Marine Electronics

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Hot new electronics are coming

Here is a look at a cross section of the new electronics coming our way:

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September 26 at 9:00 am
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Old tech to the rescue

My town doesn’t allow people to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving, but hands-free talking is OK so I keep our phones paired through Bluetooth to our two vehicles.

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August 26 at 2:25 pm
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EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.

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July 28 at 9:00 am
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Get the picture?

Strangely enough, the reservoirs on our nation’s river systems were not originally constructed to give us places to fish; they were built to control traditional spring floods that destroyed crops and homes.

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June 26 at 9:00 am
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Marine batteries 101

Learning that all batteries are not created equal can be an expensive lesson. Power your trolling motor with batteries designed to start your engine and they will last for weeks rather than years. Buy full-maintenance batteries and treat them like maintenance-free versions and you will be lucky to get a single season out of them.

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May 19 at 8:25 pm
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Manufacturing luck

The Dallas Fire Fighters Bass Club was formed in the 1970s and as a casual angler just turned serious fisherman I was a charter member.

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April 28 at 9:00 am
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Garmin catches up (and then some)

Garmin is bringing its down- and side-scanning sonar technology to the marine electronics market, calling them DownVü and SideVü. You can expect near-picture-quality views of the fresh- or saltwater world beneath and off to both sides of your boat like those you’ve been seeing on the screens of other manufacturers’ units.

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March 27 at 9:00 am
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New SpotlightScan side-looking sonar

Classic bass-fishing destinations like Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn had a lot more standing timber in them back in the 1970s. In fact, once you got above their lower basins the only way to get around was to follow the many boat lanes cut through the trees.

Schools of bass used these boat lanes, too, as cover-free areas where they drove schools of shad to the surface in feeding frenzies.

The sight would raise the hair on the back of my neck, and I wasn’t alone; chasing these “schooling” bass in the boat lanes became a popular way to fish. The fish crashed to the surface, and then almost before you could cast they went deep again, leaving you wondering which direction to fire your lure until they popped back up.

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February 25 at 9:00 am
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Humminbird touchscreens

Two years in development, Humminbird’s new ONIX and ION models offer anglers something different in marine electronics. The two models are the most-powerful Humminbird has ever offered, and were introduced at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

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January 27 at 9:00 am
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Software updates

Brand-new, highly desirable sonar and GPS features are announced at least once each product year by the makers of marine and outdoor electronics.

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December 26, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Battery chargers with a pulse

The chemical process that produces electrical power in a battery can also damage it without human intervention.

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November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am
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A better shallow-water anchor

My club tournament partner and I were running out of time. We had barely 15 minutes of fishing left before we had to leave to make weigh-in, and we had just located our first concentration of decent bass.

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October 28, 2013 at 9:00 am
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X marks the spot

The new MotorGuide Xi5 wireless trolling motor is obviously designed to take on Minn Kota’s successful Terrova, and MotorGuide took the time and trouble to do it right.

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September 26, 2013 at 9:00 am
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How to get the best cartography on your chart plotter’s screen

Back when the earliest digital maps for freshwater lakes began to appear on chart plotter screens, I was struck by how different they were.Read More...
August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Can we talk?

The National Marine Electronics Association is the organization responsible for setting standards for marine electronics, including those for communication between units. The purpose for setting communication standards is to provide a common language and wiring procedure so units and sensors from all manufacturers can talk to each other.Read More...
July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Keeping it clean

LCD screen brightness, contrast and resolution improve with every new generation of marine electronics. Higher pixel counts, new sonar technologies, more-vibrant colors and improved visibility under adverse light conditions let us see tiny sonar and chart details that would have been invisible a decade ago without zooming to enlarge the screen picture.Read More...
June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
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