Eagle Seacharter 500CDF Manual
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CAUTION: Clamp the transducer cable to transom near the transducer. This will help prevent the transducer from entering the boat if it is knocked off at high speed.
Poor location Good location Good location Poor angle Good and poor transducer locations.
How low should you go? For most situations, you should install your Skimmer transducer so that its centerline is level with the bottom of the boat hull. This will usually give you the best combination of smooth water flow and protection from bangs and bumps. 17
Align transducer centerline with hull bottom. A dual frequency transducer is shown at left and a single frequency transducer at right.
However, there are times when you may need to adjust the transducer slightly higher or lower. (The slots in the mounting brackets allow you to loosen the screws and slide the transducer up or down.) If you frequently lose bottom signal lock while running at high speed, the transducer may be coming out of the water as you cross waves or wakes. Move the transducer a little lower to help prevent this. If you cruise or fish around lots of structure and cover, your transducer may be frequently kicking up from object strikes. If you wish, you may move the transducer a little higher for more protection. There are two extremes you should avoid. Never let the edge of the mounting bracket extend below the bottom of the hull. Never let the bottom the face of the transducer rise above the bottom of the hull. Shoot-Thru-Hull vs. Transom Mounting In a shoot-thru-hull installation, the transducer is bonded to the inside of the hull with epoxy. The sonar "ping" signal actually passes through the hull and into the water. This differs from a bolt-thru-hull installation (often called simply "thru-hull"). In that case, a hole is cut in the hull and a specially designed transducer is mounted through the hull with a threaded shaft and nut. This puts the transducer in direct contact with the water. Typically, shoot-thru-hull installations give excellent high speed operation and good to excellent depth capability. There is no possibility of transducer damage from floating objects, as there is with a transommounted transducer. A transducer mounted inside the hull can't be knocked off when docking or loading on a trailer. However, the shoot-thru-hull installation does have its drawbacks. First, some loss of sensitivity does occur, even on the best hulls. This varies from hull to hull, even from different installations on the same 18
hull. This is caused by differences in hull lay-up and construction. Second, the transducer angle cannot be adjusted for the best fish arches on your sonar display. (This is not an issue for flasher-style sonars.) Lack of angle adjustment can be particularly troublesome on hulls that sit with the bow high when at rest or at slow trolling speeds. Third, a transducer CAN NOT shoot through wood and metal hulls. Those hulls require either a transom mount or a thru-hull installation. Fourth, if your Skimmer transducer has a built in temp sensor, it will only show the temperature of the bilge, not the water surface temp. Follow the testing procedures listed in the shoot-thru-hull installation section at the end of this instruction booklet to determine if you can satisfactorily shoot through the hull. Transom Transducer Assembly and Mounting The best way to install these transducers is to loosely assemble all of the parts first, place the transducer's bracket against the transom and see if you can move the transducer so that it's parallel with the ground. The following instructions sometimes vary depending on the mounting bracket that came with your transducer. Single frequency Skimmers come with a one-piece stainless steel bracket, while dual frequency Skimmers come with a two-piece plastic mounting bracket. Use the set of instructions that fits your model. 1. Assembling the bracket. A. One-piece bracket: Press the two small plastic ratchets into the sides of the metal bracket as shown in the following illustration. Notice there are letters molded into each ratchet. Place each ratchet into the bracket with the letter "A" aligned with the dot stamped into the metal bracket. This position sets the transducer's coarse angle adjustment for a 14 transom. Most outboard and stern-drive transoms have a 14 angle.
Align plastic ratchets in bracket.
B. Two-piece bracket: Locate the four plastic ratchets in the transducer's hardware package. Press two ratchets into the sides of the plastic 19
bracket and two on either side of the transducer as shown in the following illustrations. Notice there are letters molded into each ratchet. Place the ratchets into the bracket with the letter "A" aligned with the alignment mark molded into the bracket. Place the ratchets onto the transducer with the letter "A" aligned with the 12 o'clock position on the transducer stem. These positions set the transducer's coarse angle adjustment for a 14 transom. Most outboard and stern-drive transoms have a 14 angle.
Alignment letters Alignment positions Transducer bracket Insert and align ratchets. Transducer
Add ratchets to bracket and transducer.
