Bushnell Weather FX 7 Instruction manual

7 D AY W I R E L E S S F O R E C A S T E R
WEATHERFX
FOR HUNTING
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
MODEL# 960072C
Lit #: 98-1521/12-09
Thank you for purchasing the Bushnell HuntFXi, an Internet based 7-day weather forecaster for
the avid hunter. Designed and engineered with state-of-art wireless technology, this instrument
will provide accurate and reliable hunting–relevant weather forecast information for today
and the next six days, in any of over 3,000 locations within the United States and Canada..
No external sensors or subscriptions are required and the Wireless Receiver may be placed
anywhere in your home. Weather data is automatically updated from the Internet throughout
the day via AccuWeather.com and sent to the HuntFXi unit using a wireless USB Transmitter
connected to the user’s PC. Setup is easy – simply install and run the software, select your
main hunting area and up to 4 other locations, plug in the Transmitter and power up the
Receiver. Read this manual carefully to fully explore the features and functions of your new
HuntFXi forecaster.
The Bushnell HuntFXi Features:
Automatically Updated 7-DAY Forecast
As long as your PC is connected to the Internet, and the Bushnell HuntFXi software is active
(it can be left running in the background with minimal CPU usage, while you use your
computer for other tasks), the 7-day forecast and weather data displayed on the unit will be
automatically updated from the Internet throughout the day via AccuWeather.com and sent
to the Receiver unit wirelessly via the USB Transmitter. The Receiver may be placed anywhere
in your home, up to about 245 feet (75 meters) away from the Transmitter.
The Forecast Data includes:
– Weather forecast and hunting conditions for the US and Canada
– Current temperature with “RealFeel®”
– High & low temperature
– Relative humidity
– Chance of precipitation
– Average wind speed & direction
– Sunrise/Sunset times
– Moon phase
– Barometric pressure with trend
– Auto-synchronized (Internet) clock
– Alarm function with snooze
– Color backlight – color indicates current temp range
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Quick Start Guide
1) Install the Software
Insert the CD, click the “HuntFXi Setup Wizard” button and follow the onscreen directions
to install the HuntFXi software on your PC (Windows 2000 or later, with an “always on”
internet connection).
2) Connect the Transmitter
Connect the USB Transmitter to your PC’s USB port.
3) Launch the HuntFXi application, Set Locations and
Units
Double click the “HuntFXi” icon on your desktop. When the application opens, move the
cursor into the far left box at the top, then click “Edit Location” when it appears. Set your
current location by selecting from the four drop down lists, then click “Save”. Follow the same
process to setup any or all of the remaining four location boxes. Next, click the “Settings”
button and set your preferences for temperature, wind speed units and time format, then
click “Save”. In the main HuntFXi application window, you can click in any of the other
“location boxes” you set up to see the forecast for that city.
4) Setup the Receiver Unit (Remote Display)
Insert 4xAA batteries into the Receiver, or connect the AC adapter. The Receiver’s display
initializes and reads “Searching for PC” (press the SEARCH button on the back of the
unit if this does not appear). Attach the easel stand to the Receiver and place it near the PC so
you can see its display while you complete the setup.
5) Transmit Weather Data from the PC Application to
the Receiver
Click “Send to Receiver” on the HuntFXi program window. The red LED on the USB Transmitter
will glow, then blink while data is transferred from the PC software to the Receiver. The
Receiver will indicate “PC FOUND-PLS WAIT 5 MINS” When the Transmitter’s light stops
flashing, check to see that the receiver’s display matches the weather data shown on the PC
screen. Make sure the location box selected on the HuntFXi application and the “Favorite”
location # on the Receiver display are the same (use the +/- buttons on the Receiver to
change locations). Also be sure the units for temperature, wind speed, etc. are set the same
(click “Settings” on the software screen, press UNITS on back of the Receiver and change
them using the +/- buttons if necessary-press UNITS again to change other displayed
units). Keep the HuntFXi application running in the background and keep your PC powered
on and connected to the internet, so the Receiver can provide you with the latest up-to-date
forecast information.
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Problems? Questions?
Please read the following detailed Instructions and Troubleshooting.
