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Old 09-26-2017, 07:22 PM   #1
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Books about radar usage

Looking for some recommendations. I am new to radar but am ready to step in. Iím looking for some good reading material. Iím concerned less with close range collision avoidance and more with spotting storms, birds, and fleets of boats.
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The Radar Book, by Kevin Monehan. It's a really good intro, and covers advanced topics as well. Plus Kevin is a really good guy, and I believe in supporting the good guys in the world.
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Ditto on the Monahan book. I haven't seen the latest edition, if there is one, so don't know if it says anything about the new technologies, but all the important and most useful topics are covered extremely well regardless of what tech your radar is.
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The Radar Book, by Kevin Monehan. It's a really good intro, and covers advanced topics as well. Plus Kevin is a really good guy, and I believe in supporting the good guys in the world.


Thank you for the suggestion. I will check on that one.
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Has any read ďRadar for MarinersĒ?
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I've read KM's book. Nicely done!

Local Power Squadron members have put together a course using this book as the basis. Superb job, FIRST class job of the course. Now it has to be vetted by National before it can be rolled out to the rest of the membership. They didn't just use the book, they are experts in the use of radar as well and use the book as a student manual.

I believe the book has had some updates, at least newer versions than 2003 with some editing.
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Has any read ďRadar for MarinersĒ?
Just reading it now, only one I found handy for download on ebook.
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The Radar Book, by Kevin Monehan. It's a really good intro, and covers advanced topics as well. Plus Kevin is a really good guy, and I believe in supporting the good guys in the world.

Thanks.

I have radar but our experience has been a turn on and go "ooh ahh" at all the pretty green blobs way off in the distance and turn it off again.
The cat likes to stand on it while she chases moths at night, I think she gets a better result from it than me.

Perhaps its just being lucky enough to cruise in areas, at the moment, where radar is not really required.

I do appreciate it on passage when rain squalls are present and I guess if the 3 plotters onboard crap out at once it'll come in handy as well.

Best I get that book and see if I can put it to further use.
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It's a great tool once you learn how to use it, and not too hard to learn.
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The best way to learn about radar is to leave it on when it's clear & in the daytime. You'll figure out what targets look like, you'll be able to see targets with your naked eyes & then tweak the radar so that you get the best target return & be able to know what they look like. That way you're comfortable with it when you need it.
The basics of all radars are the same.
Gain increases the intensity of targets. Not enough gain & you'll miss targets.
Sea Clutter adjustment nullifies the gain but cleans up the picture. Too much sea clutter & you loose targets.
Rain adjustment cleans up the picture in a squall but like the sea clutter adjustment, too much & you loose targets. Be sure the rain clutter is off at all times unless you're actually in rain.
Those are the basics to get you going with radar. The other bells & whistles you can learn as you go.
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Hi, litle bit navigatio whith radar...more and more play your radar when you go sea...


One leson Radar course
http://www.nbpss.on.ca/radar/40W.seg8AFDMW.pdf


All radar cource this site
http://www.nbpss.on.ca/radar/40W.seg1AFDMW.pdf

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I have the basics and can recognise targets, just need to sort the bells and whistles.
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The Radar Book, by Kevin Monehan. It's a really good intro, and covers advanced topics as well. Plus Kevin is a really good guy, and I believe in supporting the good guys in the world.
I have a signed copy! He is a good guy.
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If you want more from Kevin Monahan and transit British Columbia waters, check out "Local Knowledge, A Skippers' Reference", published by Fine Edge. This book is great for how to run Johnstone Strait as well as the many rapids in that area.
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Hi, litle bit navigatio whith radar...more and more play your radar when you go sea...


One leson Radar course
http://www.nbpss.on.ca/radar/40W.seg8AFDMW.pdf


All radar cource this site
http://www.nbpss.on.ca/radar/40W.seg1AFDMW.pdf

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Thank you for the link. Going to start on it in the am
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The best way to learn about radar is to leave it on when it's clear & in the daytime. You'll figure out what targets look like, you'll be able to see targets with your naked eyes & then tweak the radar so that you get the best target return & be able to know what they look like. That way you're comfortable with it when you need it.
The basics of all radars are the same.
Gain increases the intensity of targets. Not enough gain & you'll miss targets.
Sea Clutter adjustment nullifies the gain but cleans up the picture. Too much sea clutter & you loose targets.
Rain adjustment cleans up the picture in a squall but like the sea clutter adjustment, too much & you loose targets. Be sure the rain clutter is off at all times unless you're actually in rain.
Those are the basics to get you going with radar. The other bells & whistles you can learn as you go.
This is great advice. I almost always had the radar on when cruising no matter the conditions. The books reinforce this and are very helpful in maximizing the learning process.
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If you want more from Kevin Monahan and transit British Columbia waters, check out "Local Knowledge, A Skippers' Reference", published by Fine Edge. This book is great for how to run Johnstone Strait as well as the many rapids in that area.
Again, +1.

I didn't realize he was the author.
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Would this reading be useful for learning the utility of my 30 year old Furuno?
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Would this reading be useful for learning the utility of my 30 year old Furuno?
Monahan wrote the book in 2004. It's pretty generic but he did use Furuno equipment for his examples. (no info about checking vacuum tubes however)
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Would this reading be useful for learning the utility of my 30 year old Furuno?
Absolutely. The basics haven't changed, just the bells and whistles.
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