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Old 07-15-2012, 09:55 PM
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Default Help with raymarine e120 open array. Finding birds

Recently got a boat with this set up and I haven't the slightest clue how to dial the radar in to look for birds. Please help! Thanks guys in advance.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:40 AM
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Is it an E120 wide or an E120 Classic? Digital HD radar? 4KW or 12KW??
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:46 AM
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Classic I believe. 12kw.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:47 AM
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Everything is from 06 if that helps. It has dual ray marines. I can work the gps like a champ just never had radar before to learn it
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Turn your sea and rain filters to zero and adjust your gain just below being washed out with clutter. Usually around 63% to 68%. You may need to play with the gain a little bit from there but that should get you started. I also keep my range on about 2 miles.
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at the risk of sounding like a retard exactly how does that work? am i just picking up birds then? or will i be desifering through blips as well? sorry never used a radar for birds before
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:19 AM
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spearbimini, don't worry about sounding like a retard. There have been MANY MORE retarded (I prefer to call them intelligence-challenged) questions posted on this forum.

When you "tune" your radar as described above, it does not bring in just birds, it increases ALL contacts seen. You do have to decipher what you're seeing to determine what's a bird and what's a buoy, boat, or sea clutter.

Like anything, expertise comes with experience. You're bad before you're good. But rest assured, you will get better with practice.

Most of all, HAVE FUN!

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Old 07-18-2012, 06:47 AM
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http://www.furunousa.com/Learning%20...arGuide-LR.pdf


Scroll down to page 9. It will show you what they should show up as.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:51 AM
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Call Raymarine and try to get a hold of Winston, the Senior radar guy. He's very helpful. I have the E120 wide and I believe it is different than the classic. I have 4 automatic gain settings (Buoy mode, Harbour mode, Coastal mode, and Offshore mode; bird mode is blanked out). I do have the 12kw. There is a table for the E120wide that you use to Tune the radar. You start in Buoy mode. The auto modes start from a different benchmark on sea clutter, rain clutter, etc. Make sure to turn off the interference rejection.
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Thanks guys. That sounds like a start!
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by spearbimini View Post
Thanks guys. That sounds like a start!
Little Disappointed with the "Table" i got from Raymarine when I called.

LOOKING FOR BIRDS

Auto tune: (menu, radar setup, scanner setup, tune adjust in auto)
Press gain
Press Buoy
Rain Off
Sea- Manual .................adjust as necessary
Color Gain - manual ....................adjust as necessary
Gain............................adjust as necessary

Kinda crappy table -- I would have expected at radar set to 3 miles set settings to this..
at 6 miles setting this at 1.5 miles settings this. Then manually tune from there. At least I know I was doing things correctly.
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99percent sure you have the 10kw analog radar...same one ive got. Last time we were in the Bahamas we were able to easily mark birds 3 miles away and some larger pods up to 5 miles away. You want to start by setting the radar to a 3 or 6 mile range. Turn the clutters all the way down and gain up until you get about an even amount of snow and black background. Your hard targets, like boats and shore, will still show up, birds will look like blobs that change shape with every sweep, sometimes showing up as a clump sometimes as a couple of clumps close together. Practice makes perfect. If it's really rough out you'll need to turn the sea clutter up a couple clicks
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