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Garmin announce GMR Fantom marine radar series


GARMIN claims its GMR Fantom is the industry’s first 40W solid-state, pulse compression, Doppler marine radar series.

Available in a 4′ (1.8° beam width) or 6′ (1.25° beam width) open array, the Fantom series incorporates Garmin’s exclusive MotionScope technology, which uses the Doppler effect to detect and highlight moving targets and track weather in a single ping.

Real-time moving targets are highlighted on the radar display with an easy-to-see colour so boaters can avoid potential collisions or navigate around severe weather, while Auto Bird Gain – a unique feature that lets boaters easily locate birds at the water’s surface – will further assist offshore anglers in locating birds and, ultimately, game fish.

With its pulse compression technology, Fantom delivers high resolution while maximising energy on targets to enhance detection and identification of targets. Pulse expansion can then maximise target size to help differentiate real targets from noise.

When the Echo Trails setting is turned on, a fading ‘trail’ on the screen can also help easily identify the direction of the moving targets and potential collision threats. The trails shown are corrected for the boat’s rotation when an autopilot or heading sensor is connected to the Garmin Marine Network.

Featuring a unique design that’s smaller and lighter than previous open-array radar models, the new Fantom radars deliver high sensitivity for both close- and long-range (from 6m to 72nm) without compromise in ruggedness or reliability. Thanks to this dual-range feature, boaters have the ability to see both ranges simultaneously with an overlay on a chart for one or both ranges. This eliminates the need to toggle between views, and allows the skipper to keep a close eye on immediate surroundings and on the horizon to ensure weather patterns, land and structure can always be observed.

Dynamic Auto Gain and Dynamic Sea Filter continually adjust to surroundings, water and weather conditions to provide optimal performance while reducing excess noise and clutter, while MARPA settings also enable the tracking of 10 targets simultaneously.

Garmin’s GMR Fantom series is compatible with the GPSMAP 7400 series, GPSMAP 8000 series, and the new GPSMAP 8400 series.

RRP from AU$10,999.

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