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Thank You!
Thank you for choosing Humminbird®, the #1 name in marine electronics. Humminbird has built
its reputation by designing and manufacturing top-quality, thoroughly reliable marine
equipment. Your Humminbird is designed for trouble-free use in even the harshest marine
environment. In the unlikely event that your Humminbird does require repairs, we offer an
exclusive Service Policy. For complete details, see the separate warranty card included with your
unit. We encourage you to read this manual carefully in order to get the full benefit from all the
features and applications of your Humminbird product.
Contact Humminbird Customer Service at humminbird.com or call 1-800-633-1468.
WARNING! This device should not be used as a navigational aid to prevent collision, grounding, boat
damage, or personal injury. When the boat is moving, water depth may change too quickly to allow
time for you to react. Always operate the boat at very slow speeds if you suspect shallow water or
submerged objects.
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WARNING! The electronic chart in your Humminbird unit is an aid to navigation designed to facilitate
the use of authorized government charts, not to replace them. Only official government charts and
notices to mariners contain all of the current information needed for the safety of navigation, and the
captain is responsible for their prudent use.
WARNING! Disassembly and repair of this electronic unit should only be performed by authorized
service personnel. Any modification of the serial number or attempt to repair the original equipment or
accessories by unauthorized individuals will void the warranty.
WARNING! This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
WARNING! Do not travel at high speed with the unit cover installed. Remove the unit cover before
traveling at speeds above 20 mph.
WARNING! Humminbird is not responsible for the loss of data files (waypoints, routes, tracks, groups,
recordings, etc.) that may occur due to direct or indirect damage to the unit’s hardware or software.
It is important to back up your control head’s data files periodically. Data files should also be saved
to your PC before restoring the unit’s defaults or updating the software. See the following sections
of your Humminbird manual: microSD Card Slot and Snapshot and Recording View. Also, contact
Humminbird Customer Service with any questions.
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NOTE: Some features discussed in this manual require a separate purchase, and some features are only available
on international models. Every effort has been made to clearly identify those features. Please read the manual
carefully in order to understand the full capabilities of your model.
NOTE: The illustrations in this manual may not look the same as your product, but your unit will function in a
similar way.
NOTE: To purchase accessories for your control head, visit our Web site at humminbird.com or contact
Humminbird Customer Service at 1-800-633-1468.
NOTE: The procedures and features described in this manual are subject to change without notice. This manual
was written in English and may have been translated to another language. Humminbird is not responsible for
incorrect translations or discrepancies between documents.
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Products sold in the U.S. are not intended for use in
the international market. Humminbird international units provide international features and are
designed to meet country and regional regulations. Languages, maps, time zones, units of
measurement, and warranty are examples of features that are customized for Humminbird
international units purchased through our authorized international distributors.
To obtain a list of authorized international distributors, please visit our Web site at humminbird.com
or contact Humminbird Customer Service at (334) 687-6613.
Down Imaging®, DualBeam PLUS™, Fish ID+™, HELIX™, HumminbirdPC™, Humminbird®, LakeMaster®,
Real Time Sonar™, RTS™, RTS Window™, Structure ID™, SwitchFire®, Total Screen Update™, UniMap™, WhiteLine™,
X-Press™ Menu, and Xtreme Depth Series™ are trademarked by or registered trademarks of Johnson Outdoors Marine
Electronics, Inc.
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Baekmuk Batang, Baekmuk Dotum, Baekmuk Gulim, and Baekmuk Headline are registered trademarks owned by Kim
Jeong-Hwan.
microSD is a trademark or registered trademark of SD-3C, LLC in the United States, other countries or both.
Navionics® Gold, HotMaps™, and HotMaps™ Premium, Navionics® Classic Charts, and Platinum™ Cartography are
trademarked by or registered trademarks of Navionics®.
© 2015 Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved.
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HELIX Series Overview
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How Sonar Works
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What’s on the Control Head
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Add Maps to your Control Head .............................................................................................................. 14
Import Navigation Data ............................................................................................................................ 15
Export Navigation Data.............................................................................................................................. 15
Update Software........................................................................................................................................ 17
What’s on the Sonar Display
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What’s on the Down Imaging Display
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Display your Favorite Views ...................................................................................................................... 27
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Chart View Orientation
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Viewing Cartography
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Introduction to Navigation
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Waypoints, Routes, and Tracks ................................................................................................................ 57
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Navigate to a Waypoint or Position .......................................................................................................... 62
Add a Waypoint Target or Trolling Grid .................................................................................................... 63
Routes ........................................................................................................................................................ 64
Tracks.......................................................................................................................................................... 66
Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups.................................................................................... 66
Man Overboard (MOB) Navigation .......................................................................................................... 68
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Main Menu
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Note for all Menu Settings........................................................................................................................ 77
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Sonar X-Press Menu
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Flasher X-Press Menu
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Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu
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Down Imaging X-Press Menu
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Navigation X-Press Menu
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Sonar Menu Tab
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Setup Menu Tab
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Views Menu Tab
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Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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HELIX Series Overview
The HELIX Series is available in several different configurations. See the following list of products,
all of which are covered by this manual, to find your HELIX Series model:
• HELIX SONAR GPS: Wide screen Fishfinder with DualBeam PLUS (2D) sonar,
chartplotting, and an internal GPS receiver.
• HELIX DI GPS: Wide screen Fishfinder with Down Imaging sonar, traditional 2D sonar,
chartplotting, and an internal GPS receiver.
• HELIX XD GPS: Wide screen Fishfinder with Xtreme Depth sonar, chartplotting, and an
internal GPS receiver.
• HELIX GPS: Wide screen chartplotter with an internal GPS receiver. This model has exclusive
views for chartplotting. Please note that the chartplotter does not include the sonar features
described in this manual (fishfinder, sonar, recording, depth, transducer, etc.).
NOTE: Some features discussed in this manual require a separate purchase, and some features are only
available on international models. Every effort has been made to clearly identify those features. Please read
the manual carefully in order to understand the full capabilities of your model.
How Sonar Works
Sonar technology is based on sound waves. The HELIX Series Fishfinder uses sonar to locate
and define structure, bottom contour and composition, as well as depth directly below the
transducer.
Your HELIX Series Fishfinder sends a sound wave signal and determines distance by measuring
the time between the transmission of the sound wave and when the sound wave is reflected
off of an object; it then uses the reflected signal to interpret location, size, and composition of
an object.
Sonar is very fast. A sound wave can travel from the surface to a
depth of 240 ft (70 m) and back again in less than 1/4 of a second.
It is unlikely that your boat can "outrun" this sonar signal.
SONAR is an acronym for SOund and NAvigation Ranging. Sonar
utilizes precision sound pulses or "pings" which are emitted into
the water in a teardrop-shaped beam.
The sound pulses “echo” back from objects in the water such as
the bottom, fish, and other submerged objects. The returned
echoes are displayed on the LCD screen. Each time a new echo is
received, the old echoes are moved across the LCD, creating a
scrolling effect.
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When all the echoes are viewed side by side, an easy to interpret
“graph” of the bottom, fish, and structure appears.
The sound pulses are transmitted at various frequencies depending
on the application. Very high frequencies (455 kHz) are used for
greatest definition but the operating depth is limited. High
frequencies (200 kHz) are commonly used on consumer sonar and
provide a good balance between depth performance and
resolution. Low frequencies (83 kHz) are typically used to achieve
greater depth capability.
The power output is the amount of energy generated by the sonar
transmitter. It is commonly measured using two methods:
• Root Mean Square (RMS) measures power output over the
entire transmit cycle.
• Peak to Peak measures power output at the highest points.
The benefits of increased power output are the ability to detect
smaller targets at greater distances, ability to overcome noise,
better high speed performance, and enhanced depth capability.
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(HELIX SONAR GPS)
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60 Degree Total Coverage
Bottom Coverage = 1 x Depth
The HELIX SONAR GPS Fishfinder uses a
200/83 kHz DualBeam PLUS sonar system with a
wide (60°) area of coverage. DualBeam PLUS sonar
has a narrowly focused 20° center beam, surrounded
by a second beam of 60°, expanding your coverage to
an area equal to your depth. In 20 feet of water, the
wider beam covers an area 20 feet wide. DualBeam
PLUS sonar returns can be blended together, viewed
separately, or compared side-by-side.
DualBeam PLUS is ideal for a wide range of
conditions - from shallow to very deep water in both
fresh and salt water.
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Depth capability is affected by such factors as boat
speed, wave action, bottom hardness, water
conditions, and transducer installation.
Down Imaging Sonar
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800kHz
75°
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16°
The HELIX DI GPS Fishfinder uses Down Imaging
technology. The Down Imaging transducer scans the
water with razor-thin, high-definition beams. The
beams are wide (side to side) but very thin front to
back.
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200kHz
75 Degree Total Coverage
The Down Imaging beams can be operated at two
frequencies: 455 kHz (75°) or 800 kHz (45°). Select
455 kHz for the best overall image quality and depth.
Select 800 kHz for the sharpest image. See Sonar
Menu Tab: Imaging Frequency for more information.
The transducer also uses conical beams to provide data
in traditional 2D format (see What’s on the Sonar
Display). Select 455 kHz for a narrowly focused 16°
center beam, or select 200 kHz for a wider 28° beam
(see Sonar Menu Tab: Beam Select).
Depth capability is affected by such factors as boat
speed, wave action, bottom hardness, water
conditions, and transducer installation.
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Xtreme Depth Sonar
(HELIX XD GPS)
The HELIX XD GPS Fishfinder uses the XD
transducer to provide extreme depth coverage with
DualBeam PLUS technology.
The Xtreme Depth sonar beams can be operated at
two frequencies: 50 kHz (74°) and 200 kHz (20°). The
wide, 50 kHz beam transmits at a low frequency to
provide greater depth coverage, up to 2500 ft (762 m).
The narrow, 200 kHz center beam transmits at a high
frequency to provide maximum detail at shallower
depths.
The DualBeam PLUS technology allows you to view
the sonar returns blended together, separately, or
side-by-side (see Sonar Menu Tab: Beam Select and
Views for more information).
Depth capability is affected by such factors as boat
speed, wave action, bottom hardness, water
conditions, and transducer installation.
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Dual Beam Ice Transducer
(with optional-purchase XI 9 20 Ice Transducer)
The XI 9 20 Ice Transducer provides selectable
dual-frequency sonar with a wide area of coverage.
Selectable dual-frequency gives you the option of
two beams, and both beams will cover the bottom
and provide high definition. The 20° center beam
provides the highest definition, while the 60° beam
provides wider coverage. Depth capability is
affected by such factors as bottom hardness and
water conditions. Whether fishing in shallow or
very deep water, selectable dual-frequency is ideal
for a variety of conditions.
NOTE: Contact Humminbird Customer Service to
determine which accessory transducers are compatible
with your control head, or visit our Web site at
humminbird.com.
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How GPS and Cartography Work
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Your control head also supports GPS (Global Positioning System) and chartplotting. It uses GPS
and sonar to determine your position, display it on a grid, and provide detailed underwater
information.
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GPS uses a constellation of satellites that continually send radio
signals to the earth. The GPS receiver receives signals from satellites
that are visible to it. Based on time differences between each
received signal, the GPS receiver determines its distance to seach
satellite. With distances known, the GPS receiver mathematically
triangulates its own position. With 5 updates per second, the GPS
receiver then calculates its velocity and bearing.
GPS was originally intended for military use; however, civilians may also take advantage of its
highly accurate position capabilities, typically within +/- 4.5 meters, depending on conditions. This
means that 95% of the time, the GPS receiver will read a location within 4.5 meters of your actual
position. Your GPS Receiver also uses information from WAAS (the Wide Area Augmentation
System), EGNOS (thes European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), and MSAS (the
MTSAT Satellite Augmentation System) satellites if they are available in your area.
The following GPS functionality is currently supported by the control head:
• View current position
• View current track (breadcrumb trail)
• View precision speed and heading from your GPS receiver
• Save tracks, waypoints, and routes
• Travel a route and navigate from one waypoint to the next
See Views: Chart View and microSD Card Slot: Add Maps to your Control Head for more
information.
