New Sonar Imaging Technology From Lowrance

Lowrance has recently introduced its LSS-1 StructureScan sonar imaging module that provides clear, picture-like displays with side to side and straight down scans for full panoramic underwater viewing. The add-on module option for all Lowrance HDS displays was launched last week at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in Orlando, FL.

With its SideScan and new DownScan Imaging technology, users are provided with left-right-straight down viewing with underwater coverage spanning 480 feet from port to starboard. It can even display structure and fish targets along with their imaging-scan shadows. As a unique tool, DownScan Imaging can be compared with 2D sonar returns in a split-screen display for a new angling advantage to better distinguish fish from structure.

In addition to its ability to display imaging at speeds as fast as 30 mph, the LSS-1 StructureScan HDS add-on component for allows anglers to cursor anywhere on sonar imaging screens for details on target distance and depth for precision bait or lure presentation. Another new feature is a synchronized TrackBack function (for simultaneous scroll-back in the recorded history of sonar and GPS mapping windows), which allows anglers to find spots previously passed and set waypoints for easy returns to desired fishing locations.

The system is based on Lowrance's plug-and-play, onboard, high-speed Ethernet network and can easily network with up to three onboard HDS units for shared imaging display with independent control. It can also network with the new BR24 Broadband Radar and LWX-1 SIRIUS satellite weather module via Ethernet. StructureScan sonar imaging can also be combined with one or more views of high-detail HDS cartography. U.S. models include Lowrance's new Insight Lake, Nautic, or USA cartography with Fishing Hot Spots inland/coastal detail. For Canada and the world, GPS-equipped HDS models are fully compatible with all Navionics Platinum, Platinum+ and other chart card offerings.

The module is waterproof and comes with a rugged, low-profile dual frequency 455 kHz and 800 kHz panoramic imaging transducer with built-in temperature sensor. It also offers mounting ease for multiple locations and operates in unison with any HDS 2D sonar transducer.

According to Lowrance the LSS-1 comes with a two-year warranty and has a suggested retail price of US $699. It will be available to dealers and distributors later this year.