2. Aligning the transducer on the transom. A. One-piece bracket: Slide the transducer between the two ratchets. Temporarily slide the bolt though the transducer assembly and hold it against the transom. Looking at the transducer from the side, check to see if it will adjust so that its face is parallel to the ground. If it does, then the "A" position is correct for your hull. If the transducer's face isn't parallel with the ground, remove the transducer and ratchets from the bracket. Place the ratchets into the holes in the bracket with the letter "B" aligned with the dot stamped 20
in the bracket. Reassemble the transducer and bracket and place them against the transom. Again, check to see if you can move the transducer so it's parallel with the ground. If you can, then go to step 3A. If it doesn't, repeat step 2A, but use a different alignment letter until you can place the transducer on the transom correctly.
Insert bolt and check transducer position on transom.
B. Two-piece bracket: Assemble the transducer and bracket as shown in the following figure. Temporarily slide the bolt though the transducer assembly but don't tighten the nut at this time. Hold the assembled transducer and bracket against the transom. Looking at the transducer from the side, check to see if it will adjust so that its face is parallel to the ground. If it does, then the "A" positions are correct for your hull. If the transducer's face isn't parallel with the ground, remove and disassemble the transducer and ratchets. Place the ratchets into the bracket holes with the letter "B" aligned with the bracket alignment mark. Place them on the transducer aligned with the 12 o'clock position on the transducer stem. Reassemble the transducer and bracket and place them against the transom. Again, check to see if you can move the transducer so it's parallel with the ground. If you can, then go to step 3B. If it doesn't, repeat step 2B, but use a different alignment letter until you can place the transducer on the transom correctly.
Material in this section is arranged in alphabetical order. ASP (Advanced Signal Processing) The ASP feature is a noise rejection system built into the sonar unit that constantly evaluates the effects of boat speed, water conditions and interference. This automatic feature gives you the best display possible under most conditions. The ASP feature is an effective tool in combating noise. In sonar terms, noise is any undesired signal. It is caused by electrical and mechanical sources such as bilge pumps, engine ignition systems and wiring, air bubbles passing over the face of the transducer, even vibration from the engine. In all cases, noise can produce unwanted marks on the display. The ASP feature has four settings Off, Low, Medium and High. If you have high noise levels, try using the "High" ASP setting. However, if you are having trouble with noise, we suggest that you take steps to find the interference source and fix it, rather than continually using the unit with the high ASP setting. There are times when you may want to turn the ASP feature off. This allows you to view all incoming echoes before they are processed by the ASP feature.
At left, Sonar Menu with Sonar Features selected. In the Sonar Features menu, Noise Rejection is selected with ASP in the default low setting (center, dual-frequency menu; at right, single-frequency menu).
To change the ASP level: 1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU| to SONAR FEATURES|ENT. 2. Press to NOISE REJECTION|ENT. 53
3. Press or to select a setting, then press ENT. 4. To return to the previous page, press EXIT|EXIT.
This unit has three different types of sonar alarms. The first is the Fish Alarm. It sounds when the Fish I.D. feature determines that an echo is a fish. Another alarm is the Zone Alarm, which consists of a bar on the side of the screen. Any echo on the chart that appears inside this bar triggers this alarm. The last alarm is the Depth Alarm, which has both a Shallow and a Deep setting. Only the bottom signal will trigger this alarm. This is useful as an anchor watch, a shallow water alert or for navigation. Depth Alarms The depth alarms sound a tone when the bottom signal goes shallower than the shallow alarm's setting or deeper than the deep alarm's setting. For example, if you set the shallow alarm to 10 feet, the alarm will sound a tone if the bottom signal is less than 10 feet. It will continue to sound until the bottom goes deeper than 10 feet. The deep alarm works just the opposite. It sounds a warning tone if the bottom depth goes deeper than the alarm's setting. Both depth alarms work only off the digital bottom depth signals. No other targets will trip these alarms. These alarms can be used at the same time or individually.
At left, Main Menu and Sonar Alarms command. At right, the Sonar Alarms menu.
To adjust and turn on the shallow alarm:
1. Press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT. 2. Press to SHALLOW ALARM DEPTH|ENT. 3. Press or to change the first number, then press to move the cursor to the next number and repeat until the depth is correct, then press ENT. 4. Press to SHALLOW ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. 5. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. To switch to a different depth setting, open the Sonar Alarms menu and repeat the instructions in step 3 above.