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Power On
Follow the instructions below to power on your Humminbird control head.
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2. When the Title screen is displayed, press the MENU key to access the Start-Up Options
Menu.
3. Select Normal, and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
• If you wait too long to select a Start-Up Option, the system will default to whichever
menu is already highlighted.
• HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS: If a functioning transducer is
connected, Normal operation will be selected automatically, and your control head
can be used on the water.
• You can also select Simulator to learn how to use your control head and save
settings in advance for later use. See Start-Up Options Menu for more information.
4. Quick Setup: If this is the first time the unit has been powered on (after installation or
after restoring defaults), the Quick Setup dialog box will display on the screen. Use the
4-WAY Cursor Control key to change the settings. Press the EXIT key to close the dialog
box.
NOTE: The Quick Setup settings can be changed at any time. See each menu option in The Menu System
for details.
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What’s on the Control Head
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Your HELIX Series user interface is easy to use. A combination of keys, different views, and
situation-specific, customizable menus allows you to control what you see on the color display.
Refer to the following illustration and see Key Functions, Views, and The Menu System for more
information.
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ZOOM (+/-) Keys
VIEW Key
4-WAY Cursor Control Key (LEFT, RIGHT, UP, or DOWN)
CHECK/INFO Key
What’s on the Control Head
MENU Key
MARK Key
EXIT Key
GOTO/MOB Key
POWER/LIGHT Key
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Key Functions
Your control head consists of a set of easy-to-use keys that work with various on-screen views
and menus.
POWER/LIGHT Key
The POWER/LIGHT key is used to power the control head on and off. You can also
use the POWER/LIGHT key to adjust the backlight and contrast of the display.
Power On: Press the POWER/LIGHT key to power on the unit. When the Title screen is displayed,
press the MENU key to access the Start-Up Options Menu.
Power Off: Press and hold the POWER/LIGHT key for 3 seconds. A message will appear to indicate
how many seconds there are until shutdown occurs. To ensure that shutdown occurs properly and
any menu settings will be saved, your control head should always be turned off using the
POWER/LIGHT key.
Adjust the Backlight or the Display Background Color: Press
the POWER/LIGHT key to access the Light and Background
submenu. Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to select Light or
Background, and then use the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor key to
change the settings. Press EXIT to exit the Light and Background
submenu.
Turn Sonar On or Off: From the Light and Background submenu, use the 4-WAY Cursor Control
key to select Sonar. Use the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor key to change the setting. See Setup Menu
Tab: Sonar for more information.
VIEW Key
The VIEW key is used to cycle through all available views. Press the VIEW key to
advance to the next view. Repeatedly pressing VIEW cycles through all views
available (see Views or Views Menu Tab).
NOTE: Press the EXIT key to cycle through the views in reverse order.
CHECK/INFO Key
Press the CHECK/INFO key while in Bird's Eye, Chart, or Combo View to display
information about objects that are near an active cursor. If the cursor is not active,
the Chart Info submenu will be displayed. See Views: Viewing Cartography for
more information.
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MENU Key
The MENU key is used to access the menu system. See The Menu System for more
information.
• Start-Up Options Menu: Press the MENU key during the power up sequence to view the
Start-Up Options menu.
• X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key once in any view to access the X-Press Menu, which
provides frequently-used menu settings that correspond with the current view or
navigation mode.
• Main Menu: Press the MENU key twice in any view to access the Main Menu, which is
organized under tabbed headings to help you find a specific menu item quickly.
4-WAY Cursor Control Key
(LEFT, RIGHT, UP, or DOWN Cursor keys)
The 4-WAY Cursor Control key has multiple functions, depending on the view,
menu, or situation.
• Menu Selection: Press the DOWN or UP Cursor keys to highlight a menu option, then
press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to change a menu setting.
NOTE: Menu settings are implemented and saved immediately - no further action is required.
• Freeze Frame: In Sonar View and Down Imaging View, press any arrow on the 4-WAY
Cursor Control key to freeze the display and move the active cursor to a location on the
screen. A cursor dialog box will display to show the depth of the location you choose.
• Active Cursor: Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key, and the active cursor
will appear on the screen.
• Chart View: Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to pan the chart and
highlight decluttered waypoint icons.
NOTE: In Freeze Frame or Active Cursor mode, you can also make the cursor move diagonally by
pressing in between two of the arrows on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key.
• Bird’s Eye View: The 4-WAY Cursor Control key controls the motion of the eye point.
• Snapshot and Recording View: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to highlight a
recording icon, and then press the RIGHT Cursor key to start recording playback. Press the
RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to control the speed of playback.
• Circular Flasher View (Ice Fishing Mode: On): Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to
move the Depth Cursor. Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to adjust the Zoom Range
(see Views: Circular Flasher View).
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MARK Key
Press the MARK key while in any view to mark the position of a waypoint.
• Active Cursor: The waypoint will be marked at the cursor location.
• Without Active Cursor: The waypoint will be marked at the boat location.
• If Screen Snapshot is active, a waypoint will be created, and a screen snapshot will also
be saved to the optional-purchase microSD Card (see Views: Snapshot and Recording
View). Navigation is not affected by the Screen Snapshot feature.
NOTE: If Screen Snapshot is enabled but there is not a GPS receiver connected, pressing the MARK
key will capture the screen image and display an error saying that a GPS position fix is required to
create a waypoint.
NOTE: You must have an optional-purchase microSD Card installed for the screen snapshot feature
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GOTO/Man Overboard Key
The GOTO/MOB key has multiple functions, depending on the situation:
• Active Cursor: Press the GOTO key while in any view to create a waypoint and start
navigation towards that waypoint.
• Without Active Cursor: Press the GOTO key to display the saved waypoints list, and then
highlight a waypoint. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to begin navigation.
• Man Overboard: Press and hold the GOTO key for more than 1.5 seconds to activate the
Man Overboard (MOB) function. Once MOB is activated, any current navigation will be
cancelled and the current route will be discarded without notification (see Introduction
to Navigation: Man Overboard (MOB) Navigation).
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change the scale of the view to appear closer or farther away. See Views and Introduction
to Navigation for more information.
• In the Circular Flasher View (Ice Fishing Mode: On), press the +Zoom key to display a
2x magnified view of the selected area on the Flasher dial. See Views: Circular Flasher
View for more information.
• Down Imaging View: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the active cursor to a
position on the screen. Press the + ZOOM key to magnify your selection. Press the – Zoom
key to decrease the scale.
NOTE: The cursor must be active for the zoom feature to work in the Down Imaging View.
EXIT Key
The EXIT key has multiple functions, depending on the situation:
• If an alarm is sounding, press the EXIT key to cancel the alarm.
• If a menu tab is selected, press the EXIT key to exit the menu mode and return to the
view.
• If a menu is active, press the EXIT key to return to the previous level in the menu system.
• From any view, press the EXIT key to cycle through the available views in reverse order.
• If Freeze Frame is active, press the EXIT key to return to a scrolling display.
• If the Cursor is active, press the EXIT key to remove the cursor from the display.
• If Down Imaging Zoom is active, press the EXIT key to remove the magnification box
from the display and remove the cursor.
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microSD Card Slot
The microSD card slot on your control head can be used with a microSD card (separate purchase
required) to add detailed charts to your control head, import/export navigation data, and save
sonar recordings (see Snapshot and Recording View for details).
NOTE: The microSD Card requires a separate purchase. For more information, visit our Web site at
humminbird.com or contact Humminbird Customer Service at 1-800-633-1468.
To insert a microSD Card:
1. Remove the microSD card slot cover.
2. Position the microSD card so that the label faces
the front of the control head and the card notches
face down.
3. Insert the card into the slot until it clicks into
place.
4. Replace the slot cover so it is secure.
5. To Remove: Press the card into the slot and then
release it. The card will eject. Pull the card
carefully from the slot.
NOTE: Do not leave the microSD card slot cover open. The
slot cover should always be closed to prevent water
damage to the unit.
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Your control head includes a built-in UniMap with a more detailed map of North America
(Domestic models) or a detailed map of Europe and Southeast Asia, including Australia and New
Zealand (International models).
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NOTE: The microSD card requires a separate purchase. Your control head supports
Humminbird LakeMaster, Navionics Gold, HotMaps, and HotMaps Premium on microSD card media.
Your control head does NOT support Navionics Classic Charts or Platinum Cartography.
• Auto Select: When you install the microSD card in your control head, it will retrieve the
chart and display it automatically.
• Chart Select: You can also choose which chart to display with the Chart Select menu
option in the Chart Menu Tab (see Chart Menu Tab: Chart Select).
• Chart Layers: You can customize your Navigation Views by selecting which chart layers
to display or hide (see Chart Menu Tab: Chart Detail Level).
• Map Borders: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the active cursor within a map
border, and press the +ZOOM key to view the different map (see Chart Menu Tab: Map
Borders).
• Menu Options: The Chart Menu Tab will change to display menu options that correspond
with the active chart (see Chart Menu Tab).
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Review the following information before importing navigation data (waypoints, routes, tracks,
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WARNING! DO NOT import navigation data from unknown sources into your Humminbird unit
without first converting the data to the correct format using HumminbirdPC. Importing corrupted data
can cause the unit to malfunction, which can result in lost navigation data.
• Import Humminbird Navigation Data: Insert a loaded microSD card into the control head
card slot, and follow the on-screen prompts to import the waypoints, routes, tracks, and
groups.
NOTE: For more information and instructions, see the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of
our Web site at humminbird.com or call Humminbird Customer Service at 1-800-633-1468.
Export Navigation Data
The Humminbird Waypoint Management dialog box allows you to export all of your navigation
items to an installed, unlocked microSD card. You can also export selected items.
For more information, see Introduction to Navigation: What’s on the Waypoint
Management Dialog Box. Also, see your Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide
for complete details.
It is important to back up your control head’s data files (waypoints, routes, tracks,
groups, recordings, etc.) periodically. You can also save, view, and organize your
navigation data on your PC using HumminbirdPC. See your Humminbird online account
for details at humminbird.com.
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To export all navigation data:
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1. Insert an unlocked microSD card into the card slot.
2. Open the Waypoint Management Dialog Box: Press the MENU key twice. Press the
RIGHT Cursor key until the Navigation tab is selected. Select Waypoints, Routes, Tracks.
Press the RIGHT Cursor key.
3. Select Options > Select All and... > Export.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm or cancel the export.
To export selected navigation items:
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1. Insert an unlocked microSD card into the card slot.
2. Open the Waypoint Management Dialog Box: Press the MENU key twice. Press the
RIGHT Cursor key until the Navigation tab is selected. Select Waypoints, Routes, Tracks.
Press the RIGHT Cursor key.
3. From a selected group directory in the Waypoint Management dialog box, select
Options > Select Multiple and... > Export.
4. Select Items: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll through the waypoints, routes,
tracks, and groups. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to select an item. Repeat as needed.
5. Confirm Export: When you are finished selecting items, press the EXIT key to select
Export Selected. Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow the on-screen instructions to
confirm or cancel the export.
NOTE: If a microSD card is not installed, an error message will be displayed. Insert the card and try
again.
NOTE: The microSD card and adapter require separate purchases. Visit our Web site at
humminbird.com or contact Humminbird Customer Service at 1-800-633-1468.
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Update Software
Set up an online account at humminbird.com so that you will receive the latest Humminbird
news and software updates for your Humminbird model. You can also download HumminbirdPC
from your account, which allows you to manage your waypoints, routes, and tracks on your
personal computer.
NOTE: It is important to back up your control head’s data files (waypoints, routes, tracks, groups,
recordings, etc.) periodically. Data files should also be saved to your PC before restoring the unit’s
defaults or updating the software. See Export Navigation Data and Snapshot and Recording View
for more information. Also, contact Humminbird Customer Service with any questions.
Required Equipment: Personal computer with Internet access, a formatted microSD card, and a
microSD card adapter.
