by Dom Wiseman

Humminbird has announced the introduction of a new compact solid state radar module complete with CHIRP pulse compression technology. This technology provides outstanding radar imaging at both short and long ranges and the new CHIRP Radar offers exceptional target separation technology to display approaching weather, boats, rocks, buoys and landmarks with impressive resolution.

CHIRP Pulse Compression uses multiple radar pulses for increased target separation and detection, identifying targets with improved resolution over traditional magnetron radars, and optimised interference rejection. This translates to better situational awareness in low-visibility conditions. Track weather, vessels, obstacles, and monitor birds with amazing definition.

“Humminbird is excited to bring anglers and boaters the next generation of radar technology,” says Humminbird Product Manager, Shaun Clancy. “Our new CHIRP Radar allows for improved navigation, and gives anglers an upper hand for monitoring birds and floating obstacles, often the markers of gamefish.”

Humminbird CHIRP Radar offers a compact footprint, installs easily and boots quickly for immediate use. It can also be paired with compatible Humminbird equipment to serve as a great navigational and safety addition.

Specifications

Antenna Dimension:           21” Enclosed Dome

Antenna Type:                     Patch Array

Peak Power Output:            20W

Transmit Frequency:           9354 to 9446 MHz

Beamwidth (nominal):         4.9° Horizontal, 20° Vertical

Input Voltage:                       12 or 24 Vdc (Min: 10.8V; Max 31.2V)

Networking:                          Ethernet

Power Consumption:           Transmit mode 17W; standby mode 7W

Max. Range Scale:               1/16 to 24 nautical miles

Duplexer:                              Circulator

Pulse Widths (3 dB):            40 ns to 14.7 µs

CHIRP lengths:                     400 ns to 20 µs

CHIRP Bandwidth:                Up to 32 MHz

IF Bandwidth:                        26 MHz

Noise:                                     Less than 4 dB

Polarization:                          Horizontal

Waterproofing:                      IPX6

Weight:                                  5.6 kg (12.3 lb)

Compatibility:                       All networking HELIX models and all SOLIX models