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I am rigging a 20 foot sun tracker for a drift boat and looking at this unit, where would the optimal location be for the transducer
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I have an elite 5x. Can I use the transducer currently installed in my ranger?
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This fish finder with this transducer is good to salt water?

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Lowrance Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter

$100 Price Drop! 6.4" 480V x 640H pixel full VGA color displayBrilliant, enhanced SolarMAX™ PLUS display for superior sunlight and wider-angle viewingPure-white LED screen/keypad backlighting fully adjusts to zero-dim for night viewingBuilt-in, exclusive Insight USA® mapping or Enhanced US basemapReal-time StructureMap™ capabilityAward-winning Broadband Sounder™Internal GPS AntennaAdvanced MemoryThe Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter offers excellent viewing detail in a large, 6.4” 480V x 640H pixel full VGA color display format that features a brilliant, enhanced SolarMAX PLUS display for superior sunlight and wider-angle viewing.  The pure-white LED screen/keypad backlighting fully adjusts to zero-dim for night viewing. All Lowrance HDS Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotters come standard with Real-time StructureMap capability, award-winning Broadband Sounder, a super-accurate Internal GPS Antenna, and Advanced Memory.  The HDS-7 Gen2 is available with your choice of built-in exclusive Insight USA® mapping or Enhanced US basemap.HDS features:Fastest HDS® ever. Lightning-fast chart updates.Real-time StructureMap™ capability for overlaying StructureScan® Sonar Imaging data and maps to create a more lifelike underwater view.Award-winning Broadband Sounder™ comes standard on all HDS fishfinder models! Mark and display everything underwater at higher speeds and at greater depths to 3,000"Super-Accurate, Internal GPS Antenna comes standard on all HDS chartplotter models! Reliable position accuracy in navigation with high-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS corrections.Insight USA® High-Definition Mapping is included with most HDS chartplotter models! Dynamic contour relief shading produces a lifelike presentation of underwater topography.Advanced Memory with a single SD card slot to load Nautic Insight® HD or Navionics® map options. You can also record and save vital sonar and navigation data, and upload future HDS software feature updates.For information on service and warranty programs click here.
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Questions & Answers for Lowrance Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter

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I purchased this unit about a month ago. I'm using the transducer that came with the unit.Which transducer do i select on the unit?

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
by
Kirk21398
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
3 answers
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answer 1
Since you say "the transducer that came with the unit," you probably have a standard 83 / 200 KHz sonar transducer. The 83 is for viewing deeper water while the 200 setting is best suited for shallower water (100 feet or less). An additional transducer for downscan / sidescan can can be used at the same time for incredible bottom views. If you didn't buy the "bundle package" when you bought the unit, you would have to buy the additional downscan /sidescan transducer.
answered 6 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
The transducer model no. is on the cord at the connector end. Should give letters. Go to your menu drop downs and select mpodel number from drop down list
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
by
Fullt225
 - North Texas
answer 3
This unit comes with the HST-WSBL
83/200 kHz transom-mount Skimmer® with built-in temp with blue connector, which is our item number 38-524-266-00. Thanks
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Best Answer
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
by
BPSResource7
 - springfield, mo
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Is Structure Map built in or has to be purchased as an add-on?

Description says it has "Structure Map Capability", but doesn't say it is already a function of the GPS unit.
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
by
BigOK1Fisherman
 - Oklahoma
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
The newer models now include structure map capability; However, you can buy a model at a lower base price which will come with only the traditional sonar unit. The "same" model at a higher price simply includes both the traditional sonar transducer plus the separate downscan / sidescan transducer. You can't see the downscan / sidescan structure view without the additional transducer.
answered 6 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
The Structure Map is not built in to this unit, however, it can be purchased seperately as a module add-on.
Staff Answer
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
by
BPSResource12
Question

What option for west coast maps?

I would like the 50/200 with a west coast map. Which option do I choose?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
by
Boone06
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
Lowrance with insight maps has exceptional map detail. For somewhat better information, Navionics sells map cards for specific areas such as the east coast, gulf coast, and, west coast at a cost of about $200. as opposed to the full coverage card (several areas at about $400.
answered 6 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
If you want the 50/200 order item number 38-535-188-00, which comes with the insight USA.

• Insight USA® High-Definition Mapping is included with most HDS chartplotter models! Dynamic contour relief shading produces a lifelike presentation of underwater topography.

