Instant Weather info on Lowrance Sirius/HDS 10

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  1. Fishinnut

    Fishinnut I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The new Lowrance weather antenna that hooks into my new HDSes is pretty cool. I can get instant clouds, buoy info, surface temps, lightning, This has the audio stereo too.
     
  2. FLASHER

    FLASHER Don't Fight the "Flasher"

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    I have the same system for my Garmin unit (xm weather). the sea surface temp chart can be a little delayed, but very useful to have on the boat. I do see the usefulness of the bouy info, again this can be delayed a little, so always call the USCG or listen to the radio to make sure you get instant info... A double check on the info is always a better idea.

    Flasher
     
  3. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Gopher Killer

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    Ron, could you post some screen shots of SST charts on your HDS and maybe some others showing buoy screens. I'm just curious what the look is and whether it is worth the money for me.
     
  4. FLASHER

    FLASHER Don't Fight the "Flasher"

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    There are instant weather updates to the units and you can find out what the updated weather is before you come in from the ocean. It is worth the money as a piece of added safety equipment. I typically only subscribe to the weather info during the summer. The rest of the year I can get the weather info on my cell phone, so no need to pay the 25/month for the satellite info.

    Flasher
     
  5. BBQ BOB

    BBQ BOB Member

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    I have the Garmin weather but i have not hooked it up yet. It is still in the box . Can i get just a 6 month contaract or do i have to buy 1 year or more . How much is it for cirrus. Is this worth hooking up for fishing out at the tatoosh
     
  6. lingcod todd

    lingcod todd Member

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    I am set up for month to month
     
  7. Hoghunter

    Hoghunter Well-Known "Member"

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    I have had the Sirius weather on my boat for two years and have to say that I'm less than impressed.

    Half the time the buoy info isn't there. The sea temp and cloud overlay is very grainy and poor as well.

    For the money it should be a lot better. In fact if you compare it to Weather Worx it's no comparison. Weather Worx has much better contrast and data.

    It works to a degree but it wasn't what they advertise and I certainly wouldn't put it above the NOAA marine forecasts. But wait isn't that supposed to be displayed on the Sirius? Yup but it's not there half the time either.

    I've used it here in Puget Sound, the Straits, and down the coast to Oregon and have consistently had the same poor result.
     
  8. Johnny Dollar

    Johnny Dollar still learning

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    But,

    With Sirius, you can listen to Johnny Dollar on Sirius 116
     
  9. fishchasr

    fishchasr Member

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    I've had the Sirius Satellite Weather Antenna running on my HDS-7 for a couple of weeks now and from what I've seen so far, I LIKE IT! Subscription cost for the Mariner package is $180 for the 6 month seasonal package plus an activation fee.

    Only time on the water experiencing weather conditions, listening to VHF broadcasts and watching the Sirius data display will tell if the advertised 5 minute updates are acturate or not. It was interesting watching the lighting bolt icons roll across Texas today.

    Is the extra weather data worth it? How's the old addage go? The more tools you have in the toolbox...
     
  10. fishchasr

    fishchasr Member

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    Here's the Lowrance website link:

    Lowrance LWX-1 Proof of Performance

    By the way - Lowrance extended the $99 special through 30 April.
     
  11. mrfishcado

    mrfishcado Team MACANUDO

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    What is the special for. I have the HDS-8 on my bass boat and will be using it on my ocean boat also. Also, has anyone used the LSS on the ocean.
     
  12. fishchasr

    fishchasr Member

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    List price is $299. But be warned: $99 seems great until you find out that you also need to buy $150 expansion port (because the radar occupies the only ethernet port on the backside of the display), a $58 SS mast mount, a $38 SS extension (to get it higher than the radar) and a $32 Ethernet cable to connect the interface module to the display (after you reroute the radar to the expansion port). Not to mention the subscription and activation fees.

    One other option would be to purchase the SideScan for $600 since it has 2 extra ethernet ports on it. I didn't feel it would be worth it for salmon, hali and lings.
     
  13. Johnny Dollar

    Johnny Dollar still learning

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    I'm thinkin I'll just follow someone that has all that stuff

    like...Ron or Corn?
     
  14. fishchasr

    fishchasr Member

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    Here are four screen shots taken this evening parked at home. Nice to be able to see what's going on out there before leaving home port. Sorry the pics came out so small. It looks better in person.

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    LWX-1 displays preciptation NE of Vancouver as brown and green patches. Colors are of course adjustable.

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    PNW Wind bars, color SST data and buoy info

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    Westport displaying Color SST data, wind and buoy data

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    Westport displaying text SST data and wind bars
     
  15. Fishinnut

    Fishinnut I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks Fishchaser, I will try again. I couldn't get them to load the other night.
     

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    fishchasr Member

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    Thanks Ron, now I've got monitor envy! :)
     
  17. Fishinnut

    Fishinnut I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I had to call Sirius yesterday and finally got someone with good english. I could not get the audio to work. They said I did not have it so in 5 minutes it was added and working. I was told by the last person with broken Enlish it was added. You change the radio stations on the HDS. Pretty cool. No more scratchy radios signals out in the ocean.

    I bought a Ipod for my boat and my kid was using. It went through the washer in his pants pocket. Sure came out clean but some reason it doesn't work. Imagine that.

    I now have Sirius and Lowrance entered on my cell phone.
     
  18. fishchasr

    fishchasr Member

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    Glad you got it working. I'll stick with my CD/MP3/I-Pod Stereo and spend the saved coin on something more worthy like a subscription to SeaTow. :)

    Now, if I could only get my VHF and HDS to talk to each other...
     

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