To adjust and turn on the deep alarm:
1. Press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT. 2. Press to DEEP ALARM ENABLED| to DEEP ALARM DEPTH|ENT. 3. Press or to change the first number, then press to move the cursor to the next number and repeat until the depth is correct, then press ENT. 4. Press to DEEP ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. 5. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT| to DEEP ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. To switch to a different depth setting, open the Sonar Alarms menu and repeat the instructions in step 3 above. Zone Alarm The zone alarm is triggered when any echo passes inside the zone alarm bar, shown on the right side of the screen.
To adjust and turn on the zone alarm:
1. Press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT. 2. Press to ZONE ALARM ENABLED| to ADJUST ZONE|ENT.
At left, Sonar Alarms menu, with Adjust Zone command selected. At right, Adjust Zone Alarm selection box, with Upper selected.
3. To set the upper boundary for the Zone Alarm, use or to select UPPER, then press or to move the top of the bar to the desired depth.
LOWER, then press or to move the bottom of the bar to the desired depth.
4. To set the lower boundary for the Zone Alarm, use or to select
5. Press EXIT| to ZONE ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. Now, any echo fish, bottom, structure within the zone alarm's depth range will trigger the zone alarm. 6. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU| to ALARMS|ENT| to SONAR ALARMS|ENT| to ZONE ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. To switch to a different depth setting, open the Sonar Alarms menu and repeat the instructions in steps 3 and 4 above. Fish Alarm Use the fish alarm for a distinctive audible alarm when fish or other suspended objects are detected by the Fish I.D. feature (Fish I.D. must be turned on for the Fish Alarm to work). A different tone sounds for each fish symbol size shown on the display.
To record or log chart data: 1. Press MENU| to LOG SONAR CHART DATA|ENT. 2. To record data using the default settings, press ENT. The menu clears and the Sonar Page title bar shows the name of the file you are recording. Warning messages will appear as recording time begins to run out. NOTE: You can change any of the settings by using the cursor arrows to highlight different commands. Select FILE NAME if you want to change the name. Select CHART QUALITY if you want to lower the file quality and record for a longer period of time. After you've changed the settings, select START LOGGING and press ENT.
See the entry on Advanced Signal Processing in this section.
On any Page display except Satellite Status, you can "float" or overlay additional GPS or navigation data on the screen with the Overlay Data command. For example, if you left your watch at home, you could display the local time on top of the map. Or, if you wanted to see details about your route and trip, you could show your bearing, course, average speed and trip distance.
The various data available from your unit are divided into categories in the Overlay Data menu. These categories include GPS Data, Navigation, Trip Calculator, Time and Sonar Data. You can select items from any of these categories for display, in any combination the category divisions are there only to help you sort through the information.
Overlay Data, with "Navigation," "Trip Calculator" and "Time" categories expanded.
To overlay information on your screen: 1. While on the Navigation Page, a Map Page or a Sonar Page, press MENU| to OVERLAY DATA|ENT. 2. You'll see a list of the overlay data currently shown, if any. Select TO ADD) and press ENT. The data viewer shows information categories with "+" or "" symbols next to each category name. A category with a "+" next to it is expandable, meaning its contents are hidden.
Selecting the category name and pressing ENT will show the category's contents, so you can choose items within it. An expanded category (one with a "" next to its name) can be collapsed to hide its contents. Just select the category name and press ENT. 3. Expand any categories that might contain data you want to display. Then press or to select a data option. 4. With the data option highlighted, press ENT to check it (turn on) and uncheck it (turn off). As you turn it on, the data will appear on top of the screen. Every Page display has a maximum number of items you can show using the Overlay Data command. 5. After the desired changes are made, press EXIT|EXIT to return to the page display. 69
NOTE: Reset Options does not erase any waypoints, routes, plot trails, or sonar logs.
Reset Water Distance
The sonar chart's Digital Data display option includes a box that shows distance traveled, called Water Distance. This information is calculated from an optional water speed sensor, not the GPS. The Water Distance window can be reset to zero using the Reset Water Distance command.
Press MENU|MENU| to SONAR SETUP|ENT| to RESET WATER DISThe menus are cleared and the water distance is reset to 0.00.
