September 30, 2014
A few screen shots of our Simrad 3G radar in use. Although they call it a 24 mile radar, it has an effective range of about 4nm and we usually run at 1-2 mile range in thick fog. The following screen shots show 3 different ships of various sizes as identified by our AIS.
All good targets in calm sea conditions at 4 miles, but not so good beyond 6 miles despite all of these being huge.
All of this is running on opensource software. OpenCPN for the chartplotter with a Navico Radar plugin for the radar overlay. Our system is running headless, in that we do not have a radar brain box or radar screen.... everything is happening on a simple laptop PC directly connected to the radar dome via a standard Ethernet cable
Plugins for OpenCPN can be found here: https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/downloadplugins.html
A huge thanks to Kees for all the great work on the Navico Radar Plugin.
OpenCPN can be found here: https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/downloads.html