Active Radar Beacon
Racon devices are used at sea to mark navigational hazards as RADAR targets for presentation on a ship navigational radar display. The word Racon comes from combining RAdar and beaCON.
The McMurdo Marine Systems HEKLEO-SX Racon is a frequency agile all-weather radar transponder that works on both “X” band (3cm wavelength), and “S” Band (10cm wavelength) frequencies.
A HEKLEO-SX Racon responds to a radar interrogation by transmitting a Morse code character which appears on the passing ships radar display. When HEKLEO-SX Racon receives a ships interrogating radar pulse, it responds with a return signal on the same Radar frequency, this results in a special Radar target image icon appearing on the ships radar display.
HEKLEO-SX Racons are often used as aids to navigation when marking:
- Lighthouses and navigation buoys (the majority are on buoys rather than lighthouses)
- Offshore oil platforms and other marine structures
- Environmentally-sensitive areas such as coral reefs
- Navigable spans under bridges
- To identify centre lines and turning points
- To indicate temporary, new and uncharted hazards (with a Morse characterÂ “D”)
- Latest technologies
- Fully IALA compliant
- Easy installation and programming
- Maintenance free
- Very low power consumption