by Dom Wiseman

A new software update is available for Lowrance HDS Carbon display owners. The new Lowrance 18.3 software update provides Active Imaging Support and StructureScan 3D Enhancements. Additional features include Active Imaging enhancements and the LR-1 Remote Control, plus a simplified user interface and new Dual Mode WiFi capability.

Lowrance, the world leading fishing electronics brand, since 1957, is continually looking to enhance its customers experience. The latest software update is yet another example of the dedication and ongoing product support offered by Lowrance.

“This free update includes powerful sonar features and enhancements that serve as another example of the long-term product support we offer our customers,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO and president of Navico. “We can’t wait to get our new sonar technology and these enhancements into the hands our customers. We are confident they will help them have more success on the water.”

The Active Imaging update allows anglers to expertly pinpoint fish-holding areas like rockpiles, standing timber, weedbeds, ditches and drop-offs and permits the view of structure and cover at a greater distance from the boat. The update allows more refined detail than any other structure imaging technology. The 18.3 software update enables support for both Active Imaging 3-in-1 (CHIRP | SideScan | DownScan Imaging) and 2-in-1 (SideScan | DownScan Imaging) transducers.

Active Imaging enhancements for StructureScan 3D include a cleaner water column with less noise, refreshed colour palettes and enhanced sonar processing to deliver the maximum amount of detail.  With a new depth-highlighting feature, anglers can view new colours that highlight the user selected upper and lower depth limit area. This feature assists anglers to better isolate specific structures and bottom depth.

With the optional LR-1 Remote Control, users can control their HDS Carbon display from anywhere on their boat. The remote has pre-programmed keys for marking waypoints and zooming in and out, with up to five user-programmable options.

A simplified HDS Carbon interface allows for quicker and easier Sonar access. Anglers will now enjoy one-touch access to all of their Sonar. The update sees dedicated sonar pages for CHIRP, SideScan, DownScan Imaging, StructureScan 3D and SpotlightScan. New custom split-screen panel configurations are also available that allow anglers greater control over the display of split-screen panels.

Dual Mode WiFi allows you to maintain a WiFi connection to HDS Carbon and still use it as an access point for screen mirroring/remote control from a smartphone or tablet via the Link app.