Thinking about adding radar surveillance to my mountain top retreat. Anyone know anything about using marine radars for land application? I am considering a Si-Tex radar, see:
Low end marine radar is now affordable! My goal with such would be to have an alarm sound when vehicles enter search area and even to plot their location relative to the radome. I suspect such would be an incredible adjunct to the wireless driveway entry type alarms. Boaters use radar to not only alarm when a vessel enters search area but also to detect dragging anchors.
A concern is that for a mountain top retreat one would need a slight look down antenna propagation profile. I suspect marine radars optimally operate in a flat plane out to the horizon. By positioning the radome at the top of the mountain, it might not have sufficient ‘look down’ capability; by positioning elsewhere, the mountain ‘shadow’ would leave areas of no coverage. It would really be wonderful if it would track close range aircraft.
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.