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bluewaterpirate posted 06-13-2013 09:18 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Just finished installing my Garmin 547xs/TM150m. One of the more interesting features is the sonar record capability and the ability of Homeport to play the recording back side by side with the chart view. I'll do a more in depth look at the Chirp Sonar later this week.

Homeport sonar playback functionalities ..... display of the recorded sonar data.

As you view your sonar recording via HP you can mark new waypoints thru HP if you spot new structure etc.

This is a temp install .... I just wanted to get back out on the water. I replaced my Garmin 740 with the 547xs. Looked hard at the 741xs but decided I didn't need wireless and video plus the extra screen size.

Before ...... Two%20of%20a%20Kind%20Electronics%20Box%20Redesign/4-10.jpg~original

After ..... Garmin%20547%20xs/1.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/2.jpg~original

The N2k data sharing is top notch with my Simrad NSS8. The 547's functionalities and menus haven't changed from their earlier cousins 546/545/740. Garmin played it smart with how the unit works so the change over easy. The processor speed and how the data is manipulated is much much faster. New processor makes a big difference. Chirp sonar is solid and crisp.

Will post videos later in the week.


jimh posted 06-14-2013 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for the article on the new depthsounder and chart plotter. I assume that the principal attraction is the enhanced SONAR with pulse compression techniques, and this was enough of a benefit to outweigh the loss of display size compared to the 740 unit. I would like to see the transducer. I think its size is substantial--as well as the cost!
bluewaterpirate posted 06-14-2013 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I'm using the TM150m cost $268.00 and it's smaller than the Airmar P66 I'll take a picture this afternoon. .

The new more powerful ones are due out in September. What I've seen so far: anyone fishing in less than 1,000-feet of water will have NO problems using the TM150m. For an entry level transducer it is solid and works as advertised.


bluewaterpirate posted 06-14-2013 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I went with the 547xs for a number of reasons two of which I posted earlier. The other two were the 547xs's display is taller than the 741xs. I wanted that extra display height so I can see a more expanded water colomn display The second was cost the 547xs/TM150 is $911 less than the 741xs/TM150: $1058.00 v. $1969.00.


bluewaterpirate posted 06-14-2013 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Here you go: TM150m on the transom. Garmin%20547%20xs/3-1.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/5.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/1-1.jpg~original

Garmin 547 using both WAAS & GLONASS Garmin%20547%20xs/13.jpg~original


Jefecinco posted 06-15-2013 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Thanks, Tom. Excellent shots.

One highly technical question begs to be answered. What is the purpose of the bulb with blue fluid between the MFDs?


bluewaterpirate posted 06-17-2013 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The blub with the blue fluid is a good luck charm my wife gave me 31 years ago. Ot's been a fixture on all of our boats.

Here is more info:

In this video you'll see the functionalities and capabilities to display both chart data and saved sonar data from my Garmin 547. You can add navigation waypoints as you view the sonar data plus even though the temps aren't displayed on the saved sonar data they are viewable in the track history data points.

In this video you'll WAAS and GLONASS being received together. The 547xs has a 10 hz internal GPS antenna that works great. I've had no problems with reception.


jimh posted 06-17-2013 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
ASIDE: Tom--please double check the photo links. I could not get to the images.

The AIRMAR TM150 transducer seems to be designed for the Garmin SONAR, which has picked up the nickname of "baby-chirp" SONAR.

bluewaterpirate posted 06-17-2013 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Picture links:

TM150m install: Garmin%20547%20xs/5.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/1-1.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/2-1.jpg~original Garmin%20547%20xs/4.jpg~original

WAAS and GLONASS: Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1052_00.png~original

Sounder: Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1005_00.png~original Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1021_00.png~original Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1026_00.png~original Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1036_00.png~original Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1046_00.png~original

NMEA-2000 network exchanges data with my NSS8: Garmin%20547%20xs/15JUN13_1111_00.png~original


bluewaterpirate posted 06-18-2013 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The TM150m was designed specifically for the new Garmin 500/700 series units but as with all Airmar recresational transducers I'm sure it can be adapted for other vendors. I would look for Navico and Raymarine to follow Garmins lead in adding entry level CHIRP system to their prooducts.


bluewaterpirate posted 06-18-2013 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Airmar TM150m Transducer .....

So far I like what I see after a couple of outings I am moving it down on the Sternmate just a little. In this video I go from 6 mph to 40 then back to 6.


bluewaterpirate posted 06-22-2013 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Jim please indulge me. I posted a lot of info in regards to the operation of my Garmin 547sx on The Hull Truth. When I get back from the coast I'll go back a link all the material to this site .... just don't have time. 517185-garmin-547-tm150m-more-fishing-screenshots.html .

Thanks .....


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