What is it?
Bluesounder is essentially a stand alone accessory which converts the radio transmissions received from the standard echo sounder in an Angling Technics Microcat, Technicat or even original standard baitboat to a signal that connects to an Apple iPhone or iPad. Effectively your phone/pad/tablet becomes a full blown high resolution, narrow beam, full colour echo-sounder display with up to four hundred times the picture resolution of the low resolution monochrome LCD handset which was originally supplied with the boat. It consists of a small black box with a removable antenna, an on/off switch and a bankstick thread with power provided by way of three ‘AA’ batteries. Bluesounder works with any Angling Technics baitboat with echo sounder version 1.4 and later (from February 2008). There is a completely free app available from the iTunes store which allows you to choose from several colour schemes, bottom surface indication, units and contact visibility. The display can be frozen, swiped back in time so that the last few minutes of depth profile can be reviewed and the units, speed and zoom levels can all be changed to suit the user and conditions. A radio transmission strength indicator(from the baitboat) and Bluesounder battery condition meter are present to provide all the information you need to survey your venue and find that perfect spot. Bluesounder uses the latest incredibly efficient BLE (Bluetooth® Low Energy) system also known as Bluetooth 4 which uses a fraction of the power that previous versions of Bluetooth did and subsequently has almost no effect on iPhone/iPad device operating times.
How does it work?
Doesn't Bluetooth drain my phone battery really quickly?
How often do I need to change Bluesounder's batteries?
Which devices work with Bluesounder?
Will Bluesounder interfere with my phone calls, browsing etc?
Does Bluesounder work with any Baitboat echo?
What is the range of the Bluesounder?