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Navionics SonarCharts Keep Getting Better

Screenshot_2015-01-26-10-58-27In the Navionics Boating app the SonarPhone feature allows you to have a fishfinder on your screen and create your own personal HD bathymetry map with SonarCharts Live!

The fishfinder feature enables you to view live sonar and Navionics charts, both full screen and split screen, within the same app from your kayak, runabout, or any fishing boat! Every time you connect, future SonarCharts can be enhanced with depth data from anywhere you go.

Even better, SonarCharts Live allows you to create a new personal HD bathymetry map that displays on your device in real-time while navigating. The new chart appears as an additional layer over either Nautical Charts or SonarCharts. Data is saved for individual use and can be shared with Navionics to improve SonarCharts.

 


What you need

To enjoy the fishfinder feature, you need the latest version of the Navionics Boating app on your Android or Apple Tablet or Smartphone and the SonarPhone T-BOX hardware which is available for purchase here.

To create maps with SonarCharts Live in the free app version, you need to make sure you purchase a Navionics+ package from Menu > Charts & Upgrades. If you have a paid version, you don’t need anything else.

Getting Started                                                                                                                            SonarPhone T-BOX

– Install the SonarPhone T-BOX device on your boat. Turn on the SonarPhone T-BOX.

– From your mobile, connect to the Wi-Fi network: Settings>Wi-Fi ON and select the “T-BOX” Network. When prompted, enter the Wi-Fi password provided to join. See the video.

– Open the Navionics Boating app. The fishfinder display will automatically appear along with SonarCharts Live creating your new personal HD bathymetry map!

With the powerful SP200 T-BOX system, you can reach depths of 240 feet with a 200kHz, Dual-Beam (20/40 degree) skimmer style transducer and temp sensor. The Skimmer style transducer can be mounted externally on the transom of your boat for high speed use or internally in fiberglass hulls, but you will lose the temp sensor option for in-hull installations.

Also included in the SP200 package is a 12 volt car plug/USB adaptor for powering your tablets or re-charging your phones

Before SonarCharts                                                                       After SonarCharts

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Navionics SonarCharts Now Available on Lowrance and Simrad

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Have you owned a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G for some time? If so, you can create greatly enhanced SonarCharts™ of your favorite boating areas with almost no effort at all!

In fact, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G models automatically store sonar data by default during everyday use, so unless you have turned trails off, the whole library of sonar logs recorded since day one may be residing on the plotter’s memory. All you have to do now is export from your chartplotter to your Navionics card and upload to our website. Once sonar logs are saved on a card, it can be plugged into a computer and the data is transferred to Navionics through the internet to generate new SonarCharts™ for you and other boaters after about one week.

Here is how: http://www.navionics.com/en/plotter-tutorial/lowrance. You can print these instructions before you go to your boat or read them on your phone while you are onboard next to your sonar.

Only Navionics accepts sonar logs from all major brands including most models of Humminbird (DAT and GPX on all models, GPX only on ION and Onix), Raymarine (SDF, NMEA, GPX) and Garmin (ADM). Check http://www.navionics.com/en/compatibility. Boaters can choose to share all of their logs at once or they can record and export specific files. Learn more about SonarCharts™ and find tutorials on how to record sonar logs.

On GPS plotters, it’s included with Navionics+, Platinum+, and HotMaps Platinum for compatible plotters. Owners of any Gold, Silver, Marine & Lakes USA, and HotMaps Premium cards can have it with Navionics Updates.

Updated Navionics Maps for Lake Simcoe

If you haven’t seen the recent updates to Lake Simcoe on the Navionics+ chart you need to take a look.  The massive lake is finally done in 1′ contour lines and accuracy is excellent in the areas I have checked. These are a must have upgrade for the tournament angler this summer.  Here are some screen shots

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As you can see the fine detail is incredible so if you don’t have this chart you are going to be at a major disadvantage.

The Navionics+ card is a blank card formatted by Navionics to accept their mapping.  You can download maps for any lakes they have charted in North America.  You are only limited by the 2GB card size and 1 year subscription time frame.

These charts are in stock at Radioworld, check them out here –> Navionics+ Card

-Lawren

SAVE $30 on Navionics Platinum Charts in April

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Join us in celebrating Navionics 30th Anniversary by taking part in the Anniversary Sale on Platinum promotion and take advantage of $30 off regular prices and extraordinary Platinum features:  

  • 3D View
  • Satellite Overlay
  • Panoramic Pictures
  • SonarCharts™

Plus 12 Months of Freshest Data updates to Nautical Charts, SonarCharts™ HD bathymetry map and Community Edits.