Thanks
Staff Answer
answered 2 years ago
by
BPSResource7
 - Springfield, MO
Question

what maps come with this unit. I live in the Florida Keys and would need the coastal maps for this region

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
by
JamesT1950
 - Florida
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
The units have the insight USA which is reasonably detailed. For the greatest available detail, check the Navionics Platinum Chart Cards. The web site provides the sections covered and the name and map card number.
answered 10 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
The maps that are included with this unit are Insight USA® mapping or Enhanced US basemapping. Insight USA® has expansive coverage of lakes across the continental U.S. The unit does have 2 SD card slots that you could use to load Lowrance's Nautic Insight Mapping or Navionics maps in order to get coastal coverage.
Staff Answer
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
by
BPSResource4
 - Springfield, MO
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can you use an external antenna on the Lowrance HDS-7?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
by
batt3614
 - pleasanton, ca
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
Lowrance does make an external antenna that I believe is connectable via the network input
answered 6 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
by
Jafacman
 - Byron
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Is this unit NMEA 2000 ready?

I didn't see in the description if this has the 2000 connection
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
by
CheetahMike
 - Texas Gulf Coast
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
YES. I doubt that any brand unit sold nowadays would not include nmea 2000. The HDS7 uses the nmea connector for your choice of 0183 or 2000 which is selectable in the units features.
answered 10 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
Yes, according to Lowrance, this unit does have NMEA 2000 capabilities.
Staff Answer
answered 10 months ago
by
BPSResource1
 - Springfield, MO
Question

what is the difference between Insight USA® mapping and the Enhanced US basemap

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
by
HenriA
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
As the wording says, "basemap". The Insight USA is more detailed. But if you want real detail and better close inland views such as upstream rivers, channels, and other small bodies of water leading into the bays and major bodies of water, go with the Navionics Platinum Map cards. I bought the $200. version for the Texas / Louisiana coastal area.
answered 10 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
Insight mapping delivers unprecedented inland mapping and coastal charting detail with lightning-fast screen display updates. Amazing contour shading lends life-like perspectives to bottom structure as well as topography below and above the water. Insight mapping choices include:
● Lake Insight™ inland mapping includes nearly 5,000 freshwater lake maps with life-like perspective of bottom structure and topography.Coverage includes the Great Lakes and more than 500 Fishing Hot Spots® Lakes!
● Nautic Insight™ offers a superior like-like view of coastal bottom structure with detailed coastal and offshore depth contours, plus nav aids, for the entire U.S. coastline.
● Insight USA™ combines inland and coastal coverage areas of Lake Insight™ and Nautic Insight™.
Base-map
The Enhanced U.S. Base-map offers the same geographic coverage area as the Insight mapping, with over 100,000 bodies of water and 4,600 enhanced U.S. lakes with high detail lake shorelines and contours.

Thanks
Staff Answer
answered 10 months ago
by
BPSResource7
 - Springfield, MO
Question

What's the difference in 50/200 and 83/200

asked 7 months ago
by
Aelbe
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
My understanding is that 50 KHz will give slightly better sonar readings in deeper water (over 100 feet)
answered 6 months ago
by
rxa777
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
If purchasing Dual Frequency or Dual Search, units running at 83/200 kHz will be best for freshwater and inshore saltwater anglers. Offshore anglers should opt for units with a 50/200 kHz configuration.

Most of the sonar units that we sell accessories for operate at 200 kHz (kilohertz). Some are dual-frequency capable, meaning they can use both 50 and 200 kHz transducers. And a few new models are dual-search capable, allowing for both 83 and 200 kHz operation. Typically, high frequency (200 or 192 kHz) sonar units provide the best resolution and definition of structure and targets. They excel at showing minute details of the underwater world. 50 and 83 kHz frequencies have much greater depth penetration capability, but show less definition.

Thanks
Staff Answer
answered 6 months ago
by
BPSResource7
 - Springfield, MO
Question

br 24 connections

currently have hds7 with my br24 radar, but want to replace an older garmin with a new hds7 gen 2. can the radar be connected to both units or one or the other? I do inland lakes in Montana and coastal waters. would like both to work on the radar in case of one chartplotter goes on the blink in bad wx.
asked 7 months ago
by
namu
 - Kalispell Montana
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes you can. You would need to get a NEP-2 Network Extension Port to connect multiple units.
Staff Answer
answered 6 months ago
by
BPSProductSpecialist3
 - Springfield MO
answer 2
The manufacturer shows this can be attached with a radar interface box.
Staff Answer
answered 6 months ago
by
BPSProductSpecialist1
Question

what are the best setting for the color line

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
by
thommy
 - lake erie
on Lowrance® HDS-7 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter
1 answer
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answer 1
The default setting is usually sufficient for most users. There is not actually a "best" setting. The customer should try out different settings to find the best setting for their use and water/bottom conditions.

Thanks!
Staff Answer
answered 2 years ago
by
BPSResource7
 - Springfield, MO
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