INSTALLATION and SETUP INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: INSTALL THE SOFTWARE
Before connecting or operating the Transmitter or Receiver hardware, you should install the
HuntFXi software program on your PC, as they will not function without the software. The
software automatically connects to a special weather data server on the internet, displays
the data on your PC screen (when the HuntFXi program window is open), and transmits the
data via the connected USB Transmitter to the wireless Receiver unit. Before installation,
ensure that:
• Your PC is connected to the Internet. Try browsing through a couple of websites to
make sure. An “always on” internet connection (not via dialup or phone modem) is
recommended.
• You are using Windows 2000, XP or Vista (Windows 98 and Macs are not supported).
Insert the supplied CD into your CD ROM drive and click the “HuntFXi Setup Wizard”
button when it appears to start the installation (Fig. 1). Follow the on-screen directions,
clicking “Next” until the installation is complete (Fig. 2). A “HuntFXi” shortcut icon
(
) is added to your PC desktop screen during the installation.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
STEP 2: CONNECT THE USB Transmitter
Connect the USB Transmitter to your PC via one of its main USB ports. As the Transmitter is
powered by the USB port (it does not require batteries), avoid connecting it to unpowered USB
“hubs”, USB ports located on a PC keyboard, or others that may not deliver adequate power.
When using the Transmitter with a laptop, power the computer with its AC power supply to
reduce battery drain and ensure reliable USB power. Raise the Transmitter’s antenna to the
upright position to ensure maximum range and signal strength to the Receiver.
STEP 3: START THE HuntFXi APPLICATION and SET
LOCATIONS
Double click the Bushnell “HuntFXi” icon on your desktop to start the program. After it
opens to the main weather data screen (this may take a minute or so the first time the
program is launched), there are two simple, onetime setup steps. The first is to set your
current, or “home” location, as well as (at your option) up to four additional “Favorite”
locations (allowing you to quickly check the weather forecast for a vacation or business trip
destination, a friend’s or relative’s hometown, etc), using the five location boxes at the top
of the HuntFXi software screen. Move your cursor into the first (far left) location box, then
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move the cursor down to the “Edit Location” button that pops up below it (Fig. 3)-click
on this, and the main weather data screen will change to the Location Settings window
(Fig. 4). Normally you should set your current location or “home city” in the first location
box (still highlighted in yellow at the top). Use the drop down arrows to select your Continent
first, then your Country, Region or State, and finally your City from the lists that appear
when the arrows are clicked. Once you have made the four settings to define your location,
click “Save” (if you get a “Cannot connect to server...” message, wait a minute and try clicking
“Save” again). The name of your location should appear in the first box now, and you are
automatically returned to the main weather data screen. If you wish, go ahead and set up
additional cities in any or all of the other four location boxes now, using the same procedure
you used to set your home location, beginning by clicking on the next blank or “empty”
location box, clicking Edit Location and then setting it with the four drop down boxes.
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
After you have finished setting up one or more locations, the only other setup step is to
set your preferred units (English or Metric) for temperature, wind speed, and time. Click
“Settings” at the top of the screen (just right of the HuntFXi logo), and the General Settings
window will replace the main weather data screen (Fig. 5). Use the “Time offset” drop
down if necessary (due to changes in start/end dates for daylight savings time, time zone
boundaries, etc). Then select your preferences for how other types of data will be displayed
using the remaining drop downs for temperature units, etc. When finished, click “Save” to
store these settings and return to the main screen (Fig. 6). The HuntFXi application is now
setup and ready to use.
INSTALLATION and SETUP INSTRUCTIONS
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Fig. 5
Fig. 6
STEP 4: SETTING UP THE RECEIVER UNIT
The Receiver may be powered by batteries or from the included AC adapter. To use the AC
adapter, insert the round plug into the jack on the lower left side of the unit, then connect it
to a wall outlet. To install batteries, slide the battery door down in the direction of the arrow
to remove it, and insert four AA batteries (alkaline or lithium) in the indicated direction.
Replace the battery door. Insert the included easel stand into the key slot (above the battery
door) on the back of the Receiver unit, then rotate it (clockwise) into place so the stand
will prop up the Receiver unit and allow it to stand upright. Note: as soon as batteries are
installed or the AC adapter is connected, the unit will power on, and run through a display test
routine, cycling through the various backlight colors, then displaying letters and numbers in
various sections of the display-this is normal, and takes less than a minute. When completed,
the display will show a “Searching for PC” message (press SEARCH on the back of the
Receiver if it does not). Keep the Receiver near the PC until the setup is complete-then you
may move it anywhere in your home, up to about 245 ft (75m) from the Transmitter.