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To update the control head software:
Inserting a microSD Card into the Adapter
1. Install a formatted microSD card into the
adapter, and insert it into the slot on your PC.
2. Register your Control Head: Log on to
humminbird.com. Click My Humminbird. Set up
a new account.
3. Download: Select the My Equipment page. The
available software updates are listed as
Downloads under each registered product.
Inserting a microSD Card into the Card Slot
• Under Downloads, click the file name.
• Read the instructions in the dialog box and
select Download.
• Follow the on-screen prompts to save the
software file to the microSD card.
4. Install the microSD card with the updated
software file into the control head card slot.
5. Power on: The control head will recognize the
new software and run through a series of
prompts to confirm software installation.
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What’s on the Sonar Display
The Fishfinder can display a variety of useful information about the area under and adjacent to
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2 Timer - Elapsed time with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
3 Distance - Distance traveled with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
4 Average Speed - Average speed reading with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
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your boat, including the following items:
8 Thermoclines - Layers of water with different
temperatures that appear at different depths and
different times of the year. A thermocline typically
appears as a continuous band of many colors
moving across the display at the same depth.
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9 Sonar Color Bar - Color spectrum indicating low
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high intensity and white indicates low intensity.
10 Bait Ball
11 RTS (Real Time Sonar) Window
12 Second Sonar Return - When the sonar signal
bounces between the bottom and the surface of the
water and back again. Use the appearance of the
second return to determine bottom hardness. Hard
bottoms will show a strong second return, while soft
bottoms will show a very weak one or none at all.
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13 Cursor - Available in Freeze Frame and can be
positioned in the Sonar View to provide depth of a
sonar return and bottom depth below the cursor. The
Latitude and Longitude of the cursor position, the
distance to travel to the cursor position, and the
bearing to the cursor position are shown with a
connected GPS receiver. Cursor information is
displayed at the top of the screen.
5 Voltage - Power supplied to the control head.
6 Temperature - Water surface temperature.
7 Speed - If a Speed accessory or GPS receiver is connected,
the Fishfinder can display the speed of the boat, and can
keep a triplog of nautical or statute miles traveled.
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Understanding the Sonar Display
It is important to understand the significance of the display. The
display does NOT show a literal 3-dimensional representation of
what is under the water. Each vertical band of data received by the
control head and plotted on the display represents something that
was detected by a sonar return at a particular time. As both the
boat and the targets (fish) may be moving, the returns are only
showing a particular segment of time when objects were detected,
not exactly where those objects are in relation to other objects
shown on the display.
The returned sonar echoes are displayed on the screen. As a new
echo is received, the historical data scrolls left across the display.
Real Time Sonar (RTS) Window
A Real Time Sonar (RTS) Window appears on the right side of the display in the Sonar Views only.
The RTS Window always updates at the fastest rate possible for depth conditions and shows only
the returns from the bottom, structure and fish that are within the transducer beam. The RTS Window
plots the depth and intensity of a sonar return. (See Sonar Menu Tab: Real Time Sonar (RTS)
Window).
The Narrow RTS Window
indicates the sonar intensity
through the use of colors.
Red indicates a strong return
and blue indicates a weak
return. The depth of the
sonar return is indicated by
the vertical placement of the
return on the display depth
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What’s on the Sonar Display
The Wide RTS Window
indicates the sonar intensity
through the use of a bar
graph. The length of the
plotted return provides an
indication of whether the
return is weak or strong. The
depth of the sonar return is
indicated by the vertical
placement of the return on
the display depth scale. The
Wide RTS Window does not
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Sonar Colors and Bottom View
As the boat moves, the unit charts the changes in depth on
the display to create a profile of the Bottom Contour. The
Sonar View displays the sonar return intensity with different
colors.
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Strong returns often result from rocky or hard bottoms
(compacted sediment, rocks, fallen trees), while weaker
returns often result from soft bottoms (sand, mud), vegetation,
and small fish.
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Intensity Return
The colors used to represent high, medium, to low intensity
returns are determined by the palette you choose in the Sonar
Colors menu option. See Sonar Menu Tab to set the Sonar
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2 Strong Returns (possibly rocks, tree limbs, or other structure)
3 Weak Returns (possibly vegetation or small fish)
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Use Bottom View to select the method used to represent bottom and structure on the display.
See Sonar Menu to set the Bottom View.
Structure ID represents weak returns in blue and strong returns in red when Sonar Colors is set
to Original. If the Sonar Colors palette is changed, the Structure ID will display the strongest
return as specified by the palette. See Sonar Menu Tab: Sonar Colors for more information.
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WhiteLine highlights the strongest sonar returns in white, resulting in a distinctive outline. This
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SwitchFire
SwitchFire controls how the sonar returns are displayed in the Sonar Views. SwitchFire settings
are available in the Sonar Menu Tab.
To see the maximum sonar information available within the transducer beam so more fish
arches and better jig tracking are shown, choose Max Mode.
To see less clutter and more fish size accuracy interpreted from the transducer beam, choose
Clear Mode. See Sonar Menu Tab: SwitchFire for more information.
Freeze Frame and Active Cursor
Freeze Frame & Active Cursor - Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key, and the
screen will freeze and a cursor will be displayed. Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the
cursor over a sonar return, and the depth of the sonar return will be displayed in the cursor
dialog box.
The RTS Window continues to update in Freeze Frame. To return to a scrolling display and exit
Freeze Frame, press the EXIT key. Freeze Frame is available in the Sonar, Split Sonar, and Sonar
Zoom Views.
Instant Image Update
Instant Image Update - You can change a variety of sonar menu settings (such as Sensitivity
or Upper Range), and the adjustments will be shown instantly on the screen.
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What’s on the Down Imaging Display
Down Imaging uses unique sonar technology to provide information about the area directly
that you see on the display. Down Imaging reveals a variety of recognizable features so that you
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2 Timer - Elapsed time with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
3 Distance - Distance traveled with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
4 Average Speed - Average speed reading with Speed accessory or GPS receiver.
5 Speed - If a GPS Receiver or Temp/Speed accessory is connected, the Fishfinder can
display the speed of the boat and can keep a Triplog of nautical or statute miles traveled.
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below your boat. The razor-thin, high- definition profiling beams produce the detailed sonar data
can interpret the structure and bottom contour, including the following items:
9 Shadows - Result from a lack of reflected sonar
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from a particular area and can be as valuable for
interpretation than the sonar reflected by the object
itself. Use shadows to help you see the image in 3
dimensions, oriented in space. You can gain insight
into the actual shape of an object, or the depth to
which it has sunk into the bottom, through shadows
on the display. Objects standing on the bottom cast a
sonar shadow. The longer the shadow, the taller the
object. Fish also cast shadows. You can use the
shadow to interpret how close the fish is to the
bottom.
10 Topography Changes - The light part of the
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or rising terrain. The dark part of the display indicates
soft bottom (sand, mud) or descending terrain.
11 Bottom Return - Use the appearance of the
bottom return to determine bottom hardness. Rock
and gravel provide a clearer sonar return than mud
and sand because hard objects reflect sonar better
than soft objects.
12 Freeze Frame - Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key
to move the cursor to an area on the screen.
13 Clouded Area may indicate a bait ball and White
Streaks may indicate fish.
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7 Lower Range
8 Structure
NOTE: Entries in this view that list (with Temp/Speed or GPS Receiver) are available if either device is
connected to the control head. If both devices are connected, then only the information from the GPS
receiver will be displayed on the view.
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Understanding the Down Imaging Display
The images you see on the Down Imaging display are
produced using sonar technology. Each time the unit
pings, a strip of data representing all the echoes
received by the transducer are put together on the
display to form the image that you see. Like traditional
2D Sonar, the sonar history scrolls left across the
screen.
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Down Imaging beams “illuminate” the bottom contour, structure, and fish. The beams are wide
(side to side) but very thin front to back.
Use the light and dark parts of the display to interpret the objects under your boat as follows:
• Dark shades represent soft returns (mud, sand) or descending terrain.
• Light shades represent denser terrain (timber, rocks) or rising terrain. A very hard bottom
may appear as white on the display.
• White Streaks or Clouds may represent fish on the display.
• Shadows are not caused by light but by the lack of a sonar return. Objects standing on
the bottom cause a sonar shadow to appear on the display. The longer the shadow, the
taller the object. Fish may also cast shadows. You can use the shadow to interpret where
the fish or object is located in relation to the bottom.
Down Imaging Sensitivity
Use Down Sensitivity to control how the sonar returns appear on the display. Increase the
sensitivity to reveal weaker returns that may be of interest, especially in very clear water or greater
depths. Decrease the sensitivity to eliminate the clutter from the display that is sometimes present
in murky or muddy water. See the Down Imaging X-Press Menu for more information.
Freeze Frame and Active Cursor
Freeze Frame and Active Cursor - Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key, and the
screen will freeze and a cursor will be displayed. Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the
cursor over a sonar return, and the depth of the sonar return will be displayed in the cursor dialog
box.
Zoom: Use the zoom keys on your control head to see the returns near the cursor location at a
higher magnification. See Views: Down Imaging View for more information.
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Views
The sonar and navigation information from your control head is displayed on
the screen in a variety of easy-to-read views.
Select a View
The available views on your Humminbird unit will vary with the model you’ve purchased and, if it’s
a sonar model, the transducer attached to the control head. See Views Menu Tab and the following
pages for more information.
Next View: Press the VIEW key to advance to the next view in the View
Rotation. Press the VIEW key repeatedly until the view you want to use
is displayed on the screen.
Previous View: Press the EXIT key to see the previous view in the View
Rotation. Press the EXIT key repeatedly until the view you want to use is
displayed on the screen.
Display your Favorite Views
You can display or hide any view so that each time you press the VIEW key, only your favorite
views are displayed on the screen.
1. Press the MENU key twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Views tab is selected.
3. Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to select a view.
4. Press the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor keys to select Hidden or Visible.
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Change Digital Readouts
Each view displays digital readout information (such as speed or time), which varies with the
view displayed on-screen, connected accessories, and whether or not you are navigating.
Sonar View
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2 Readout 2
3 Readout 3
4 Readout 4
5 Readout 5
HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS: In Sonar View and Down Imaging View,
you can choose which digital readouts you want to display. In the Chart View and Bird’s Eye
View, certain digital readouts can be customized and others are fixed, depending on whether or
not you are navigating. See Setup Menu Tab: Select Readouts for more information.
HELIX GPS: You can select digital readouts for non-navigation mode (Select Readouts) and
navigation mode (Select Nav Readouts). The Select Nav Readouts menu option allows you to
choose standard digital readouts (such as Time or Voltage) and navigation digital readouts. See
Navigation X-Press Menu: Select Readouts and Select Nav Readouts for more information.
1. HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS: Press the MENU key twice to open
the Main Menu. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Setup tab is selected.
NOTE: If the Select Readouts option does not appear under the Setup Tab, change the User Mode
to Advanced (Setup tab > User Mode > Advanced).
HELIX GPS: Press the MENU key once. The available menu options will be displayed for
the on-screen view.
2. Press the DOWN key to highlight Select Readouts or Select Nav Readouts (HELIX GPS
only), and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
3. Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to select a Readout window. Press the RIGHT or LEFT
Cursor keys to choose a digital readout.
Blank: To hide a data window, select Off.
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Bearing
Bearing is the direction to a destination waypoint measured in degrees from North (i.e. 321°, where 000° is
North, 090° East, 180° is South, 270° is West).
CMG/SMG
Course Made Good/Speed Made Good. Course Made Good is the angle between the starting point on a route and
the current position of the boat. The goal is to have CMG and Track equal to the same number. Speed Made Good
is the distance from the starting waypoint on the route divided by the time elapsed since starting navigation on
the route.
COG
Course Over Ground. Course Over Ground is the current direction the boat is traveling measured in degrees from
North (i.e. 321°, where 000° is North, 090° East, 180° is South, 270° is West). When the Course Over Ground
is equal to Bearing, the boat is said to be “On Course” and will arrive at the destination in the most efficient
manner.
