VISA VE-L30-T - INSTRUCTIONS AND ASSEMBLY Specifications

Pub. 988-0151-211
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X52 and X59DF
Fish-Finding & Depth-Sounding Sonars
Installation and Operation
Instructions
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Table of Contents
Introduction ...................................................................................... i
Capabilities and Specifications: X52 and X59DF.............................. 1
Installation & Accessories............................................................. 3
Preparations........................................................................................ 3
Transducer Installation...................................................................... 3
Recommended Tools and supplies.................................................. 4
Selecting a Transducer Location .................................................... 4
How low should you go? .................................................................. 5
Shoot-Thru-Hull vs. Transom Mounting ....................................... 6
Transom Transducer Assembly and Mounting ............................. 7
Trolling Motor Bracket Installation................................................. 13
Transducer Orientation and Fish Arches .................................... 14
Shoot-Thru-Hull Preparation ....................................................... 15
Testing Determines Best Location ............................................... 16
Shoot-Thru-Hull Installation ....................................................... 17
Speed/Temperature Sensors............................................................. 19
Optional Temperature Sensor...................................................... 19
Optional Speed Sensor Installation ............................................. 19
Power Connections............................................................................ 20
Powering a NMEA 2000 Buss (NMEA 2000 Power cable).......... 21
Powering Your Unit ...................................................................... 21
NMEA 2000 Cable Connections ....................................................... 24
NMEA 0183 Cable Connections ....................................................... 24
Mounting the Unit: Bracket, In-Dash or Portable .......................... 25
Other Accessories.............................................................................. 29
Basic Sonar Operation ................................................................. 31
KEYBOARD BASICS ....................................................................... 31
Memory.............................................................................................. 32
Menus ................................................................................................ 32
Main Menu .................................................................................... 32
Sonar Menu ................................................................................... 34
Pages ................................................................................................. 35
Basic Sonar Quick Reference ........................................................... 38
Sonar Operations .............................................................................. 39
Fish Symbols vs. Full Sonar Chart .............................................. 41
Other Free Training Aids ............................................................. 42
Advanced Sonar Options & Other Features............................ 43
ASP (Advanced Signal Processing) ............................................... 43
Alarms ............................................................................................... 44
Depth Alarms ................................................................................ 44
Fish Alarm..................................................................................... 45
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Backlight Level ................................................................................. 46
Calibrate Speed................................................................................. 46
Chart Speed....................................................................................... 46
Grayline ........................................................................................... 47
Contrast............................................................................................. 48
Depth Cursor..................................................................................... 49
Depth Range - Automatic ................................................................. 50
Depth Range - Manual ..................................................................... 50
Depth Range - Upper and Lower Limits ......................................... 51
To change the upper and lower limits:......................................... 51
To turn off upper and lower limits: .............................................. 52
FasTrack ........................................................................................ 52
Fish I.D. (Fish Symbols & Depths) ............................................... 52
FishTrack ....................................................................................... 53
Overlay Data ..................................................................................... 54
Ping Speed & HyperScroll............................................................. 56
To change Ping Speed: .................................................................. 57
To adjust Sensitivity: .................................................................... 57
To turn off HyperScroll:................................................................ 57
Pop-up Help....................................................................................... 58
Reset Options .................................................................................... 58
Reset Water Distance ....................................................................... 59
Sensitivity & Auto Sensitivity.......................................................... 59
To turn Auto Sensitivity back on: ................................................ 61
Set Keel Offset .................................................................................. 61
Set Language .................................................................................... 62
Software Version Information.......................................................... 62
Sonar Chart Mode............................................................................. 63
Sonar Page & Sonar Chart Display Options ................................... 63
Full Sonar Chart ........................................................................... 63
Split Zoom Sonar Chart ................................................................ 64
Digital Data/Chart ........................................................................ 65
Flasher........................................................................................... 66
Sonar Simulator................................................................................ 66
Stop Chart ......................................................................................... 66
Surface Clarity .................................................................................. 67
Units of Measure............................................................................... 68
Zoom Pan........................................................................................... 70
Troubleshooting ............................................................................ 71
Index................................................................................................. 75
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Introduction
Thank you for buying a Lowrance sonar! Your unit is a high-quality
sonar designed for both professional and novice fishermen. All
Lowrance sonars have an automatic mode that finds and displays the
bottom, fish, underwater structure and more – right out of the box. All
you have to do is press the on (PWR) key.
However, if you want to fine-tune your unit, press the MENU key. The
X52 and X59DF have several powerful features you can control by
scrolling through easy-to-use menus with the arrow and menu keys.
To get started with your Lowrance sonar, first read the installation
section. It contains instructions for mounting the sonar unit, the
transducer and any optional accessories, such as a speed sensor.
Following recommended installation practices will pay off in optimum
performance of your Lowrance sonar. Improper installation can cause
problems down the road, especially if the transducer is badly mounted.
After you've read the installation instructions, install the unit and
accessories. Then, read the rest of the manual. The more you know
about your sonar, the better it will work for you.
Take advantage of the Simulator feature. It allows you to practice
operating your sonar before you get it in the water. And when you finally
head for your favorite fishing hole, take this manual along for reference.
Capabilities and Specifications: X52 and X59DF
General
Case size:......................... 5.2" H x 5.4" W x 2.6" D (13.2 cm H x 13.6 cm
W x 6.6 cm D) sealed, waterproof; suitable
for saltwater use.
Display:............................ High-contrast Film SuperTwist LCD; 4.0"
(10.2 cm) diagonal viewing area.
Resolution:...................... 240 pixels (vert.) x 160 pixel (horiz.)
resolution; 38,400 total pixels
Backlighting:.................. White LED backlit screen and keypad for
night use.
Input power:................... 10 to 17 volts DC.
Current drain: ............... 300 ma lights off; 400 ma lights on.
Back-up memory: .......... Built-in memory stores sonar settings when
unit is turned off.
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Sonar
Frequency:...................... 200 kHz (or 50/200 kHz – X59DF only).
Transducers: .................. A dual-frequency Skimmer transducer
comes packed with the X59DF. It has 35°/12°
cone angles. Single frequency models for X52
with a 20° cone angle are sold separately.
Both models offer a wide fish detection area
of up to 60º with high sensitivity settings.
Transmitter: ................... 1500 watts peak-to-peak power (typical); 188
watts RMS power (typical).
Sonar sounding
depth capability: ........... 800 feet (244 meters) at 200 kHz; 1500 feet
(450 meters) at 50 kHz (X59DF only). Actual
capability depends on transducer
configuration and installation, bottom
composition and water conditions. All sonar
units typically read deeper in fresh water
than in salt water.
Depth display:................ Continuous digital readout.
Audible alarms: ............. Deep/shallow/fish.
Automatic ranging:....... Yes, with instant screen updates.
Zoom bottom track: ...... Yes.
Split-screen zoom:......... Yes.
Surface water temp: ..... Yes, with optional external temperature
sensor, combo speed/temp sensor or
transducer with built-in temp.
Speed/distance log: ....... Yes, with optional speed sensor or combo
speed/temp sensor.
NOTICE!
The storage temperature for your unit is from -4 degrees to +167
degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees to +75 degrees Celsius). Extended
storage in temperatures higher or lower than specified will damage
the liquid crystal display in your unit. This type of damage is not
covered by the warranty. For more information, contact the
factory's Customer Service Department; phone numbers are inside
the manual's back cover.
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Installation & Accessories
Preparations
You can install the sonar system in some other order if you prefer, but
we recommend this installation sequence:
CAUTION:
You should read over this entire installation section before
drilling any holes in your vehicle or vessel!
1. Determine the approximate location for the sonar unit, so you can
plan how and where to route the cables for the transducer and power.
This will help you make sure you have enough cable length for the
desired configuration.
2. Determine the approximate location for the transducer and its cable
route.
3. Determine the location of your battery or other power connection,
along with the power cable route.
4. Install the transducer and route the transducer cable to the sonar
unit.
5. Route the power cable from the unit's location to an appropriate
power source and connect it there.
6. Connect the transducer/power cable to the unit and mount the sonar
unit on the bracket.
Transducer Installation
These instructions will help you install your Skimmer transducer on a
transom, on a trolling motor or inside a hull. Please read all
instructions before proceeding with any installation.
Your Skimmer transducer typically comes packaged with a one-piece
stainless steel bracket for mounting it to the transom of your boat. The
optional trolling motor mount uses a one-piece plastic bracket with an
adjustable strap. These are "kick-up" mounting brackets. They help
prevent damage if the transducer strikes an object while the boat is
moving. If the transducer does "kick-up," the bracket can easily be
pushed back into place without tools.
Read these instructions carefully before attempting the installation.
Determine which of the installation methods is right for your boat.
Remember, the transducer location and installation is the most
critical part of a sonar installation.
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Recommended Tools and supplies
If you prefer the option of routing the cable through the transom, you
will need a 5/8" drill bit. (If you intend to install an additional speed or
temp sensor and route its cable through the same hole in the transom,
you will need a 1" (25.4 mm) drill bit to accommodate all the cables.)
NOTE:
The following installation types also call for these recommended
tools and required supplies that you must provide (supplies listed
here are not included):
Single-frequency transom installations
Tools include: two adjustable wrenches, drill, #29 (0.136") drill bit, flathead screwdriver. Supplies: none.
Dual-frequency transom installations
Tools: two adjustable wrenches, drill, #20 (0.161") drill bit, flat-head
screwdriver. Supplies: four, 1" long, #12 stainless steel slotted wood
screws.
Single-frequency trolling motor installations
Tools: two adjustable wrenches, flat-head screwdriver. Supplies: plastic
cable ties.
Shoot-through hull installations
Tools: these will vary depending on your hull's composition. Consult
your boat dealer or manufacturer. Other tools are a wooden craft stick
or similar tool for stirring and applying epoxy, and a paper plate or
piece of cardboard to mix the epoxy on. Supplies: rubbing alcohol, 100
grit sandpaper, specially formulated epoxy adhesive available from LEI
(see ordering information on page 20). A sandwich hull also requires
polyester resin.
Selecting a Transducer Location
1. The location must be in the water at all times, at all operating speeds.
2. The transducer must be placed in a location that has a smooth flow of
water at all times. If the transducer is not placed in a smooth flow of
water, interference caused by bubbles and turbulence will show on the
sonar's display in the form of random lines or dots whenever the boat is
moving.
NOTE:
Some aluminum boats with strakes or ribs on the outside of the
hull create large amounts of turbulence at high speed. These boats
typically have large outboard motors capable of propelling the boat
at speeds faster than 35 mph. Typically, a good transom location on
aluminum boats is between the ribs closest to the engine.