Set Keel Offset
This unit measures water depth from the face of the transducer. Since the transducer is installed below the water surface, the distance displayed by the digital depth, chart depth scale, chart cursor or fish symbols is not the exact water depth. If the transducer is 1 foot below the surface, and the screen shows the water depth as 30 feet, then the actual depth is 31 feet. On sailboats or other large vessels with deep drafts, the distance between the transducer installation and the keel or lower engine unit can be several feet. In those cases, an inexact depth reading could result in grounding or striking underwater structure. The Keel Offset feature eliminates the need for the navigator to mentally calculate how much water is under his keel. Keel Offset lets you calibrate the digital depth, chart depth scale, chart cursor depth and fish symbol depth displayed on the screen. To calibrate the depth indicators, first measure the distance from the face of the transducer to the lowest part of the boat. In this example, we will use 3.5 feet. This will entered as a negative 3.5 feet, which makes the depth indicators perform as if the transducer's lower in the water than it really is. 1. Press MENU|MENU| to SONAR SETUP|ENT| to SET KEEL OFFSET|ENT. 2. The Keel Offset dialog box appears. Press to change the plus (+) sign to a minus () sign. 3. Press to the first number, then press to change the number to 3 4. Press to the second number, then press to change the number to 5, then press EXIT. The depth indicators now accurately show the depth of water beneath the keel. 74
NOTE: If knowing the exact depth of water beneath the keel is less important, you can calibrate the depth indicators so that they show the actual water depth from surface to bottom. To do this, first measure the distance from the face of the transducer up to the surface (the water line on the boat). In this example, we will use 1.5 feet. This will be entered as a positive 1.5 feet, which makes the depth indicators perform as if the transducer's higher in the water than it really is. 1. Press MENU|MENU| to SONAR SETUP|ENT| to SET KEEL OFFSET|ENT.
2. The Keel Offset dialog box appears with a plus (+) sign at the front of the box. 3. Press to the first number, then press to change the number to 1. 4. Press to the second number, them press to change the number to 5, then press EXIT. The depth indicators now accurately show the water depth from surface to bottom.
mode, the Reset Options command will switch back to Auto and reset the factory setting at the same time.
For quicker sensitivity adjustments, try leaving the Sensitivity Control Bar on the screen as the chart scrolls. You can see the changes on the screen as you press the up or down arrows. This is handy when there's a lot of clutter in the water, and you are matching the sensitivity to rapidly changing water conditions.
Sonar Chart Mode
The default color scheme for the sonar chart is white background, but we offer other variations to suit your viewing preferences. You can select the chart to be displayed in grayscale, reverse grayscale, blue background, or Nightview, IceView, or bottom color tracking. To change the chart mode color scheme: 1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU| to SONAR FEATURES|ENT. 2. Press to SONAR COLOR MODE|ENT. 3. Press or to Mode Name|ENT. 4. Press EXIT|EXIT to return to the Sonar Page.
Sonar Page & Sonar Chart Display Options
The Pages Menu offers three chart display options. To access them, press PAGES| to SONAR| to Option Name|EXIT.
Pages Menu, showing sonar chart display options.
Full Sonar Chart This is the default mode used when the unit is turned on for the first time or when it's reset to the factory defaults. The bottom signal scrolls across the screen from right to left. Depth 77
scales on the right side of the screen aid in determining the depth of targets. The line at the top of the screen represents the surface. The bottom depth and surface temperature (if equipped with a temperature sensor or a transducer with a temp sensor built in) show at the top left corner of the screen. The FasTrack display shows just to the right of the scale. This changes all echoes into short horizontal bars, replicating a flasher sonar. The zoom bar on the far right shows the area that's zoomed when the zoom is in use. (See the Zoom section for more information.)
Full Sonar Chart. The Overlay Data (depth and water temperature) are set to different text sizes.
Split Zoom Sonar Chart A split chart shows the underwater world from the surface to the bottom on the right side of the screen. The left side shows an enlarged version of the right side. The zoom range shows at the bottom left corner of the screen.
