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Interfacing with SeaScan

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    The Windows version of radR can communicate with Rutter Technology's SeaScan server via the radR seascan plugin and Rutter's Client.dll.  The seascan plugin configuration file radR/plugins/seascan/seascan.conf.R contains the default paths to the client library and SeaScan.exe server program.  If the plugin does not find these files where it expects to, it will prompt you to locate them.  If you choose to cancel, the seascan plugin will not function.  To have  radR remember new locations for these files, make sure to resave the seascan plugin configuration via the plugin menu, or by having radR save its configuration when you quit it.  The plugin will attempt to start the seascan server when radR is loaded, but you can disable this behaviour from the seascan plugin menu.

    If the SeaScan server is started by the radR seascan plugin, then the server will use the SeaScan0.ini and SeaScan0.bin files located in the radR/plugins/seascan folder. 

    You should replace these SeaScan0.ini/.bin files with those appropriate to your own radar!  You can generate these using Rutter's SeaScanRCU.exe program. Please contact the author of radR (jbrzusto AT fastmail DOT fm) for help with using radR on a non-Furuno radar.

    (FIXME:  radR comes with code to generate .ini/.bin files from a text table of radar modes, but there is still a bug in that PRF range ends are not calculated correctly.  The .bin files appear to round these to match some basic time unit.  For now, this code is not accessible via the GUI.)

    The seascan plugin is only required if you wish to use radR with live radar data.  If you want only to read "tape archive" data (i.e. large ".DAT" files recorded by Rutter's storage system), then you only need the radR seascanarch plugin which provides cleaner and faster access to these files than the radR seascan plugin does.  The seascanarch plugin does not use the Rutter Client.dll


    There is no unix version of the Rutter client library, and so the unix version of radR cannot communicate with a SeaScan server.  However, reading from recorded SeaScan "tape archives" is supported by the seascanarch plugin.

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