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3. The transducer should be installed with its face pointing straight
down, if possible. For shoot-thru applications: Many popular fishing
boat hulls have a flat keel pad that offers a good mounting surface. On
vee hulls, try to place the transducer where the deadrise is 10° or less.
Deadrise less than 10°
Strakes
Pad
Left, vee pad hull; right, vee hull. A pod style transducer is shown here,
but the principle is the same for Skimmers inside a hull.
4. If the transducer is mounted on the transom, make sure it doesn't
interfere with the trailer or hauling of the boat. Also, don't mount it
closer than approximately one foot from the engine's lower unit. This
will prevent cavitation (bubble) interference with propeller operation.
5. If possible, route the transducer cable away from other wiring on the
boat. Electrical noise from engine wiring, bilge pumps and aerators can
be displayed on the sonar's screen. Use caution when routing the
transducer cable around these wires.
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.
Good location
Poor location
Good
location
Poor angle
Good location
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.
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Transom
Transom
Transducer
centerline
Hull bottom
Hull bottom
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
hull. This is caused by differences in hull lay-up and construction.
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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.
Dot
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 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
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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 sterndrive transoms have a 14° angle.
Alignment letters
Alignment
positions
Transducer
Transducer bracket
Insert and align ratchets.
Transducer
bracket
Transducer
Ratchet
Ratchet
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
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holes in the bracket with the letter "B" aligned with the dot stamped
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.
Ratchets
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.
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Lock washer
Bolt
Nut
Flat washer
Flat washer
Assemble transducer and bracket.
3. Assembling the transducer.
A. One-piece bracket: Once you determine the correct position for
the ratchets, assemble the transducer as shown in the following
figure. Don't tighten the lock nut at this time.
Nut
Metal
washer
Rubber
washers
Metal washer
Bolt
Assemble transducer and bracket.
B. Two-piece bracket: Once you determine the correct position for
the ratchets, assemble the transducer as shown in the figure in step
2B. Don't tighten the lock nut at this time.
4. Drilling mounting holes.
Hold the transducer and bracket assembly against the transom. The
transducer should be roughly parallel to the ground. The
transducer's centerline should be in line with the bottom of the hull.
Don't let the bracket extend below the hull!
Mark the center of each slot for the mounting screw pilot holes. You
will drill one hole in the center of each slot.
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Drill the holes. For the one-piece bracket, use the #29 bit (for the #10
screws). For the two-piece bracket, use the #20 bit (for the #12
screws).
Transom
Transom
Position transducer mount on transom and mark mounting holes.
Side view shown at left and seen from above at right.
5. Attaching transducer to transom.
A. One-piece bracket: Remove the transducer from the bracket and
re-assemble it with the cable passing through the bracket over the
bolt as shown in the following figures.
For single frequency Skimmer, route cable over bolt and through
bracket. Side view shown at left and seen from above at right.
Both bracket types: Attach the transducer to the transom. Slide the
transducer up or down until it's aligned properly with the bottom of
the hull as shown in the preceding and following figures. Tighten the
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bracket's mounting screws, sealing them with the sealant/adhesive
compound.
Adjust the transducer so that it's parallel to the ground and tighten
the nut until it touches the outer washer, then add 1/4 turn. Don't
over tighten the lock nut! If you do, the transducer won't "kick-up" if
it strikes an object in the water.
Bottom
of
hull
Flat-bottom hull
Deep-"vee" hull
Align transducer centerline with hull bottom and attach transducer to
transom. Rear view of dual frequency Skimmer shown.
6. Route the transducer cable through or over the transom to
the sonar unit. Make sure to leave some slack in the cable at the
transducer. If possible, route the transducer cable away from other
wiring on the boat. Electrical noise from the engine's wiring, bilge
pumps, VHF radio wires and cables, and aerators can be picked up by
the sonar. Use caution when routing the transducer cable around
these wires.
WARNING:
Clamp the transducer cable to the transom close to the
transducer. This can prevent the transducer from
entering the boat if it is knocked off at high speed.
If you need to drill a hole in the transom to pass the connector through,
the required hole size will depend on the connector on the end of your
transducer's cable. If the transducer has a manual locking collar
connector, you will need to drill a 1" hole. If it has a push-on selfsealing connector, you will need to drill a 5/8" hole.
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Manual locking collar connector
requires a 1" hole.
Push-on self-sealing connector
requires a 5/8" hole.
Caution:
If you drill a hole in the transom for the cable, make sure it is
located above the waterline. After installation, be sure to seal the
hole with the same marine grade above- or below-waterline
sealant/adhesive used for the mounting screws.
7. Make a test run to determine the results. If the bottom is lost at
high speed, or if noise appears on the display, try sliding the
transducer bracket down. This puts the transducer deeper into the
water, hopefully below the turbulence causing the noise. Don't allow
the transducer bracket to go below the bottom of the hull!
Trolling Motor Bracket Installation
1. Attach the TMB-S bracket to the transducer as shown in the
following figure, using the hardware supplied with the transducer.
(Note: The internal tooth washer is supplied with the TMB-S.)
Internal tooth washer
Bolt
TMB-S
bracket
Nut
Flat washer
Attach motor mounting bracket to transducer.
2. Slide the adjustable strap supplied with the TMB-S through the slot
in the transducer bracket and wrap it around the trolling motor.
Position the transducer to aim straight down when the motor is in the
water. Tighten the strap securely.
3. Route the transducer cable alongside the trolling motor shaft. Use
plastic ties (not included) to attach the transducer cable to the trolling
motor shaft. Make sure there is enough slack in the cable for the motor
to turn freely. Route the cable to the sonar unit and the transducer is
ready for use.
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Transducer mounted on trolling motor, side view.
Transducer Orientation and Fish Arches
If you do not get good fish arches on your display, it could be because
the transducer is not parallel with the ground when the boat is at rest
in the water or at slow trolling speeds.
Partial fish arches
Transducer aimed
too far back
Transducer aimed
too far forward
Full fish arch
Proper transducer angle
Transducer angles and their effects on fish arches.
If the arch slopes up – but not back down – then the front of the
transducer is too high and needs to be lowered. If only the back half of
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the arch is printed, then the nose of the transducer is angled too far
down and needs to be raised.
NOTE:
Periodically wash the transducer's face with soap and water to
remove any oil film. Oil and dirt on the face will reduce the
sensitivity or may even prevent operation.
Shoot-Thru-Hull Preparation
The transducer installation inside a fiberglass hull must be in an area
that does not have air bubbles in the resin or separated fiberglass
layers. The sonar signal must pass through solid fiberglass. A
successful transducer installation can be made on hulls with flotation
materials (such as plywood, balsa wood or foam) between layers of
fiberglass if the material is removed from the chosen area. See the
figure below.
WARNING:
Do not remove any material from your inner hull unless
you know the hull's composition. Careless grinding or
cutting on your hull can result in damage that could
sink your boat. Contact your boat dealer or
manufacturer to confirm your hull specifications.
Fill with resin
Fill with resin
Inner hull
Flotation material
Epoxy to hull first
Outer hull
Epoxy the transducer to a solid portion of the hull.
For example, some (but not all) manufacturers use a layer of fiberglass,
then a core of balsa wood, finishing with an outer layer of fiberglass.
Removing the inner layer of fiberglass and the balsa wood core exposes
the outer layer of fiberglass. The transducer can then be epoxied
directly to the outer layer of fiberglass. After the epoxy cures for 24
hours, fill the remaining space with polyester resin. When the job is
finished, the hull is watertight and structurally sound. Remember, the
sonar signal must pass through solid fiberglass. Any air bubbles in the
fiberglass or the epoxy will reduce or eliminate the sonar signals.
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Testing Determines Best Location
Ideally, the shoot-thru transducer should be installed as close to the
transom as possible, close to the centerline. This will give you the best
performance during high speed maneuvers.
Transducer location
(high speed)
Transducer location
(trolling speed)
Shoot-thru-hull transducer locations for
high speed or trolling speed operation.
To choose the proper location for shoot-thru-hull mounting, follow these
testing procedures: (You may need a helper to complete these steps.)
1. Anchor the boat in about 30 feet of water. Add a little water to the
sump of the boat. Plug the transducer into the sonar unit, turn it on,
then hold the transducer over the side of the boat in the water. Adjust
the sensitivity and range controls until a second bottom echo is seen on
the display. (You'll need to turn off Auto Sensitivity, Auto Depth Range
and ASP. Try a range setting that is two to three times the water
depth. The harder (more rocky) the bottom, the easier it will be to get a
second bottom signal.) Don't touch the controls once they've been set.
True bottom
Second bottom
Manual range setting
Example of a second bottom signal. Unit is in 30 feet of water, with
range set at 80 feet and sensitivity set at 87 percent.
2. Next, take the transducer out of the water and place it in the water
in the sump of the boat, face down. (The transducer face is shown in the
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figure on the following page.) Notice how the signal strength decreases.
The second bottom signal will probably disappear and the bottom signal
intensity will likely decrease.
3. Now move the transducer around to find the best location with the
strongest possible bottom signal. If you find a spot with an acceptable
bottom signal, mark the location and move on to step 4.
If you can't get an acceptable bottom signal, try turning up the sensitivity
by three or five keystrokes and then move the transducer around once
more. If you find a spot that works, mark it and move on to step 4.
If you have to turn up sensitivity by more than five keystrokes to get a
good signal, the transducer should be mounted on the outside of the
hull. This is especially true if you have to turn sensitivity all the way
up to get a decent bottom signal.
4. Most people can get good results by following steps 1 through 3, so
this step is optional. If you want to make an extra effort to be
absolutely sure that your selected location will work under all
conditions, make a test run with the boat on plane and observe the
bottom signal. You'll need to figure some way to prop the transducer
into position while you make your test run. (A brick or two might be
sufficient to hold it in place.)
5. When you're satisfied with a location, mark it and proceed with
the installation.
Shoot-Thru-Hull Installation
If you are installing the transducer on a hull with flotation material
sandwiched within the hull, refer to the subsection "Shoot-Thru-Hull
Preparation,” beginning on page 15.
1. Make sure the area is clean, dry and free of oil or grease, then sand
both the inside surface of the hull and the face of the transducer with
100 grit sandpaper. The sanded hull area should be about 1-1/2 times
the diameter of the transducer. The surface of the hull must be flat so
the entire transducer face is in contact with the hull prior to bonding.
After sanding, clean the hull and transducer with rubbing alcohol to
remove any sanding debris.
WARNING:
Use only the epoxy available from LEI. It has been
formulated to work with these installation procedures.
Other epoxy types may be too thin or may not cure to the
right consistency for optimum transducer performance.