3. The water may be deeper than the sonar's ability to find the bottom. If the sonar can't find the bottom signal while it's in the automatic mode, the digital sonar display will flash continuously. It may change the range to limits far greater than the water you are in. If this happens, place the unit in the manual mode, then change the range to a realistic one, (for example, 0-100 feet) and increase the sensitivity. As you move into shallower water, a bottom signal should appear. 4. Check the battery voltage. If the voltage drops, the unit's transmitter power also drops, reducing its ability to find the bottom or targets. Bottom echo disappears at high speeds or erratic digital reading or weak bottom echo while boat is moving: 1. The transducer may be in turbulent water. It must be mounted in a smooth flow of water in order for the sonar to work at all boat speeds. Air bubbles in the water disrupt the sonar signals, interfering with its ability to find the bottom or other targets. The technical term for this is cavitation. 2. Electrical noise from the boat's motor can interfere with the sonar. This causes the sonar to automatically increase its discrimination or noise rejection feature. This can cause the unit to eliminate weaker signals such as fish or even structure from the display. Try using resistor spark plugs or routing the sonar unit's power and transducer cables away from other electrical wiring on the boat. No fish arches when the Fish I.D. feature is off: 1. Make sure the transducer is pointing straight down. This is the most common problem if a partial arch is displayed. 2. The sensitivity may not be high enough. In order for the unit to display a fish arch, it has to be able to receive the fish's echo from the time it enters the cone until it leaves. If the sensitivity is not high enough, the unit shows the fish only when it is in the center of the cone. 3. Use the Zoom feature. It is much easier to display fish arches when zoomed in on a small range of water than a large one. For example, you will have much better luck seeing fish arches with a 30 to 60 foot range than a 0 to 60 foot range. This enlarges the targets, allowing the display to show much more detail. 4. The boat must be moving at a slow trolling speed to see fish arches. If the boat is motionless, fish stay in the cone, showing on the screen as straight horizontal lines. NOISE A major cause of sonar problems is electrical noise. This usually appears on the sonar's display as random patterns of dots or lines. In severe cases, it can completely cover the screen with black dots, or cause the unit to operate erratically, or not at all. 88
To eliminate or minimize the effects of electrical noise, first try to determine the cause. With the boat at rest in the water, the first thing you should do is turn all electrical equipment on the boat off. Make sure the engine is also off. Turn your sonar on, then turn off Noise Reject [also known as the ASP feature (Advanced Signal Processing)]. Sensitivity should be set at 90-95 percent. There should be a steady bottom signal on the display. Now turn on each piece of electrical equipment on the boat and view the effect on the sonar's display. For example, turn on the bilge pump and view the sonar display for noise. If no noise is present, turn the pump off, then turn on the VHF radio and transmit. Keep doing this until all electrical equipment has been turned on, their effect on the sonar display noted, then turned off. If you find noise interference from an electrical instrument, trolling motor, pump, or radio, try to isolate the problem. You can usually reroute the sonar unit's power cable and transducer cable away from the wiring that is causing the interference. VHF radio antenna cables radiate noise when transmitting, so be sure to keep the sonar's wires away from it. You may need to route the sonar unit's power cable directly to the battery to isolate it from other wiring on the boat. If no noise displays on the sonar unit from electrical equipment, then make sure everything except the sonar unit is turned off, then start the engine. Increase the RPM with the gearshift in neutral. If noise appears on the display, the problem could be one of three things; spark plugs, alternator, or tachometer wiring. Try using resistor spark plugs, alternator filters, or routing the sonar unit's power cable away from engine wiring. Again, routing the power cable directly to the battery helps eliminate noise problems. Make sure to use the in-line fuse supplied with the unit when wiring the power cable to the battery. When no noise appears on the sonar unit after all of the above tests, then the noise source is probably cavitation. Many novices or persons with limited experience make hasty sonar installations which function perfectly in shallow water, or when the boat is at rest. In nearly all cases, the cause of the malfunction will be the location and/or angle of the transducer. The face of the transducer must be placed in a location that has a smooth flow of water at all boat speeds. Read your transducer owner's manual or the Installation instructions (Sec. 2) in this manual for the best mounting position.
Now that you've seen how the unit can find where you are, let's search for something somewhere else. Searching is one of the most powerful features in the Eagle GPS product line. In this example, we'll look for the nearest fast-food restaurant. For more information on different types of searches, refer to Sec. 9, Searching.