Off
Suppresses the readout so that no data shows in that position.
Position
Position is the current location (latitude, longitude) determined by GPS.
SOG
Speed Over Ground. Speed Over Ground is the measurement of the boat’s progress across a given distance; the
speed measurement provided by GPS; accurate destination times can be derived from this measurement.
TRK/CMG
Track/Course Made Good. The Track Line is the desired line of travel between two waypoints, and represents the most
efficient path between the two points because it is a straight line. The TRK is measured in degrees. See above for an
explanation of Course Made Good.
TTG
Time To Go. Time To Go is the estimated time required to reach the destination waypoint. TTG is calculated using
the SOG and DTG.
Temp
The current detected water temperature.
Aux. Temp
The current detected water temperature from an optional-purchase Temperature Probe or Temp/Speed accessory.
Time
The current time.
Time + Date
The current time and date.
Triplog
Displays the triplog, which measures the elapsed time since last reset, the distance traveled since last reset, and
average speed during timed interval.
VMG
Velocity Made Good. Velocity Made Good is the speed of travel relative to the next waypoint on the route. The
goal is for VMG to equal Speed.
Voltage
Power supplied to the control head.
WPTend/ETA/DTG
Waypoint End/Estimated Time of Arrival/Distance to Go. Waypoint End is the last waypoint on the route.
Estimated Time of Arrival is the estimated time of arrival to the last waypoint on the route. Distance To Go is the
distance between the current position of the boat and the last waypoint on the route.
WPTend/TTG/DTG
Waypoint End/Time To Go/Distance to Go. Waypoint End is the last waypoint on the route. Time To Go is the
estimated time required to reach the last waypoint on the route. TTG is calculated using the SOG and DTG. Distance
To Go is the distance between the current position of the boat and the last waypoint on the route.
Water Speed
The current speed of the water as it flows past the boat.
WPTnext/ETA/DTG Waypoint Next/Estimated Time of Arrival/Distance to Go. Waypoint Next is the next waypoint on the route.
Estimated Time of Arrival is the estimated time of arrival to the next waypoint on the route. Distance To Go is the
distance between the current position of the boat and the next waypoint on the route.
WPTnext/TTG/DTG Waypoint Next/Time To Go/Distance to Go. Waypoint Next is the next waypoint on the route. Time To Go is the
estimated time required to reach the next waypoint on the route. TTG is calculated using the SOG and DTG.
Distance To Go is the distance between the current position of the boat and the next waypoint on the route.
Waypoint/TTG
Waypoint/Time To Go. Waypoint/Time To Go for the next waypoint on the route.
XTE
Cross Track Error is the straight-line distance of the boat from the intended Track. XTE measures how far the boat
is off course, and also triggers the Off Course Alarm.
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Combo Views display two views (or more) on the screen at the same time. You can perform
functions for either side of the view, access the X-Press Menu, and change the left view display
size. The available combo views are determined by your Humminbird model.
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To change the settings for either side of the view, the individual view must be selected as the
active side.
• The green arrow points to the active side.
• Active Side: Press the MENU key once and select Active Side from the X-Press Menu.
Choose RIGHT or LEFT to set the active side.
• X-Press Menu: After you set the Active Side, press the MENU key once to open the
X-Press Menu. The X-Press Menu provides settings for the active view, and the display
updates immediately with your changes.
• Display Size: Press the MENU key once and select Split Position from the X-Press Menu.
Split Position allows you to adjust the size of the left side of the display.
• Active Cursor: Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key, and the cursor will
appear on the active side of the view.
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Sonar View presents a historical log of sonar returns. The most recent sonar returns are charted
on the right side of the display. As new information is received, the historical information scrolls
left across the display.
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• Upper and Lower Depth Range numbers indicate the distance from the surface of the
water to a depth range sufficient to show the bottom.
• Depth is automatically selected to keep the bottom visible on the display, although you
can adjust it manually as well (see Sonar X-Press Menu).
• Digital Readouts shown on the display will change based on the Select Readouts settings
or the optional-purchase accessories attached (see Views: Change Digital Readouts).
• Freeze Frame: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to freeze the display and move the cursor
over a sonar return. The depth of the sonar return will be displayed in the cursor dialog
box.
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Triplog
Temperature
Speed
Cursor
Depth of Cursor
Depth Below Cursor
Distance to Cursor
Bearing to Cursor
RTS Window
Sonar Color Bar
Lower Depth Range
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NOTE: If the Depth number is flashing, it means that the unit is having trouble locating the bottom. This
usually happens if the water is too deep, the transducer is out of the water, the boat is moving too fast, or
for any other reason that the unit can’t accurately receive continuous data.
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Sonar Zoom View provides a magnified view of the bottom and structure. The Sonar Zoom View
makes it easier to see separate sonar returns that would usually be displayed close together,
such as those caused by fish suspended close to the bottom or within structure.
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• The Zoom Level, or magnification, is displayed in the top left corner of the display. Press
the + or - ZOOM keys to increase or decrease the zoom level.
• The Zoomed View is displayed on the left side of the screen. As the depth changes, the
zoomed view updates automatically.
• The Full Range View is displayed on the right side of the screen. The Full Range View
includes the Zoom Preview Box, which shows where the zoomed view is in relation to
the full range view.
• The Upper and Lower Depth Range numbers indicate the high and low range of the
water which is being viewed.
• Digital Readouts shown on the display will change based on the Select Readouts settings
or the optional-purchase accessories attached (see Views: Change Digital Readouts).
• Freeze Frame: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to freeze the display and move the cursor
over a sonar return. The depth of the sonar return will be displayed in the cursor dialog
box.
Sonar Zoom View
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Triplog
Temperature
Speed
Zoomed View
Zoom Level
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Upper Depth Range, Zoom View
Zoom Preview Box
Full Range View
Lower Depth Range, Full Range View
Lower Depth Range, Zoom View
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Split Sonar View
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Split Sonar View displays sonar returns from each down beam frequency on separate sides of
the screen. You can use the Split Sonar View to make side by side comparisons between the
sonar returns from both beams.
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
• DualBeam PLUS models (HELIX SONAR GPS) display sonar returns from the 83 kHz
wide beam on the left side of the screen and sonar returns from the 200 kHz narrow beam
on the right side of the screen.
• Down Imaging models (HELIX DI GPS) display traditional 2D sonar returns from the 455
kHz narrow beam on the left side of the screen and sonar returns from the 200 kHz wide
beam on the right side of the screen.
• Xtreme Depth models (HELIX XD GPS) display sonar returns from the 50 kHz wide beam
on the left side of the screen and sonar returns from the 200 kHz narrow beam on the right
side of the screen.
• Freeze Frame: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to freeze the display and move the cursor
over a sonar return. The depth of the sonar return will be displayed in the cursor dialog
box.
Split Sonar View (HELIX SONAR GPS)
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Depth
Triplog
Temperature
Speed
Upper Depth Range
Lower Depth Range
200 kHz Sonar History Window
83 kHz Sonar History Window
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Big Digits View provides digital data in a large, easy-to-see format.
• Digital Readouts: Readouts for depth, temperature, and speed information are displayed
automatically if the transducer with built-in temperature and GPS receiver are connected
to the Fishfinder.
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Circular Flasher View provides two ways to view sonar data in traditional flasher format. The view
is controlled by the Ice Fishing Mode menu option in the Sonar Menu Tab.
• When Ice Fishing Mode is off, the Circular Flasher View displays Real Time Sonar (RTS)
data in a traditional flasher format.
• When Ice Fishing Mode is on, the Circular Flasher View displays the sonar data in
traditional flasher format with additional features including Zoom and Depth Cursor.
Set the Circular Flasher View Mode
1. Press the MENU key twice.
2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Sonar Menu Tab is selected.
3. Press the DOWN Cursor Key to select Ice Fishing Mode. Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor
key to select On or Off (Default = Off). See Sonar Menu Tab for more information.
Set the Digital Depth Source (Down Imaging models only)
If you connect an ice transducer to the control head, set the Digital Depth Source to 2D Element
to display depth in the digital readout window. See Sonar Menu Tab: Digital Depth Source for
more information.
1. Press the MENU key twice.
2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Sonar Menu Tab is selected.
3. Press the DOWN Cursor Key to select Digital Depth Source. Press the RIGHT or LEFT
Cursor key to select 2D Element.
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When Ice Fishing Mode is off, the Circular Flasher View displays Real Time Sonar (RTS) data
in a traditional flasher format.
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• Flasher X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key once in the Circular Flasher View. Use the
X-Press Menu to set the Sensitivity, Upper Range, and Lower Range.
• Depth and temperature are always displayed.
• The Digital Readouts cannot be customized.
Circular Flasher View (Ice Fishing Mode: Off)
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Sonar Views
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Ice Fishing Mode: On
When Ice Fishing Mode is on, the Circular Flasher View displays the sonar data in traditional
flasher format with additional features including Zoom and Depth Cursor.
• Sensitivity: When you turn on Ice Fishing Mode, the fishfinder’s sensitivity settings are
adjusted automatically to accommodate ice fishing conditions. These settings will apply
to the other Sonar Views until you turn off Ice Fishing Mode (see Set the Circular Flasher
View Mode in this section).
• Flasher X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key once in the Circular Flasher View. Use the
X-Press Menu to set the Sensitivity, Upper Range, Lower Range, and Color Palette.
• Color Palettes: The color preview bar in the center of the display indicates the current
palette, and the weak to strong sonar return range is displayed from left to right. To
change the color palette, see Flasher X-Press Menu: Color Palette.
• The Digital Readouts cannot be customized.
Circular Flasher View (Ice Fishing Mode: On)
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1 Battery Icon (percentage of battery power)
2 Flasher Dial
3 Depth
4 Color Palette
Sensitivity (see Flasher X-Press Menu)
Zoom Setting
Beam Select (see Sonar Menu Tab)
Noise Filter (see Sonar Menu Tab)
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To activate the Depth Cursor:
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1. Set up: Press the VIEW key repeatedly until the Circular Flasher View is displayed on the
screen. Turn on the Ice Fishing Mode (see Sonar Menu Tab).
2. Activate: Press the DOWN Cursor key, and the purple cursor line will appear on the
display.
3. Adjust the Cursor: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys repeatedly until you reach the
chosen depth reading. The depth reading of the cursor is displayed in the top, right corner
of the view.
4. Close the Cursor: Press the EXIT key.
Circular Flasher View with Depth Cursor
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1 Depth Cursor Reading
Depth Cursor 2
NOTE: See Set the Digital Depth Source for more information.
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To activate Flasher Zoom:
The Zoom feature displays a 2x magnified view of the area you choose on the flasher display.
1. Set up: Press the VIEW key repeatedly until the Circular Flasher View is displayed on the
screen. Turn on the Ice Fishing Mode (see Sonar Menu Tab).
2. Activate: Press the +ZOOM key. The Zoom upper limit and lower limit lines will appear
on the display.
3. Adjust the Zoom Range: Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys repeatedly to adjust the
zoom range and select the area you want to magnify. The zoomed view is shown on the
right side of the flasher dial between two lines. The normal view is shown on the left side
of the flasher dial.
4. Close Zoom: Press the − ZOOM key.
Circular Flasher Zoom
normal view
(reading the full depth of the water column)
zoom line
(lower limit)
zoom line
(upper limit)
Press the RIGHT or LEFT
Cursor key to change the
Zoom Range.
zoom view
(2X magnification)
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(HELIX DI GPS only)
Down Imaging View uses the razor-thin, high-definition profiling beams to produce the detailed
sonar data that you see on the display. Sonar returns are charted on the right side of the display.
As new information is received, the historical information scrolls left across the display. See
What’s on the Down Imaging Display for more information.
• Down Imaging X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key once to access the Down Imaging
X-Press Menu. You can set the sensitivity of the sonar to see more or less detail, the chart
scrolling speed, and the display color palette (see Down Imaging X-Press Menu).