STEP 5: TRANSMIT DATA FROM PC SOFTWARE TO THE
RECEIVER
This is a simple process, in fact it’s normally completely automatic after the initial setup.
First, make sure the Receiver displays the “Searching for PC” message. If it isn’t, press the
SEARCH button on the back of the Receiver-you should then see the “Searching...” message,
and the Signal strength icon (
)on the top left corner of the display should be blinking.
All you need to do now is click “Send To Receiver” on the HuntFXi software screen (Fig. 7)
(make sure the first or “home” location box is selected), and within a few seconds, the data on
the Receiver display will be synchronized to the data currently seen on the PC. The LED light
on the USB Transmitter will glow red when you click “Send To Receiver”, then blink while
the data is being transmitted (if this does not happen, the Transmitter is not getting power
via USB- try connecting it to a different USB port). The message on the Receiver changes to
“PC FOUND-PLS WAIT 5 MINS” as the data is transmitted-it may take several minutes for all
the data to be transmitted the first time, but is typically fairly fast. When the Transmitter’s
light stops flashing, the Receiver unit should now display the same weather forecast data
as the HuntFXi software screen. If the temperature or other data does not match, press the
UNITS button on the back of the Receiver and then use the + / - buttons on the front
of the Receiver to make sure the temperature and other units are set to your preference
(for example, if you set the temperature units on the software Settings screen to “F”, but
the Receiver temperature units are set to “C”, the numbers will not match). If all the data
display areas on the Receiver are blank, you may have a “Favorite Location” selected that
has not yet been setup in the HuntFXi software application. If that’s the case, either follow
the procedure in Step 3 to set the “blank” location on your PC, or press the + or - button
on the Receiver to select a Favorite Location # which already has a corresponding location
box in the PC software.
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Receiver/Transmitter
BUTTONS AND PARTS
(see table on next page)
1
3
Stand
Keyhole
USB Transmitter
Antenna
2
Battery
Compartment
Back of Receiver
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Fig. 7
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LED
RECEIVER/TRANSMITTER BUTTONS AND PARTS
Front/ Top of Receiver
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6
5
9
Button
Location
Name
Function
Back of Unit
1) SEARCH
Initiates search for PC – puts receiver on
standby to receive data from USB transmitter
Back of Unit
2) UNITS
Press (repeatedly) to select hour format, wind speed and
temperature units (use +/- to change setting)
Back of Unit
3) BRIGHTNESS
Press to select backlight brightness level (High, Low or Off)
Top of USB
Transmitter
4) TRANSMIT
Equivalent to clicking “Send to Receiver”
in Hunt FXi software window
Front of Unit
5) + and -
Press to scroll through Favorite Locations and to increment/
decrement various settings
Top of Unit
6) SNOOZE/BACKLIGHT
Press to turn backlight on for 10 seconds or snooze alarm
(alarm resounds after 9 minutes)
Top of Unit
7) ALARM
Turns alarm on/off
Top of Unit
8) AL SET
Press to set the alarm time (use +/- to change setting)
Front of Unit
9) Today, Day 2, etc.
Displays morning, afternoon and evening forecasts for the selected
day. Press & hold “Day 4” to view forecast for Days 5, 6 and 7
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RECEIVER DISPLAY GUIDE
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A) RF (RADIO FREQUENCY) RECEPTION STATUS
This icon shows the connection status between the Receiver unit and the USB Transmitter.
There are three basic status indications:
The Receiver is successfully synchronized to the USB Transmitter and receiving
weather data from it periodically.
A flashing icon indicates that the Receiver is searching for the RF signal from
the USB Transmitter.
No vertical bars indicates that the RF signal from the USB Transmitter is not
being received or is too weak.
B) NETWORK TIME (Auto-synchronized clock)
The clock on the main unit is synchronized to the Internet network time automatically and is
adjusted for optimal accuracy. Press UNITS on the back of the Receiver until you see “Hour
Format Setting” and use the + / - buttons to select 12 or 24 Hr time format.
NOTE: If your PC is not connected to the internet for a long period of time, the clock display
may not be accurate. Once you reconnect to the internet, exit and then relaunch the HuntFXi
software, then click “Send to Receiver”.
C) ALARM ON INDICATOR
Icon appears confirming the alarm has been set by pressing ALARM.
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D) WEATHER FORECAST SYMBOLS (ICONS)
Please see the “Forecast Icons Reference” at the back of this manual for a complete table of
the forecast icons for the HuntFXi software screen and the Receiver display, along with the
weather conditions they indicate.