NOTE: This example requires the Point of Interest (POI) database included with a high detail MapCreate 6 custom map. After the unit has acquired a position: 1. Press WPT| to POI-RESTAURANTS. 2. You could search the entire restaurant category, but in this example we will narrow our search. Press to FAST FOOD CHAINS|ENT| to NEAREST|ENT. 3. The unit says it is calculating, then a list of restaurants appears, with the closest at the top of the list, and the farthest at the bottom of the list. The nearest is highlighted.
Find Waypoint Menu, left; Category Selection menu, center; and list of the nearest restaurants, right.
4. If you wish, you could scroll or here to select another restaurant, but for now we will just accept the nearest one. Press ENT. 5. The POI information screen appears. (This is how you can use this unit as a business phone directory!) If you wanted to navigate there, you could press Enter, since the Go To waypoint command is highlighted. But we just want to see it on the map, so press to FIND ON MAP|ENT.
POI information screen on fast food restaurant nearest this position. Screen shows name, street address, phone number, latitude/longitude, distance to restaurant and its compass bearing. Figure at left shows Go To waypoint command; right figure shows Find On Map command.
6. The unit's map appears, with the cross-hair cursor highlighting the restaurant' s POI symbol. A pop-up data box shows the POI's name. A data box at the bottom of the screen displays the location's latitude, longitude, distance and bearing.
Finding Waypoint screen showing the result of a restaurant search.
7. To clear the search and return to the last page displayed, press EXIT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. (Before you completely exited out of the Search menus, you could have gone looking for another place.) NOTE: Search works from mapping and POI data loaded in the unit. If you do 108
Creating and Saving a Trail
A trail, or plot trail, is a string of position points plotted by the unit as you travel. It's a travel history, a record of the path you have taken. Trails are useful for repeating a journey along the same track. They are particularly handy when you are trying to retrace your trip and go back the way you came. On the screen, trails are represented by a solid line extending from the back of the current position arrow. The default color is light magenta. The unit is set at the factory to automatically create and record a trail while the unit is turned on. The unit will continue recording the trail until the length reaches the maximum trail point setting (default is 2,000, but the unit can record trails 9,999 points long). When the point limit is reached, the unit begins recording the trail over itself. With the default auto setting, this unit creates a trail by placing a dot (trail point) on the screen every time you change directions. (The methods used for creating a trail and the trail update rate can both be adjusted or even turned off. See Sec. 8 for Trail Options.) To preserve a trail from point A to point B, you must "turn off" the trail by making it inactive before heading to point C or even back to point A. When the current trail is set inactive, the unit automatically creates and begins recording a new trail. To Save a Trail 1. Press MENU|MENU| to MY TRAILS|ENT.
Sequence for saving a trail and beginning a new one. At left, My Trails command. Center, the Trails Menu. The arrow to the right of Trail 3 indicates the trail is "active," and the check to the left indicates the trail is visible on the map display. The right figure shows the Edit Trail menu, with the Name command selected.
2. Press to the Active Trail Name|ENT. 3. Press to ACTIVE|ENT. This unchecks the Active option. 4. To return to the previous page, press EXIT|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT. As you leave the Edit Trail menu, you will notice that a new trail starts with a new sequential number. In the example figure below, the new trail is number 4, showing zero points. Note that Trail 3 is inactive, but it is still visible on the map.
New trail, named "Trail 4," is created when Trail 3 is made inactive. Any new travel will be recorded in this trail, which is active and visible. Trails do not need to be visible in order to be active.
You can save and recall up to 10 different plot trails, which can also be 116
copied to your MMC for archiving or for transfer to your MapCreate software.
Cursor selects icon location, left; Select Icon Symbol menu, center; Boat Ramp icon on map, right. (Cursor has been moved for clarity.)
Create Icon at Current Position 1. While you are traveling, press ENT and the screen shows a "Select Icon Symbol" menu. 2. Press or or or to select your icon symbol, then press ENT. The icon appears on the map.
Delete an Icon You can delete all the icons at one time, you can delete all icons represented by a particular symbol, or you can use the cursor to delete a selected icon from the map. 1. Press MENU| to DELETE MY ICONS|ENT. 2. Press to DELETE ALL ICONS, DELETE BY SYMBOL, or DELETE FROM MAP and press ENT.
Delete icons menu.