• Freeze Frame: Press any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key, and the
Down Imaging View will freeze and a cursor will appear on the screen. Use the 4-WAY
Cursor Control key to move the cursor over a sonar return, and observe the following:
- The depth of the sonar return you choose will be displayed in the cursor information
box.
- Zoom+: Press the ZOOM+ key, and a zoom box will appear and magnify the area you
choose, providing more detail in the individual sonar returns. The zoom scale will
increase or decrease as you press + or - repeatedly. Press EXIT to remove the zoom
box and return to Down Imaging View.
Down Imaging View
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2 Triplog
3 Water Surface Temperature
4 Time
5 Speed
Sonar Views
Bottom Return
Topography Changes
Upper Range
Lower Range
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Cursor Dialog Information
Zoom Magnification Box
Zoomed View
Lower Range
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NOTE: To change the colors used to display the Down Imaging data on the screen, see Down Imaging
X-Press Menu: DI Colors.
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(optional-purchase microSD Card required)
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Snapshot and Recording View displays the screen snapshots and recordings that are saved on
the optional-purchase microSD card installed in the control head. Use this view to review the
snapshot and recording file details, start recording, and adjust the recording settings.
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NOTE: The recording feature is only available in Humminbird models with sonar. You can take screen
snapshots with the HELIX GPS, but the recording feature is not available on this model.
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• Activate Screen Snapshot: Select Screen Snapshot from the Setup Menu Tab, and select
On. Also, install an optional-purchase microSD card in the control head, and make sure
Snapshot and Recording View is set to Visible on the Views Menu Tab.
• Scroll and View: Use the UP and DOWN Cursor keys to scroll through the saved Screen
Snapshots and Recordings. The active file is highlighted with arrows. Press the RIGHT
Cursor key to view the file.
• Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key once in this view to open
the X-Press Menu. Use the X-Press Menu to Start Recording, Delete Images, or adjust
the Recording and Playback settings (see Recording and Playback or Snapshot and
Recording X-Press Menu).
Snapshot and Recording View
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1 Recording icon
2 Snapshot thumbnail
3 Unavailable icon
4 Information box
Snapshot and Recording View
Amount of recording left to play
Recording mode icons
Amount of recording that has been played
Amount of space used for this recording
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Screen Snapshots are saved pictures of the view on the screen. The screen snapshot will include
the menus, dialog boxes, warnings, and messages that were active when the screen snapshot
was taken. Saved Screen Snapshots can be viewed from the Snapshot and Recording View or
Chart View.
The Screen Snapshot feature is available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and
Screen Snapshot is On (see Setup Menu Tab: Screen Snapshot).
Make a Screen Snapshot:
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1. Activate Screen Snapshot and install a
microSD card.
2. From any view or cursor location you want
to capture, press the MARK key. The screen
will pause while the image is saved.
A waypoint will also be created at the boat or
active cursor location. The screen snapshot
shares the same file name (.PNG).
1 Waypoint Saved at Cursor Location
2 Screen Snapshot Confirmation
3 File Name
Delete a Screen Snapshot:
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1. From the Snapshot and Recording View,
press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll
through the saved files and highlight a
snapshot file.
2. Press the Menu key once, and select Delete
Image from the X-Press Menu.
1 From Snapshot and Recording View,
select Delete Image from the X-Press Menu.
3. Press the RIGHT Cursor keys.
NOTE: Navigation is not affected by the Screen Snapshot feature. Also, if Screen Snapshot is enabled,
but a GPS receiver is not connected, pressing the MARK key will capture the screen image but an error
will display that says a GPS position fix is required to create a waypoint.
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View a saved Screen Snapshot from Snapshot
and Recording View:
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1. From the Snapshot and Recording View,
press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll
through the saved files and highlight a
snapshot file.
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1 Snapshot File Name
2 Time + Date of Snapshot
3 Waypoint Position
4 Highlighted Snapshot File
5 microSD card available storage
View a saved Screen Snapshot from Chart View:
1. In Chart View, use the 4-WAY Cursor Control
key to move the active cursor onto a Screen
Snapshot Icon
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1 Screen Snapshot Icon and Waypoint Name
2 Thumbnail Preview
(press the CHECK/INFO key to view at full size)
When the cursor snaps onto the Screen
Snapshot Icon, a thumbnail preview of the
Screen Snapshot will be displayed on the
screen.
2. Press the CHECK/INFO key, and select View
Snapshot.
3. Press the EXIT key to return to Chart View.
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Notes about Screen Snapshots:
• A border around the full screen indicates that the view is a saved screen snapshot and
not a “live” view.
• If you press the CHECK/INFO key, and the snapshot file connected to the icon is not
saved on the installed microSD card, the Chart Information box will display instead of the
screen snapshot.
• Use an optional-purchase microSD card adapter connected to a PC to view the saved
screen snapshot data files on your optional-purchase microSD Card (see humminbird.com
for details). You will notice that a .DAT (or a .TXT) file is created for every .PNG screen
snapshot. This data file is required for viewing the screen snapshots from your control
head, so don’t delete these files.
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Recording and Playback
The Recording feature records active sonar information. When the recording is played back, the
views that were active during the recording are available in Playback. The Recording and
Playback feature is available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and Screen
Snapshot is On (see Setup Menu Tab: Screen Snapshot). Saved Recordings can be played back
from the Snapshot and Recording View.
NOTE: The recording feature is only available in Humminbird models with sonar. The recording feature
is not available in the HELIX GPS model.
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Start recording:
1. From the Snapshot and Recording View,
press the MENU key once to open the
Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu.
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select Start Recording from the X-Press Menu
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2. Highlight Start Recording, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key. A waypoint will also be
created at the boat location, and the
recording shares the same file name (.SON).
Stop recording:
1. In any view, press the MENU key once to
open the Snapshot and Recording X-Press
Menu.
2. Highlight Stop Recording and press the
RIGHT Cursor key.
Notes about Recording:
• While recording, press the EXIT key to exit the Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu and
scroll to a different view. Recording will continue.
• The slider bar at the bottom of the Snapshot and Recording View shows the recording
progress and remaining space on the microSD card.
• Pings Per Second: For maximum performance, keep the Pings Per Second setting on
Auto (see Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu).
• Viewing saved Screen Snapshots and Recording Playback are not available while in
recording mode.
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Playback a Recording:
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1. From the Snapshot and Recording View,
press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll
through the saved files and highlight a
saved Recording.
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2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key.
1 Recording File Information
2 Highlighted Recording File
Change Playback Settings:
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2
1. Press the MENU key once to open the
Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu.
2. Use the X-Press Menu to adjust the Sonar
Recording’s Sensitivity, Upper Range, Lower
Range, and the Playback Speed. See
Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu for
details.
1 “Playback” indicates the control head is playing
a saved recording.
2 Open the X-Press Menu to adjust Playback settings.
You can also use Freeze Frame and mark waypoints.
Stop Playback:
1. Press the MENU key once to open the
Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu.
2. Highlight Stop Playback, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key.
Delete a Recording:
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1 From Snapshot and Recording View,
select Delete Recording from the X-Press Menu.
Snapshot and Recording View
1. From the Snapshot and Recording View,
press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll
through the saved files and highlight a
saved Recording.
2. Press the Menu key once, and select Delete
Recording from the X-Press Menu. Press the
RIGHT Cursor key.
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Notes about Playback:
• “Playback” will flash periodically on the screen to indicate that the control head is playing
a saved recording and not a “live” view.
• Navigation is not affected by the Sonar Recording feature, but any active navigation is
cancelled and thumbnails and icons disappear when Playback begins or ends.
• Playback is paused automatically at the end of the recording.
• Freeze Frame: Press the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to pause Playback and move the Active
Cursor to a location on the sonar view. The Cursor dialog box will show the depth and
information for the location you choose. Press Exit to resume Playback.
• Press the MARK key during Playback to save a Screen Snapshot and/or mark a waypoint
in the view or active cursor location you choose.
Recording Information
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1 Recording Indicator
2 Amount of space and time used by this recording
3 Name of recording
4 Time and Date recording was started
5 Position where recording was started
Current Ping Rate
Average Ping Rate
Amount of space remaining on card
Total amount of space on card
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NOTE: Sonar chart speed is increased during Fast Forward and reversed during Rewind. This may reduce
the quality of the sonar image, since at higher speeds, not every sonar return can be processed and
displayed.
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Bird’s Eye View/Bird’s Eye Big Digits View
Bird’s Eye View shows a 3D perspective view of the track and the chart’s land contour from a
point above and behind the boat (the eye point). As the boat turns, the eye point moves to follow
the boat.
• To shift the eye point position so that you can look off to the sides or even behind the
boat: press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to turn the eye point right or left. Press the UP
Cursor key to move the eye point forward, and press the DOWN Cursor key to move the
eye point backward.
• Press the EXIT key to move the eye point back to its original position behind and above
the boat.
HELIX GPS: If you have the HELIX GPS, this view is called the Bird’s Eye Big Digits View, and it
provides multiple digital readouts on the view. Navigation digital readout windows are always
displayed on-screen, even when the control head is not navigating.
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1 Depth
2 Course: the current direction the boat is traveling
measured in degrees from North
3 Latitude and Longitude Position of the Boat
Bird’s Eye Views
Speed of Boat 4
Cartography 5
Boat Icon 6
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Next Waypoint
Off Course Limits
Route
Track
Depth
Time to Go to the next waypoint in the route
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Latitude and Longitude Position
Speed of the Boat
XTE (Cross Track Error): Distance of Boat from Route
Course over Ground
Bearing: Direction to Destination Waypoint measured in degrees from North
DTG: Distance to Go to Waypoint
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Chart View
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Chart View shows cartography from the built-in UniMap or an optional microSD card map for the
area surrounding your current position. The cartography is applied to any standard Chart View or
Combo view that displays a chart. The current track (also known as the position history or
breadcrumb trail) showing where the boat has been, along with saved tracks, waypoints, and the
current route (when navigating), are overlaid on the chart.
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• Shift/Pan: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to shift/pan the chart to another area.
• Zoom: Press the ZOOM (+/-) keys to zoom in and out.
• Information: Press the CHECK/INFO key to get information about the chart objects near
the cursor.
Chart View with Cursor (Standard)
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1 Latitude and Longitude Position of Cursor
2 Distance to the Cursor
3 Bearing to the Cursor
Chart Views
Cursor 4
Boat Icon 5
Cartography 6
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If you have a HELIX GPS, you can display the Chart View without digital readouts. Chart No
Readouts View has the same cartography capabilities as the standard Chart View.
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1 Map Scale
2 Cartography
3 Waypoint Icon with Saved Screen Snapshot
Boat Icon 4
Course Projection Line 5
Route 6
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(HELIX GPS only)
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Chart Big Digits View has the same cartography capabilities as the standard Chart View, and
it includes multiple digital readouts. Navigation digital readout windows are always displayed
on-screen, even when the control head is not navigating.
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2 Track
3 Waypoint
Chart Views
Boat Icon 4
Course Projection Line 5
Route 6
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Chart Instrument View
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Chart Instrument View displays a digital compass, XTE (Cross Track Error) graphic, and large
digital readouts in one view.
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Change Digital Readouts: Press the MENU key once. Choose Select Readouts, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key to change the digital readouts displayed on this view.
Chart Instrument View
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1 Large Digital Readouts
2 Digital Compass
XTE Graphic 3
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Chart View Orientation
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Both Chart and Chart Combo Views allow you to choose the orientation of the view (see
Navigation Menu Tab: Chart Orientation). In each orientation, the view pans automatically so that
the boat is always centered on the display. To see more of the view when the boat is traveling at
the speed you set, see Chart Menu Tab: Vessel Offset and Offset Speed.
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• North-Up: True North is shown at the top of the display. Objects located to the north of
the boat are drawn above the boat.
• Head-Up: The boat’s current heading points up, and the chart rotates around the vessel
so that the vessel always points up on the view.
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• Course-Up: During navigation, the projected course is shown at the top of the view.