E) FAVORITE LOCATION INDICATOR
All the displayed weather data is for the location currently selected on the Receiver. The
numbers 1-5 shown here correspond to the location boxes (from left to right) across the top
of the screen in the HuntFXi application. “Favorite #1” is your “home” or primary hunting
area, same as the first box on the left in the HuntFXi software screen. Use the + or - buttons
on the left side of the Receiver to change the Receiver’s display to show the weather forecast
for the other areas (you will see the names of locations 2-5). Note: if you select an “empty”
location on the Receiver, which does not have a location set for it in the corresponding box in
the software (the box is blank in the HuntFXi application), no data will be displayed on the
Receiver.
F) HI / LO TEMPERATURE FORECAST (Today)
Indicates the forecasted high and low temperatures for the current day.
G) CURRENT TEMPERATURE WITH RealFeel®
The current temperature at the selected location, and the Exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel
Temperature,® an index that evaluates everything that affects how warm or cold a person
feels, measuring the combined effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity,
cloudiness, precipitation and elevation. Press UNITS on the back of the Receiver until you
see “Temperature Unit Setting” and use the + / - buttons to select oF or oC (this affects all
displayed temperature data).
H)SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
The Sunrise and Sunset times for the selected hunting area are shown.
I) RELATIVE HUMIDITY FORECAST
The chance of precipitation is displayed (as a percentage).
J) BAROMETRIC PRESSURE
The barometric pressure in the selected hunting area is displayed (units are “in Hg”-inches
of mercury), along with a rising or falling trend indicator arrow.
K) WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION
The average wind speed & direction forecast. Press UNITS on the back of the Receiver
until you see “Wind Unit Setting” and use the + / - buttons to select your preferred wind
units (km/h, mph, m/s or knots).
L) MOON PHASE
The current moon phase for the selected hunting area is shown.
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M) FORECAST CONDITIONS AND HIGH/LOW
TEMPERATURE FOR ADDITIONAL DAYS OR MORNING/
AFTERNOON/EVENING
The right frame area of the Receiver’s display is capable of displaying different information,
depending on which buttons are pressed next to it, on the right side of the unit. Normally
it will display the forecast for the next three days (if “Today” is Thursday, it shows the
predicted weather for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the selected Favorite Location). Press
the TODAY button to display the Morning, Afternoon and Evening forecast details for the
current day (press it again or wait 10 sec. to return to the next three day display). Press DAY
2 or DAY 3 or to see the details for those days. Press the DAY 4/5,6,7 button to see the details
for Day 4. Hold the DAY 4/5,6,7 button to display the forecast for Days 5, 6 and 7 (using the
previous example, Sunday would be Day 4, so holding the button would show the forecasts
for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Note: The “DETAILS” buttons on the HuntFXi software
screen have the same function. Morning/Afternoon/Evening details for Days 5, 6 and 7 are not
available (both software and Receiver).
Forecast details for one
day in right display
frame.
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FORECAST ICONS REFERENCE
BACKLIGHT COLOR REFERENCE : Temperature Range
*Colors Approximate
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TROUBLESHOOTING
1. Be sure that you are using Windows 2000, XP or Vista and your PC is connected to the
Internet. You need to have Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 driver installed in your PC in
order to complete the installation of the HuntFXi program. Most PCs purchased after 2005
will already have this-if you have an older PC, click “Help and Support” in your Start
menu, and then select “Windows Update”. Or, you can download the driver by going to
www.microsoft.com and entering “1.1 net framework” in the search box at the top of
the page, then clicking the magnifying glass to search the site. The name of the file you
need to install is “dotnetfx.exe”.
2. Check that the USB transmitter is properly connected to the USB port of your PC, so
you are able to run the HuntFXi software and access the forecast data updates from the
internet. If the Transmitter is disconnected while the HuntFXi program is running, you will
see a “Usb Disconnected” pop up window, with options to
reconnect the Transmitter and retry sending data to the
Receiver, or you may opt to continue to run the HuntFXi
program without automatic updates to the Receiver, or
Exit the program.
