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Furuno joins radar seminar

Eric Kunz, one of today’s most knowledgeable and articulate marine electronics professionals, joins the CruiserPort University team at the Newport International Boat Show in presenting “Getting the Most from Your Radar.” The senior product manager from Furuno USA will bring the company’s latest solid-state radar as a teaching aid.

Kunz will join veteran presenter Bob Sweet at the head of the class. Sweet is a marine trainer and author of several boating how-to books, including The Weekend Navigator. The radar seminar, on Friday, Sept. 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., is one of 10 offered at CruiserPort University during the Rhode Island show.

The seminar will help people with radars of any make or vintage, but for demonstration purposes Kunz is bringing Furuno’s latest, the DRS4D-NXT “doppler” radar. This solid-state radar is part of the radar revolution that began when Navico introduced it’s Broadband radar line, which relied on multi-frequency scanning rather than a magnetron pulse to acquire and display targets.

Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison gave the Furuno DRS4D-NXT radar a rave review in his Panbo blog.

You might say that when it comes to marine radar, World War 2 is finally over. Pulse radar came into its own during the Battle of Britain and had been the dominant radar technology ever since.

“How To Get the Most from Your Radar” is one of eight seminars that can be 

purchased individually for $60 or you can buy a VIP pass, which let’s you attend eight classes at a substantial savings. (Two additional seminars, Nigel Calder’s “Diesel Engines: Maintenance & Troubleshooting” and “Troubleshooting Marine Electrical Systems” are eight-hour classes and are not included in the VIP pass.)

Eric Kunz, senior product manager for Furuno USA, has brought many electronic devices to the marine market during his long career.

CruiserPort is organized by the same people who bring you TrawlerFest, but it is not specific to trawlers. The intended audience is cruisers or would-be cruisers under power or sail. The AIM Marine group publishes Soundings, SAIL, Power & Motoryacht, Yachts International, Angler’s Journal as well as PassageMaker magazine.

Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison gave the Furuno DRS4D-NXT radar a rave review in his Panbo blog. Click here to read.

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