Garmin launches compact Fantoms

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Smaller versions of Garmin solid state pulse compression marine radar now available.

Garmin has released the latest compact dome versions of its Fantom solid-state pulse compression radar suitable for boats where an open-array radar is not an option.

The new GMR Fantom 18 and GMR Fantom 24 radomes offer MotionScope Doppler technology and 40W of power in an 18” or 24” footprint.

Both radomes offer a range from 6m to 48nm including a dual range feature which allows boaters to see both close- and long-range simultaneously, with an overlay on a chart for one or both ranges. This eliminates the need to toggle between views and allows the skipper to keep a close eye on immediate surroundings and those on the horizon to ensure weather patterns, land and structure can always be observed.

The Fantom Doppler technology can be used to to detect moving targets in real time, helping users avoid potential collisions, find birds, and track weather. The MotionScope feature highlights moving targets in colour on the radar display so users can navigate around other boats or severe weather. Auto Bird Gain also allows boaters to easily locate birds at the water’s surface, indicating the presence of game fish.

When the Echo Trails setting is turned on, a fading ‘trail’ on the screen helps to identify the direction of the moving targets and potential collision threats. The trails shown are also corrected for the boat’s rotation when an autopilot or heading sensor is connected to the Garmin Marine Network.

Using pulse compression technology, the Fantom 18 and 24 models are designed to provide high resolution imaging while maximising energy to enhance target detection. Pulse expansion maximises the target size to help differentiate real targets from noise. The Fantom 18 features a 5.2o beam width, while the Fantom 24 offers a narrower 3.7o width for a precise, high-resolution image.

Both models use less than 25W power with instant turn-on so users can start tracking targets instantly. With dual radar support, Fantom radomes can also be used with a Fantom open-array, a GMR xHD2 open array, or a GMR xHD dome radar to provide 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 and reduce excess noise and clutter. MARPA settings enable the tracking of 10 targets simultaneously.

The Fantom 18 and 24 models are compatible with the new GPSMAP 752/952 and 1022/1222 series, as well as the GPSMAP 7400, 8000 and 8400 series. RRP from $2999.

Check out the Garmin video on the new Fantom dome radars.


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