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fredag 23. juni 2017

Video fra Hurdalsjøen

Levende bilder fra Team Colibri, nå står ikke verden til påske....

Lars og Dag er større fans av film enn meg, og filmet litt under vårt mini-teamtreff på Hurdalsjøen.

Får du ikke opp videoen kan du se den vi linken: https://youtu.be/W4Z-Ptg21rs

PS - min rapport fra turen er som vanlug tekst og "døde" bilder, den finner du HER

onsdag 21. juni 2017

What is the difference between HDS Gen 3 and HDS Carbon?

Whenever a completely new model or a rewamp of an existing model comes out, we get the same question: "What is the difference?"

Lowrance HDS Carbon

Previously I have written a few articles about the differences between some of the (now historic) Lowrance-models:

This time we will take a look at the difference between Lowrance HDS Gen 3 and the brand new Lowrance HDS Carbon that was released 15. december 2016. We will look at the technical stuff, and try to translate that into what it will mean when out on the water.

Lowrance HDS Gen 3

HDS Carbon is actually the fifth version of the popular HDS-series. Before it came HDS Gen 1, HDS Gen 2, HDS Gen 2 Touch and HDS Gen 3. HDS Gen 2 Touch marked a new area of how Lowrance run their model-updates, since it was released shortly after HDS Gen 2 and the two lived alongside eachother for a year before HDS Gen 3 came. Again HDS Gen 2 Touch was keept alive alongside HDS Gen 3, and we will now probably see this pattern repeated with HDS Gen 3 living on for another year or so alongside HDS Carbon. Life goes on.

The technical differences between HDS Gen 3 and HDS Carbon might seem small at a glance, and I agree that they are smaller then the differences between HDS Gen 2 Touch and HDS Gen 3. But whether or not those differences should impact what you spend your hard earned cash on, depends on your intendended use. Let us have a look at what HDS Carbon offers, that HDS Gen 3 does not:
  • Better screen-resolution in 7 and 9.
  • Better screen on all sizes.
  • Dual core processor.
  • Double the RAM
  • Double band chirp
  • Double sonar-compatability through ethernet

Resolution, not only a question of your screen.

Did you know that the resolution in your sonar-signal is a lot better then the resolution of the screen you use to view that signal? The devil is in the detail, and the fish are to be found with good resolution. Sure, if you are fishing for 50LBS fish in 20 feet of water, just about any sonar will show you that fish as long as your boat (or rather your transeducer) is placed over it. But when it comes to seeing small targets, single baitfish or larger fish at greater depths, resolution plays a big part. When talking about resolution and sonar, we are really talking about two things: target-seperation and screen-resolution.
The sonar-signal itself has limited resolution, but those limits have been pushed. This is a huge subject, but to put it in laymans terms; having a great resolution screen will not help you one bit if the sonar itself has poor target-seperation. Over the last few years we have seen MASSIVE improvements in target-seperation in recreational sonar, in many ways that trend started with HDS Gen 1 and has since evolved and spread, but made a sudden leap when chirp entered the game. Todays chirp-sonar, and especially when paired with a low-Q transeducer like Airmars chirp-ducers are way better then that HDS Gen 1. Even with the more conventional (and wallet-friendly) Lowrance OEM-ducers like HST-WSBL there is noticable difference, both in shallow and deep water. With the introduction of double band chirp on HDS Carbon, that target seperation is taken one step further from HDS Gen 3, as long as there is a double band chirp-ducer from Airmar in the equation (and budget). For the shallow-water guys fishing for bass or northern pike etc there is litle to gain from double band chirp. But for those fishing in depths greater then 300 feet, and for those that fish both shallow and deep depending on what they are fishing for, the difference is noticable.

Connecting dual band chirp to HDS Carbon
There is a price to pay though. Right now the only transeducers that allow us to draw from this double band chirp are from Airmar and they are pricey. Ducers like TM265 and TM275 are great tools, but will easily cost the same as your HDS.
Screen-resolution is however not dependent on your ducer, and with HDS Carbon that resolution is better then ever:
  • 7- 1024X600
  • 9- 1280X720
  • 12- 1280X800
The 12 (which is actually 12,1", just as with Gen 2 Touch and Gen 3) is pretty much industry-standard on resolution, but the 7 and 9 are not. Here is a comparison between brands and models:
Comparing screen-resolution
I`m personally a huge fan of getting the biggeste screen with the best resolution you can afford. For this reason I have always avoided the 9 and actually stuck with HDS 8 Gen 2 as my main screen on my own boat. The table above clearly shows that the days of my HDS 8 are numbered. Both Garmin and Humminbird have been ahead on screen-resolution on some models for a while, but that ends with HDS Carbon. If you are in the market for a 7-9, that fact should make HDS Carbon a serious contender.

