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FREE Software Update Allows CHIRP Capability on Humminbird® ONIX® Units
Latest version 2.700 software update gives anglers CHIRP 2D SONAR functionality and more!

by: Jim Edlund, Traditions Media, LLC

Photo by courtesy Humminbird
Photo by courtesy Humminbird
(Mar 2, 2016 - Eaufaula, AL.) Humminbird® is proud to announce Version 2.700 Software, a free download through the Humminbird Select Program that brings ONIX users CHIRP 2D SONAR functionality and more. The free software update allows existing ONIX units and transducers to use CHIRP technology.
With no additional hardware purchase or change in installation, ONIX units are now even more potent, bringing anglers better target separation and greater image clarity.  
Humminbird’s free 2.700 software download gives ONIX users unparalleled image clarity and target separation via CHIRP 2D SONAR functionality -- no additional hardware or re-rigging required.

“CHIRP is another technology that helps build a more complete picture of what’s going on under your boat,” says Humminbird brand manager, Jeff Kolodzinski. “Used along with Side Imaging™, Down Imaging™, 360 Imaging™, and amazing cartography like Humminbird LakeMaster™ charts, CHIRP is another tool anglers can add to their arsenal to become more formidable at finding and catching fish.”
Used in combination with Humminbird SI, DI and 360, CHIRP completes a suite of awesome fish-finding technologies, giving anglers another tool to interpret fish returns and their exact location relative to the boat.
But the increased capabilities in the software update don’t end with CHIRP. For example, version 2.700 software also brings Depth Contour Labels to the AutoChart™ Live feature that reveal numerical depth data for easier navigation and fishing. Other upgrades include:
    •    2D CHIRP SONAR
    •    Added Sonar Auto Detect On/Off options
    •    2D Sonar Digital Depth tracking improvements
    •    Depth Contour Labels on AutoChart Live
    •    Depth Contour Labels on metric Lakemaster chart data
    •    Dynamic labels on Autochart Live colorbar
    •    Navionics performance upgrades
    •    Increased boat icon and chart performance at low speeds
    •    THS NMEA 0183 sentence support
    •    “Minimize Clusters” Waypoint Clustering option
The Software Update Process
To begin the update process, users should first verify they have registered their product in the free Humminbird Select Program and have previously updated to the most current software previous to Version 2.700.

Following product registration, users should download the software to their computer. Once successfully downloaded onto your PC, unzip the files on your computer before copying them to a blank 4 GB or greater Class 6 SD card. Do not rename files.  

Once the files have been saved to the blank SD card, eject the card from your computer or external card reader and insert into your Humminbird ONIX unit. Please note that during the update process it is critical that you maintain continual power to your unit.

Once the installation is completed, power down the unit and restart to begin using your ONIX with newly-expanded functionality.

About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors  and consists of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird® is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Minn Kota® is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon® is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.
Photo by courtesy Humminbird