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How I set graphing chart speed and sensitivity

July 23, 2017
 
Aaron Martens
Graphing is something I do all year long. Iíve been experimenting with settings on graphs for so long, I feel like I could write a whole book about it, but more than anything, I would like to share the basics of chart speed and sensitivity with you today so you can start experimenting with your graphs, if you havenít begun to already.

I run two Humminbird HELIX units on the bow of my boat, and Iím regularly adjusting the settings. One of the really neat things about the HELIX units is how easy it is to adjust your settings without ever losing sight of your mapping display. Honestly, thatís a big reason why I use them. You never lose sight of your graph when youíre adjusting settings, and changing the settings is pretty easy. You literally just hit the menu button and a dropdown pulls up so you can click right on whatever you want to adjust.

The chart speed is simply the speed of which the image is passing by. The slower the chart speed, the sharper the image will be. The faster the speed, the larger and less detailed image you will get. You can adjust chart speed according to the depth you are graphing. The shallower I am, the faster my chart speed. If Iím in less than 10 feet of water, my chart speed is at around 7. In 10-20 feet of water, my chart speed will be at a 5 or 6. If Iím in 25 feet or more, a lot of times, I will take it down to 4. If Iím going in and out of creeks all day or continually moving from shallow to deep water and back, I will be regularly adjusting my chart speed more often than I would on the days that Iím fishing at the relatively same depth all day.

The sensitivity of your chart is a power levelóthe strength of the signal that your graph is sending back and forth. The higher the sensitivity, the harder it will bounce off and come back. In real clear water, itís easy to dial in the sensitivity. You can run it really high and itís much easier to see the fish and objects than in dirty water. For the purposes of adjusting sensitivity: by dirty water, I mean anything in the water that will cause interference on your graph, such as algae, oxygen in the water from waves or current, silt, etc. When you are graphing an area, the dirtier the water, the lower your sensitivity should be set. But, the lower the sensitivity, the harder it is to make an object out. So, when you start looking for fish, turn it back up; it will be like looking through fog with a flashlight to find an object, but itís the only way in dirty water. After I have my sensitivity dialed in, I will then adjust the contrast setting. The contrast setting can bring an object into sharper focus and itís usually the last setting I change.

Most of the setting changes we discussed today are also applicable to 2D technology as well. In my next blog, Iíd like to get more into different strategies I use to see fish using my graphs. Right now though, Iíve gotta get out for a bit and grab some In-N-Out. When you are in California, do as the Californians doóeat In-N-Out. When you are graphing, do as the pro anglers do, and get comfortable experimenting with your graphs.   


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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 07:17:19 AM »
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How I set graphing chart speed and sensitivity

July 23, 2017
 
Aaron Martens
Graphing is something I do all year long. Iíve been experimenting with settings on graphs for so long, I feel like I could write a whole book about it, but more than anything, I would like to share the basics of chart speed and sensitivity with you today so you can start experimenting with your graphs, if you havenít begun to already.

I run two Humminbird HELIX units on the bow of my boat, and Iím regularly adjusting the settings. One of the really neat things about the HELIX units is how easy it is to adjust your settings without ever losing sight of your mapping display. Honestly, thatís a big reason why I use them. You never lose sight of your graph when youíre adjusting settings, and changing the settings is pretty easy. You literally just hit the menu button and a dropdown pulls up so you can click right on whatever you want to adjust.

The chart speed is simply the speed of which the image is passing by. The slower the chart speed, the sharper the image will be. The faster the speed, the larger and less detailed image you will get. You can adjust chart speed according to the depth you are graphing. The shallower I am, the faster my chart speed. If Iím in less than 10 feet of water, my chart speed is at around 7. In 10-20 feet of water, my chart speed will be at a 5 or 6. If Iím in 25 feet or more, a lot of times, I will take it down to 4. If Iím going in and out of creeks all day or continually moving from shallow to deep water and back, I will be regularly adjusting my chart speed more often than I would on the days that Iím fishing at the relatively same depth all day.

The sensitivity of your chart is a power levelóthe strength of the signal that your graph is sending back and forth. The higher the sensitivity, the harder it will bounce off and come back. In real clear water, itís easy to dial in the sensitivity. You can run it really high and itís much easier to see the fish and objects than in dirty water. For the purposes of adjusting sensitivity: by dirty water, I mean anything in the water that will cause interference on your graph, such as algae, oxygen in the water from waves or current, silt, etc. When you are graphing an area, the dirtier the water, the lower your sensitivity should be set. But, the lower the sensitivity, the harder it is to make an object out. So, when you start looking for fish, turn it back up; it will be like looking through fog with a flashlight to find an object, but itís the only way in dirty water. After I have my sensitivity dialed in, I will then adjust the contrast setting. The contrast setting can bring an object into sharper focus and itís usually the last setting I change.

Most of the setting changes we discussed today are also applicable to 2D technology as well. In my next blog, Iíd like to get more into different strategies I use to see fish using my graphs. Right now though, Iíve gotta get out for a bit and grab some In-N-Out. When you are in California, do as the Californians doóeat In-N-Out. When you are graphing, do as the pro anglers do, and get comfortable experimenting with your graphs.   

I guess I'm gonna start a firestorm then  ...

There seems to be some mis-conception in the above author's claim of the HB Sensitivity setting being a "power level - the strength of the signal being being sent back and forth"

Here's Greg's explanation in my saved archives  ...:

When you adjust any of the Sensitivity menus you are not turning up or down the power of the transmitter in the unit; rather you are telling the microprocessor in the unit to show more or less Ďstuffí on the display of the unit. This Ďstuffí can be returned sonar signals from fish, structure and the bottom. With enough adjustment you can also influence the color that the unit will use to show these Ďsonar targetsí.
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Dang I hate starting controversies  ...

Rickie
« Last Edit: July 24, 2017, 07:32:20 AM by rnvinc »

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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 07:40:23 AM »
Couldn't agree more rnvinc.  I saw the original article on bassmaster.com and immediately thought I'd get some great info from Amart...but then I read it.  Amart's info definitely seems to contradict some of what I've read.

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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 03:18:10 PM »
Yeah .... his general info is good, but he is wrong about the sensitivity changing the power output .... only the receive sensitivity is affected.
Switchfire clear mode may moderate the strength of the output signal.
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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 07:35:38 PM »
Rickie

    I also recall Greg explaining that the transmitter is a constant power level and the sensitivity controls the level of the return information that is displayed.

    I guess my reason for posting this is that as good as AMart is at using his equipment, sometimes it's a little more difficult to explain it.

         Mike

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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 05:02:32 AM »
Rickie

    I also recall Greg explaining that the transmitter is a constant power level and the sensitivity controls the level of the return information that is displayed.

    I guess my reason for posting this is that as good as AMart is at using his equipment, sometimes it's a little more difficult to explain it.

         Mike

I'm glad you posted it  ...

It gives the opportunity to help users here realize that just because someone is a "pro" does not mean that their info is gospel  ...

Rickie

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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 02:27:31 AM »
This guy is certainly  confused on power and sensitivity but i kinda  agree with him on scrolling speed.  Putting scrolling speed to match your boat speed is somewhat confusing as I have found you can double your chart speed in shallow water and get less image compression as with slower chart speeds. 

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Re: Aaron Martens discussion on adjusting chart and sensitivity
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 08:23:38 AM »
Agreed, power is a constant, but I think that Aaron, in effect, is saying that the sensitivity setting determines how much of the reflected signal power is actually displayed on the graph. After all, what you see is the end result of the computer's manipulation of the power of the transmitted/reflected signal.


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