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Garmin International announced the GMR Fantom™ 54/56 and Fantom 124/126 the next evolution in its solid-state pulse compression radar series with MotionScope™ Doppler technology, offering 50W and 120W of power output, respectively, the most in its class.

Garmin Fantom radars were the first to allow mariners to see targets moving instantaneously thanks to MotionScope technology. Now, with more than double the power output of existing Fantoms, the new series offers improved detection range with more precision and target separation at both close- and long-ranges in a solid-state solution for recreational boaters and fishermen alike.

Available in a four- or six-foot open array, Garmin’s latest uses the Doppler effect to detect and highlight moving targets to help users avoid potential collisions, find flocks of birds, and track weather in a single ping. With its pulse compression technology, Fantom radars provide high resolution while maximizing energy on targets to enhance detection and identification of targets. The Fantom 54/56 offer 50W of pulse compression power output, the approximate equivalent to a 6kW magnetron, while the Fantom 124/126 deliver a 120W power output, the approximate equivalent to a 15kW magnetron. No warm-up time is needed, so mariners can start tracking targets instantly.

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The Doppler effect is the frequency shift in the radar echo due to the relative motion of the target. This allows for instant detection of any targets moving toward or away from the radar in real time. 

MotionScope highlights the moving targets on the radar display with an easy-to-see color so that users can navigate around other boats or severe weather, or toward fishing spots where birds are feeding at the surface. When the Echo Trails setting is turned on, a fading “trail” on the screen can help identify the direction of the moving targets and potential 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.

These powerful new radars also offer Auto Bird Gain, a unique feature that lets mariners easily locate flocks of birds at the water’s surface, indicating a potential hot fishing spot. They also come standard with dual radar support that provides radar redundancy and more flexibility to view different data on independent display units. 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 enable the tracking of 10 targets simultaneously.

The new Fantom series are compatible with the GPSMAP® 8400/8600, 8000/8200 and 7400/7600 series multifunction displays, and the GPSMAP 10×2/12×2 and GPSMAP 7×2/9×2 series chartplotters.

For more information, visit www.garmin.com/marine

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Gary Brown
Gary Brownhttp://garyebrown.net
Gary E. Brown is the Editorial Director of All At Sea Caribbean. He is a presenter on Island 92, 91.9 FM, St. Maarten, and the author of the thriller/sailing adventure Caribbean High. For more information, visit: garyebrown.net

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