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Spread epoxy here
Sand this surface
(unit's face)
Orient the Skimmer
with the nose facing
the bow of the boat.
To bow
Epoxy transducer to hull.
2. The epoxy consists of the epoxy itself and a hardener. Remove the
two compounds from the package and place them on the paper plate.
Thoroughly stir the two compounds together until the mixture has a
uniform color and consistency. Do not mix too fast or bubbles will form
in the epoxy. After mixing, you have 20 minutes to complete the
installation before the epoxy becomes unworkable.
Spread a thin layer of epoxy (about 1/16" or 1.5 mm thick) on the face of
the transducer as shown in the previous figure. Make sure there are no
air pockets in the epoxy layer! Then, apply the remaining epoxy to the
sanded area on the hull.
3. Press the transducer into the epoxy, twisting and turning it to force
any air bubbles out from under the transducer face. Stop pressing when
you bottom out on the hull. When you're finished, the face of the
transducer should be parallel with the hull, with a minimum amount of
epoxy between the hull and transducer.
4. Apply a weight, such as a brick, to hold the transducer in place while
the epoxy cures. Be careful not to bump the transducer while the epoxy
is wet. Leave the weight in place for a minimum of three hours. Allow
the epoxy to cure for 24 hours before moving the boat.
5. After the epoxy has cured, route the cable to the sonar unit and it's
ready to use.
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Speed/Temperature Sensors
Optional Temperature Sensor
All the units in this series can display water temperature from a single
analog sensor. Your unit comes packed with a transducer with a temp
sensor built into it. If you wish to purchase an optional additional
sensor for your unit, refer to the accessory ordering information inside
the back cover of this manual.
However, please note that the Sonar socket on your unit is designed to
read only one temp sensor. Since your transducer contains a built-in
temp sensor, attaching the optional temp sensor to your unit's Sonar
socket will override the temperature information provided by the
transducer's temp sensor. Your unit will only display the temperature
provided by the optional sensor.
Optional Speed Sensor Installation
All the units in this series can display speed and distance traveled, but
only the X59DF comes packed with a speed sensor. If you wish to
purchase an optional additional sensor for your unit, refer to the
accessory ordering information inside the back cover of this manual.
The following instructions describe how to install the speed sensor.
Recommended tools for this job include: drill, 7/8" drill bit, 1/8" drill bit
for pilot holes, screwdriver. Required supplies for this job include: four
#8 stainless steel wood screws (3/4" long), high quality, marine grade
above- or below-waterline sealant.
First find a location on the boat's transom where the water flow is
smoothest. Don't mount the sensor behind strakes or ribs. These will
disturb the water flow to the speed sensor. Make sure the sensor will
remain in the water when the boat is on plane. Also make sure the
location doesn't interfere with the boat's trailer. Typically, the sensor is
mounted about one foot to the side of the transom's centerline.
Once you've determined the proper location for the unit, place the
sensor on the transom. The bottom of the bracket should be flush with
the hull's bottom. Using the sensor as a template, mark the hull for the
screws' pilot holes. Drill four 1/8" holes, one in each end of the slots.
Mount the sensor to the hull using #8 stainless steel wood screws (not
included). Use a high quality, marine grade above- or below-waterline
sealant to seal the screws. Make sure the sensor is flush with the
bottom of the hull and tighten the screws.
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Good location
Stern view showing good location for mounting sensor on transom.
Transom
Bottom of hull
Bottom of hull
Speed sensor mounting configuration:
side view (left) and rear view (right.)
If the base of the transom has a radius, fill the gap between the
transom and the sensor with the sealant. This will help ensure a
smooth water flow.
Route the sensor's cable through or over the transom to the sonar unit.
If you need to drill a hole in the transom to pass the connector through,
the required hole size is 7/8".
CAUTION:
If you drill a hole in the transom for the cable, make sure it is
located above the waterline. After installation, be sure to seal the
hole with the same marine grade above- or below-waterline
sealant used for the screws.
The sensor is now ready for use. Connect the sensor to the sonar socket
on the back of your unit and connect the transducer to the speed
sensor's socket. If you have any questions concerning the installation of
the sensor, please contact your local boat dealer.
Power Connections
Your unit comes with a power/data cable that splits into three ends,
each with several exposed wires (shown in the following figure). The
end with 4 wires (blue, yellow, orange and shield) is a data cable that
connects to a NMEA 0183 interface; the cable label says "RS-232
COMM". The end with three wires (red, black and shield) is a power
cable that supports a NMEA 2000 buss; the cable label says "NMEA
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2000 Power". The thicker three-wire cable (red, black and white) is the
Power Supply for your unit (and optional external speaker connection
for some units); it has no label on the cable.
To unit
Power Supply wires:
red, black and white
NMEA 2000 Power wires:
red, black and shield
Blue connector
Data Cable wires: blue,
yellow, orange and shield
The Power/Data cable for this unit.
Depending on your configuration, you may not use all of these wires.
(For example, many units cannot operate an optional external speaker,
so the white wire on the Power Supply cable isn't functional.) The
following segments include instructions for installing all the wires that
you will use with this unit.
Powering a NMEA 2000 Buss
(NMEA 2000 Power cable)
A NMEA 2000 buss must be connected to a power source to operate. If
you have a pre-existing NMEA 2000 installation, it may already be
connected to another power source. If your NMEA 2000 buss is already
powered, you can ignore the NMEA 2000 Power cable. Never attach
two power sources to a single NMEA 2000 buss.
If you do need to power your NMEA 2000 buss, attach the NMEA 2000
Power cable to your boat's battery just as indicated in the following
segment for connecting your unit's Power Supply cable. The NMEA
2000 Power cable's red wire should be attached (with provided 3-amp
fuse) to the boat battery's positive terminal, and the NMEA 2000 Power
cable's black and shield wires should both be attached to the battery's
negative terminal.
Powering Your Unit
(Power Supply cable – red and black wires)
The unit works from a 12-volt battery system. For the best results,
attach the power cable directly to the battery. You can attach the power
cable to an accessory or power buss, however you may have problems
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with electrical interference. Therefore, it's safer to go ahead and attach
the power cable directly to the battery.
CAUTION:
When using the unit in a saltwater environment, we strongly
recommend that you shut off the power supply to the power cable
when the unit is not in use. When the unit is turned off but still
connected to a power supply, electrolysis can occur in the power
cable plug. This may result in corrosion of the plug body along with
the electrical contacts in the cable and the unit's power socket.
In saltwater environments we recommend you connect the power
cable to the auxiliary power switch included in most boat designs.
If that results in electrical interference, or if such a switch is not
available, we recommend connecting direct to the battery and
installing an inline switch. This will let you shut off power to the
power cable when the unit is not in use. When you are not using
the unit, you should always shut off power to the power cable,
especially when the power cable is disconnected from the unit.
If possible, keep the power cable away from other boat wiring, especially
the engine's wires. This will provide the best isolation from electrical
noise. If the cable is not long enough, splice #18 gauge wire onto it. The
power cable has two wires, red and black. Red is the positive lead, black
is negative or ground. (There is also a white wire to power an optional
external speaker for some units. This unit does not use a speaker, so to
prevent an electrical short, we recommend capping the exposed speaker
wire end with a wire nut or electrical tape) Make sure to attach the inline fuse holder to the red lead as close to the power source as possible.
For example, if you have to extend the power cable to the battery or
power buss, attach one end of the fuse holder directly to the battery or
power buss. This will protect both the unit and the power cable in the
event of a short. It uses a 3-amp fuse.
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White external speaker
wire (not used by this unit)
Blue connector
To power a
NMEA 2000
buss, also
connect
NMEA 2000
Power cable
to the boat's
battery.
To unit
NMEA 0183
Data Cable
Red wire with
3 amp fuse
Black wire
Optional power off
switch for saltwater installations
12 volt
battery
NMEA 2000 Power Cable
Power connections for the units in this series.
NOTES:
If you're powering a NMEA 2000 buss, you will attach both the
NMEA 2000 Power cable and the unit's Power Supply cable to the
boat's battery. To attach the NMEA 2000 Power cable, connect the
red wire to battery's + and black and shield wires to battery's –.
If you are not powering a NMEA 2000 buss, we recommend capping
all unused, exposed wire ends with wire nuts or electrical tape and
tucking the excess cable out of the way. This will prevent an
electrical short.
WARNING:
This product must be independently fused with the
enclosed 3-amp fuse (or equivalent), even if you connect
to a fused accessory or power buss.
If a malfunction happens inside the unit, extensive
damage can occur if the enclosed fuse is not used. As
with all electrical devices, this unit could be damaged to
a point that it is unrepairable and could even cause
harm to the user when not properly fused.
CAUTION:
Do not use this product without a 3-amp fuse wired into the power
cable! Failure to use a 3-amp fuse will void your warranty.
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This unit has reverse polarity protection. No damage will occur if the
power wires are reversed. However, the unit will not work until the
wires are attached correctly.
An optional 8-foot, CA-4 external power cable with a cigarette lighter
adapter is available from Lowrance.
NMEA 2000 Cable Connections
NMEA 2000 is a new buss network specifically designed for boats. This is
a very young industry standard and, at the time of printing, few boats
being built now have a NMEA 2000 buss installed. Over the next few
years, however, NMEA 2000 will become much more common. To help
you get the most out of this technology, your Lowrance unit is designed
to work with a NMEA 2000 network as soon as it becomes available.
Connecting to a NMEA 2000 Network
Your unit can be connected to a NMEA 2000 buss, receiving sensor
information from any Lowrance units attached to the buss. Contact LEI
Extras (look inside back cover for accessory ordering information) for a
NMEA 2000 buss adapter cable if you would like to do this. Simply attach
the adapter cable's manual locking collar connector to the Network port on
the back of the sonar unit and attach the other end to an available port on
the NMEA 2000 buss, as shown in the following image.
To sonar
unit's Network
socket
Lowrance unit direct connection to NMEA 2000 buss.
To NMEA 2000
network port
As soon as the unit is connected to the network, it will begin receiving
shared information. Please note that the buss must be powered to
operate. (For more on powering a NMEA 2000 buss, see the
instructions earlier in this section.)
NMEA 0183 Cable Connections
NMEA is a standard communications format for marine electronic
equipment. Your sonar unit cannot currently communicate with a
NMEA 0183 network, so the Data cable wires will not be used. To
prevent an electrical short, we recommend capping all unused, exposed
wire ends with wire nuts or electrical tape and tucking the excess cable
out of the way.
