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Reviews Categories | Direction Finding equipment | Regency Polaris VHF ADF adaptor Help

Reviews Summary for Regency Polaris VHF ADF adaptor
Regency Polaris VHF ADF adaptor Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $used $50 up
Description: This system is a pseudo Doppler ADF made to interface with marine VHF xcvrs. Consists of control/display, cables and a 4 vertical element pin diode switched DF antenna. out of production but often seen at swap meets in boating areas. Will work from about 125-180 Mhz, optimized for about 156 Mhz.
Product is in production.
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SWL377 Rating: 4/5 Feb 1, 2006 15:46 Send this review to a friend
Cheap used, OK performance  Time owned: more than 12 months
This system was marketed to marine VHF users and is no longer in production. They take audio from a VHF rcvr and use an electronically "rotated" antenna array to find direction of arrival using Doppler techniques. The DF antennas were poorly sealed and usually failed after a few years of use. It has decent VHF DF performance, especially offshore where signal reflections are minimal. The antennas are usually repairable requiring only a through rinse out, corrosion cleaning and perhaps some resoldering. Its the salt bridges that make them stop working. When properly sealed (lots of RTV on every seam and in every hole) they last a long time. Use stainless or plastic fasteners when reassembling.

These ADF adaptors show up quite often at marine swap meets and can be picked up cheap. I got mine with an antenna and all cables for $50. Apelco makes a similar model but it seems to have more problems than the Regency. Si Tex makes a current version and it sells for around $800.

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