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Lowrance Update and Training Day April 29th 2017

On April 29th at Radioworld in Toronto we will host an information day on Lowrance and Simrad products.  The focus of the day will be to get your unit ready for the 2017 open water season.  We’ll update your units for free and assist you in setting them up.  Lowrance prostaff Gerry Heels from Heels Marine Electronics Installations will be here to assist with updates and information regarding installs.

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Bring your units with you and we’ll get you ready for 2017!  If you need an update on anything other than a current Lowrance or Simrad unit please bring your power cable with you.

Flex Radio Seminar a Huge Success !

On Saturday, September 28th, Radioworld welcomed Greg Jurens, K5GJ, of FlexRadio Systems. Greg spoke about software defined radios – from how they work to the entire FlexRadio lineup.

We would like to give a huge thank-you to Greg, and the many amateur radio enthusiasts who came to Radioworld to hear Greg educate us all on these great products.


Thank you all for a great day !

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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.

Simple Marine Electronics Troubleshooting Tips

With the fishing tournament season winding down and year end classic/championships starting up it is important to make sure your electronics are working 100% for these big money events. Over the summer we have had countless anglers come in with units they are having problems with. The good news is the solutions to those problems are quick and painless in most cases. Here are the three things we ran across most this season. 

Check to see what software version you are running

At the tournaments we visited this year the number one solution to the majority of problems was updating the software on units running outdated versions. The process for downloading the updates is very simple. All you need is a blank SD card (DO NOT USE YOUR NAVIONICS MAP), a computer with an internet connection, and card reader. Detailed instructions can be found at the following links.

Lowrance’s Software webpage. Click the model you own and follow the steps listed to download the update

Follow this link to the Lowrance Software Updates page –> Lowrance Updates

Humminbird requires you to register online for an account before you can access their software updates

Follow this link to the Lowrance Software Updates page –> Humminbird Updates

Another problem we noticed this year were anglers having trouble with their units near the end of the day when they go to crank the engine. After a full day of fishing with livewells and other electronics going, the main cranking batteries often barely have enough power to crank the engine over. If you have been in the situation where your units shut off or do funny things when you crank the engine near the end of the day it’s a good idea to look at your power source and upgrade it.

I ran two 8” screens, one 5” screen, NMEA2000 network, livewells, bilge, etc off my group 31 1000 cranking amp battery and never had any issues. If you have a smaller cranking battery like a group 24 or 27 I highly recommend upgrading to a larger one. The electronics today are much more voltage dependant than in the past and power sources need to be upgraded accordingly.

A work around solution if you notice this problem while you are in the middle of a tournament is to turn your units off, crank the engine, then turn the units back on. Obviously this isn’t the best solution but it will get you going for the time being. A better solution would be to look at your battery and get the biggest you can fit in your boat.

Lowrance Restore Defaults Menu

If you are on the water and you run into any other issue the first thing to do is reset the options on your unit. On a Lowrance you want to press Menu twice, go to System (or System Setup), then go to Restore Defaults. This will bring your unit back to factory settings and not delete waypoints. If that doesn’t solve the problem a hard reset is in order. To do this, turn the unit off, then press, ZIN ZOUT PWR all at the same time, hold the keys until the warning message appears on the screen. THIS WILL DELETE ALL WAYPOINTS, TRAILS, ICONs, ETC – back them up first.

Humminbird Restore Defaults Menu

On Humminbird units its much the same as Lowrance, press Menu twice, go to System, then go to Restore Defaults. THIS WILL DELETE ALL WAYPOINTS, TRAILS, ICONs, ETC – back them up first.

These are the easiest solutions to the majority of problems we run across at Radioworld. If you are experiencing any other issues feel free to email us for some other troubleshooting tips!