Sonardyne Type 8063 Deck Test Unit (DTU)

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Sonardyne Type 8063 Deck Test Unit (DTU) – Available for rental, hire and ex-rental purchase from Ashtead Technology.

The Type 8063 Deck Test Unit is a fully portable, splash proof transponder test unit, designed for the harsh environment of the back deck. The DTU is capable of transmitting and receiving both Sonardyne Wideband™ and Tone acoustic signals in order to test all MF Compatt 5’s, DPT’s and WSM’s functionality.

It is the primary test equipment platform for Sonardyne and other acoustic instruments, both on deck and in the workshop. Ranging, acoustic command function and the release mechanism can all be tested prior to deployment, using just the test transducer. If a serial connection is made to the Compatt 5 or DPT, the DTU will extract all the transponder settings needed to be able to test the unit, simplifying the testing operation. A WSM responder test capability exists when connected via a serial test lead to the transponder. The DTU is battery powered and environmentally protected to IP65 and is therefore suitable for operation in most conditions. The LCD display is designed for reading in sunlight and is back-lit for use in low-light conditions. Its rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery lasts for at least eight hours of normal testing. Initially programmed to perform acoustic and cable-connected tests on Compatt 5, DPT and WSM, the DTU firmware can be upgraded to cover other acoustic instruments and additional functionality. An internal Flash memory card allows the DTU and transponder manuals to be read via USB connection to a PC.

Key features

  • Continuous battery life of 8 hours with Lithium-Ion battery
  • Display suitable for bright sunlight and low light conditions
  • Electronic manuals available via USB connection to PC
  • Firmware upgrades to test other instruments
  • Portable, rugged and splash-proof
  • Responder test capability
  • Test transponders acoustically including Wideband ranging
  • Universal mains-powered charger

Technical specifications

CaseSplashproof, IP65 rated
DisplayBack-lit, Sunlight-readable LCD
BatteryRechargeable 14.8V Lithium-Ion
Battery life8 hours in use
Flash Memory512 Mb
Panel Connectors
Power3 Pin Male Souriau UTS
Acoustic Transducer Wand6 Pin Male Souriau UTS
9-way D (male) IP68RS232, connection to Instrument
USB, connection to PCType B USB Panel Mount IP68
Universal power pack100-240VAC, 50-60Hz input, 18VDC output
Environmental-10 to 50 ºC operating and storage


Open360mm x 275 mm x 156 mm14.2 x 10.8" x 6.1""
Closed360 mm x 395 mm x 347 mm14.2 x 15.6" x 13.7""