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Sonar unit,
rear view
Sonar/sensor socket
(blue socket nut)
Network socket
(blue socket nut)
Power/Data socket
(blue socket nut)
All blue connectors
Optional
temp sensor
NMEA 2000
buss adapter
cable
NMEA 0183
data cable
(unused)
Blue
connector
Optional
speed sensor
NMEA 2000
power cable
Skimmer
transducer with
built-in temp sensor
Main power
supply cable
To NMEA 2000
buss (network)
Cable connections for this unit.
Mounting the Unit: Bracket, In-Dash or Portable
You can install the unit on the top of a dash with the supplied gimbal
bracket. It can also be installed in the dash or mounted on a portable
power supply.
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If you use the supplied bracket, you may be interested in the optional
R-A-M bracket mounting system. This converts the unit's gimbal
bracket to a swivel mount, which can be used on the dash or overhead
mounting positions.
Optional R-A-M mounting system.
Bracket Installation
Mount the unit in any convenient location, provided there is clearance
behind the unit when it's tilted for the best viewing angle. You should also
make sure there is enough room behind the unit to attach the power,
transducer and data cables. (A drawing on the next page shows the
dimensions of a gimbal-mounted unit.)
Holes in the bracket's base allow wood screw or through-bolt mounting.
You may need to place a piece of plywood on the back side of thin fiberglass
panels to reinforce the panel and secure the mounting hardware.
Front
Install the gimbal bracket. Orient the bracket so the arms slope toward
the front of your unit.
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Drill a 1-inch (25.4 mm) hole in the dash for the power, transducer and
data cables. The best location for this hole is immediately under the
gimbal bracket location. This way, the bracket can be installed so that
it covers the hole, holds the cables in position and results in a neat
installation. Some customers, however, prefer to mount the bracket to
the side of the cable hole — it's a matter of personal preference.
After drilling the hole, pass the transducer connector up through the
hole from under the dash. Pass the power cable's bare-wire end down
though the hole from the top.
If you wish, you can fill in the hole around the cables with a good
marine caulking compound. (Some marine dealers stock cable hole
covers to conceal the opening.) No matter what type of installation you
prefer, be sure to leave enough slack in the cables to allow tilting or
swiveling the unit. If you choose to fill in the hole, be sure to position
the cables against the rear edge of the hole as you apply the fill
material.
61.3
[2.42]
136
[5.35]
23.8
[0.94]
147.4
[5.80]
132
[5.20]
Millimeter
[Inch]
66
[2.60]
Front view (left) and side view (right) showing dimensions of X52 and
X59DF sonar unit when mounted on gimbal bracket.
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Before positioning the bracket, be sure to hold the cables against the
rear edge of the hole. Then, slide the bracket over the hole and butt the
rear of the bracket base firmly against the cables, thus pinning them in
place against the side of the hole. Finally, fasten the bracket to the
dash. Attach the unit to the gimbal bracket using the supplied gimbal
knobs and washers.
In-Dash Installation
You can mount the unit in the dash with an optional FM-4 In-Dash
Adapter Kit. The kit includes mounting hardware, a template for
cutting the hole and an instruction sheet, part 988-0147-44.
121
[4.76]
Top
47
[1.85]
In-Dash
Template
Hole
diameter
3.5
[0.14]
Millimeters
[Inches]
112
[4.40]
Cut on line
ALWAYS VERIFY DIMENSIONS
R 6.35
[0.25]
119
[4.68]
In-dash mounting template for X52 and X59DF sonars, showing
dimensions. NOTE: The figure above is not printed to scale. A scaled
template is available for free download from our web site,
www.lowrance.com.
Portable Installation
Like many Lowrance products, this sonar unit is capable of portable
operation by using an optional portable power pack. The power pack
and an optional portable transducer expand the uses for your sonar
unit. The power pack makes it easy to use the unit on your boat or take
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it to the dock, on a float tube, on an ice fishing trip or use it as a second
sonar in a friend's boat. Look inside the back cover of this manual for
accessory ordering information.
Other Accessories
Two switch boxes are available for this unit. The SB-9BL transducer
switch box switches two transducers to one sonar unit. The SB-10BL
transducer switch box switches two sonar units to one transducer.
If these accessories are not available from your dealer, see the
accessory ordering information on the inside back cover of this manual.
Visit our web site for a complete listing of all the available accessories
for your unit.
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Notes
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Basic Sonar Operation
KEYBOARD BASICS
The unit sounds a tone when you press any key. This tells you the unit
has accepted a command. Numbers in the photo correspond to key
explanations below:
4
2
3
1
Lowrance X59DF Sonar, front view, showing screen and keyboard.
1. MENU/PWR (menu and power)
This key appears in the manual text simply as MENU. Press this key to
turn the unit on and off. While the unit is on, you can use this key to
open the two major menus that access the many features that control
the unit's operation. Press MENU once to access the Sonar Menu, or
twice to access the Main Menu.
NOTE:
You must hold the MENU key down for a countdown of five in order
to turn the unit off.
2. ENT/PAGES (enter and pages)
This key appears in the manual text simply as ENT. When viewing a
menu or adjusting a feature, use this key to select a highlighted option.
When no menus are on the screen, pressing this key will make the unit
cycle through the four Sonar Chart Display Options.
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3. EXIT
Press this key to clear menus from the screen and return to the Sonar
Chart display. You will also use EXIT to cancel alarms, and to clear any
information windows that may appear on the screen.
4. UP and DOWN ARROWS
These keys appear in the manual text as ↓ or ↑. Use these keys to move
through the menu options and to adjust virtually every feature and
function on the sonar unit.
Memory
This unit has permanent memory that saves all user settings, even when
power is removed. It does not require, nor does it use an internal backup
battery, so you never have to worry about replacement batteries.
Menus
Your sonar unit will work fine right out of the box with the factory
default settings. You only need to learn a few basic functions to
enhance your viewing. We'll discuss them briefly here, then talk about
them and all the other commands in more detail in the next section,
which begins on page 39.
Your unit has two primary menus that control its operation.
They are the Main Menu and the Sonar Menu.
Main Menu
The Main Menu contains some basic function commands and some setup
option commands. You access the Main Menu by pressing MENU|MENU.
You run a command by using ↑ or ↓ to highlight the command and then
pressing ENT. To clear the Main Menu screen and return to the Page
display, press EXIT. (Remember, our text style for "MENU|MENU" means
"press the Menu key twice." See a full explanation of our instruction text
formatting on page 4, Instructions = Menu Sequences.)
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Main Menu.
Main Menu Commands
There are four "basic" Main Menu commands that you'll really want to
read more about. They are:
• Screen commands (CONTRAST and BACKLIGHT LEVEL): change the
appearance of the display screen. Use these commands to adjust how
the screen looks under various lighting conditions.
• Volume command: controls sound levels for key strokes and alarms. If
you don't like to hear a beep each time you press a key, you can turn all
sounds off by setting the volume to zero. Sound is especially useful when
used with the Fish I.D. fish symbol feature and fish alarm feature.
• Sonar Alarms command: turns alarms on or off and changes alarm
thresholds. The fish alarm, used with Fish I.D., is the most popular
use. It tells you when the sonar sees a fish. You can also set deep or
shallow depth alarms.
• Popup Help command: turns the pop-up help boxes on or off. When
you select a menu command, these information boxes appear to tell you
what the command does or how to use the command. The default
setting is on, which is really handy while you're learning.
The remaining Main Menu commands are for more advanced functions,
mostly setting various sonar options. (They're all detailed in the
Advanced Section.)
• Units of Measure command: selects the units of measure used for
showing speed/distance, depth and temperature.
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• Set Keel Offset command: calibrates the unit to show depth under
the keel or actual depth from the surface.
• Calibrate Water Speed command: adjusts how a speed sensor
measures water speed.
• Reset Water Distance command: resets water distance log to zero.
• Sonar Simulator command: turns the simulator feature on and off.
Useful for learning how to operate the unit and all its functions.
• Reset Options command: returns all options and auto functions to
their original factory settings. It's a great safety net while you're
learning and experimenting with various settings.
• Set Language command: your unit has menus in 10 different
languages. This command switches from one language to another.
• Software Information command: tells you which version of the
operating software is loaded in your unit.
Sonar Menu
The Sonar Menu contains commands for the major sonar features and
options. You access the Sonar Menu by pressing the MENU key one
time. You run a command by using the ↑ or ↓ to highlight the command
and then pressing ENT. To clear the menu screen and return to the
Page display, press EXIT.
Sonar Page Menu. Most of these functions are discussed in the
Advanced Section.
Sonar Menu Commands
The Sonar Menu contains commands for the major sonar features and
options. Most of them are only described in detail in the Advanced
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Section, but Sensitivity and Auto Sensitivity are important basic
functions that are discussed both here and in the Advanced Section. The
other Sonar Menu commands include:
• Grayline command: separates fish and structure near the bottom
from the actual bottom, and defines bottom composition/hardness.
• Depth Range command: manually sets the depth range shown on
the sonar chart.
• Auto Depth Range command: automatically sets the depth range
shown on the sonar chart to always keep the bottom in view.
• Upper and Lower Limits command: sets the upper and lower depth
limits of the sonar chart. Lets you zoom in on a specific portion of the
water column.
• Stop Chart command: stops the sonar chart from scrolling. Used
when you want to "freeze" the image for closer study.
• Chart Speed command: sets the scrolling speed of the sonar chart.
• Depth Cursor command: displays a cursor line on the sonar chart
which allows you to accurately measure the depth of a sonar target.
• Overlay Data command: chooses what types of information (such as
water temperature) to show overlaid on the sonar chart screen.
• Sonar Features command: launches the Sonar Features menu
which controls many functions and options, including screen chart
mode, auto depth and sensitivity, surface clarity, noise rejection, Fish
I.D. symbols, the zoom bar and zone bar.
• Ping Speed command: sets the rate at which sonar pings are made.
• Zoom command: controls the display size of sonar signal images.
Pages
This unit has four major display options. They are the Full Sonar Chart,
Split Zoom Sonar Chart, Digital Data and Flasher.
You access the various display modes by pressing the ENT/PAGES key.
As you press this key, the unit cycles among the four page options. To
return to a previous page, simply press ENT until the desired page
appears again.
The Full Sonar Chart is the main display option. This is a "crosssection" view of the water column beneath the boat. The chart moves
across the screen, displaying sonar signal echoes that represent fish,
structure and the bottom.
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Digital data
overlay
(depth &
temperature)
Surface signal
Surface clutter
Depth scale
In FasTrack, fish
arches show as
horizontal bars.
Fish arches
around
school of
bait fish
Zoom bar
Structure
Bottom signal
Sonar Page, showing full sonar chart mode.
