RL70 radar problems

Old 10-05-2008, 01:19 PM
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Have a customer with a raymarine RL70. The radar displays a ring in close proximity to the boat. The shorter you bring the range, the larger the ring appears. In close range < 1/4 mile, almost the entire screen is this ring. Raymarine has not been helpfull at all. Anyone with any ideas.
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:32 PM
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How about saving waypoits and doing a master reset? Sometimes these pesky customers mess with stuff that I cannot figure out. If it's (the problem) is NOT software related, a new, clean slate is a nice way to get them back up. JMO....
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:41 AM
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Somethng on the boat reflecting?? Outriggers bouncing off each other and back to dome......... I had the RL70 for 8 or 9 years and loved it. I would get a ring every once in a a while as with any radar unit, but it would only be temporary (few seconds). You've obviously turned down the gain, and checked the "FTC" settings, right?
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:44 PM
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If the problem is environmental you'll see side lobes.

If the display shows a ring on every sweep, and not a sun, adjust the timing. You can adjust the ring so it almost completely goes away. Be careful that the adjustment does not cause short distance targets to get sucked into the centre.

If you turn the gain to 100% do you have lots of speckle? Does the screen completely fill in? If so the MIC and front end are ok. If not the MIC, or IF strip are bad.

Look at the total TX+standby hours. If the number approaches 5000 hrs then I'd suspect the maggy. If you have one on the shelf throw it in, or check the heater voltage in the scanner. if the problem doesn't go away then most likely it's the modulator strip.

Hope this helps
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