New Stuff: Garmin GMR Fantom Radar
April 11, 2016
The solid-state GMR Fantom radar series from Garmin features pulse compression, MotionScope Doppler technology and an impressive 40W of power.
Available in a 4’ or 6’ open-array design, the Fantom models employ Doppler processing to detect and highlight moving targets in real time, allowing users to avoid potential collisions, locate flocks of birds and track weather in a single ping.
Pulse compression provides high resolution while focusing more energy on targets to enhance detection and identification. Pulse expansion can then maximize target size to help differentiate real targets from noise.
MotionScope highlights moving targets with a high-vis color so that users can navigate around other boats or severe weather. When the Echo Trails setting is activated, a fading “trail” on the screen can help easily identify the direction of the moving targets and avoid collision threats. The trails shown are corrected for the boat’s rotation when an autopilot or heading sensor is connected to the Garmin Marine Network.
Both Fantom models feature a unique housing that’s smaller and lighter than many other open-array models, yet remains rugged and durable. Plus, there’s no warm-up time.
Range coverage can be set anywhere from 20’ to 72 nautical miles. And thanks to the dual-range feature, users have the ability to monitor both close- and long-range targets simultaneously, along with the option of adding an overlay to a chart for one or both ranges.
Fantom also features Auto Bird Gain, which makes it easy to locate flocks of birds near the surface—an important tool for fishing. Also standard is Dual Radar Support, which provides radar redundancy and the ability to view different data on independent displays.
Dynamic Auto Gain and Dynamic Sea Filter continually adjust to surroundings, water and weather conditions to provide optimal performance while reducing excess noise and clutter. And MARPA settings allow the user to track up to 10 targets simultaneously.
Fantom 4: $7,000
Fantom 6: $7500
Contact Garmin HERE