FasTrack
bar graph
Sonar chart display options (from left) full sonar chart and split zoom.
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Sonar chart display options (from left) digital data and flasher.
You can customize how the Sonar Page pictures and other data are
displayed in many ways. We'll discuss all of those features and options
in the Advanced Section, but to show you how easy the sonar unit is to
operate, the following page contains a simplified, 10-step quick
reference that will cover most fish finding situations. The quick
reference describes how your unit will operate with all the sonar
features in their automatic modes, which are set at the factory.
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Basic Sonar Quick Reference
1. Mount the transducer and unit. Connect the unit to electric power
and the transducer.
2. Launch your boat.
3. To turn on the unit, press and release MENU key.
4. Head for your fishing grounds. Your unit automatically displays
digital depth and surface water temperature in the corner of the screen.
The auto settings will track the bottom, displaying it in the lower
portion of the screen. The full sonar chart will scroll from right to left,
showing you what's under the boat as you cruise across the water.
5. As you're watching the sonar returns, you can change the display by:
Zoom in to enlarge the chart for more detail, or…
Zoom out to return to full chart mode.
Press MENU|↑|ENT to select which Zoom Mode you want to use.
6. If necessary, adjust sensitivity to improve chart readability. Press
MENU|ENT and the Sensitivity Menu will appear on the left of your
screen. Use ↑ and ↓ to change the setting.
Boosting sensitivity will show more information on your screen, which
may cause clutter. Reducing sensitivity will filter out some information,
but could omit important images. We recommend adjusting sensitivity
until the background is lightly "peppered" — that is, scattered dots
appear, but individual objects (like fish arches or bottom structure) can
be easily picked out of the background.
7. Watch the display for the appearance of fish arches. When you see
arches, you've found fish! Stop the boat and get your lure or bait into
the water at the depth indicated on the sonar chart.
8. Gauge the fish depth by visually comparing the fish arches with the
depth scale on the right side of the screen, or get a more accurate
measure with the Depth Cursor. Press MENU|↓ to DEPTH CURSOR|ENT.
Press ↓ (or ↑) to align the cursor line with the fish arch. The exact
depth appears in a box at the right end of the cursor line. To clear the
cursor, press EXIT.
9. If you are drifting at a very low speed or anchored, you are not
moving fast enough for a fish to return the tell-tale fish arch signal. As
you drift over a fish, or as a fish swims through the transducer's signal
cone, the fish echo will appear as a straight line suspended between the
surface and the bottom.
10. To turn off the unit, press and hold MENU key for three seconds.
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Sonar Operations
As you can see from the quick reference on the previous page, basic operation
is pretty easy, right out of the box. If you are a sonar novice, try operating the
unit with the factory defaults until you get a feel for how it's working.
As you're learning the basics, there is one setting you might want to tinker
with from time to time — Sensitivity.
Sensitivity controls the unit's ability to pick up echoes. If you want to
see more detail, try increasing the sensitivity, a little at a time. There
are situations when too much clutter appears on the screen. Decreasing
the sensitivity can reduce the clutter and show the strongest fish
echoes, if fish are present. As you change the sensitivity setting, you
can see the difference on the chart as it scrolls.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Bait
school
Thermocline
with fish
Fish
arches
These figures show results of different sensitivity levels on the same
location. Fig. 1: Sensitivity set at 87 percent. Typical of full auto mode.
Fig. 2: Sensitivity set at 50 percent. Fig. 3: Sensitivity set at 20 percent.
Fig. 4: Sensitivity set at 100 percent.
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You can change the sensitivity level whether you are in Auto Sensitivity
mode or Manual Sensitivity mode. The adjustment method works the
same in both modes, but it gives you slightly different results.
Adjusting sensitivity in Auto Sensitivity Mode is similar to manually
adjusting a car's speed with the accelerator pedal while cruise control is
on. You can tell the car to run faster, but when you let off the gas the
cruise control automatically keeps you from running slower than the
minimum speed setting. In the sonar unit, auto mode will let you increase
sensitivity to 100 percent, but the unit will limit your minimum setting.
This prevents you from turning sensitivity down too low to allow automatic
bottom tracking. When you change the setting with auto turned on, the
unit will continue to track the bottom and make minor adjustments to the
sensitivity level, with a bias toward the setting you selected.
Adjusting sensitivity in Manual Sensitivity Mode is similar to driving a
car without cruise control — you have complete manual control of the
car's speed. In the sonar unit, manual mode allows you to set
sensitivity at 100 percent (maximum) or zero percent (minimum.)
Depending on water conditions, the bottom signal may completely
disappear from the screen when you reduce sensitivity to about 50
percent or less!
Try adjusting sensitivity in both auto and manual modes to see how
they work.
To adjust sensitivity:
1. Press MENU|ENT.
2. The Sensitivity Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease sensitivity;
press ↑ to increase sensitivity. When it's set at the desired level, press
EXIT. (When you reach the maximum or minimum limit, a tone sounds.)
The Sensitivity Control Bar.
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NOTE:
If you want to change the sensitivity in Manual Mode, first turn off
Auto Sensitivity: from the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to AUTO
SENSITIVITY|ENT|↑ to SENSITIVITY|ENT. Press ↓ or ↑ to pick a different
sensitivity setting. When it's set at the desired level, press EXIT.
Important Tip:
While you are experimenting and learning, it's possible to scramble
the settings so that the sonar picture disappears from your screen.
If that happens, remember that it's easy to switch back to full
automatic operation by simply restoring the factory auto settings.
Here's how:
To Restore Factory Settings
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to RESET OPTIONS|ENT.
2. The unit asks if you want to reset all the options. Press ↑ or ↓ to
YES|ENT. All options are reset, and the unit reverts back to the
original settings.
Fish Symbols vs. Full Sonar Chart
You may have noticed in the quick reference that we used fish arches in
full sonar chart mode for our example, and not the popular Fish I.D.
fish symbol feature. Here's why.
Fish I.D. is an easier way for a sonar novice to recognize a fishy signal
return when he sees it. However, locating fish by symbol only has some
limitations.
Your sonar unit's microprocessor is remarkably powerful, but it can be
fooled. Some of the echoes calculated to be fish could be tree limbs or
turtles! To see what's under your boat in maximum detail, we
recommend you turn off Fish I.D. and begin learning to interpret fish
arches.
Fish I.D. is most handy when you're in another part of the boat or
performing some task that prevents you from watching the sonar
screen. Then, you can turn on Fish I.D. and the audible fish alarm.
When that lunker swims under your boat, you'll hear it!
Fish I.D. can also be useful when you want to screen out some of the
sonar detail gathered by your unit. For example, in one case fishermen
in San Francisco Bay saw clouds of clutter in the water but no fish
arches. When a down rigger was pulled up, it brought up several small
jellyfish. The fishermen switched their Lowrance sonar to Fish I.D.,
which screened out the schools of jellyfish and clearly showed the game
fish there as fish symbols.
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Other Free Training Aids
The following section discusses Fish I.D., fish alarms and other
features in greater detail. If you or a friend has Internet access, you can
also learn more about interpreting what you see on your sonar screen.
Visit our web site, WWW.LOWRANCE.COM. Be sure to check out the free
Sonar Tutorial, which includes animated illustrations and more
pictures of actual sonar returns, all described in detail. There's even a
"printer friendly" version of the tutorial available on our web site…it
makes a great supplement to this operation manual!
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Advanced Sonar Options & Other Features
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.
In the Sonar Features menu, Noise Rejection is selected with ASP in the
default low setting.
To change the ASP level:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to NOISE REJECTION|ENT.
3. Press ↓ or ↑ to select a setting, then press ENT.
4. To return to the previous page, press EXIT|EXIT.
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Alarms
This unit has two different types of sonar alarms. The first is a Fish Alarm.
It sounds when the Fish I.D. feature determines that an echo is a fish.
The other 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.
The Sonar Alarms menu.
To adjust and turn on the shallow alarm:
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR ALARMS|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to SHALLOW ALARM DEPTH|ENT.
3. Press ↑ or ↓ until the depth is correct, then press ENT.
4. Press ↑ to SHALLOW ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT.
5. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR ALARMS|
ENT|ENT|EXIT.
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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 SONAR ALARMS|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to DEEP ALARM DEPTH|ENT.
3. Press ↑ or ↓ until the depth is correct, then press ENT.
4. Press ↑ to DEEP ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT.
5. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR ALARMS|ENT|↓
to DEEP ALARM ENABLED|ENT|EXIT.
To switch to a different depth setting, open the Sonar Alarms menu and
repeat the instructions in step 3 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.
Sonar Alarms menu with Fish Alarm selected. The check box
to the left is checked, indicating the alarm is turned on.
To turn the fish alarm on:
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR ALARMS|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to FISH ALARM|ENT|EXIT.
3. To turn off the alarm, press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR ALARMS|ENT|↓
to FISH ALARM|ENT|EXIT.
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Backlight Level
The unit defaults to the maximum backlight level. To adjust the
display's backlight level:
Press MENU|MENU|↓ to BACKLIGHT LEVEL|ENT. The BACKLIGHT LEVEL slider
bar appears. Press ↑ or ↓ to move the bar. At The lower end of the scale
backlighting is turned off; the upper end is maximum backlight level.
The Backlight Level control bar appears automatically whenever you
turn on the unit.
Calibrate Speed
The speed sensor can be calibrated to compensate for inaccuracies.
Before you change the setting, first calculate the percentage that the
speed is off. You will enter this percentage in a moment.
For example, if you figure the sensor is reading 10 percent faster than
actual speed, you will enter – 10 in the calibration window. If the
sensor is reading 5 percent slower than true speed, you will enter + 5 in
the window.
Perform your test in relatively calm water free of current, if possible.
(Unless, of course, you are taking the current speed into consideration
when making your calculation.) After you have a correction figure,
here's how to enter it:
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to CALIBRATE WATER SPEED|ENT.
2. Enter the number you calculated earlier: press ↑ or ↓ to change the
displayed number. Continue until the percentage is correct, then press EXIT.
Chart Speed
The rate that echoes scroll across the screen is called the chart speed.
The default is maximum; we recommend that you leave the speed set
there for virtually all fishing conditions.
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However, you might consider experimenting with chart speed when you
are stationary or drifting very slowly. You may sometimes achieve
better images as you slow down the chart speed to match how fast you
are moving across the bottom.
If you are at anchor, ice fishing or fishing from a dock, experiment with
a chart speed around 50 percent. If you are drifting slowly, try a chart
speed around 75 percent. When you are stationary and a fish swims
through the sonar signal cone, the image appears on the screen as a
long line instead of a fish arch. Reducing the chart speed may result in
a shorter line that more closely resembles a regular fish return.