Drop by Radioworld to take a look at what Navionics Platinum+ and Hotmaps Platinum have to offer you!

-Lawren

Garmin Day Seminar at Radioworld March 29th 2014

Radioworld is hosting our Garmin Day seminar on Saturday March 29th 2014 at 10am.  Tim Rockburn from Garmin will be here to present a seminar on their latest technologies including SideVu, DownVu, and LakeVu HD Charting.

This seminar will focus on Garmin’s Marine Inland products like the new echoMap series they released this year.  If you have purchased a unit this spring and want to learn more about it this seminar is for you.  For those in the market for a new sonar, GPS, or chartplotter this seminar is one to check out.

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This seminar is being presented FREE of charge and any one is welcome to attend.  We just ask that you register with us by calling  416-667-1000, emailing garmin@radioworld.ca, or dropping by the store.

-Lawren

 

Fishing Electronics Workshop at Radioworld May 4th 2013

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On Saturday May 4th 2013 we will have manufacturer’s representatives on hand from Humminbird, Minn Kota, Lowrance, and Simrad to demo their Sonar, GPS, and Imaging Sonar products.

We will have the much anticipated new Humminbird 360 on display and ready to demo.

If you have purchased a unit already the reps and Pro-Staff will be here to answer all of your questions on how to use the units to get the most out of them.  These guys are the experts and will show you everything you could imagine.

They will also be here to talk to anyone interested in making a purchase to help explain the differences between models.

The reps will be here from 9:30am until 1pm and we will have small group stations set up for the workshops.  There is no charge for these workshops and anyone is welcome to attend.  Just bring your questions!

-Lawren

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

Ice Fishing Seminar Preview With Simon and Melanie Frost

Lures and Tours also caught up with Simon and Melanie Frost from Humminbird this past weekend who will be presenting a seminar at our Ice Fishing Seminar and Sale.

There will be more speakers announced very soon!  If you would like to attend you can register with us by email icefish2012@radioworld.ca, phone 416-667-1000, or in person at Radioworld 4335 Steeles Ave W in Toronto.  We look forward to seeing you there!

-Lawren

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Navionics Community Layer Now Available on HDS

Navionics is proud to announce the next step in the Navionics Community Layer revolution.  In February 2012, the Navionics Web Store received an update that allows Community Layer (User Generated Content) to be downloaded along with Freshest Data to every eligible* chip.  UGC, user inputted data related to a specific location on a chart, is now viewable on compatible chart plotters such as Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen1 with more models are soon to come.

How to get it?

Whether you are a new or existing user, simply plug your Navionics chip into your PC after downloading the Navionics World Application from the web store on Navionics.com.  Follow the brief steps to ‘Get the Freshest Data’ and you will have UGC on your chip. It is that easy!

As an existing user of the Navionics World Application, you will receive an update notification upon your next Freshest Data attempt.

For new users of the Navionics World application, you will receive the updated application version. No update is necessary.

Above the image shows a Lowrance HDS Gen2 displaying Navionics Community Layer adding new Channel markers, Marina services, Boat Ramps etc.

How to view the Navionics Community Layer:

Lowrance HDS Gen2 : Menu > Chart Options > Community Layer

Lowrance HDS Gen1: download software update 4.1 here.
Menu > Chart Options > Community Layer

About Community Layer (User Generated Content):

A revolution in digital charts: not only are you empowered to edit your charts, but you also benefit from the contributions made by the entire community of Navionics users, all delivered in real time on your mobile device, and delivered daily to your Navionics chart along with Freshest Data. In 2011, Navionics received an Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show for demonstrating innovation in boating safety in the User Generated Content Layer within its mobile applications.

To date, over 200,000 edits have been made by the Navionics community that improve the accuracy of charting information and safety of Navigation. Navionics has seen significant contributions throughout the world where uncharted waters have been mapped overnight by the boating community of Navionics users. Users in the United States, Australia, Italy, UAE, Germany, UK, Russia and elsewhere have posted the equivalent to Notices to Mariners and fishing information at a rate that the world’s leading hydrographic offices complete in many years, if ever.

* Eligible charts for the Freshest Data program include Navionics Gold and Platinum+ as well as HotMaps Premium and HotMaps Platinum products purchased after 2010. 

-Lawren