Why are the radar heads so big

westwind77

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I don’t think anyone here understands how much performance is lost by detecting X band. It is extremely significant.
I don't know the technicalities of it, however, the minute I learned OG RL (and the rest of the RL series) has one horn dedicated to X and the other combined K/Ka I was thinking to myself how much must be wasted with X given it needs its own separate horn in a day and age where over 90% of the people just turn it off.

My RL360c has X off, so I have all of this extra hardware in the unit (and paid for it) for nothing.
 

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You would get some falses and performance wouldn’t be amazing, but it still would probably work just fine given how easy X band is to detect.
Personally I think that’s a fantastic idea. I don’t know if it’s feasible from a business standpoint, but a gorgeous thought.

I have no idea if this actually makes any sense, but maybe you could approach it that way for a remote version down the line. You could even have the current Theia (more or less) design with X-band fully accounted for be an alternate remote head option, though maybe that’s getting too niche. Anyway, you could then take your K/Ka-optimized version and make a windshield amount Theia 2 or whatever. Smaller, better, faster. Still check the X-band box, which few will ever actually use, and be well ahead.
 

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I have lived in Ohio - one of the most common X band states - for almost 15 years and I’ve been hit by X band once.
FWIW, i visited Ohio for a week and ran into it in Bremen. I assure you, it is most certainly not a unicorn.
 

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