The Chart Speed Control Bar.
If you do experiment with chart speed, remember to reset it to
maximum when you resume trolling or moving across the water at
higher speed. To change chart speed:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to CHART SPEED|ENT.
2. The Chart Speed Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease chart
speed; press ↑ to increase chart speed.
3. When it's set at the desired level, press EXIT.
Grayline
Grayline lets you distinguish between strong and weak echoes. It
"paints" gray on targets that are stronger than a preset value. This
allows you to tell the difference between a hard and soft bottom. For
example, a soft, muddy or weedy bottom returns a weaker signal which
is shown with a narrow or no gray line. A hard bottom returns a strong
signal which causes a wide gray line.
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If you have two signals of equal size, one with gray and the other
without, then the target with gray is the stronger signal. This helps
distinguish weeds from trees on the bottom, or fish from structure.
Grayline is adjustable. The factory default for this unit is 69 percent.
Since Grayline shows the difference between strong and weak signals,
adjusting the sensitivity may also require a different Grayline level.
The level chosen by the sonar unit at power on is usually adequate for
most conditions. Experiment with your unit to find the Grayline setting
that's best for you.
To change the Grayline level, press MENU until the GRAYLINE menu appears.
Thin or no Grayline
Wider
Grayline
At left, Grayline menu screen. Center, little Grayline indicates a soft
bottom, probably sand or mud. At right, the wider Grayline indicates a
harder, rocky bottom.
Press UP ARROW to increase the level or press DOWN ARROW to
decrease it. The percentage of Grayline in use shows in this menu.
Echoes scrolling onto the screen will also show the effects of the
Grayline change. If you reach the maximum or minimum level, a tone
sounds alerting you to the limits. Press PWR to clear the menu.
Contrast
To adjust the display's contrast:
Press MENU|MENU|ENT. The CONTRAST slider bar appears. Press ↑ or ↓
to move the bar. The lower end of the scale is minimum contrast; the
upper end is maximum contrast.
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The Contrast control bar.
Depth Cursor
The depth cursor consists of a horizontal line with a digital depth box on
the right side. The numbers inside the box show the depth of the cursor.
Cursor line
Depth box
Sonar chart with the depth cursor active. The line indicates the large
fish is 40.52 feet deep.
The cursor can be moved to any location on the screen, letting you
pinpoint the depth of a target.
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to DEPTH CURSOR|ENT.
2. The depth cursor appears. Press ↓ to lower the cursor line; press ↑ to
raise the cursor line.
3. To clear the depth cursor, press EXIT.
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Depth Range - Automatic
When turned on for the first time, the bottom signal is automatically
placed in the lower half of the screen. This is called Auto Ranging and
is part of the automatic function. However, depending upon the bottom
depth and the current range, you can change the range to a different
depth. To do this:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to DEPTH RANGE|ENT.
The Depth Range Control Scale.
2. The Depth Range Control Scale appears. Press ↑ or ↓ to select a
different depth range. Range numbers in gray cannot be selected.
3. When the new range is selected, press EXIT to clear the menu.
Depth Range - Manual
You have complete control over the range when the unit is in the
manual mode. There are 12 depth ranges, from 5 feet to 800 feet.
To switch to Manual Depth Range:
1. First, turn off automatic depth range. From the Sonar Page, press
MENU|↓ to AUTO DEPTH RANGE|ENT.
2. Press ↑ to DEPTH RANGE|ENT and the Depth Range Control Scale appears.
3. Press ↓ or ↑ to select a different depth range.
4. When the new range is selected, press EXIT to clear the menu.
To turn Auto Depth Range on again:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to AUTO DEPTH RANGE|ENT|EXIT.
NOTE:
The sonar's depth capability depends on the transducer
installation, water and bottom conditions, and other factors.
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Depth Range - Upper and Lower Limits
Virtually any segment of the water column can be displayed by using
the upper and lower limit feature. This lets you pick the shallow and
deep depth range limits that are shown on the screen, provided there is
at least 5 feet between the upper and lower limit you select. For
example, a range from 12 feet to 34 feet could be used.
Changing the upper and lower limits gives you far greater control over
the depth range. This feature lets you "zoom in" the display in almost
unlimited combinations. Nearly any segment of the water column, from
the surface to the bottom can be shown. This enlarges the sonar targets
to best suit your fishing needs and water conditions.
Sonar Chart Limits menu, with Upper Limit selected.
To change the upper and lower limits:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to UPPER AND LOWER LIMITS|ENT.
The Sonar Chart Limits menu appears, with Upper Limit selected.
2. To set the upper limit, press ENT. Press ↑ or ↓ until the depth is
correct, then press EXIT.
Area "zoomed"
Normal display, in auto depth range mode, left. At right, display
"zoomed" with Upper and Lower Limits focusing on the portion
of the water column from 10 feet to 20 feet deep.
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3. To set the lower limit, press ↓ to LOWER LIMIT|ENT. Press ↑ or ↓ until
the depth is correct, then press EXIT|EXIT|EXIT.
To turn off upper and lower limits:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to AUTO DEPTH RANGE|ENT|EXIT.
FasTrack
This feature automatically converts all echoes to short horizontal lines
on the display's far right side. The graph on the rest of the screen
continues to operate normally. FasTrack gives you a rapid update of
conditions directly under the boat. This makes it useful for ice fishing,
or when you're fishing at anchor. When the boat is not moving, fish
signals are long, drawn out lines on a normal chart display. FasTrack
converts the graph to a vertical bar graph that, with practice, makes a
useful addition to fishing at a stationary location.
Surface clutter
Fish arches
Structure
In FasTrack, fish
arches show as
horizontal bars.
Bottom signal
Grayline
Sonar Page showing FasTrack.
FasTrack
bar graph
Fish I.D. (Fish Symbols & Depths)
The Fish I.D. feature identifies targets that meet certain conditions as
fish. The microcomputer analyzes all echoes and eliminates surface
clutter, thermoclines, and other signals that are undesirable. In most
instances, remaining targets are fish. The Fish I.D. feature displays
fish symbols on the screen in place of the actual fish echoes.
There are several fish symbol sizes. These are used to designate the
relative size between targets. In other words, Fish I.D. displays a small
fish symbol when it thinks a target is a small fish, a medium fish
symbol on a larger target and so on.
The sonar's microcomputer is sophisticated, but it can be fooled. It can't
distinguish between fish and other suspended objects such as trotlines,
turtles, submerged floats, air bubbles, etc. Individual tree limbs
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extending outwards from a group of limbs is the hardest object for the
Fish I.D. feature to distinguish from fish.
You may see fish symbols on the screen when actually, there are no
fish. The reverse is also true.
Does that mean Fish I.D. is broken? No — the feature is simply
interpreting sonar returns in a specific way to help take some of the
work out of reading the screen. Remember: Fish I.D. is one of the many
tools we provide so you can analyze your sonar returns for maximum
fish finding information. This and other features can help you
successfully "see" beneath the boat under varied water and fishing
conditions. So, practice with the unit in both the Fish I.D. mode and
without to become more familiar with the feature. The default for Fish
I.D. is off.
Sonar Features menu with Fish I.D. Symbols selected.
When the check box to the left is checked, the feature is on.
To turn the Fish I.D. feature on:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to FISH ID SYMBOLS|ENT|EXIT|EXIT.
To turn off Fish I.D., repeat these instructions.
FishTrack
The FishTrack feature shows the depth of a fish symbol when it
appears on the display. This lets you accurately gauge the depth of
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targets. This feature is available only when the Fish I.D. feature is on.
The default setting for FishTrack is off.
To turn on FishTrack:
(Note: These instructions will turn on FishTrack and Fish I.D. at the
same time.)
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT.
2. Press ↓ to FISH ID DEPTHS|ENT|EXIT|EXIT.
To turn off FishTrack, repeat these instructions. Turning off FishTrack
in this manner will not turn off Fish I.D. symbols.
Symbols with
FishTrack depths
Sonar Features menu with Fish I.D. Depths selected. When the check
box to the left is checked, the feature is on. At right, Sonar Page
showing Fish I.D. symbols and FishTrack depths turned on.
HyperScroll
See the entry on Ping Speed, which controls the HyperScroll feature.
Noise Rejection
See the entry on Advanced Signal Processing in this section.
Overlay Data
To change the digital data shown on top of the sonar page:
1. Press MENU|↓ to OVERLAY DATA|ENT.
2. Press ↓ or ↑ to select Data Type|ENT.
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The Overlay Data selection menu.
When selected, a check mark appears beside the data type. (If you wish,
you may now use ↓ or ↑ to select other Data Types for display.)
Data list showing "Water Speed" selected to display on Sonar Page.
3. To return to the previous page, press EXIT|EXIT.
To turn off displayed data:
1. Press MENU|↓ to OVERLAY DATA|ENT.
2. Press ↓ or ↑ to select Data Type, then press ENT until the check mark
to the left of the selected data type disappears. (If you wish, you may
now use ↓ or ↑ to select other Data Types to turn off.)
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3. To return to the previous page, press EXIT|EXIT.
To change displayed data font size:
1. Press MENU|↓ to OVERLAY DATA|ENT.
2. Press ↓ or ↑ to select Data Type, then press ENT. The DATA SIZE
(displayed in the bottom of the Overlay Data Shown window) cycles
through available sizes. Keep pressing ENT until it shows the desired
Data Size, then press EXIT.
The selected data type will be displayed in the new size. (To change the
font size for another Data Type, press ENT and repeat these steps,
beginning with step two above.)
3. To return to the previous page, press EXIT.
Tip:
If you wish, you can change the displayed data font size when you
select a data type:
1. Press MENU|↓ to OVERLAY DATA|ENT.
2. Press ↓ or ↑ to select Data Type|press ENT. repeatedly until the
desired font size is shown.
The data will be shown in the new font size. To return to the
previous page, press EXIT|EXIT.
Sonar chart with Overlay Data turned on. This example shows
Depth, Water Temperature and the Water Speed of the boat.
Ping Speed & HyperScroll
Ping Speed controls the rate at which the transmitter and transducer
broadcast sonar sound waves — pings — into the water. The unit has a
default ping speed of 50 percent. At normal boating speeds, this
automatically provides enough return echoes to refresh the screen and
scroll the chart at maximum chart speed.
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However, when you are running at high speeds, or just want the fastest
possible screen update, you may want to use the HyperScroll feature.
When you change the Ping Speed to any setting greater than 50
percent, the unit automatically enters HyperScroll mode.
These faster ping rates allow you to maintain a high-detail picture on
the screen, and the screen refresh rate and chart scroll speed can keep
pace with the boat as it moves quickly over the bottom terrain.
