Category Archives: Tips and Advice

Severe Weather Warning !

We have been hearing this term – Severe Weather Warning – over the last few days here in Toronto. Residents of Calgary can attest to the damage the weather has done.
No matter where you are, it is always a good idea to be wary of any potential threats due to the weather.

Sangean CL-100 S.A.M.E. Table-Top Weather Hazard ALERT
Sangean CL-100 S.A.M.E. Table-Top Weather Hazard ALERT

Radioworld carries a full lineup of Weather and Emergency Power products.

SangeanOregon Scientific and Eton Weather Radios and Emergency Alert Monitors make sure you will never be caught unaware when severe weather is on it’s way.

Goal Zero, Cyclops and Brunton Solar Panels and Solar Power Chargers keep your energy needs alive, long after others have lost their power.

Oregon Scientific and Celestron Weather Stations let you monitor your own conditions and allow you to be your own weather forecaster.

Always be ready for the potential of adverse weather and power outages, visit Radioworld to stay safe !

Minelab Summer to Discover event

summer-to-discover

Have you ever wanted to check out Minelab’s great metal detectors? Now is a great time !

Drop by the store, take a detector for a test drive, and your name will be entered to receive a finds bag and a baseball cap absolutely no charge just for coming in and talking about the products…

Should you wish to buy one you will receive an instant rebate of up to $100.00

This event runs now through to July 23rd, 2013

See you soon

Leo

 

Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter for Simon

Simon
Simon

Simon is a  very happy 2 1/2 year old Brittany Spaniel. He is very protective of his home and sourroundings, and never hesitates to let anyone or anything know that he thinks he is in charge.

“Woof woof woof” roughly translates to “Get away from my house!”
“Wooof woooof woof” roughly translates to “Get away from my backyard!”

This past weekend , Simon received a new collar. The Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter G3 collar. This collar incorporates a very small box on an adjustable strap that goes around his neck. It comes with two sets of probes, a short set for short-haired dogs, and a longer set for dogs with a thicker coat.

Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter G3
Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter G3

The collar offers a little “persuasion” in the form of an electric shock whenever the dog barks. Once Simon’s collar was installed, it was set to level two (out of five).

Woooooof !” Then a pause. Then looks around around, as if to say “What was that ?!?”

A little while later another bark and another confused look.

At first, it seemed he didn’t associate the tingling in his neck with his barking, but as the weekend went by the barking got less and less. When he would get outside and get really excited, he would still bark, just not as much. Maybe time to set it to level three.
As the weekend went by the barking diminished significantly.

When we came home from shopping Sunday afternoon, Simon did his usual running to the door to see who it is, all excited. But there was no barking, just tail wagging.

It works !

Can you tell me how the display models are powered?

I received an email today from a customer, and thought that this was a great question that deserved to be shared.

Mike asked:
Can you tell me how the display models are powered? I want to practise with my new Elite DSI in my house. Thanks in advance, Mike

Although we have had powered displays at the store since we first opened, we take their operation for granted,  but as I thought about Mike’s question, I realise that this is something most people will not know.

Alinco DM-330MV Power Supply

For most of our displays items that require 12 volt power, we use the Alinco DM-330 MV power supply. This allows using mobile apparatus on household power.
See it here.

For our display, where many units are powered on at the same time, this power supply can provide up to 32 amps of current.

For the user powering one or two devices, you would not need such a powerful supply (although you’ll have plenty of reserve power), so, in Mike’s case, he could look at a lower current power supply like this one.

Pyramid PS9K Power Supply

To see Radioworld’s full line of power supplies, look here. If you are not sure what the right power supply is for your situation, just send us an email  like Mike did, and we will be happy to offer some suggestions.

Lowrance Insight Genesis Mapping

Lowrance released its latest mapping program Insight Genesis which allows you the user to create your own maps from sonar logs.  All you have to do is record your sonar data while you are on the water.  Then remove your SD card when you get home and upload the logs with Lowrance’s handy desktop utility.  Within a few minutes you’ll receive an email with a link to your custom map.

Here is a sample of a short sonar log from a couple of years ago that I uploaded yesterday.

Here is the Navionics chart for the same area to show the difference.

Lowrance allows you to view the maps online for free.  A onetime download is $19.95 to use with a HDS Gen2 Touch unit.  The Standard 1 year subscription is $99.95 and that allows maps to be used on 2 HDS Gen2 Touch units and a 4 hour scanning time.  This also allows you to merge maps from different trips for even greater detail.  The Premium subscription is $299.95/year and offers use on 4 HDS Gen2 Touch and bottom hardness, vegetation, weather tools, and other trending features.

Here is the link to get started on this https://insightstore.lowrance.com/insightgenesis

-Lawren

The Minelab CTX-3030 Treasure detector just got better!

Minelab CTX-30303
New software upgrade is now available !

Find more buried targets at maximum depth with the NEW Seawater Mode Setting and say goodbye to sore fingers with the NEW Pinpoint Lock option.

The Seawater Mode Setting increases sensitivity in salt water conditions so you discover valuable finds quicker at maximum depth and with the new ‘click on, click off’ Pinpoint Lock option, you no longer have to keep the trigger pressed for the Pinpoint function to work.

We’ve also included a whole host of system upgrades but the best bit is that this is all available at the touch of a button as, for the first time in Minelab’s metal detecting history, these upgrades are available online.

What do you want to do next?

