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Echomax Active X Radar Reflector (24m Cable)

Manufacturers Part Number: ACTX

(£455.94 Inc VAT)

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Echomax Active X Radar Reflector (24m Cable)

This is a new active radar reflector offering excellent performance.  Receives a signal from a transmitting radar, amplifies and returns a stronger signal. This increases the likelihood of detection reducing the risk of collision and helps to alert oncoming vessels of your position.


  • Reception frequency: X band 9.3 - 9.5GHz
  • Operating Temp:-20 to 60 degrees C
  • Voltage: 12V DC - +30% -10% (voltage surge and cross polarity protected)
  • Stand by current consumption: <15mA
  • Position Accuracy: within 1 meter
  • Typical 24 hour period e.g
  • 5 radar in the area: <.55Ah
  • 10 radar in the area: <.75Ah
  • EIRP: 1W (typically)


  • Zero degrees 111.36M2
  • +/-10 degrees of heel 78.96M2
  • +/-20 degrees of heel 20.80M2
    * Stated performance level - QinetiQ Anechoic Chamber Funtington 13th March 09
    Exceeds ISO 8729-2 effective 22nd July 09 X band performance requirements
    7.5M2 @ 10 degrees of heel for motor vessels and 20 degrees of heel for sailing vessels


  • Length 478mm width 40.5mm
  • Control box width 92mm heigth 51mm depth 38mm
  • Weight 327 gms excluding cable
  • Cable length 24M 2 core 0.5mm2 cable wt. 969grms

CONTROL BOX for interior installation

  • Surface mount with optional base or rear entry cable facility
  • Red LED to indicate power on.
  • Green LED illuminates when being painted by radar
  • One short flash in 2.4 seconds indicates one radar signal.
  • Multiple flashes in 2.4 seconds indicates multiple radar signals
  • Note: 2.4 seconds is time for revolution of normal speed radar. High speed radar will repeat every 1.5 seconds
  • Externally accessible fuse
  • Triple alarm facility
  • Green LED indicates being painted by radar
  • Switchable Internal buzzer which sounds when being painted by radar
  • Volt free relay contact for switching up to 8A to control vessels deck horn, klaxon or deck light
  • Base fitting: female 1 inch - 14NF (recommended fitting is as high as possible with 360 degree clear azimuth)
  • Glomex Offset mast head bracket
  • Glomex stainless base fitting for A frames
  • Glomex plastic safety rail clamp fitting.
  • Glomex 12 inch extension pole to ensure installation height above navigation light
  • 12V Deck Klaxon kit<
  • External alarm relay (not required when current draw is within the 8A load)
Complies Recent tests by QinetiQ of an advanced, new generation prototype show excellent performance through ±10 and 20 degrees of heel and in the vertical position, fully meeting the performance requirement of the new ISO8729-2 at X-band 9.4GHz used by pleasure and commercial vessels alike.

Comparison below has been made with the Sea-Me RTE which has received very good yachting press reviews and is reputed to be the best selling RTE in the UK.

                            Active-X                            Sea-Me
vertical position111.36M242.57M2
10 degrees of heel78.96M224.87M2

The above figures are stated performance level (SPL)   

7.5M2 is required to meet the performance requirements of ISO 8729-2 X band at 10 degrees for motor vessels and 20 degrees for sailing vessels.
Stand by current15Ma150Ma
External alarm facility 8A volt free contact90Ma

The Sea-Me data was obtained from the March 07 MAIB Performance investigation of marine radar reflectors following the Ouso disaster or the Sea-Me RTE manual.

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