When using HyperScroll, you may also need to manually decrease the
sensitivity for optimum performance. Depending on water depth and
other conditions, HyperScroll may cause a second bottom echo to return
to the transducer during the next ping cycle, or sounding. This can result
in a large amount of clutter appearing on the screen. If this occurs, just
decrease the sensitivity to a level that eliminates the clutter. When you
turn HyperScroll off, you can return to your original sensitivity level.
The Ping Speed Control Bar at default setting.
To change Ping Speed:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to PING SPEED|ENT.
2. The Ping Speed Control Bar appears. Press ↑ to increase ping speed;
press ↓ to decrease ping speed. When it's set at the desired level, press
EXIT.
To adjust Sensitivity:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|ENT.
2. The Sensitivity Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease sensitivity;
press ↑ to increase sensitivity. When it's set at the desired level, press
EXIT. (When you reach the maximum or minimum limit, a tone sounds.)
To turn off HyperScroll:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to PING SPEED|ENT.
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2. The Ping Speed Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease ping speed
to 50 percent. When it's set at the desired level, press EXIT.
When you boost ping speed and switch into HyperScroll, the width of
the FasTrack bar graph display doubles in width at the right side of the
screen. This allows you to better see the virtually instantaneous sonar
returns, just as you would on a flasher sonar unit. For more
information on FasTrack, see it's entry in this section.
Pop-up Help
Help is available for virtually all of the menu labels on this unit. By
highlighting a menu item and leaving it highlighted for a few seconds, a
"pop-up" message appears that describes the function of the menu item.
This feature is on by default.
To set up Popup Help: Press MENU|MENU|↓ to POPUP HELP. With the
option highlighted, press ENT to check it (turn on) and uncheck it (turn
off). After the option is set, press EXIT to return to the page display.
Example showing the Pop-up Help message for the Sensitivity
command, located on the Sonar Menu.
Reset Options
This command is used to reset all features, options and settings to their
original factory defaults. This is useful when you have changed several
settings and want to return the unit to basic automatic operation.
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to RESET OPTIONS|ENT.
2. Press ↑ or ↓ to YES|ENT.
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3. All the menus are cleared and all options are returned to the factory
settings.
Main Menu with Reset Options command selected.
Reset Water Distance
The sonar chart's Digital Data display option includes a window that
shows distance traveled, called Water Distance ("W Distance"). This
information is calculated from an optional water speed sensor. The
Water Distance window can be reset to zero using the Reset Water
Distance command.
Press MENU|MENU|↓ to RESET WATER DISTANCE|ENT. The menus are
cleared and the water distance is reset to 0.00.
Screen Contrast and Backlight Level
See the separate entries in this section for Contrast and Backlight Level.
Sensitivity & Auto Sensitivity
The sensitivity controls the ability of the unit to pick up echoes.
Sensitivity can be adjusted, because water conditions vary greatly. A
low sensitivity level (from zero to 50 percent) excludes much of the
bottom information, fish signals, and other target information.
High sensitivity levels let you see this detail, but it can also clutter the
screen with many undesired signals. Typically, the best sensitivity level
shows a good solid bottom signal with Grayline and some surface clutter.
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Automatic Sensitivity
The default sensitivity mode is automatic. The unit bases the
sensitivity level on water depth and conditions. When the unit is in the
automatic mode, sensitivity is automatically adjusted to keep a solid
bottom signal displayed, plus a little more power. This gives it the
capability to show fish and other detail.
However, situations occur when it becomes necessary to increase or
decrease the sensitivity. This typically happens when you wish to see
more detail, so an increase in sensitivity is indicated. Or, wave action
and boat wakes can create enough tiny air bubbles to clutter much of
the water column. In that case, a decrease in sensitivity is indicated to
reduce some of the clutter.
The control bar used to adjust sensitivity up or down is the same
whether the unit is in the automatic or manual mode. In automatic you
can adjust sensitivity up to 100 percent but the unit will limit your
minimum setting. In auto, the unit will continue to make small
adjustments, allowing for the setting you selected.
In manual mode, you have complete control over sensitivity, with the
ability to set it anywhere from zero to 100 percent. Once you select a
level in manual, the unit will continue to use that exact sensitivity
setting until you change it or revert to auto mode.
To adjust sensitivity in auto mode:
1. Press MENU|ENT.
2. The Sensitivity Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease sensitivity;
press ↑ to increase sensitivity. When it's set at the desired level, press
EXIT. (When you reach the maximum or minimum limit, a tone sounds.)
The Sensitivity Control Bar.
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To adjust sensitivity in manual mode:
1. First, turn off Auto Sensitivity: from the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓
to AUTO SENSITIVITY|ENT.
2. Press ↑ to SENSITIVITY|ENT and the Sensitivity Control Bar appears.
Press ↓ or ↑ to pick a different sensitivity setting. When it's set at the
desired level, press EXIT.
To turn Auto Sensitivity back on:
From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to AUTO SENSITIVITY|ENT|EXIT.
NOTE:
To return to the original factory setting for Auto Sensitivity, see the
entry in this section on Reset Options. If sensitivity is in manual
mode, the Reset Options command will switch back to Auto and
reset the factory setting at the same time.
Tip:
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.
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 indicators: 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. We enter this 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 SET KEEL OFFSET|ENT.
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2. The Keel Offset dialog box appears. Press ↓ to so that the displayed
number shows a minus (–) sign instead of the plus (+) sign.
3. Press ↓ until the number shows – 3.5, then press EXIT. The depth
indicators now accurately show the depth of water beneath the keel.
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 SET KEEL OFFSET|ENT.
2. The Keel Offset dialog box appears with a plus (+) sign at the
front of the box.
3. Press ↑ until the displayed number is + 1.5, then press EXIT. The
depth indicators now accurately show the water depth from surface
to bottom.
Set Language
This unit's menus are available in 10 languages: English, French,
German, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Dutch and
Finnish. To select a different language:
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to SET LANGUAGE|ENT.
2. Use ↓ or ↑ to select a different language and press ENT. All menus
now appear in the language you selected.
Software Version Information
From time to time, Lowrance updates the operating system software in
some of its products. These software upgrades are usually offered to
customers as free downloads from our web site, www.lowrance.com.
These upgrades make the unit perform better or introduce a new
feature or function. You can find out what software version is running
in your sonar unit by using the Software Information command.
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The Main Menu with Software Information command selected.
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to SOFTWARE INFO|ENT.
2. Read the information displayed on the screen.
3. To return to the last page displayed, press EXIT|EXIT.
Sonar Chart Mode
Grayscale is the default setting for the sonar chart, but we offer other
variations to suit your viewing preferences. You can select the chart to
be displayed in grayscale, reverse grayscale, bottom black, or
fishreveal.
To change the chart mode scheme:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT.
2.. Press ↓ to SONAR CHART 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
This unit offers four chart display options. To cycle through them, press
EXIT to clear any menus, then press ENT repeatedly until the desired
mode appears.
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
scales on the right side of the screen aid in determining the depth of
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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 magnified
when the zoom is in use. (See the Zoom section for more information.)
Full Sonar Chart. The Overlay Data (depth and water temperature)
are each set to a different text size.
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.
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Split Zoom Sonar Chart. Image at left shows the left window zoomed
to 2X. The right image shows the left window zoomed to 4X.
The depth overlay data is set to the default large text size; the
water temperature is set to the medium text size.
Digital Data/Chart
This mode shows six large digital boxes or windows containing: Water
Depth; Water Speed (from an optional speed sensor); Water Distance
(distance traveled or logged, it also requires a speed sensor); Surface Water
Temperature; Temperature #2 and the unit's Voltage.
NOTE:
Temperature #2 requires an additional optional temperature
sensor.)
Digital Data/Chart
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Flasher
The Flasher page represents a flasher style sonar. A circular dial shows
all returning echoes at a high screen refresh rate. It uses the Grayline
feature to show weaker targets as lighter shades. The bottom depth is
also shown as a black bar across the outer circle.
Surface clutter
Fish signal,
approximately
13 feet
Bottom signal
Flasher page.
Sonar Simulator
This unit has a built-in simulator that lets you run it as if you were on
the water. All sonar features and functions are useable. When in
simulator mode, you will see [Simulated] in the Sonar Page title bar. To
use the simulator:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR SIMULATOR|ENT.
2. Turn off Sonar Simulator by pressing MENU|MENU|↓ to SONAR
SIMULATOR|ENT|EXIT.
NOTE:
If you turn on your unit before attaching a transducer, it may enter
a demo mode. The words "demo mode" flash on the bottom of the
screen and a sonar chart plays much like the simulator. Unlike the
simulator, the demo mode is for demonstration only, and will
automatically stop as soon as you turn on the unit with a
transducer attached. The simulator will continue to function
normally.
Stop Chart
If you are running multiple units on a boat, there are times when you
may want to turn off the sonar. This command turns off the sonar and
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stops the chart from scrolling. Sonar restarts automatically each time
you turn on your unit.
Press MENU|↓ to STOP CHART|ENT|EXIT.
To turn on sonar and start the chart scrolling again, repeat the above step.
Sonar Menu with Stop Chart command selected. The box is unchecked,
indicating that the chart is scrolling across the screen.
Surface Clarity
The markings extending downward from the zero line on the chart are
called "surface clutter." These markings are caused by wave action,
boat wakes, temperature inversion and more.
The surface clarity control reduces or eliminates surface clutter signals
from the display. It does this by changing the sensitivity of the receiver,
decreasing it near the surface and gradually increasing it as the depth
increases.
There are three levels of surface clarity available: low, medium, or high.
It can also be turned off. The default level is off.
To adjust the Surface Clarity level:
1. From the Sonar Page, press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT|ENT.
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Sonar Features menu with Surface Clarity selected.
2. Press ↓ or ↑ to select clarity level|EXIT|EXIT|EXIT.
Surface clutter
In the illustration at left, Surface Clarity is turned off.
The right view shows Surface Clarity set at High.
Units of Measure
This menu sets the speed and distance (statute or nautical miles,
meters), depth (feet, fathoms, or meters) and temperature (degrees
Fahrenheit or Celsius). To change the units:
Press MENU|MENU|↓ to UNITS OF MEASURE|ENT.
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The Units of Measure Menu.
To set Units of Measure: Press ↓ to the desired units, then press ENT.
After all the options are set as desired, press EXIT|EXIT to return to the
page display.
Upper and Lower Limits
See the entry in this section for Depth Range - Upper and Lower Limits
Volume
This command adjusts the speaker volume, which controls the sound
levels for keystrokes and alarms. If you want to turn off all sounds, set
the volume to zero.
