Furuno Introduces N e w 6-Inch And 8-Inch Dual-Frequency Color V i d e o Sounders

Furuno recently introduced two new dual-frequency color video sounders.

The FCV-663 is Furuno's most cost-effective dual-frequency color video sounder. It features a bright, high resolution 6-inch CRT that shows returning echoes in eight distinctive colors depending on target strength. This enables easy determination of fish schools, individual structures and, especially, targets lying on or near the bottom. Four display modes allow the user exceptional flexibility in viewing the underwater scene: high or low frequency picture can be shown either full screen or with bottom lock on the lower 35 percent of the CRT; simultaneous dual-frequency display shows 50 kHz on the upper half and 200 kHz on the lower half of the screen; either high or low frequency can be shown on the right half of the CRT, with zoomed display on the left; combined dual frequencies can be displayed on the right half of the CRT, with zoomed display on the left. In addition, the FCV-663 offers fish or bottom alarm, eight basic and phased ranges to 2,000 feet, eight zoom ranges, memory, 150 W output power and, with optional sensor inputs, display of vessel speed, position and water temperature.

The FCV-663 is supplied with a single dual frequency transducer, or an optional four-way transducer including speed and temperature sensors is available.

The FCV-522 is Furuno's newest "big" color video sounder designed for sport as well as commercial fishermen.

A bright 8-inch high-resolution CRT shows returning echoes in eight colors to a maximum depth of 2,000 feet. Eight basic and phased range scales permit easy viewing of any specific depth of interest, and 10 operating modes let users see various combinations high, low, or mixed frequencies, bottom lock, zoomed ranges, alarms, stored data, navigation information, or onscreen menu of operating parameters.

In the NAV mode, with appropriate optional inputs, a full-screen alphanumeric presentation is made of depth, vessel speed, water temperature, vessel position in L/L, and alarm status. Also, a graphic plot of temperature may be shown on the lower 35 percent of the CRT.

Standard features include choice of background color, choice of bottom, fish or temperature alarm, 150 W output power, eight zoom ranges, depth phasing in 1-foot steps, automatic bottom tracking feature, selectable display advance rate, single dual-frequency transducer or optional four-way unit incorporatng speed/temperature sensors, and universal 11-40 VDC power supply drawing less than 45 watts.

For further information and free literature on Furuno's new 6-inch dual-frequency color sounder, Circle 04 on Reader Service Card For free literature containing full information on Furuno's new 8-inch dual-frequency color sounder, Circle 05 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 69,  Apr 1989 Barry Heaps

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