The Delete All Icons command will ask if you are sure. Press to YES|ENT. All icons will be deleted from the map. The Delete by Symbol command will launch the Select Symbol menu. Press or or or to select the icon symbol to delete, then press ENT. A message appears saying all icons with the selected symbol have been deleted. The Delete From Map command will prompt you to move the cursor over an icon to select it. After selecting the icon, press ENT and it disappears from the map. Navigate to an Icon Use the Navigate to Cursor command, and use the cursor to select the desired icon on the map. 1. Use arrow keys to center cursor cross-hair over the icon. 2. To navigate to the selected icon location: press MENU|ENT|EXIT. Follow course line on the Map Page or the compass bearing arrow on the Navigation Page. 127
A route is a series of waypoints, linked together in an ordered sequence, that's used to mark a course of travel. You can visualize a route as a string of beads: The beads represent waypoints and the string represents the course of travel connecting waypoint to waypoint. The course from one waypoint to the next is a leg; routes are composed of one or more legs. The legs of all GPS routes are based on straight lines between waypoints. A route provides the automatic capability to navigate through several waypoints without having to reprogram the unit after arriving at each waypoint. Once programmed into the GPS unit, a route provides the option of navigating forward through the route waypoints or in reverse order (you can even begin navigating in the middle of a route!) Create and Save a Route You have the option of creating and editing a route in the unit, or you can make a route on your computer with our MapCreate 6 software.
MapCreate is the easiest method for preparing a route, simply because your PC's larger screen, keyboard and mouse are easier to manipulate than the unit. To load a MapCreate route into the unit, follow instructions in MapCreate's manual for creating a route and saving it as part of a GPS Data File (file format *.usr). Copy the GPS Data File to an MMC and insert the MMC in the unit. (See Sec. 2 for instructions on installing MMCs. To load the GPS Data File into the unit's memory, see the entry on Transfer Custom Maps & GPS Data Files in Sec. 6, Basic GPS Operations.)
The GPS simulator lets you use the unit as if you were outdoors navigating somewhere. It's a great way to practice using your unit. You can set the starting location by entering latitude/longitude (Starting Position) or from a stored waypoint, map place or POI location (CHOOSE START command). You can steer your position and change speed on the map by using the arrow keys (STEER WITH ARROWS command) or by setting the track and speed in the dialog boxes provided on the simulator menu screen. 145
To get to the GPS Simulator: 1. Press MENU|MENU| to GPS SETUP|ENT. 2. Press to GPS SIMULATOR|ENT. The GPS Simulator Menu appears.
GPS Setup Menu, left; GPS Simulator menu, center. Map Page showing Track and Speed steering arrow indicators, right. In this example, you are "traveling" across Mudisland Point on a track of 19 at a speed of 50 miles per hour.
Make the desired settings, then turn the simulator on by highlighting the GPS SIMULATOR ON box and pressing ENT key. Press EXIT|EXIT|EXIT to close this menu. A message and tone appear periodically, warning you that the simulator is on. To turn the simulator off, repeat the above steps or turn the unit off. While in simulator mode, you can press EXIT to clear the steering and speed boxes from the screen while continuing the simulation. This will allow you to use the map cursor during a simulation. To turn steering and speed boxes back on again, return to the GPS Simulator menu, select the STEER WITH ARROWS command, press ENT, then Press EXIT|EXIT|EXIT to return to the previous page. Simulating Trail or Route Navigation In Simulator mode, your unit can automatically follow a trail or route without manual steering if you use these steps: 1. From the Map Page, go to the simulator menu. Pick a STARTING POat or near the beginning of your trail/route. Enter an approximate TRACK (shown in compass degrees) that will point you toward the start of the trail/route.
2. Set SPEED to zero. Select STEER WITH ARROWS command and press ENT, which turns on the simulator and returns you to the Map Page. 146
3. Begin navigating along the trail/route. (If you are close enough to the first waypoint, the arrival alarm will usually go off as soon as navigation begins. Press EXIT to clear the alarm.) When navigation starts, press to increase speed to the desired setting. 4. Press EXIT to turn off the steering and speed boxes. The unit will now automatically "steer" along the trail or route. When you arrive at your "destination," cancel navigation as you normally do.
DATABASES LIMITED WARRANTY
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