If you plan to mount your new Lowrance HDI Skimmer transducer that came with your Elite unit on your trolling motor you should consider adding a transducer shield for this setup. On the new HDI transducer there is a plastic bracket that slides onto the transducer which is then attached to the mounting hardware. This plastic bracket can be a weak link, should you accidentally hit an underwater obstruction.
The best way to avoid damaging the mount ($40 to replace) or even the transducer ($130 to replace) is to protect it with a Transducer Shield and Saver TSHDI2. This is by far the best option out there to protect the larger HDI transducer. These and many other Transducer Shield and Saver products are in stock at Radioworld.
We also have the Hydrowave Freshwater models on for $410 taxes in! The FishHawk X-4 is at $599 taxes in and the FishHawk X-4D is $750 taxes in!
Now if that isn’t enough we are going to have select models from manufacturers on sale like the Lowrance Elite7 HDI Gold for $750, the Humminbird 598 ci HD SI for $840 plus a $100 mail in rebate. All Navionics charts will be $25 off when purchased with a Humminbird, Lowrance, or Simrad chartplotter.
Much of our remaining Ice Fishing stock from Humminbird and Vexilar is on sale and all MarCum products are so low we can’t even advertise the prices!! Email, call, or visit the store for MarCum pricing. Aqua-Vu Micro AV Plus camera’s are on for $355! The full size Aqua-vu underwater cameras are also part of this sale.
If you are looking for a Garmin Handheld GPS or a Nuvi for the car, we have many selected models on sale right now!
There are many more sales available in store and online. Sales will end on March 24th 2013 and some restrictions may apply.
Also, don’t forget about our current clearout promotions on Lowrance HDS Base units and Humminbird 998c SI which we are getting close to sold out on!
Radioworld Pro Staff Danny Dunn had his Lowrance Structure Scan transducer mounted on the side of his jack plate with the standard mount supplied by Lowrance. After about a month of fishing his rusted bolt and twisted bracket needed a face lift to ensure his side imaging sonar was performing properly.
Danny’s boat has a 8″ Slidemaster jack plate which makes a perfect mounting surface for the Transducer Shield and Saver mount. The best part of all is that you don’t have to do any drilling into your boat. These mounts will use the factory holes on most jackplates. Let’s take a look at how he mounted his Lowrance LSS-2 10″ transducer with Transducer Shield and Saver. Notice the before and after pictures…what a difference!
Transducer Shield and Saver has mounting solutions for transom mount and trolling motor mount transducer. These mounts not only secure your transducer, but they also prevent it from being damaged in case of an unexpected impact.
We are now taking pre-orders for Humminbird’s newest product the 360° Imaging which will begin shipping in mid September.
The Humminbird 360 looks similar to a radar display as it scans 360° around your boat in high detail imaging sonar. You’ll see a 300′ diameter up around your boat with a single sweep of the transducer. That’s a total of 70,685 square feet of coverage!
This add on transducer works along with your existing side imaging transducer and is compatible with the 798, 898, 998, and 1198 units.
I can’t tell you how many times ice anglers come into the store once the season starts and I hear, “My unit worked before I put it away but when I took it out this season it won’t!”. Now is the time to double check all your ice fishing equipment is in working order so the first trip of the year isn’t ruined.
The most common issue we see is a dead battery. Batteries that have been put away without a full charge, or not charged at all during the summer, could end up dead and unable to take a charge when you try and charge it. Battery maintenance is very important for underwater camera’s and flashers. We recommend charging the battery after each use and maintaining that charge at least once a month when the unit is not in use.
Should you run into a problem where your battery isn’t taking a charge, or its just time for a new, one we have replacements in stock. They are available with or without a charger. The DSC100 is a great product from MarCum to ensure your battery is maintained properly. Its easy to read digital display and automatic shutoff feature makes battery maintenance a breeze.
While there is no way to accurately test a transducer out of the water without expensive diagnostic tools there is a way to get an idea if there might be a problem. First, check to see if you can hear or feel the transducer pinging (sounds like clicking or feels like small pulses). If you can’t hear or feel it that may indicate a problem with your transducer.
The second way to check it is to hold the transducer about 3-4 feet off a hard flat surface (like a concrete floor). Turn the gain up until you see a reading about 3 times deeper than the distance from the transducer to the floor. If its 3 feet off the ground it should read in the 15′ range. If you keep turning the gain up you should see double, triple, or even quadruple echos. The more echos you get the better the reading.
These are a couple of quick things you can do to check and make sure everything is ok before hitting the ice this season. We stock batteries, chargers, transducers and just about every other accessory you may need for your underwater camera or flasher!
For those of you looking for a portable sonar unit that can be used on the ice and in the boat the ICE 345 and ICE 385 are both models worth checking out. They are in stock and on display at Radioworld. Come on by for a demo!
These promo’s apply to units bought between September 1st 2011 and December 31st 2011.
In addition to the new products announced below, we have yet another new product announcement for the boaters and fishermen out there.
We have had many requests over the past few months for transducer mounting plates and I am pleased to announce that we now have them in stock. These mounting plates can be used on just about any boat where the transducer will be transom mounted.
All you need to do is mount the plate to the transom with 2 screws and then mount your transducers to the plate. This can greatly limit the amount of holes you have to drill in your boat! The plates are made out of ¾” Black Marine Grade King Starboard and are 12” long and 4” high to accommodate several transducers or speed sensors. At only $20 they are a small investment to protect your transom!
At Radioworld, we continue to offer our customers the best selection of products at competitive price and the very best available service possible!