Too commonly we get files uploaded from customers that had either no sonar information or no GPS location in the file. This is typically due to some unit malfunction or user oversight of a disabled setting. If there is no GPS position or no sonar depth in the file, not surprisingly BioBase cannot create a map. Here we show some of the most common troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you diagnose common issues with newer generation Lowrance and get you back to BioBasing on the water.
1. Monitor Chart, Sonar, and Downscan pages while you map
Be sure to select a screen in the main page menu that has Chart, Sonar, and Downscan (Figure 1). Watch that page while you map because if something goes wrong with the sonar or GPS while you are mapping, you need to be able to determine that quickly, stop recording, and figure out what happened. Product Expert Ray Valley shows you how to set up your Lowrance screens takes you through some basic field collection tips and tricks with this video.
2. Ensure GPS and Sonar is Working
3. Investigate Data Sources for Invalid Sources
4. GPS problems? Look at whether satellites are being acquired by your Point-1 or embedded GPS.
Still can’t determine what’s wrong? Google or Contact Lowrance Support
The benefit of using a consumer device like Lowrance for mapping lakes, coasts, and ponds, is that you have a user base of over a million people globally creating and posting tips and tricks content that Google will often find (including many blogs available here). Also Lowrance has good warranty and customer support.