3. If “PC Not Found-Try Searching Again” appears on the Receiver display (or “PC Lost”), your
PC was shut down or its power interrupted. Make sure the USB Transmitter is connected,
and restart the PC. The HuntFXi application should automatically launch after startup (if
not, double click its desktop icon). If you see the “Usb Disconnected” message, unplug
then reconnect the Transmitter, and click “Retry”. Make sure the HuntFXi application has
the current weather data ready to send to the Receiver by clicking “Update” (it may take
a few minutes to gather all the 7-Day forecast data from the internet server, especially if
you have multiple locations setup. Press the SEARCH button on the back of the Receiver
to change its display message to “Searching for PC”, then click “Send to Receiver” in the
HuntFXi window. The Transmitter LED should light, then blink as the updated data is sent,
and the Receiver display should indicate “PC Found...”
4. Be sure all 4 batteries in the Receiver are fresh. Replace the batteries when the low
battery indicator appears.
5. If the toolbar icon for the HuntFXi program disappears (in the lower right of your PC
screen), the application was terminated and is no longer accessing the forecast from the
internet. Restart the program again. Instead of exiting the program if you don’t want
its window open, click the “-” on the top right of the application window. To restore the
HuntFXi window, right click its icon in the system tray on the bottom right of your PC
screen, and then click “Open”.
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6. In the first few minutes of RF reception from the USB Transmitter, the Receiver may show
data on only part of the screen-this is normal. The rest of the screen display data will
gradually appear in the next 10 minutes or more. If you have waited 1 hour or more
without seeing the rest of the weather data, shorten the distance between the Transmitter
and Receiver, also check the Receiver’s battery condition. Then repeat the setup procedure
in the TRANSMIT DATA FROM PC SOFTWARE TO THE RECEIVER section.
7. If the RF indicator is showing full strength (
) but one or more of the next 3 days’
forecast is missing on the Receiver and HuntFXi program screen, your PC may be offline,
or the internet connection was interrupted earlier. Connect your PC to the internet again
to receive the latest forecast update.
8. If all forecast information appears except the UV Index, your PC may have been offline for
more than 1 day. Connect your PC to the internet again to receive the latest UVI forecast
update.
9. If the forecast reading of the HuntFXi software does not match with the Receiver, click
“SEND TO RECEIVER” to re-transmit the signal again and wait for at least 10 minutes.
10. If your time on the HuntFXi software window and Receiver display is off by half an hour
or more, click “SETTINGS” in the HuntFXi application and set the hour offset until the
proper time is set.
11. If your city does not appear in the location list, select the one nearest to your home
location.
12. H eavy internet traffic may slow down the response time of the weather data server
temporary. Try again later if you wish to update the forecast manually by clicking
“UPDATE” on the HuntFXi program screen.
For any other problems or questions,
please contact Bushnell Customer Service at:
(800) 423-3537 • www.bushnell.com
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ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Your Bushnell® product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for one year after
the date of purchase. In the event of a defect under this warranty, we will, at our option, repair or replace the
product, provided that you return the product postage prepaid. This warranty does not cover damages caused by
misuse, improper handling, installation, or maintenance provided by someone other than a Bushnell Authorized
Service Department.
Any return made under this warranty must be accompanied by the items listed below:
1) A check/money order in the amount of $10.00 to cover the cost of postage and handling
2) Name and address for product return
3) An explanation of the defect
4) Proof of Date Purchased
5) Product should be well packed in a sturdy outside shipping carton, to prevent damage in transit,
with return postage prepaid to the address listed below:
IN U.S.A. Send To:
Bushnell Outdoor Products
Attn.: Repairs
8500 Marshall Drive
Lenexa, Kansas 66214
IN CANADA Send To: Bushnell Outdoor Products
Attn.: Repairs
25A East Pearce Street, Unit 1
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 2M9
This warranty gives you specific legal rights.
You may have other rights which vary from country to country.
©2009 Bushnell Outdoor Products
FCC Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
·Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
·Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
·Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
·Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
Shielded interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B
of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
NOTE: THE MANUFACTURER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RADIO OR TV INTERFERENCE CAUSED BY UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS TO THIS
EQUIPMENT. SUCH MODIFICATIONS COULD VOID THE USER AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT.
Specifications and designs are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
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For further questions or additional information please contact:
Bushnell Outdoor Products
9200 Cody, Overland Park, Kansas 66214
(800) 423-3537 • www.bushnell.com
©2010 Bushnell Outdoor Products
NOTE: THE MANUFACTURER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RADIO OR TV INTERFERENCE
CAUSED BY UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS TO THIS EQUIPMENT. SUCH MODIFICATIONS
COULD VOID THE USER AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT.