Radar Masterclass

Learn how to get the most out of your radar, an up to the minute self paced course aimed at owners, skippers, and crew.

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Radar Masterclass

  • Fully online self paced course teaches you step by step all the skills and technical knowledge the operator of a small craft (less than 24m) radar needs to know.

  • Covers more than the traditional 'pulsed 'radar courses, with a detailed look at the benefits and limitations of cutting edge Broadband Radar too.

  • Learn how to systematically observe targets, plot, and resolve a targets relative motion into true motion, with step by step lessons on each specific element, this is an area many students struggle with in the classroom!

I have been teaching radar in both a classroom and onboard environment for over 15 years, and I provide all the support too, and aim to respond within the hour.

Who is the course for?

  • Boat & yacht owners

who would like to get the most out of their equipment, or who are considering the addition of a radar system and would like to learn more about the subject.

  • Recreational Yacht Skippers and Crew

who would like to build their Radar skills to deal with restricted visibility, improve situational awareness and incorporate the use of radar into their existing navigational and pilotage skills.

  • Trainee skippers

who are preparing for their RYA or IYT Yachtmaster exams, there will be radar questions on your exam!

  • Commercial Yacht delivery skippers

who would like to ensure their radar knowledge is comprehensive enough to cover the variety of technology they will encounter on the various yachts they sail on, and deal confidently with restricted visibility situations

  • Yachtmaster instructors / Cruising instructors

who wish to improve not only their own radar skills but their radar teaching skills too.

  • Trainee Cruising Instructors

who would like to ensure they have all the required fully comprehensive knowledge of Radar to deal with any situations, real or otherwise, they may face in this highly challenging course.



Brief Overview

  • Ranges (pulsed radar)
    • Pulse timings / length
    • Pulse repetition frequency
    • Pulse repetition Interval
    • Range discrimination
  • Ranges (Broadband Radar)
    • FMCW process
    • Bandwidth
    • Frequency comparison
    • Effective range discrimination
    • Limitations
  • Bearings
    • Horizontal beam width
    • Bearing discrimination
    • Measuring bearings
    • Correcting bearing distortion
  • Gain Control
    • Signal amplification
    • Automation
    • Manually adjusting the gain
    • The dangers of poorly adjusted gain
  • Sea Clutter Control
    • Causes of sea clutter
    • Signal attenuation process
    • How to apply sea clutter control
    • Dangers of incorrect use
  • Rain Clutter Control
    • Types of rain clutter
    • Signal attenuation processes
    • How to apply Rain clutter control
    • Dangers of incorrect use
  • Radar Horizon & Range
    • Limitations of radars ranges
    • Horizon calculations
    • Known Target range calculations
  • Modes of operation
    • Head up mode
    • North up mode
    • Course up mode
    • Hardware requirements for stabilised modes
  • RACONs
    • How the RACON functions
    • Limitations of RACONS- all radars
    • Limitations of RACONS Broadband radars
    • How to read RACON Targets
    • Developing technology, E-Racons
  • Basic Radar tools
    • EBL's
    • Ascertain collision risk with EBL
    • VRM's
    • Radar Cursor
  • Plotting Sheet Guide
    • How to fill in the information
    • How to use the speed-distance-time table
  • Plotting Stage 1
    • Transferring targets to a paper plotting sheet
    • Systematic observation of target
    • Plotting the O / A line
    • Relative motion
    • Plotting relative vectors
    • Working out the CPA
  • Plotting Stage 2
    • Rules of the stationary object
    • Understanding of 'Our Motion'
    • Plotting the O / W line
  • Plotting Stage 3
    • Completing the plot
    • Plotting a Targets true motion
    • Plotting the W / A line
    • Measuring targets heading
    • Measuring targets speed
    • Working out targets aspect at different ranges
    • Plotting a true vector
    • Correlation of traditional plotting techniques to automated systems
    • How to acquire targets
    • Reading Relative Vectors
    • Reading True Vectors
    • Thorough understanding of the difference between RV and TV
    • MARPA symbols
    • Hardware requirements of MARPA
    • Limitations of MARPA

If you're short on time, the course can be completed in one long day, but it's best to take your time, and allow the knowledge from each section to mature before proceeding onto the next. The elements of the course all tie in together, so you have to complete one section, and its associated questions before proceeding to the next.

I have been teaching Yachtmasters for 15 years, as a full Yachtmaster instructor, during this time I also teach Radar in the classroom, so - I'm here for you if you get stuck, your questions help me to fine tune the course, so please fire away any questions as they pop up. I'm more than happy to help.

Your Instructor

David Henry Punch
David Henry Punch

Hello there!

I've been boating since I was 9 years old when I first ventured out into a bumpy Lune River in the UK with my dad on our 30 foot ketch, we had some fantastic adventures! Now for the last 15 years I have been teaching yachtmasters and maintaining my own small fleet of sailing and motor yachts. I'm owner / operator of Allabroad Sailing Academy in Gibraltar and more recently I set up MECO so that I can stretch my teaching to a wider online audience. I write all the online course content, do the voice overs, produce all the animations myself (i'm no animation expert btw - so we're not talking PIXAR) and I provide all the support personally, so it's not a corporation, it's just me, a mug of coffee, a laptop, and a crazy frog in the background!

Hope you enjoy the courses, and please do get in touch if you have any questions, I'm here to help.

Best wishes

Dave Punch

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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