Phalcon-NT New Technology Solid State Radar Beacon (RACON)

Phalcon-NT New Technology Solid State Radar Beacon (RACON)

New Technology Solid State Radar Beacon (RACON). Ideal for: bridges, offshore structures, ports & harbours, buoys, lighthouses.

The new Solid State Phalcon-NT RACON fully works seamlessly with  traditional and solid state radar solutions (X and S bands), and does not require the solid state radar to change its transmission mode. The new Phalcon-NT RACON “learns” its environment and responds accordingly saving energy.

Conventional RACON solutions have been around for many years, they are highly valued by mariners but changes in radar technology may limit their effectiveness. RACONs are designed to work with conventional radar systems that use short high power and fixed frequency transmissions from magnetrons and vacuum tube based sources. These conventional radar systems are now being replaced by solid state transmitters that have much longer operating lives and do not require 1000’s of volts to initiate them. Conventional RACONs will potentially need to be replaced as they will not automatically be triggered, or will do but at a significantly reduced rate by a solid state radar.

The new solid state Phalcon-NT RACON is now available and has lower power from ten to a few hundred milliwatts. This solid state radar contains a non-lifted radar source that does not require repetitive servicing, and the voltages required to generate the radar signal are low and safe. Solid state radars now have swept frequencies and numerous transmissions pulse widths which allows the radar to more effectively pull real targets from noisy responses which conventional RACONs will struggle with. The PHALCON-NT, thanks to their solid state transceivers, uses power, frequency, swept frequency, pulse width and antenna rotation rate detection (quintuple-token SLS). Current conventional Racons can only use dual token suppression (power and frequency).


•    Capable of responding to S-Band and X-Band pulsed radars in compliance with the ITU recommendations ITU-R.824-4
•    Compliant to IALA Recommendation R-101, and IALA Guideline No. 1010
•    Ensures that swept frequency pulses from solid state radars are identified and correctly characterised
•    Resolves frequency information of 50ns pulses within accuracy of around ±1MHz
•    Much less probability of false triggers by employing clever digital algorithms
•    Higher frequency accuracy in the presence of simultaneous signals
•    Affordable (average) power consumption is achievable by employing low-power techniques
•    Capability to handle new technology radars with minimal overhead

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