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Simrad Open Array Radar Halo or older TXL units?

Old 07-03-2019, 09:28 AM
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Default Simrad Open Array Radar Halo or older TXL units?

I need to upgrade my radar from some old school stuff. Is the Halo worth the premium compared to the TXL units? You can still find a handful of the TXL units around and they are about half of the halo cost. I do know they are 24volt and a transformer would be needed for 12volt systems.

Going with open array I have a fairly large hard top and I can probably swing the 6' array no problem. Would there be a night and day difference between the 4' and 6' in performance. I think the 6' array might appear a little out of place on my boat but performance over looks.

Primary use would be navigation, bird finding use would be occasional.



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Old 07-03-2019, 05:37 PM
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I would go magnetron. And I would go 6’. I have a 6’ on a 34 express. Yes it looks a little big but who cares...function is all that matters
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:03 PM
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I just bought the 4’ Simrad Halo, and its the one and only piece of the package that actually works like expected. I could not be happier, and for the record I use radar daily at work.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:42 AM
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If navigation purposes are your top priority, Halo (solid-state Doppler) can’t be beat. I was out last weekend with a customer and while playing around with the electronics, I could very easily spot single frigates 2-3 miles out with his Halo4. Unfortunately, there were no larger flocks to track that day but I was still very impressed with the Halo’s ability to spot single frigates. It took some very minor setting adjustments and you really have to know what you’re looking for on the screen. I can see how a lot of people ‘can’t find birds’ with their solid state radars simply due to lack of product use knowledge or just opening the radar screen and expecting it to do all of the work for them.
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Old 07-05-2019, 09:03 AM
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I have owned the tx 6kw simrad and now have the halo 4. White the Halo is a nice piece of equipment I prefer the old units by far. The only thing the Halo does better is pickup close in markers much better through my tight canal. No matter how I have setup the adjustments on the Halo it picks up way to much small stuff and clutters the screen navigating through a busy inlet but if I turn the gain down to low it misses small jon boats, skiffs etc. It just doesn't give me the confidence I had with my old 6kw. I can deal with clutter when I am hunting birds but in the inlet if It marks on the screen I want it to be there. On the flip since I haven't been impressed with the bird finding mode on it either versus other radars I have run "mostly garmin" If given the choice 10kw and 6ft if you have the room which is what will be on my next boat.
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:53 PM
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Halo is a navico product, TXL is JRC, I would go with TXL given the choice as they're commercial radars and are virtually bulletproof
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I know it’s cool to be old school but we just got back from a week in Marathon and I put some time in validatingthe HALO bird setting. Honestly, it was spot on. I would spot birds with binoculars and confirm on the radar, every time the radar was spot on and I could eventually pick single birds from flocks.

For the gain in navigating + Accceptable bird performance I don’t see a reason to deal with the weight and power draw of a magnetron on a CC. I think it’s ore about what you have faith in. At this point I trust the HALO.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:54 PM
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I know itís cool to be old school but we just got back from a week in Marathon and I put some time in validatingthe HALO bird setting. Honestly, it was spot on. I would spot birds with binoculars and confirm on the radar, every time the radar was spot on and I could eventually pick single birds from flocks.

For the gain in navigating + Accceptable bird performance I donít see a reason to deal with the weight and power draw of a magnetron on a CC. I think itís ore about what you have faith in. At this point I trust the HALO.
Halo works fine for birds that you can see with binoculars but not so much in the 3-5 mile range that really matters when you are chasing birds. Can it find them in fairly large packs? Sure Is it the best tool for the job? Not even close. If my boat wasnít for sale I would be replacing my halo radar prior to the next spring season.
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For the sake of the OP I disagree. I was running and gunning well outside of the Marathon humps and my HALO did just fine. I know you know howto run electronics but maybe check the base angle or SW version. I was just validating with the binos, what I didn’t say is that we were making those 3-4 mile jogs based on it which ultimately led us to a school of Mahi. The keys for me were the best proving ground for a radar... I trust it up in our NE FL water now that I know how to read it.
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I have the HALO and it is a weather and navigation radar first and bird finder second.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:36 AM
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FWIW, I ordered a Halo 4ft unit last night. West Marine was having their triple points for the holiday and I thought I would capitalize on that as I never see a deal on these.
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personally, i think you will be happy with it. I had the Simrad 6kw on my Ricky and frankly, i don't see any loss in bird capabilities but a massive gain in safety. If you're really serious about birds get a 25kw base with a 4' array... off all the guys i know only one has ever done that... he pretty much cooks anything that flys.
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I currently have a 4' 6kw. Wednesday I will have a Halo 6. We shall see.
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They're great. Put mine through the test yesterday and was rather impressed. Birds, weather, boats, land, you name it, it will see it way before you do.
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