Objects ahead of the boat are drawn above the boat. When the boat is not navigating, the
course-up reference is provided by the COG (course over ground) calculation. Also, to
display the north icon on the view, see Navigation Menu Tab: North-Up Indicator.
North-Up Icon: If it is turned on, the North-Up Icon displays the direction of True North. It also
displays the Chart Orientation, and the icon will change as the orientation and the data source
change (see Navigation Menu Tab: North-Up Indicator).
When the boat is stationary, it is drawn as a circle.
When the boat is in motion, it takes on a boat shape, pointed in the direction
of motion (always up in the Course-Up orientation).
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Viewing Cartography
In the Chart and Chart Combo Views, there are several cartography-related functions that you
can access using various keys.
Panning: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the chart around on the display in the
direction of the key being pressed. When you do this, a bull’s eye cursor is drawn at the center
of the screen and is linked to the boat by a yellow line, even if the boat is off the screen. At the
same time, a cursor dialog box is displayed with the distance and bearing from the boat to the
cursor position and the latitude/longitude coordinates of the cursor. When the cursor is active on
the display, you can also use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the cursor diagonally.
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cartography at different magnification levels. The zoom level is indicated on the left side of the
display. If you zoom in beyond the available chart data, the display will go into Overzoom mode
whereby the last available chart data is amplified to reflect the level selected. If you zoom in so
far that no cartography is available, a lat/long grid will be drawn instead. Zooming is also
influenced by the Auto Zoom and Auto Range settings. See Chart Menu Tab: Auto Zoom and Auto
Range for more information.
Decluttered Waypoints: When two or more waypoints overlap, or are displayed close together
on a chart view, the screen will automatically declutter — waypoint names will shorten and the
waypoint icons will change into small blue icons.
To view a Decluttered Waypoint at full size, use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the cursor
onto a decluttered waypoint icon. When the cursor snaps onto the icon, the full-size waypoint
name and icon will be displayed. You can also press the + ZOOM key until you can see the
individual waypoints on the screen.
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Screen Snapshots and Recording Icons: When a waypoint is created while Screen Snapshot and
Recording is active, the waypoint will appear as a snapshot icon or recording icon in chart views.
See Views: Snapshot and Recording View for more information.
Chart Info: Press the CHECK/INFO key to get detailed information about the chart. If the cursor
is active, you will see information about the chart objects located near the cursor.
If the cursor is not active, the Chart Info submenu will appear.
Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to select the Nearest Port, the
Nearest Tide Station, or the Nearest Current Station and see
information about any of these objects.
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information. This information is only available from an optionalpurchase microSD card.
Nearest Port: The position and services information for the nearest port to your present position
will be displayed. Press the EXIT key to remove the information box and the cursor bull’s eye will
be centered over the port position. The cursor information boxes will indicate the distance and
bearing to the port from your present position.
Nearest Tide Station: Tide information for the nearest tide station to your present position will
be displayed. This includes the position of the station and the times of the high and low tides for
today’s date. A tide graph is also displayed showing the rise and fall of the tides for the 24 hour
time period encompassing the date. You can change the date to look at tide information before
or after the date displayed by pressing the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor key respectively. Press the EXIT
key to remove the information box, and the cursor bull’s eye will be centered over the tide station
position. The cursor information boxes indicate the distance and bearing to the tide station from
your present position.
Nearest Current Station: Current information for the nearest current station to your present
position will be displayed. This includes the position of the station and the current changes for
today. Two graphs are also presented that show the time, direction, and flow speed of the current
changes for the 24 hour time period of today’s date. You can change the date to look at current
information before or after the date displayed by pressing the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor key
respectively. Press the EXIT key to remove the information box, and the cursor bull’s eye will be
centered over the current station position. The cursor information boxes will indicate the distance
and bearing to the current station from your present position.
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Your control head allows you to mark waypoints and start navigation with the control head keys
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scratch. You can edit your navigation data and organize it too. This section will get you started.
See your Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for complete details.
Waypoints, Routes, and Tracks
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3 Bearing: Direction to Destination Waypoint Relative to North Reference
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TTG: Estimate of Trip Time to Destination Waypoint
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Waypoints are stored positions that allow you to mark areas of interest or navigation points. Your
control head can store up to 2500 waypoints.
Routes link two or more waypoints together to create a path for navigation, and are used in trip
planning. You can link individual waypoints together by using the GOTO key. Your control head can
store up to 47 routes that can each contain up to 50 waypoints.
A route represents your intended navigation and shows the shortest path from each waypoint to
the next. As you travel a route, staying on the route line is the most efficient way to get to your
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destination, although you should always look out for obstacles not shown on the chart. A Route
Leg is the path between each waypoint in a route. The color of each route leg is displayed as
follows:
• Completed Route Leg = Gray
• Current Route Leg = Green
• Future Route Leg = Gold
Tracks consist of detailed position history, and are displayed as a breadcrumb trail of trackpoints.
The Current Track shows the position history since the unit was powered up. You can clear the
Current Track or save it at any time. Your control head can store up to 50 saved tracks, each
containing 20,000 trackpoints. The current track represents your actual path so far.
NOTE: The maximum number of waypoints and routes may vary due to the setup of your Waypoint
Management directory. Groups and sub-groups also use storage, and the storage limit is
influenced by the complexity of your Waypoint Management directory. See your Waypoint
Management Guide for details.
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1. Press the MENU key twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Navigation
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Opening the Waypoint
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3. Press the DOWN Cursor key to choose Waypoints,
Routes, Tracks. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open
the Waypoint Management dialog box.
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What’s on the Waypoint Management Dialog Box
Use the Waypoint Management dialog box to manage your waypoints, routes, and tracks.
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Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to select a waypoint, route, track, group, or menu
option. To scroll through the list, press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys. To open a
submenu, press the RIGHT Cursor key. To move to the higher level group, or the
higher level directory, press the LEFT Cursor key.
As you scroll through the Waypoint Management dialog box, press the EXIT key to
select the Options menu quickly. Press the EXIT key twice to close the dialog box.
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Sort By: Select Sort By, and press the RIGHT Cursor key repeatedly to choose a sorting
option for the waypoints, routes, tracks, and groups (A - Z, Z - A, Newest, Oldest,
Distance, Icon). To start a more specific search, see Options.
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Options: Provides a submenu so that you can set the default group, create new
navigation items (groups, waypoints, routes), and select and edit several items at once.
Select Search By to search by Name, Distance, Date, Icon, or Icon Category. The Options
menu will also change to show related menus such as Save or Paste.
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Scroll and View: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to browse through the full list of
saved waypoints, routes, tracks, and groups. The selected item is highlighted in white.
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Submenu: After an item is selected, press the RIGHT Cursor key to view the submenu.
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Preview Window: As you scroll, the selected item’s information is displayed on the right
side of the Waypoint Management dialog box. Press the +/– ZOOM keys to view the
position closer or farther away in the preview window.
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Information: Displays the default group where all new waypoints, routes, and tracks will
be saved. In this illustration, Home is the default group. This field also changes to display
instructions.
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Directory: Shows the directory structure and the currently selected group. The illustration
shows group GP070 as the selected group.
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Arrows: When arrows are displayed on a menu option, additional information or
submenus are available. If the arrow points to the right, press the RIGHT Cursor key. If
the arrow points to the left, press the LEFT Cursor key to move up to the higher level
group directory.
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alphanumeric and begin with WP. You can also change the icon, waypoint name, add it
to a route, and more. If the waypoint is saved with a snapshot or recording file, see the
Snapshot and Recording View on your control head to view the snapshot or recording.
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Track Icon: Track names are saved with a date and time stamp, and certain track
information can be edited (see Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups).
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Route Icon: Route names are alphanumeric and begin with R. To change the Route name
and its waypoints, see Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups.
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Save, Edit, or Delete a Waypoint
Save your Current Position as a Waypoint: On any view, press the MARK key to save the current
position of the boat as a waypoint.
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Save the Cursor Position as a Waypoint: On the Chart or Chart Combo Views, use the 4-WAY
Cursor Control key to move the cursor to the position you want to save as a waypoint. Then press
the MARK key to save the position as a waypoint.
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Save a Position from the Sonar History: On any Sonar View or Down Imaging View, use the
4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the cursor to a feature in the sonar history. Press the MARK
key to create a waypoint at the location where that sonar reading was taken. The new waypoint
will also record the depth at that location.
NOTE: When you save a waypoint by any of these methods, a numerical waypoint name is
automatically assigned. You can edit the waypoint information later to give it a different name and
select an icon to represent it (see Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups).
Create a New Waypoint: To create a waypoint that is NOT your current position, open the
Waypoint Management dialog box. Select Options > New > New Waypoint. Use the 4-WAY
Cursor Control key to set the available fields. See Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and
Groups for details.
Delete a Waypoint: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a Waypoint, and press
the RIGHT Cursor key to open the Waypoint submenu. Select Delete, and press the RIGHT Cursor
key. To remove the Waypoint from the group, choose Selected. To delete the waypoint from all
groups, choose All Instances.
Navigate to a Waypoint or Position
Navigate to the Cursor Position: From the Chart View or Chart Combo Views, use the 4-WAY
Cursor Control key to move the cursor to a position or waypoint on the display. Press the GOTO
key.
Navigate to a Selected Waypoint: Press the GOTO key. Press the DOWN Cursor key to highlight
a waypoint from the saved waypoints list, and press the RIGHT Cursor key to start navigation.
NOTE: By repeating the previous instructions, you can add more waypoints to create a longer multi-segment
route.
Navigate to a Waypoint from the Waypoint Management Dialog Box: Open the Waypoint
Management dialog box. Select a Waypoint, and press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the
Waypoint submenu. Select Go To, and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
Skip a Waypoint: From the Navigation X-Press Menu, select Skip Next Waypoint, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key. If there is not another waypoint to skip to, navigation will be cancelled.
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Cancel Navigation: From the Navigation X-Press Menu, select Cancel Navigation, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key. Canceling navigation removes the route and any waypoints created using the
GOTO key, but it does not remove any saved routes from memory. You will be prompted to save
the current route when you cancel navigation.
Add a Waypoint Target or Trolling Grid
The Waypoint Target shows a target consisting of concentric circles in various distance ranges
centered on the waypoint you choose. The Trolling Grid shows various distance ranges in grid
format from the waypoint you choose. The trolling grid can be used as a guide when trolling around
a waypoint.
Add a Waypoint Target: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box and select a Waypoint.
Press the RIGHT Cursor key, and select Target. Press the RIGHT Cursor key.
Add a Trolling Grid: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box and select a Waypoint. Press
the RIGHT Cursor key, and select Grid. Press the RIGHT Cursor key. The grid can also be rotated
to any heading by adjusting the Grid Rotation setting on the Navigation Main Menu.
Remove a Target or Trolling Grid: Press the MENU key once, and choose Remove Target or
Remove Grid from the Navigation X-Press Menu, and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
NOTE: Only one waypoint can have either a target or a grid applied to it at one time. If you apply a
target or a grid to a new waypoint, the original waypoint will lose its target or grid.
NOTE: The spacing of the rings on the waypoint target and the spacing of the grid lines on the trolling
grid are the same as the length of the scale bar on the left edge of the display. Zooming in or out will
decrease or increase the spacing, respectively.
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Routes
Save the Current Route: While you are navigating, the current route can be saved. From the
Navigation X-Press Menu, select Save Current Route, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. Navigation
will continue.
Create a New Route: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select Options > New > New
Route.
• New Route Dialog Box: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to set the available fields (see
Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups for details).
• Plan a Route: Select Plan Route, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. The New Route dialog
box closes so that you can select waypoints from the Waypoint Management dialog box.
To add a selected waypoint to the route, press the RIGHT Cursor key. Repeat as needed.
Select Save and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
Adding Waypoints to a Route
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Press the RIGHT Cursor key to confirm the save.
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Travel a Saved Route: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a saved route, and
press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Travel, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Forward to
travel the route in order. Select Reverse to travel the route in reverse order.