To adjust volume:
1. Press MENU|MENU|↓ to VOLUME|ENT.
2. The Volume Control Bar appears. Press ↓ to decrease the volume; press
↑ to increase the volume. When it's set at the desired level, press EXIT.
Zoom & Zoom Bar
"Zooming" the display is used to enlarge small detail, fish signals and
the bottom with its associated structure.
The 2X zoom doubles the size of all echoes on the screen. The 4X zoom
quadruples the size of the echoes. You can also turn on a zoom bar on
the far right side of the screen; this shows which echoes will be
displayed on the screen when the Zoom commands are used.
For example, turning on the 2X zoom will show all echoes that are
between the top and bottom of the 2X zoom bar. The 4X zoom will show
only the echoes between the top and bottom of the 4X zoom bar.
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To switch to zoom:
1. Press MENU|↓ to ZOOM LEVEL|ENT.
2. The Zoom Level menu appears. Press ↓ or ↑ to select the desired
zoom level, then press ENT|EXIT to set the zoom and clear the menu.
3. To select a different zoom or turn zoom off, repeat steps 1 and 2.
To turn on the Zoom Bar:
1. Press MENU|↓ to SONAR FEATURES|ENT.
2.
The
Sonar
Features
menu
appears.
Press
↓
to
ZOOM
BAR|ENT|EXIT|EXIT.
3. To turn off the Zoom Bar, repeat steps 1 and 2.
At left, Sonar Page, normal view. Center, same view zoomed to 2X.
Right, same view zoomed to 4X
Tip:
From the Sonar Menu, you can go directly to the Zoom Level
command with one keystroke. Instead of pressing the down arrow
(↓) to reach the command, press the up arrow (↑) instead. This will
take you from "Sensitivity" to "Zoom Level," because the menu
"wraps" around in a circle. This trick also works on the main menu!
Zoom Pan
Your unit has the handy ability to quickly zoom in on any portion of the
water column with just the touch of an arrow key. The Zoom Pan feature
lets you rapidly move the zoomed area up and down to different depths.
By "pointing" your zoom at different portions of the chart as it scrolls,
you can get a good, close-up look at structure or cover below you.
To use Zoom Pan, switch to a manual depth Range setting (see page 46)
and turn on 2X or 4X Zoom. Then, simply press ↑ or ↓ to pan up and
down the water column.
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Troubleshooting
If your unit is not working, or if you need technical help, please use the
following troubleshooting section before contacting the factory customer
service department. It may save you the trouble of returning your unit
for repair. For contact information, refer to the last page, just inside the
back cover of this manual.
Unit won't turn on:
1. Check the power cable's connection at the unit. Also check the
wiring.
2. Make sure the power cable is wired properly. The red wire connects
to the positive battery terminal, black to negative or ground.
3. Check the fuse.
4. Measure the battery voltage at the unit's power connector. It should
be at least 11 volts. If it isn't, the wiring to the unit is defective, the
battery terminals or wiring on the terminals are corroded, or the
battery needs charging.
Unit operates only in demo mode:
1. The transducer has not yet been connected or has been disconnected.
To leave demo mode, make sure the transducer is securely connected
before turning the unit on.
Unit freezes, locks up, or operates erratically:
1. Electrical noise from the boat's motor, trolling motor, or an accessory
may be interfering with the sonar unit. Rerouting the power and
transducer cables away from other electrical wiring on the boat may
help. Route the sonar unit's power cable directly to the battery instead
of through a fuse block or ignition switch
2. Inspect the transducer cable for breaks, cuts, or pinched wires.
3. Check both the transducer and power connectors. Make sure both are
securely plugged in to the unit.
Weak bottom echo, digital readings erratic, or no fish signals:
1. Make sure the transducer is pointing straight down. Clean the face of
the transducer. Oil, dirt and fuel can cause a film to form on the
transducer, reducing its effectiveness. If the transducer is mounted
inside the hull, be sure it is shooting through only one layer of
fiberglass and that it is securely bonded to the hull. When attaching a
transducer to the inside of a hull, ONLY use the epoxy available from
LEI (order information is inside the back cover). Do NOT use RTV
silicone rubber adhesive or any other type of epoxy. The LEI epoxy is
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specially formulated so that it will cure properly for shoot-through
applications.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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that has a smooth flow of water at all boat speeds. Read your
transducer owner's manual for the best mounting position.
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Index
G
Grayline, 35, 47
A
Accessories, 1, 3, 25, 26, 29
Alarms, 33, 44, 45; Depth
Alarms, 44; Fish Alarm, 44,
45
Antenna, 73
ASP (Advanced Signal
Processing), 16, 43
H
HyperScroll, 54, 56, 57
I
Installation, 3, 17, 19, 26, 28
Introduction: Specifications, 1
B
Backlights / Lighting, 1, 33, 46,
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Batteries, 3, 21, 22, 23, 32, 71,
72, 73
K
Keel Offset, 34, 61, 62
Keyboard, 31
L
Languages, 34, 62
C
Calibrate Speed, 46
Chart Speed, 35, 46, 47
Communications Ports, 20, 21,
23, 24
Contrast, 33, 48, 49, 59
Cursor, 35, 38, 49, 61
M
Main Menu, 31, 32, 33, 59, 63
N
NMEA, 20, 21, 23, 24
Noise Rejection, 43, 54
O
Overlay Data, 35, 54, 55, 56, 64
D
Depth Cursor, 35, 38, 49
Depth Range, 16, 35, 50, 51, 52,
64, 70, 72; Automatic, 50;
Manual, 50; Upper and
Lower Limits, 35, 51, 69
Display Options, 31, 35, 63, 64,
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P
Page Displays, 35; Digital Data,
35, 59, 65
Ping Speed, 35, 54, 56, 57, 58;
HyperScroll, 54, 56, 57
Pop-up Help, 58
Power, 1, 2, 3, 20, 21, 22, 23,
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 38,
48, 60, 71, 72, 73
Product Specifications, 1
F
FasTrack, 52
Fish Depths, 53
Fish I.D., 33, 35, 41, 44, 45,
52
Fish Symbols, 33, 35, 41, 44,
45, 52; Interpreting, 41
FishTrack, 53
Frequency, 2
R
Range, 16, 35, 50, 51, 52, 64,
70, 72; Automatic, 50;
Manual, 50; Upper and
Lower Limits, 51, 69
Reset Options, 34, 41, 58, 59, 61
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Surface Clarity, 67, 68
Reset Water Distance, 34, 59
Route, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20,
71, 73
T
Temperature Sensors, 2, 4, 7,
19, 64
Transducer, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29,
38, 43, 50, 56, 57, 61, 62, 64,
66, 71, 72, 73; Mounting, 7,
13; Shoot-Thru-Hull, 6, 15, 17
S
Sensitivity, 16, 35, 38, 39, 40,
41, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 70, 73
Simulator, 1, 34, 66
Software Version Information,
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Sonar Chart Color Mode, 63
Sonar Chart Display Options,
31, 35, 63, 64, 65
Sonar Menu, 31, 32, 34, 58, 67,
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Sonar Operation: Quick
Reference, 38
Speaker, 21, 22, 69
Speed Sensors, 1, 2, 19, 20, 34,
46, 59, 65
Stop Chart, 35, 66, 67
U
Units of Measure, 33, 68, 69
Upper and Lower Limits, 35,
51, 69
Z
Zooming, 2, 35, 38, 64, 69, 70,
72; Zoom Bar, 69, 70; Zoom
Pan, 70
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this product. "You" or "your" refers to the first person who purchases this product as a
consumer item for personal, family or household use.
We warrant this product against defects or malfunctions in materials and workmanship,
and against failure to conform to this product's written specifications, all for one (1) year
from the date of original purchase by you. WE MAKE NO OTHER EXPRESS
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show in a reasonable manner that any defect or malfunction in materials or
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occurs within one year from your original purchase date will either be repaired without
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We reserve the right to make changes or improvements in our products from time to time
without incurring the obligation to install such improvements or changes on equipment
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REMINDER: You must retain the sales slip or sales receipt proving the date of your
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How to Obtain Service…
…in the USA:
We back your investment in quality products with quick, expert service
and genuine Lowrance parts. If you're in the United States and you
have technical, return or repair questions, please contact the Factory
Customer Service Department. Before any product can be returned, you
must call customer service to determine if a return is necessary. Many
times, customer service can resolve your problem over the phone
without sending your product to the factory. To call us, use the
following toll-free number:
800-324-1356
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, M-F
Lowrance Electronics may find it necessary to change or end our
shipping policies, regulations, and special offers at any time. We reserve
the right to do so without notice.
…in Canada:
If you're in Canada and you have technical, return or repair questions,
please contact the Factory Customer Service Department. Before any
product can be returned, you must call customer service to determine if
a return is necessary. Many times, customer service can resolve your
problem over the phone without sending your product to the factory. To
call us, use the following toll-free number:
800-661-3983
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If you have technical, return or repair questions, contact the dealer in
the country where you purchased your unit. To locate a dealer near
you, visit our web site and look for the Dealer Locator
(www.lowrance.com/support/dealerlocator). Or, you can consult your
telephone directory for listings.
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Accessory Ordering Information
for all countries
To order Lowrance accessories, please contact:
1) Your local marine dealer. Most quality dealers that handle marine
electronic equipment should be able to assist you with these items.
To locate a Lowrance dealer near you, visit our web site and look for the
Dealer Locator (www.lowrance.com/support/dealerlocator). Or, you can
consult your telephone directory for listings.
2) U.S. customers: LEI Extras Inc., PO Box 129, Catoosa, OK 74015-0129
Call 1-800-324-0045 or visit our web site www.lei-extras.com.
3) Canadian customers can write:
Lowrance/Eagle Canada, 919 Matheson Blvd. E. Mississauga, Ontario
L4W2R7 or fax 905-629-3118.
Shipping Information
If it becomes necessary to send a product for repair or replacement, you
must first receive a return authorization number from Customer
Service. Products shipped without a return authorization will not be
accepted. When shipping, we recommend you do the following:
1. Please do not ship the knobs or mounting bracket with your unit.
2. If you are sending a check for repair, please place your check in an
envelope and tape it to the unit.
3. For proper testing, include a brief note with the product describing
the problem. Be sure to include your name, return shipping address
and a daytime telephone number. An e-mail address is optional but
useful.
4. Pack the unit in a suitable size box with packing material to prevent
any damage during shipping.
5. Write the Return Authorization (RA) number on the outside of the
box underneath your return address.
6. For your security, you may want to insure the package through your
shipping courier. Lowrance does not assume responsibility for goods
lost or damaged in transit.
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