Screen-resolution is important when out on the water. Downscan, SideScan and 2D-chirp allows our sonar to seperate targets better then ever before, and now the screens we look at have finally stepped up as well. It will be easier to spot fish hugging bottom or structure, and fish hiding in cover like brushpiles etc.

On forums and Facebook I see people complaining about how the screen of their sonar has such low resolution compared to smartphones or tablets at a fraction of the price. There are two reasons to consider here. The first is that your phone or tablet does not have to meet the same requirements as your multi function display (MFD) in the boat. Your MFD has a harsh life, exposed to extreme temperatures and water. Components meeting such requirements cost more then the ones in your phone. The other reason is the distance between your MFD and your eyes, versus the distance between your phone and your eyes. The further the distance is, the less gain comes from good resolution. So there is no reason for our MFDs to compete with our phones and we should stop comparing products that are ment for such different use. You don't see many people comparing phones with electronic boards at trainstations and airports, because there is no reason behind such a comparison. Whether or not the new screen-resolution of HDS Carbon 7 and 9 is where the limit should be drawn is another question. Personaly I would say no.

Better screen

With HDS Gen 3 Lowrance made the jump from LCD-screens where plastic was glued to plastic, and on to plastic glued to glass. The difference was noticable, especially in bright sunlight, but they where still using TFT. With the improwed IPS-standard screen on HDS Carbon the screen itself improves again from the TFT on HDS Gen 3. The visible light coming from the screen is brighter and easier to view in direct sunlight, but viewing-angles are also improved. Especially for users preferring the white background in their 2D-sonarimage, the white is now significantly whiter. IPS is pretty much the same standard as used in you flatscreen-TV back home. With IPS it is easier to view the screen as you run around in your boat, trying to catch fish, while glimpsing over to your HDS to see if you are missing something. This is a good thing, bassboat/single-consolle or cabin-boat alike.

IPS also helps another issue. Polarized sunglasses are very populare amongst boaters and fishermen, both for the extra comfort when reflections from the water are removed/ dampened and for a better view of what is under the surface. But they usually had to come off when looking at your sonar and chartplotter, since the screen would look dark through the polarized lens. IPS makes a big difference there, you can keep those shades on all the time now.

Better processor and RAM

Dual core processor and twice the RAM versus HDS Gen 3. If all you have ever used your HDS Gen 3 for is 2D-sonar and charts, you have probably never noticed any delay or temporrary freeze. But if you have a more complicated system including AIS, radar and StructureScan 3D, the occasional delay has been there even with HDS Gen 3 when running everything at the same time in splitt-screen. Especially StructureScan 3D seems to be heavy lifting for the HDS, but with HDS Carbon that is improved.

With live-mapping coming, both Navionics Sonarcharts Live and a second solution, the load on the unit increases. We have seen this before in other brands, both Humminbird and Garmin stepped up their units capabilities after their first generation of units with live-mapping. The process used to make those contours on your screen is called interpolation, and even if the type of interpolation used in live-mapping is fairly simple, it is to be considered as "heavy lifting" for any chartplotter.
Navionics Sonarcharts Live on HDS Carbon
Although it is not completely clear at the time writing this, it seems obvious that the increased capabilities of HDS Carbon is connected to Navicos (owner of Lowrance) efforts in cloud-based services. The trend towards the cloud has been evident in all other aspects of our electronic lives, and it is making its way onto our boats as well. We have already been able to update our units software through the cloud (this specific cloud is GoFree Store), upload sonarlogs and download charts. But there is a lot more to come in this field.

Insight Genesis map downloaded through GoGree

Network sonar times two.

Lowrance has had network sonar for quite some time, even before the HDS-series came to light. Any source for sonar can be viewed on any HDS, as long as that HDS is connected with ethernet (grey cable with yellow connectors) to the HDS in which the ducer one wishes to view is plugged. A practical example is your average bassboat. It has one HDS at the drivers seat, and another up front by the electric trolling motor (TM). The boat has one ducer at the back, and one under the TM. By changing the source for sonar in the menus of any of the HDS-units onboard, one can view both those ducers signal. Another practical example is my own boat, it does not mather if I use the HDS on the aft deck or in the cabin, both use the same ducer through ethernet.
My aft-deck HDS Gen 2 getting sonar (and map) from the front HDS Gen 2
With HDS Carbon the network sonars capabality is doubled. You can now view two sources for 2D-sonar on one HDS in splittscreen. So in our bassboat-example you can stand up front by the TM and see both what is under the TM, and what is under the transom. This is great news when fishing in shallow and rocky areas, but also for tracing fish that moves around from one end of the boat to the other when fishing vertically or dropshooting.