Edit the Waypoint Order in a Route: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a
Route, and press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the Route submenu. Select Open, and then choose
one of the following options:
• Select Reverse, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. This will quickly reverse the order of the
route. Press the EXIT key to select Save. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to confirm your changes.
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• Choose a Waypoint in a Route, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Reorder, and
press the RIGHT Cursor key. To move the waypoint up or down in the route order, press
the UP or DOWN Cursor keys.
Press the EXIT key to select Save. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to confirm your changes.
Changing the Waypoint Order
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Review Route Info: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a saved route, and press
the RIGHT Cursor key. Select info, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. The Route Info dialog box
displays the waypoints in the route. The distance and bearing from each waypoint to the next,
as well as the distance and bearing from the current position to the first waypoint in the route
will be displayed.
Delete a Saved Route: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a saved route, and
press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Delete from the submenu, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. To
remove the route from the group, choose Selected. To delete the route from all groups, choose
All Instances.
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Save the Current Track: From the Navigation X-Press Menu, select Save Current Track, and press
the RIGHT Cursor key. The track will remain on the display but will change from black to gray. To
remove the track completely from the display, see Hide or Display a Saved Track and Stop
Tracking.
NOTE: When you save a track, a name is automatically assigned. The track name consists of a date/time
stamp, but can be re-named later (see Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups).
Clear the Current Track: From the Navigation X-Press Menu, select Clear Current Track, and press
the RIGHT Cursor key. The track will be removed from the display and permanently deleted.
Hide or Display a Saved Track: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a saved
track, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Edit from the submenu. Use the 4-WAY Cursor
Control key to set the track to visible or hidden (see Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and
Groups for details).
Delete a Saved Track: Open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Select a saved track, and
press the RIGHT Cursor key. Select Delete from the submenu, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. To
remove the track from the group, choose Selected. To remove the track from all groups, choose
All Instances.
Stop Tracking: Press the MENU key twice to open the Main Menu. Select the Navigation Menu
Tab > Current Track > Stop Tracking. Stop Tracking clears the current track, and the unit will not
save trackpoints. See Navigation Menu Tab: Current Track for more information.
Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups
Whether you are creating a new navigation item or
editing it, you can use the same steps to customize a
waypoint, route, track, or group. The available settings
will depend on the type of item you are editing.
NOTE: The Edit Waypoint dialog box is also available when
you select a waypoint from the Navigation X-Press Menu.
NOTE: See your Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide
for more information about groups and the other great
features of the Waypoint Management dialog box.
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Edit a Waypoint, Route, Track, or Group
1. Open the Waypoint Management dialog box.
2. Open the Submenu: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to select a waypoint, route,
track, or group. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the submenu.
3. Select Edit, and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
4. Select a Field: Use the 4-Way Cursor Control key to move from field to field, and press
the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to change the settings.
Name: Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to move from space to space, and press
the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to set the letter or number. All upper and lower case
letters are available, as well as digits 0-9 and some punctuation symbols.
Icon Category: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll through the available
categories. Select All to view all available icons. (All, Geometry, Alerts, Supplies,
Navigation, Recreation, Fish, Environment)
Icon: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll through the available icons used
to represent the waypoint in Chart View. The available icons are determined by the
category selected in Icon Category.
Visible: Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to set the selected item to visible or
hidden in the Chart View.
Latitude/Longitude: Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to move from space to
space, and press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to set the letter or number.
NOTE: The available settings will depend on the type of item you are editing.
5. Select Save, and press the RIGHT Cursor key to confirm your changes.
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Man Overboard (MOB) Navigation
As soon as you know that you have a man overboard (MOB), you should activate MOB
navigation to maximize the chances for a successful rescue. MOB navigation allows you to create
an MOB waypoint to locate the point at which your man went overboard and the relation of the
boat to that point.
Activate MOB navigation: Press and hold the GOTO key for more than 1.5 seconds to activate
the Man Overboard (MOB) function.
When MOB is activated, a MOB waypoint is created at the boat's current position, regardless of
whether the chart cursor is active or not. The MOB waypoint has a large, distinctive icon. Once
MOB is activated, any current navigation will be cancelled and the current route will be discarded
without user notification. MOB navigation will begin immediately, and the MOB View will show
the following:
• The view will switch to the Chart View, and the elapsed time since MOB was activated
will be displayed.
• A line will be drawn from the boat's current position to the MOB waypoint, and the MOB
waypoint will be targeted.
• The latitude/longitude position of the MOB waypoint will be displayed in an additional
information box.
Cancel MOB Navigation: From the Navigation X-Press Menu, select Cancel MOB, and press the
RIGHT Cursor key. Canceling MOB navigation removes the route and any waypoints created using
the GOTO key but does not remove any saved routes from memory.
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It is not possible to re-activate MOB or modify the current route without first canceling MOB
navigation. The Off Course trigger is also disabled and the Off Course Alarm circle is not drawn.
Any press of the GOTO key, or selection of a GOTO menu option, will cause an error beep and
a short message will be displayed that will disappear after 2 seconds.
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The Menu System
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The Menu System is divided into easy-to-use menu modules as follows:
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• Start-Up Options Menu: Press the MENU key during the power on sequence to view the
Start-Up Options Menu. From the Start-Up Options Menu, you can choose the following
modes: Normal, Simulator, and System Status.
• X-Press Menu: The X-Press Menu provides a shortcut to the most frequently-used
settings, and the options on the X-Press Menu correspond with the current view.
• Main Menu: The Main Menu is a standard set of menu settings which are organized
under the following tabbed headings: Alarms, Sonar, Navigation, Chart, Setup, and Views.
The available menu tabs are determined by your control head model.
NOTE: The X-Press Menu(s) and the Main Menu options can also be expanded or simplified by setting
the User Mode to Advanced or Normal (see Main Menu: User Mode).
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Start-Up Options Menu
Press the MENU key during the power on sequence to view the Start-Up Options Menu, and
select one of the modes described on the following pages. Also, see Power On for more
information.
Start-Up Options Menu
Normal
Use Normal for on-the-water operation. If your model includes sonar, a transducer must be
connected to the control head to use Normal mode.
To exit Normal operation, power off your control head.
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Use Simulator to learn how to use your control head before taking your boat on the water. The
Simulator is a very powerful tool that provides a randomly-updated display which simulates on
the water operation.
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function and affect the display in the same way as they would in Normal operation. Any menu
changes you make will be saved for later use.
• A message will appear often on the display to indicate Simulator mode.
• To exit Simulator, power off your control head.
NOTE: It is important to select Simulator manually from the Start-Up Options Menu instead of letting the
control head enter Simulator automatically. See Power On for more information.
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System Status
Use System Status to view system connections and to conduct a unit self-test.
After you select System Status from the Start-Up Options Menu, press the VIEW key to display
the following options:
• Self Test
• Accessory Test
• GPS Diagnostic View
To exit System Status, power off your control head.
Self Test displays results from the internal diagnostic self test, including unit serial number,
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) serial number, software version, total hours of operation, and the
input voltage.
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NOTE: The speed accessory will be detected only if the paddlewheel has moved since your control head
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GPS Diagnostic View shows a sky chart and numerical data from the GPS receiver. The sky chart
shows the location of each visible GPS satellite with its satellite number and a signal strength bar.
A dark gray bar indicates that the satellite is being used to determine your current position. A light
gray bar indicates that the satellite is being monitored, but is not yet being used.
This view also reports the current position, local time and date, and other numeric information.
The current GPS Fix Type is reported as No Fix, 2D Fix, 3D Fix, or Enhanced. An Enhanced fix has
been augmented using information from WAAS, EGNOS, or MSAS. A 3D or Enhanced Fix is
required for navigation. HDOP (the Horizontal Dilution of Precision) is a GPS system parameter
which depends on the current satellite configuration. HDOP is used to calculate the Estimated
Position Error.
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frequently-used settings. The options provided on the
X-Press Menu correspond with the current view. For
example, if you are in a Sonar View and press the MENU
key once, the Sonar X-Press Menu will display.
X-Press Menu
To use an X-Press Menu:
1. In any view, press the MENU key once.
2. Press the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to highlight an X-Press Menu option, then use the
RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to change the menu setting.
NOTE: The X-Press Menu will collapse temporarily and the screen will update if it is affected by your
menu setting change, which allows you to see the effects of your change immediately.
3. Reactivate the X-Press Menu by pressing the UP or DOWN Cursor keys.
Total Screen Update - When you change any menu settings that affect the current view, the
view will update immediately (you don’t have to exit the menu to apply the change to the screen).
Menu options can be simplified or expanded by setting the User Mode to Normal or Advanced.
See Main Menu: User Mode for details.
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Main Menu
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The Main Menu provides the standard set of menu options,
including the settings that are changed less frequently.
NOTE: Menu options can be expanded or simplified by setting
the User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User
Mode for details.
Main Menu System
Normal User Mode
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1. In any view, press the MENU key twice.
2. Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to highlight a menu tab.
3. Press the DOWN or UP Cursor keys to select a specific menu option under that tab.
4. Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys again to change a menu setting.
• A down arrow at the bottom of a menu means that you can scroll to additional menu
options using the DOWN Cursor key.
• A right or left arrow on a menu option means that you can use the RIGHT or LEFT
Cursor keys to make changes or to see more information.
• Press the EXIT key to move quickly to the top of the tab.
Total Screen Update - When you change any menu settings that affect the current view, the
view will update immediately (you don’t have to exit the menu to apply the change to the
screen).
Main Menu
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Quick Tips for the Main Menu
• From any menu option on a menu tab, press the EXIT key to jump directly to the top of
the tab.
• From the bottom of a menu tab, press the DOWN Cursor key to jump directly to the top
of the tab.
• From the top of a menu tab, press the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor keys to scroll to the next tab.
You can also jump to the beginning or end of the tab rotation by repeatedly pressing the
RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys.
• If there is a down arrow at the bottom of a menu tab, press the DOWN Cursor key to
scroll to additional menu options.
• If there is a right or left arrow on a menu option, press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys
to make setting changes or see more information.
• If you press MENU or EXIT to leave the Main Menu and then return to the Main Menu
at a later time, the menu will open to the same tab as the last time the Main Menu was
displayed.
Note for all Menu Settings
The settings in all menus are adjusted in the same way. Simply use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key
to highlight a menu option, and then change the settings or activate the option (see Main Menu
or X-Press Menu).
Below is an example of how the menu options are described in this manual. Each description
shows the menu option appearance, the available settings, and the specific control head settings
required (advanced user mode, international only, view, navigation, or accessory).
Menu Option Name
Noise Filter
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, Low, Medium, High1, High2, High3,
Default = Low
Noise Filter adjusts the sonar Noise Filter to limit interference on the display
from sources such as your boat engine, turbulence, or other sonar devices.
Setup User Mode and other
control head requirements
Available Menu Settings and Default
Setting Description
Menu Option as it appears on the screen
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User Mode (Normal or Advanced)
Menu options can be simplified or expanded by setting your control head User Mode to Normal
or Advanced.
Normal Mode is provided for users who want greater simplicity and fewer menu choices.
Advanced Mode is provided for users who want the highest level of control over the control
head. Several menu settings are added to the Main Menu when the User Mode is changed to
Advanced.
To change the User Mode setting:
1. Press the MENU key twice to access the Main Menu.
2. Press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Setup tab is selected.
3. Press the DOWN Cursor key to highlight User Mode on the Setup main menu.
4. Press the LEFT or RIGHT Cursor keys to change the User Mode setting. (Normal,
Advanced, Default = Normal)
NOTE: Any changes made while in Advanced Mode will remain in effect after you switch back to
Normal Mode.
For example, in HELIX SONAR GPS models, the Select Readouts menu option is available when the
User Mode is set to Advanced. If you change the Select Readouts settings while operating in Advanced
User mode, the Select Readouts you choose will continue to display on the screen even if you switch
back to Normal User Mode.
Main Menu
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Sonar X-Press Menu
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
The Sonar X-Press Menu provides a shortcut to your most
frequently-used settings. Press the MENU key once while
in any of the Sonar Views to access the Sonar
X-Press Menu.
