All PI and PS sensors can be set up to suit your preferences. The most important parameters are the:
In order to change these parameters, the Simrad PI Configurator utility is provided.
Once you lower a PI (or PS) sensor into the water, the water detector switch automatically turns on the sensor's electronics. The circuitry inside the sensor will then start to read the status of its own internal sensor circuitry (temperature, depth etc). Then, it will transmit the current information to the hydrophone under your vessel using an acoustic link.
The two most important factors are now:
"How often" is commonly referred to as data update rate. This is the setting that tells the sensor how many seconds or minutes it shall wait before it reports back the next reading.
"Which channel" is referred to as communication channel. This works is just like your car radio, where you have separate buttons to choose between radio stations transmitting on different channels.
All sensors are provided from the factory with pre-defined communication channels and update rates.
It may be required to change one or more communication channels, and there may be many reasons for this.
All sensors are provided with a default communication channel. In some cases you may find that the chosen channel does not suit your operational needs, for example if you have more than one sensor of any given type. This is a decision you have to make depending on how many sensors you use, and how many of these that are identical.
It may be required to change the update rate on a sensor, that is how often it sends information back to the PI catch monitoring system. A high update rate will give frequent information updates, but the sensor will use more battery power. If you need your batteries to last as long as possible, you must consider lowering the update rate.
All sensors are provided from Simrad with a default update rate setting. In some cases you may find that this update rate does not suit your operational needs. This is a decision you have to make depending on the local fishing conditions.
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