  • To get started on the downloads straight away, read the CTX 3030 Upgrade Instructions and follow the instructions for either PC or Mac users.
  • To find out more about the new features and system upgrades, read the CTX 3030 Upgrade Brochure.
  • To read the product notice for the CTX 3030 upgrades, please click here.
  • To read the latest Treasure Talk blog on the CTX 3030 software upgrade, click here

We’d love to hear from you

If you want to tell us about these new features and system upgrades or want to make a suggestion for future software updates, why not drop us a line? You can get in touch with us directly by posting on:

Either way, we’d love to hear from you – we may not be able to do everything, but we do want to hear what you think will make your treasure hunting quests even more exciting.

  • For the latest CTX 3030 instruction manual – download from the CTX 3030 download page.
  • For the latest XChange 2 instruction manual – download from Minelab’s Apps page.

Winterizing Your Marine Electronics

Well, it is that time of year again! The saddest day of the year was Monday when the First Light rose out of the water to be winterized and forced into hibernation ’til next April. Again, I ask myself ‘what do I need to do to protect my marine electronics?’ My Garmin GPSMAP 720 Chartplotter, my Standard Horizon GX 1700 VHF, antennas, radar, transducers, cables and everything that is sensitive to extreme cold.

This is the time of the year to upgrade, repair and make notes for next year. There’s nothing worse than getting the boat ready in the Spring to find out you forgot your electronics needed some work or you didn’t save any waypoints and can’t remember what they were! Now is the time to make sure you are ready to go when the Spring season arrives.

Examine all cables and wiring, backup waypoints or other data that is at risk of disappearing over the winter. Remove and store all your sensitive marine electronics. My moto is – ‘if you can remove it – take it out’ and bring it home. Store them in a dry warm place. This is the time to make notes and tape them to the equipment. This way you will remember what you need to do next season and if you need to draw out wiring diagrams or schematics – at least you will know what to do ahead of time.

A couple of other things to remember are to make sure your antennas stay dry and safe during the winter. I leave them on the boat in the down position and duct tape any openings or connectors to keep them dry. Although it is safer and advisable to remove them,  I leave all my batteries in the boat – disconnected. I have never had a problem doing this in 38 years and have never had a problem starting engines or generators for the first time in the Spring.

Remember LCD screens are liquid and I don’t want to find out what happens to them when temperatures go up and down from -20 to +5 day and night! Condensation and freezing is another condition to consider if you were to leave your electronic equipment on board in -20 temps.

Some things to remember:

  • Clean corrosion off all terminals and connectors
  • Protect terminals and connectors with moisture dispelling aerosol, dielectric grease or WD-40
  • Check coax connectors for water ingress. Repair as needed and reseal
  • Remove electronics to a warm and dry place

Well, the boat is in it’s winter storage mode, so it is time to change my blog to a snowmobile format. I’m looking forward to a wintery, cold and blustery season where I can test equipment like PLB’s, GPS’s, communicators, cameras and other personal equipment and report back to you so you can make your trek a safe one.

 

 

New Ice Fishing Electronics For 2013

Humminbird’s flashers haven’t changed for the upcoming season but they have added a new model to their LCD sonar/GPS units.  The ICE 597 ci HD is a large screen 5″ GPS/sonar unit with a flasher mode.  This unit has 4000 watts of peak to peak power and a 640×640 pixel screen.  The unit also has a 50 channel GPS and a SD card slot to accept detailed Navionics charts.  Not only with this unit find you the fish, but with the GPS it will also get you to them!

Lowrance’s X-67c Ice Machine was one of the most popular ice fishing sonar units of all time.  Its the LCD equivilant to the FL-8 flasher from vexilar as far as its popularity goes.  Well, all good things must come to an end, and Lowrance decided to cease production of the X-67c Ice Machine this year.  This paved the way for 2 new units from Lowrance the Elite-4 Ice Machine and Elite-4x Ice Machine.

These units are like superchaged X-67c’s with their 2400 watts of PTP power and 200/83kHz dual frequency transducer.  The Elite-4x is a sonar only model while the Elite-4 is a sonar/GPS unit.  This unit has a microSD card slot for Navionics charts and an internal GPS antenna.

MarCum’s 2013 product line has many new offerings in the LCD flasher and underwater camera markets.  Their LX-9 even combines both those features!  This is going to be their flagship model for 2013 on its 8″ flat panel 800×600 display platform.  This unit combines the top of the line sonar features of the LX-7 and top of the line camera features from the VS825 and wraps them in one awesome package.

The LX-6 is the younger brother to the LX-7 and boasts some very impressive features itself.  It is a 6″ display with a 640×480 resolution screen and 4800 watts of PTP power.  This unit can pick up targets that are 3/4″ apart with its fully adjustable zoom.  It also lets you control the ping rate of the transducer and screen scroll speed for instant updates.

On the underwater camera side of things you’ll find the 7″ colour VS385c and the black and white VS385.  They both have 800×480 pixel resolution screens and 75′ of camera cable.  A gel cell battery, 3 stage battery charger, and case are also included.

We are starting to receive our ice fishing orders and have stock on some of the mentioned product.  Give us a call 416-667-1000 to see if we have what you are looking for.

-Lawren

Radioworld Featured on Reno Viola Outdoors

Reno Viola invited us to take part in a recent episode of Reno Viola Outdoors which can be found online at Spreaker.com.  Reno and I discussed the importance of marine electronics and explored some of the new technologies coming out for the 2013 fishing season.

Here is the direct link to listen online or download the episode.

http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/user/4639030/lawren_wetzel_from_radioworld_toronto

-Lawren