The new Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar combines the company’s Broadband Radar technology with traditional pulse radar technology, giving boaters the ability to see targets as close as 20 feet (a blind spot of pulse radar) or as far away as 72 nautical miles.
HALO has a dual-range mode, letting it monitor two distance ranges simultaneously with no signal loss. As many as 20 targets can be tracked, the beam sharpening technology enhances target separation and users can select modes for harbor, offshore, weather, bird or custom.
HALO also differs from traditional pulse radars in that it can produce what Simrad calls “a crystal-clear, accurate radar image” within 25 seconds of powering up from standby mode. That’s as much as two and a half minutes faster than traditional pulse radars, according to Simrad.
Also significant is the unit’s solid-state technology, which Simrad says complies with low-emission and radiation standards. HALO is safe to run in anchorages and marinas, and power consumption is 6.5 watts (compared to 10 or 15 watts with traditional pulse radars).
Unit specs: supports 12- or 24-volt systems, and comes in 3-, 4- and 6-foot open arrays.
Designed for: small to mid-size powerboats.
Works with: any Simrad NSS evo2 or NSO evo2 multifunction display system via Ethernet.
Price: $4,500 to $5,500, model depending.
More information is available at www.simrad-yachting.com.