1960, a history of developing and marketing
innovative fish & game technology.
Vektor™ Fish & Game Forecasts' roots
go back to 1960 when John Uldrich
and Robert Knutson, both avid hunters
and fishermen from Little Falls, Minnesota, founded Vexilar
Engineering Inc. Their first product in
the fishing arena was the Deptherm™ - a unique and simple
tool for finding depth and temperature. Still in production by Vexilar
Inc., over a million of these units have been sold. In 1965 they
acquired an electronic temperature sensing device from Honeywell
Inc. which also served as a depth finder. No longer in production,
it did put Vexilar into the electronics sector relating to fishing
and opened the door to sonar equipment which they first imported
Pioneering high-resolution, solid
state fish location display technology.
By 1968 Uldrich
and Knutson were designing and producing leading edge sonar equipment,
pioneering the use of ‘sound’ in sonar, liquid crystal
displays and light emitting diodes for display purposes (LEDs).
They were the first to offer high resolution solid state displays
(Video Sonar™) which are now the standard of the industry.
They continued to research the impact of temperature on fish feeding
and migration patterns and collaborated with the magazine called
“Fishing World” for many years on this subject. Click
here to see the current temperature chart.
As president of Vexilar Inc., Uldrich
was inducted into the original Fishing Hall of Fame for his work
on fish temperature correlations and his effort to use advanced
technology in the development of fishing finding equipment. Vexilar,
under Uldrich’s presidency, pioneered the use of existing
sonar for recovery work by Law Enforcement officers and agencies.
Fish & Game Forecast Begins.
In 1973, Vexilar took on the project of marketing
a Fish & Game Forecast service offered by DataSport, then of
Minneapolis. When the two partners sold the company (Vexilar) in
1980, John Uldrich formed Vektor™ to continue the fish and
game services under that name. The use of NOAA data took place at
this time and continues to this day.
Vexilar is a Latin term meaning “a soldier
on the leading edge” and “Vektor” was used in
the forecast service because the NOAA formula relies exclusively
on the use of the 37-constituent forces which drive our planetary
system thus creating the tide predicting data. This is based on
the mathematics of “Vector Analysis” – hence “Vektor”.
learn more about the history of “Fish & Game Forecasting”
– the evolution of solunar history, click here.