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    Re: Lights etc.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2003 Oct 11, 10:20 +1000

    On the poor radar signal offered by yachts, with and without an external
    reflector:
    
    I've heard that one of the most effective ways of improving the signal
    return is to stuff the mast with balled-up aluminium 'paper' sold for
    cooking purposes, that it works better than an add-on reflector which is a
    clumsy thing to have hoisted aloft. Why it should be so I know not, as the
    mast is usually made of aluminium anyway. An added advantage is the material
    stops the halyards clanking inside the mast while the boat rocks on its
    mooring.
    
    There is also an electronic device that amplifies the radar signal before
    returning it so the vessel using radar gets a signal that looks like an
    aircraft carrier, thus difficult to miss, and another with an adjustable
    audible alarm that warns of an incoming radar signal - a boon to solo
    sailors.
    
    
    

       
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