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VHF Radio Call Sign:
WDE4414
Iridium phone cockpit:
00 - 88 1677 72 7018
Iridium spare 1:
00 - 88 1621 41 8079
Iridium spare 2:
00 - 88 1621 44 3804
Emergency Beacon:
ID: ADE90 05931 C34D
Handheld Emergency Beacon:
ID: LC 4652
Hovercraft registered in Delaware, US:
DL 1519 AB

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Chirp Sonar



The Chirp 3200 unit.
  • Mfr.: Knudsen Engineering
  • Mod.: Chirp 3200
  • Chirp 3200 hardware:
    • S/N K2K-07-0489
    • P/N: D229-04404
  • Channel config:
    • Ch.1: 3.5 kHz
    • Ch.2: 12 kHz
    • Ch.3: 200 kHz

(We only have 3.5 and 12 kHz transduces, and only operate the 12 kHz version due to transducer weight.)

1.  INTRODUCTION


The Chirp 3200 is controlled from a PC running the SounderSuite program.

The 12kHz transducer is lowered over the side of an ice floe where the craft is parked or suspended below the hull for underway measurements.


Knudsen Engineering 12 kHz transducer for the Chirp 3200.

Display of the 12 kHz (left PC) and the airgun signal (right PC)

2.  Software versions as of 21 April 2010


3.  SOFTWARE UPDATE AS OF 14 MAY 2010


Installed SounderSetup.exe received from Knudsen Engineering (email attachment, 28 April 2010, ref. D.C.).

Setup type: Local-Machine

At the moment the PC running the SounderSuite software is separated from the Chirp hardware, so we cannot verify proper operation. Instead, here are screenshots of SounderSuite directories ....

4.  UPDATE 24 JUNE 2010


We installed new version of Knudsen Sounder Suite, and performed the firmware upgrade.

Status message after firmware upgrade:

Knudsen firmware, status as of 24 June 2010
Knudsen firmware, status as of 24 June 2010.

All modules have the same version number: 2.14.

4.1  Email correspondance:


Question, 24 June 2010:
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We are updating both Chirp 3200 Firmware and Sounder Suite software.
There was only one firmware bin-file (K2K10001.bin) included in the new Sounder Suite install program,
and we used this file for all three channels.

When we start the Echo Control Client, all three channels show up as "50 kHz" - see attached screenshot.
That cannot be correct.

Reply, same day:

You will need to reset your factory defaults. In the EchoControl Client program, go to Setup/Factory Defaults.../EchoSounder Controls.
You will get a message box asking you to confirm. Click Yes and the software will retrieve the correct settings from the sounder boards.

5.  DATA FORMATS - SOME PITFALLS


Data from chirp sub-bottom profilers can be recorded in different formats. Here's an article and some notes by Paul Henkart that shed light on this subject:

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