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Humminbird Day Seminar April 4th 2015 at Radioworld

Join professional angler Barry Graves at Radioworld on Saturday April 4th 2015 for his seminar “Taking the Mystery out of Fishing with Electronics”.  Barry constantly uses his Humminbird electronics on the water to not only find fish but also to position his boat to make the perfect cast once he has found them.

Using electronics isn’t something just for anglers fishing deeper water as Barry will demonstrate how he relies on them when fishing shallow cover for Largemouth bass.  He will cover a number of other situations where electronics play a major role in his fishing.

This seminar is FREE of charge to all who wish to attend but we ask that you register with us at events@radioworld.ca to help us plan for the day.  We will have complimentary coffee and timbits.
HB Day 2015

Humminbird and Minn Kota Day Seminar

Radioworld is excited to host another seminar on marine electronics this time featuring Humminbird and Minn Kota.  We are thrilled to have Derek Strub at Radioworld to present this seminar.  Derek is well know in the tournament fishing community and a former Canadian Open Champion.  He will be talking about how he uses his electronics to find fish holding structure.  I’m sure he’ll throw in a few tips on how to catch them as well!

With all of Humminbird and Minn Kota’s new products for 2014 there will be a lot of material to cover.  They are certainly making boat control easy with the integration of Humminbird GPS and sonar units to the Minn Kota iPilot Link trolling motors.

There is no charge for this seminar and all are welcome to attend.  It takes place Saturday April 12th, 2014 from 10am-noon. Please register with us at events@radioworld.ca so we can plan for the day.  Coffee and timbits will be provided.

Check out the flyer below for all the details.

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-Lawren

Lakemaster Digital Fishing Charts

lakemaster logoLakemaster digital GPS charts have quite the following in the Mid-West USA and are starting to creep their way up to the Canadian boarder.  These charts are known for their high detail contour lines allowing fishermen to find the infamous “spot on the spot”. lakemaste chip

If you are using a compatible Humminbird GPS and Minn Kota iPilot Link trolling motor with a Lakemaster chart you can set your boat up to follow a specific contour line.  With the contour lines separated by only a foot you are able to make precise presentations. There is also a contour offset feature which will allow you to set a predetermined distance away from the depth range you wish to fish.  This lets you cast to your target depth without worrying about drifting over the fish and possibly spooking them.

S00004 These maps are currently available for Lake Erie, Lake St Clair, and Lake of the Woods in Canada with hopes of more being available in the future.

-Lawren

New Talon Accessories: Wireless Foot Switch & Dual Talon Remote Now In Stock

talon footThis simple wireless switch lets you easily raise and lower the spike and control up to two Talons – independently or simultaneously – from the waterproof switch, which uses an LED display and features an easy-access battery compartment. Modular deck mount for easy removal and storage. Works along with your existing Talon remotes. The foot switch is completely waterproof and floats in case you accidentally kick it overboard.  The battery is included.

talon remote

We also have the dual wireless remote in stock if you prefer handheld control of your Talon or Talons.  If you’ve mounted two Talons to your boat, this four-button wireless remote gives you independent control of each of them. Each Talon can learn up to 10 remotes. The remote is waterproof and floats, and includes a battery and lanyard.

-Lawren

ICOM 9100 operating off the grid!

I  had the pleasure of testing a fully loaded ICOM 9100 HF/50 MHZ plus VHF and UHF all mode radio. The radio arrived direct from ICOM Canada fully loaded with all filters plus the UT-121 D-Star module plus the UX-9100 1.2 GHZ module. This radio puts out 100 watts on HF, 6 and 2 meters, 75 watts on 440 and 10 watts on 1.2 GHZ.

This is really the ultimate radio all in one package. Using the optional programming software CS-9100 I was able to program the DSTAR settings very quickly and soon found myself on the VE3LSR repeater talking all over the world. for those that are new to DSTAR, this is Icom’s digital mode and is found on some handheld and mobile radios such as the Icom 92AD or ID880H VHF /UHF radios.

 

DSTAR allows global communication via a DSTAR repeater connected to the DSTAR gateway.

Here is a picture of the IC-9100 listening to VE3LSR in Barrie, Ontario displaying a callsign from the UK, notice the operating location?, The weather was awesome…The one thing that I noticed, no matter how bright the sun was, the display remained readable at all times… very nice!!!

 

 

 

 

I also experimented with the RBSA-1 remote control software, this allows control of the basic radio functions across a local network or the Internet via a secure IP address. This software is a fairly basic remote software allowing most of the radio functions to be duplicated on the remote computer screen, but because it is designed to work with many Icom transceivers  many features of the 9100 were not available, this I found disappointing. in addition the configuration is not for the inexperienced computer user, with advanced networking knowledge a must. One must be comfortable configuring router ports and other settings on the users computer. Once configured it was stable and worked well.

One plus is that the IC-9100 has a USB port on the rear panel of the radio, the included USB cable with the RBSA-1 made for easy configuration of the USB audio requirements for the software, it was essentially plug and play.

Now on to the fun stuff!!!