Is it worth it?
That is litterally the thousand dollar question. The main problem for me when asked this, is that the correct answer for you is based on 10% tech (which I frankly know well) and 90 % subjective reasons (which I'm clueless to). I would probably not upgrade from HDS Gen 3 to HDS Carbon, but I will upgrade one of my HDS Gen 2s to HDS Carbon.

søndag 18. juni 2017

Hurdalsjøen 16.06.17

En og en halv måned siden siste fisketur. Smak på det du. 46 dager, eller 1.104 timer, eller 66.240 minutter. Å si at jeg er nøden er en underdrivelse.

Siste fisketur for min del var med jolla i et lite lokalt vann 30.04.17. Lite visste jeg da om at det skulle gå ett åttendedels år før jeg var på tur igjen, og det midt i den beste tiden på året. Nå har de 46 dagene vært preget av regn og vind, og har unektelig vært brukt på ting som sikkert vil vise seg å være fornuftig senere, men steike så godt det var å smekke båthengeren på bilen igjen. Turen var tatt så på sparket det er mulig for min del om dagen, dvs planlagt to uker i forveien. Lars og Dag (R) fra bloggen kastet seg med i Dags båt, mens jeg hadde med meg en ny matros i min.
Pakket og klar
Thomas er velkjent blant brukerne av dybdekart.no, han er en ivrig logger og har logget opp flere vann rundt Oslo og Bærum helt selv med Packraft og kajakk. Til daglig finner du han på Blommenholm Båtforening. Thomas er med andre ord ingen fersking med båt, selv om det litt avanserte sportsfisket kanskje ikke har vært hans force.

Jeg har arbeidssted på Helsfyr om dagen, og dro med meg båt og bil dit på morgenkvisten for å spare tid. For de som lurer på slikt, kan jeg opplyse om at det ikke er bare bare å skulle finne parkering til 11 meter med bil og båthenger på Helsfyr, men det gikk på et vis. Litt tidlig sorti fra kontoret, og så var kursen satt mot rampen. Rampen (KARTLINK) er verdt ett bilde:
Rampen i Hurdal

Thomas hadde med sin Lowrance HDS Carbon delvis for å leke med og delvis for at jeg skulle få oppdatert min Structurescan 3D modul med siste software. (Siste software finner du HER) Mine HDS Gen 2 er dessverre for gamle til å oppdatere modulen. En liten bonus var at Carbon også kan vise 3D-bildet, mens mine Gen 2 bare kan vise downscan og sidescan. Jeg har tidligere sagt at jeg ikke synes 3D-bildet har allverdens nytte, og den oppfatningen har ikke endret seg siden sist. Detaljene på både DownScan og SideScan er MILEVIS foran 3D.

Thomas og jeg fisket litt også, vi startet med litt dorging (jeg har trollingkort på Hurdal) og så gikk vi over til spinn og vertikal etterhvert. Det ble en liten gjedde på et par kilo på dorgingen, på nytt og spennende utstyr som Daiwa har lånt meg. Det blir mer om det utstyret senere, en kort økt er litt tidlig for konkluderinger. Men særlig den ene trollingstangen på 7' liker jeg svært godt. Fortsettelse følger.

Det er mye fisk i Hurdalsjøen, ekkoloddet etterlot ingen tvil om den saken. Men det å se fisken er langt fra det samme som å få den til å bite. Thomas fikk en innføring i moderne vertikalfiske med ekkolodd, og ble akkurat like hektet som alle andre jeg har vist teknikken. Fisk som enten gir helt beng i jiggen, eller kanskje enda værre stiger opp og kikker på den før de snur og blir borte, gjør at selv den sindigste blir synlig frustrert.

Lars og Dag fant dog fisk som var hakket mer sultne, og hadde et helt annet fiske enn oss. Gutta i vinnerbåten kommer kanskje med en egen rapport?
Dag og Lars
Daiwa for testing, spennende med testing av trollingutstyr fremover:
Daiwa stæsj
Det ble sent innen alle ga seg, jeg overnattet i båten ved den fine gjestebrygga før jeg kjørte hjem dagen etter. Takk for en flott tur gutta!