Simrad has launched its next-generation BSM-2 Broadband Sounder module, delivering the most-detailed, mid-water definition and penetrating the deepest waters on the planet.
Designed with serious sportfishing anglers and dedicated commercial fishermen in mind, for use with Simrad’s NSE and NSO multifunction displays, the new sonar module delivers five times greater target resolution than comparable offshore performance sounders, with readings possible for depths greater than 3000m.
Further developing the groundbreaking BSM-1 Sounder technology, the Simrad BSM-2 provides enhanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP), similar to the BR24 solid-state radar, and is the first sonar to incorporate Frequency Sweeping Pulse Compression technology — also known as CHIRP — in a recreational application; producing higher resolution, deeper depths and less noise.
The BSM-2, coupled with the new Airmar Broadband transducer line-up, provides digitally-purified, crystal-clear images of individual fish markings and clear separation of fish from other targets, structure, thermoclines and the bottom — in both shallow and ultra-deep water.
Solving the issue of high-performance, high-powered sonar-producing noise and interference, the BSM-2’s CHIRP function uses longer pulses resulting in improved object discrimination at greater depths for remarkable elimination of surface and turbulent water clutter as well as interference within the water column, resulting in an easier-to-interpret image. The enhanced Simrad CHIRP technology also outperforms traditional 3kW sounders, returning highly-detailed images of drop-offs, deep-canyon bottoms, other structure and fish while maintaining bottom lock even at high speeds.
The Simrad BSM-2 features dual transceivers, two depth transducer ports and supports independent speed and dual temperature sensors. The BSM-2’s low-frequency transceiver operates at 25-45kHz and 40-60kHz; the high-frequency transceiver supports 40-60kHz, and 130-210kHz. The new sonar module is compatible with a wide range of Airmar transducers, including Broadband transducers, BSM-1 narrowband, and Simrad Combi-C models with frequencies of 28/38/50/200Khz.
Housed in a die-cast aluminum waterproof black box, the BSM-2 is easy-to-install, mounts anywhere and is plug-and-play compatible with NSE/NSO multifunction systems via high-speed Ethernet connection. Compatible with 12V/24V DC power, the module is water-resistant to the IPx6 standard and is covered by a two-year warranty. RRP is around AU$4110.
Simrad Introduces Touch-screen NSS Sport Series Simrad has expanded its class-leading NS range of multifunction displays with the touch-screen NSS Sport series.
Based on the highly-acclaimed Simrad NSE platform and developed with ease-of-use in mind for fishing, sailing and cruising, the feature-packed NSS Sport offers the combination of touch-screen, keypad and rotary knob control to allow users to remain in complete control.
The touch-screen is perfect for quickly placing waypoints, marking fish, and acquiring radar targets. The rotary knob is the most effective way of controlling proportional functions such as zooming on a chart, adjusting gain, steering the autopilot, or even cranking up the tunes on Simrad’s SonicHub stereo system.
Powered by a rugged marine processor for high-level performance, the NSS Sport is available in three display sizes: NSS7 (16.3cm), NSS8 (21.3cm) and NSS12 (30.5cm). Each model incorporates Simrad’s ultra-clear, sunlight-viewable and energy-efficient LED backlighting technology, along with an internal GPS antenna. The NSS7 and NSS8 also have built-in Broadband Sounder technology, while the NSS12 lends itself to simple integration with Simrad’s BSM-2 module to penetrate the deepest waters on the planet.
Pre-loaded with Navionics Coastal Cartography, the NSS Sport is compatible with a huge range of options including the award-winning Broadband Radar, StructureScan, SonicHub, integrated autopilots and can also be networked with multiple Simrad displays throughout the vessel. RRP starts at AU$2099 for the NSS7, AU$3299 for the NSS8 and rounds out at AU$3999 for the NSS12. New Simrad DSC-equipped VHF Radios Simrad has further enhanced its navigation-solution product range with two new high-specification VHF radios.
The fixed-mount RS10 and RS25 have each been designed to resist the harsh marine environment and feature easy-to-use Digital Select Calling (DSC) operation.
The RS10 and RS25 incorporate all the standard features expected from a VHF radio, as well as a number of special features, including full GPS co-ordinate and time display (when connected to a GPS), channel naming and adjustable keypad backlighting for easy use in low-light conditions.
The RS10 has a large LCD screen with four-line static display, which means no bothersome scrolling of GPS position on the screen. The RS25, with its extra large LCD, is the only VHF on the market that accommodates up to two optional wireless handsets using certified full-function Bluetooth 2.4Ghz. This provides intercom functionality anywhere in the boat up to 100m from the base.
The RS25 also has a digital barometer function and happy fish fishing predictor that indicates the fishing conditions. Its barometric display has large, easy-to-see, 24-hour histogram graphics and digital weather forecasting.
Designed to exceed the stringent requirements of professional and recreational users around the world, Simrad’s new fixed-mount and handheld DSC-equipped VHF radios will be available before Christmas. RRP from AU$272 (RS10).
For information phone (02) 9936 1000 or visit www.simrad-yachting.com.