I had the pleasure of taking the radio on the road for a week, I setup the radio at my cottage. As the title of this article suggests, I had plans to operate the radio off the grid for a few days, take a simple G5RV antenna for the HF needs and a mobile 2M/440 antenna for the VHF/UHF stuff and away we go.

For power I planned on operating from a group 27 deep cycle battery that I use for my trolling motor, I figured this would keep me going for sometime. I have the battery located in a very handy Minn Kotta battery case, this case is awesome, it provides high current terminal connections plus it is fully protected by circuit breakers up to 60 amps.

There is a battery status indicator on the top panel, plus 2 12 volt outlets that can handle up to 5 amp current draw fully protected by circuit breakers. for $75.00 this case beats all the ones I have seen out there. O yea and it fits a group 27 battery perfectly, the attached handle has no problem with the 55 pound weight of the battery. A bargain in my opinion.

 

Here is the setup, IC-9100 and Minn Kotta battery case, great signals on 40 Meters.

 

 

 

On to the antenna, Radioworld has been selling our own version of the famous G5RV for sometime now, these high quality antennas are manufactured in Ontario by a local supplier. over the last few years we have sold a whole bunch. One thing I have learned is you rarely get comments about products when they work well, but should they fall short you will almost certainly hear about it. Well I can honestly say I have never heard a bad thing about these antennas.. So I felt the need to take one  and review it.

The first thing you will notice is when you take it out of the box is the construction quality… amazing, nothing but the best parts used here. For the purpose of the testing I used the 1/2 size G5RV as I was concerned about the available space I had, I knew I could fit 51 feet, not sure about 102 feet. So i opted for the 1/2 size version.

Both models come completely assembled and included 50 feet of coax cable with connector supplied and installed, ladder line that is used is very low profile and balun is installed to prevent and RF getting back down the coax. This antenna is really plug and play, toss it into the trees and away you go.

I only was able  get the antenna up about 20 feet in the air, not the most ideal, but the 16 feet of ladder line was straight and not laying on the ground, this was critical, I was skeptical about the  installation.

Now to say the HF bands have been dead over the this past summer would be an understatement… daytime was a waste of time, so I planned on evening operations covering 20 meters and 40 meters.

My first night with the IC-9100 was spent learning all the great filtering capabilities of this radio, the two optional filters installed in the radio made for some interesting learning, but boy did they work. I had the fortunate luck of virtually no man made noise, the fact I was operating on a battery seemed to help. I also had no RF issues, in fact I opted not use a ground.. NO RF coming back down the coax. the balun in the antenna was doing a great job.

The internal antenna tuner in the ICOM 9100 had no problem tuning any frequency from 40 Meters and up, it was quick, seemed to remember were I had been and was lightning quick in retuning. Once I got a complete understanding of the radio it was down to business.

After sunset 20 meters opened up most nights with great signals from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

My first call netted me Italy and about 6 other European countries all with 59 plus signal reports, in some cases 20 db over S9. I though wow 100 watts and a simple G5RV this is working well. As the night moved on 20 started to shut down so i moved to 40 meters.. Had lots of contacts through the US, again with great reports. a few Europeans in the DX window were also worked

Most fellow hams were blown away by the audio from the radio using only the included hand mic, when I described the setup, battery and G5RV,  most of the high powered guns I spoke to running a kilowatt were very impressed.

On the second night the fun really started, with some big guns out of Kuwait working US pileups.I figured myself and a 100 watts and a poorly installed antenna would not stand a chance, but boy was I wrong, typically 2 calls and boom a new country in the books for me. later in the evening the coast of Africa and various other countries including Russia were added to the log. This setup was providing lots of fun.

The rest of the week provided the same kind of results over the course of the week i worked over 40 countries and 20 or so states.

The battery only required one recharge and the radio continued to provide full power output at all times, this was by far a nice way to operate, proving that a power supply and a wall plug are not always needed.

I had a great week with the radio at the cottage, and overall spent about about two months playing with it. A true station in a box, this radio does it all, from HF to DSTAR to satellite communications a true one of a kind.

I want to thank Paul Veel at Icom Canada for sending me the radio and letting me experience this great product.

This will be my next radio for sure

Leo

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Weekend of Fishing Fun

In our last few blogs featuring Radioworld Pro-Staff Danny Dunn we heard how his electronics helped him take a win and a top 3 finish in his recent bass tournaments.  Well, even while enjoying a relaxing day on the water with is daughter Sarah, he still relies on his electronics to make his day a successful one.  The following are Danny’s words on his weekend of fishing.

“Sarah and I took advantage of the low winds and ventured out to Lake Ontario Saturday. I was especially looking for new water this trip and used Navplanner with my high def (1-foot contours) Hotmaps chip to find shallow flats with tight contours that had access to deep water, deep meaning in the 25-30 foot range.

I believed the fish would be deeper and with the warming afternoon coming the fish would head shallow to feed. The shallow water was key!  It had to have sand and chunk rock but not miles of it, sporadic was the key. Basically they were areas I thought the fish would use in the spring to spawn in.

The tight contours meant the fish would have almost immediate access to the shallow/deep water and it would be a key point to intersect fish moving up or down the break. I didn’t believe the fish would travel 100-200 yards to transition from 30 feet to 8-10 feet I believe the sharper and quicker the drop, the better!

When I arrived in the morning and put the Hotmaps chip in my HDS8 I zoomed it out to 4 miles and that allowed the tight contours to jump out right in plain sight. I then placed a waypoint at each end of the contour line as a start and finish point.

My plan was to use the front graph (another HDS8 networked to the dash unit with StructureScan) and stay on the break moving along the deep break looking for fish. I ran the unit in split screen.  Chart mode on one side and sonar mode on the other, alternating back and forth between down scan so I could really see bottom composition (ex. sand/rock/gravel).  When I saw a fish on the graph I would literally drop my bait down to the fish. Sarah and I went 12 for 16 on fish we saw on the graph.

I ran 3 spots before I found fish on the break.  If I didn’t see fish on the graph I didn’t fish it. One of the keys for this day was running the Minnkota at 30% and keeping my eyes on the graph. Now as a note; speed is totally dependent on wind direction and speed.  I found that if I was moving too fast on the trolling motor I couldn’t get my bait down to the fish in time, remember we where fishing as deep as 30 feet of water. Scroll speed was also important to ensure the data I was seeing on the graph was current and right below the boat not 20-feet behind.

For baits we used a dropshot with a ½ oz Tungsten cylinder weight. Reason for this set up is the cylinder drops fast than a round weight and Tungsten is significantly smaller in size for the same weight again effecting the drop rate. Once on the bottom we just kept a tight line and waited for the fish to grab it.  No shaking it or movement at all.  As for the bait it was a Xzone Slammer all the way….as for color…sorry dude….none of your bees wax!…lol

Line was 10lb braid, again, thinner line diameter fast drop rate and a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader of about 10 feet. The reason for the longer leader is that if I’m fighting a fish at the side of the boat I want the knot on the reel and no weak points. For rod we used a 7 ½ medium heavy rod. The longer rod helps pick up the line in deep water.

One last thing, we set the hook! No sweep sets in 30 feet of water. These fish have hard mouths and we needed to drive the hook home, sometimes I would set the hook once or twice more to ensure I was driving it home.

Later in the afternoon we slowly moved in the shallows looking for cruising fish, you couldn‘t miss them. We could see down 18 feet as the water is gin clear so in the shallow 2-4 feet it was like you could just reach out and touch them!  The fish were up there to feed and not shy at all. We could have caught them on top water lures which would have been fun, but I don’t like the hook up ratio so we stuck to Tubes and Drop shot. It was a blast!

In a nut shell between the HDS units and the Navionics mapping I never would have been able to condense my efforts on specific areas. Its cut my searching time but at least 80%. Even though I was just fun fishing I ALWAYS like to catch fish and to share that with my Sarah just completed the circle.” – Danny Dunn

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danny!  There is some great insight there on how to take full advantage of your electronics! Fall is one of the best times to get out for bass and with the cooler weather here and the water temps dropping this puts the fish into feed mode.  Put the tips Danny shared to use and you too will have a successful outing.

 –Lawren

 

Minn Kota 2011 Freshwater Promotion

Time to start thinking about open water fishing, and just in time Minn Kota, makers of the best trolling motors and accessories announced a great rebate program.

From February 15th, 2011 untill May 1st, 2011 receive upto a $100.00 rebate or select products

Grab your rebate forms from our website

Battery chargers
Trolling Motors

Also do not forget about the Spring Fishing and Boat Show this weekend.

Thanks

Leo

Spring Fishing and Boat Show

Anyone else tired of winter yet?   Well I am of mixed feelings for a few reasons. Firstly as a new sledder, I am really enjoying winter activities for the first time in my adult life!  Sure playing in the snow was fun as a kid… but in reality… it can really bite as we grow older!  The new sleds and the technical clothing made today makes life a lot more simple and enjoyable.

The next reason why I don’t mind winter is probably the more important one… “Show season”!  Most in the industry HATE the shows…but not me. It’s a great time to see what is new… its a better time to catch up with old friends and see those who we have not seen in awhile!

This coming weekend is the Spring Fishing and Boat Show being held at the International Centre in Mississauga!  Nothing gets the blood pumping more than knowing that Spring is around the corner and that open water fishing is coming soon!   This years show is going to be AWESOME.  Show Organizers Andy and Vita Pallotta have been working to put a bigger and better show together and the hype has never been better! 

Radioworld will be there with a HUGE booth and prices are slashed to the bone!   We will have awesome deals on Lowrance products (even more savings the HDS units with HUGE Factory Rebates), Humminbird, Minn-Kota, Garmin, Navionics Ram Mounts, Vexilar, Marcum, Aqua-Vu. FishTV, FishHawk, Revere ComfortMax, GoPro, Contour HD, Icom, Standard Horizon, Cobra, Streamlight, Durasafe, GoLight, Gerber, Backroads Maps, TopoNav, Fugawi, SPOT, Globalstar Satellite Phones and more!!!

Don’t forget to pop in and visit us at the show and say hello!

See you there!

Jack