X Radar Target Enhancer (RTE) is designed to respond to interrogating X band radar (9.3 – 9.5GHz) by receiving a transmitted pulse and amplifying the pulse and re-transmitting the pulse back to the radar at the same frequency with minimum delay, thereby improving the radar detection range and visibility of small targets. It will not enhance significantly vessels with large radar cross section.
The RTE is primarily intended for small vessels with no radar fitted and typically should enhance the RCS (radar cross section) of vessels up to 25M in length. For small craft/rigid inflatables improvements will start to be seen at around 1-2 miles extending to 8-10 miles or more depending on prevailing conditions. The response of the RTE will vary according to range, RTE and radar height above sea level, radar power and condition. Poor weather, sea state and precipitation will greatly reduce the response.
Echomax Active-X Band RTE manual (.pdf)
Specifications: Reception frequency: X band 9.3 - 9.5GHz
Operating Temp:-20 to 60 degrees C
Voltage: 12V DC - +30% -10% (voltage surge and cross polarity protected)
Stand by current consumption: <15mA
Position Accuracy: within 1 meter
Typical 24 hour period e.g
5 radar in the area: <.55Ah
10 radar in the area: <.75Ah
EIRP: 1W (typically)
Performance Response:Zero degrees 111.36M2
+/-10 degrees of heel 78.96M2
+/-20 degrees of heel 20.80M2
* Stated performance level - QinetiQ Anechoic Chamber Funtington 13th March 09
Exceeds ISO 8729-2 effective 22nd July 09 X band performance requirements
7.5M2 @ 10 degrees of heel for motor vessels and 20 degrees of heel for sailing vessels
Dimensions: Length 478mm width 40.5mm
Control box width 92mm height 51mm depth 38mm
Weight 327 grams excluding cable
Cable length 24M 2 core 0.5mm2 cable wt. 969 grams
CONTROL BOX for interior installation
Stainless Steel Optional Offset mast head bracket.
Complies with: IEC60945: and meets essential requirements of R&TTE directive (CEO191). Performance requirements of ISO8729-2 X band.