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NOTE: Menu options are determined by your Humminbird model.
See the following pages for full menu descriptions.
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Cancel Navigation
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel Navigation discards the current route and exits Navigation Mode. This menu option will only
appear when you are currently navigating a route. This will not delete a previously-saved route.
Active Side
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, Right; Default = Left
Active Side allows you to select a side of the screen in a Combo View. After you choose an active
side, you can apply menu settings and key commands to the view you’ve selected. The Active Side
menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen (see Views: Combo Views).
• A green arrow on the Combo View points to the active side.
• When a menu is displayed in the active side, the non-active side of the screen will be
grayed out.
Split Position
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, Right; Default = Various
Split Position sets the size of the left side of the Combo View. Each Combo View can be set
individually. The Split Position menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen
(see Views: Combo Views).
• The number setting indicates the percentage taken up by the left side of the Combo View.
• Selecting Left sets the left side of the screen to its smallest setting.
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Sensitivity
Settings: Low = 1, High = 20; Default = 10
Sensitivity controls how much detail is shown on the display and will adjust the sensitivity of all
sonar frequencies.
Decrease the sensitivity to eliminate the clutter from the display that is sometimes present in
murky or muddy water. If Sensitivity is adjusted too low, the display may not show many sonar
returns that could be fish.
When operating in very clear water or greater depths, increase the sensitivity to see weaker
returns that may be of interest. If the sensitivity is adjusted too high, the display may become too
cluttered.
Sensitivity at Low
Sensitivity at Medium
Sensitivity at High
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Upper Range
(Advanced: Sonar, Split Sonar, and Active Sonar Side Views only)
Settings: Various, see below.
Upper Range sets the shallowest depth range that will be displayed on the Sonar, Split Sonar,
and Active Sonar Side Views. Upper Range is often used with Lower Range.
For example, if you are only interested in the area between 20 and 50 feet deep, you should
set the Upper Depth Range to 20 and the Lower Depth Range to 50. The Sonar View will then
show the 30 foot area between 20 and 50, and will not show the surface or the bottom
(assuming the bottom is deeper than 50 feet), and will show greater detail for that area
between 20 and 50 feet.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range
regardless of the manual settings entered.
The available Upper Range settings are determined by your Humminbird model as follows:
• HELIX SONAR GPS: 0 to 1490 ft, 0 to 497 m (International Models only); Default = 0
• HELIX DI GPS: 0 to 590 ft, 0 to 237 m (International Models only); Default = 0
• HELIX XD GPS: 0 to 2490 ft, 0 to 757 m (International Models only); Default = 0
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Lower Range
Settings: Various, see below.
Lower Range sets the deepest depth range that will be displayed by the unit.
Auto: The Lower Range will be adjusted by the unit to follow the bottom automatically. Auto is
the default setting.
Manual: You can adjust the Lower Range to lock the unit on a particular depth. M will be
displayed in the lower right corner of the screen to indicate the unit is in Manual mode. Adjust
the Upper and Lower Range together to view a specific depth range, especially when looking
for fish or bottom structure.
For example, if you are fishing in 60 feet of water but are only interested in the first 30 feet
(surface to a depth of 30 feet) you should set the Lower Depth Range limit to 30. The display
will show the 0 to 30 foot range, which allows you to see a more detailed view than you would
see if the display went all the way to the bottom.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range
regardless of the settings entered manually.
The available Lower Range settings are determined by your Humminbird model as follows:
• HELIX SONAR GPS: Auto to 1500 ft, Auto to 500 m (International Models only);
Default = Auto
• HELIX DI GPS: Auto to 600 ft, Auto to 240 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
• HELIX XD GPS: Auto to 2500 ft, Auto to 760 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
Chart Speed
Settings: 1 to 9, Ultra, where 1 = Slow, 9 = Fast, Ultra = Fastest;
Default = 5
Chart Speed determines the speed at which the sonar information moves across the display, and
consequently, the amount of detail shown.
A faster speed shows more information and is preferred by most anglers; however, the sonar
information moves across the display quickly. A slower speed keeps the information on the
display longer, but the bottom and fish details become compressed and may be difficult to
interpret. Regardless of the Chart Speed setting, the RTS Window will update at the maximum
rate possible for the depth conditions.
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Bottom Lock
(Sonar Zoom View only)
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Bottom Lock changes the mode of the zoomed view in the Sonar Zoom View. Bottom Lock
continuously graphs the bottom at a constant point on the display regardless of changes in depth.
This “flattens“ out the bottom contour but is effective at showing fish on or near the bottom.
Bottom Range
(Sonar Zoom View only, when Bottom Lock is On)
Settings: 10 to 60 feet, 2 to 10 fathoms, or 3 to 20 meters [International
Models only]; Default = 15 feet
Bottom Range allows you to control how much of the water column, measured up from the
bottom, is shown in the Sonar Zoom View. Choose a small value to see low-lying bottom structure
or details of the bottom return. Choose a larger value to see large structure in deeper water.
NOTE: It is possible to set the Bottom Range to be greater than the depth. In this case, you may see
surface clutter in a wavy band that mirrors changes in the depth.
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Flasher X-Press Menu
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only and
Circular Flasher View only)
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The Flasher X-Press Menu provides a shortcut to your
most frequently-used settings. Press the MENU key once
while in the Circular Flasher View to access the Flasher
X-Press Menu.
NOTE: Menu options will vary depending on system settings, such
as whether you are currently navigating.
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NOTE: Menu options can be expanded or simplified by setting the
User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User Mode
for details.
NOTE: To activate Ice Fishing Mode, see Sonar Menu Tab. Also,
see Views: Circular Flasher View for more information.
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Cancel Navigation
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel Navigation discards the current route and exits Navigation Mode. This menu option will
only appear when you are currently navigating a route. This will not delete a previously-saved
route.
Sensitivity
Settings: Low = 1, High = 20; Default = 10
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Sensitivity controls how much detail is shown on the display and will adjust the sensitivity of all
sonar frequencies.
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returns that may be of interest. If the sensitivity is adjusted too high, the display may become too
cluttered.
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murky or muddy water. If Sensitivity is adjusted too low, the display may not show many sonar
returns that could be fish.
NOTE: The Sensitivity setting is a global setting and will adjust the sensitivity of all sonar frequencies.
Upper Range
(Advanced)
Settings: Various, see below.
Upper Range sets the shallowest depth range that will be displayed on the Sonar, Split Sonar,
Circular Flasher, and Big Digits Views. Upper Range is often used with Lower Range.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range regardless
of the manual settings entered.
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• HELIX SONAR GPS: 0 to 1490 ft, 0 to 497 m (International Models only); Default = 0
• HELIX DI GPS: 0 to 590 ft, 0 to 237 m (International Models only); Default = 0
• HELIX XD GPS: 0 to 2490 ft, 0 to 757 m (International Models only); Default = 0
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Lower Range
Settings: Various, see below.
Lower Range sets the deepest depth range that will be displayed by the unit.
Auto: The Lower Range will be adjusted by the unit to follow the bottom automatically. Auto is
the default setting.
Manual: You can adjust the Lower Range to lock the unit on a particular depth. Adjust the Upper
and Lower Range together to view a specific depth range, especially when looking for fish or
bottom structure.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range regardless
of the manual settings entered.
The available Lower Range settings are determined by your Humminbird model as follows:
• HELIX SONAR GPS: Auto to 1500 ft, Auto to 500 m (International Models only);
Default = Auto
• HELIX DI GPS: Auto to 600 ft, Auto to 240 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
• HELIX XD GPS: Auto to 2500 ft, Auto to 760 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
Color Palette
(Circular Flasher View, Ice Fishing Mode only)
Settings: Palette 1, Palette 2, Palette 3; Default = Palette 3
Color Palette sets the colors used to display sonar returns in the Circular Flasher View when Ice
Fishing Mode is turned on. The active color palette is shown in the center of the circular flasher
display. The color palettes range from weak to strong sonar return signals, which are displayed
left to right on the color preview bar. See Views: Circular Flasher View for more information.
Choose from the following color palettes:
Palette 1: Green (weak), Yellow (medium), Red (strong)
Palette 2: Yellow (weak), Green (medium), Red (strong)
Palette 3: Blue (weakest), Green (weak), Light Green (weak to medium), Yellow (medium),
Orange (fairly strong), Red (strong)
Reset XTE
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Reset XTE is available during navigation. When it is selected, the cross track error (XTE) will be
recalculated from the boat’s current position to the next waypoint in the route.
For example, when you’ve deviated from a route to navigate around an island, select Reset XTE
to update the unit’s course calculations from the current boat position instead of from the
previous waypoint in the route.
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Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu
(Snapshot and Recording View only)
The Snapshot and Recording X-Press Menu provides
access to the snapshot management and sonar recording
functions. Press the MENU key once while in the Snapshot
and Recording View to access the Snapshot and Recording
X-Press Menu.
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Recording View.
NOTE: The recording feature is only available in Humminbird
models with sonar. You can take screen snapshots with
the HELIX GPS, but the recording feature is not available
on this model. See Views: Snapshot and Recording View
for details.
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Cancel Navigation
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel Navigation discards the current route and exits Navigation Mode. This menu option will
only appear when you are currently navigating a route. This will not delete a previously-saved
route.
Start Recording
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Start Recording allows you to start sonar recording from the Snapshot and Recording View. This
menu option is only available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and Snapshot
and Recording View is on the screen.
Stop Recording
(optional-purchase microSD Card only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Stop Recording allows you to stop sonar recording. This menu option is only available when an
optional-purchase microSD card is installed and the control head is actively recording.
Delete Image
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Delete Image allows you to delete a single screen capture image. This menu option is only
available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed, Snapshot and Recording View is
on the screen, and you have selected an image thumbnail.
Delete All Images
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Delete All Images allows you to delete all the images at once. This menu option is only available
when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and Snapshot and Recording View is on
the screen.
Delete Recording
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Delete Recording allows you to delete a single sonar recording. This menu option is only available
when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed, Snapshot and Recording View is on the
screen, and you have selected a recording file.
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Delete All Recordings
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Delete All Recordings allows you to delete all the recordings at once. This menu option is only
available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and Snapshot and Recording View
is on the screen.
Pings Per Second
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: 1 to 10, Auto; Default = Auto
Pings Per Second allows you to specify the ping rate for an active sonar recording.
NOTE: Pings Per Second is available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed, Snapshot
and Recording View is on the screen, and the control head is actively recording (not playing back).
Auto is the default setting for Pings Per Second and automatically adjusts the ping rate for best
recording quality. If there is limited memory on your microSD card, you can slow the ping rate by
setting the Pings Per Second manually, but the recording will capture less sonar detail. For
maximum performance, keep the Pings Per Second setting on Auto.
Playback Speed
(optional-purchase microSD Card, Snapshot and Recording View only)
Settings: Record, Rewind1, Rewind2, Slow Play Reverse, Pause, Slow
Play, Normal Play, Fast Forward1, Fast Forward2, Stop
Playback Speed allows you to specify the playback speed for a sonar recording from the Snapshot
and Recording View. This menu option is only available when an optional-purchase microSD card
is installed and Recording Playback is active.
Playback Speed Icons:
Record
Slow Play
Rewind, Reverse
Normal Play
Rewind2
Fast Forward
Slow Play Reverse
Fast Forward2
Pause
Stop
NOTE: You can also change playback speed in the Snapshot and Recording View using the LEFT and RIGHT
Cursor keys, although you cannot skip to the beginning or end of a recording using these keys.
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NOTE: Sonar chart speed is increased during Fast Forward and reversed during Rewind. This may result in
a reduced quality sonar image, since at higher speeds, not every sonar return can be processed.
Stop Playback
(optional-purchase microSD Card only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Stop Playback allows you to stop playback of a sonar recording from any view. This menu option
is only available when an optional-purchase microSD card is installed and Recording Playback
is active.
NOTE: During playback, the amount of time/memory left to play is indicated by the status bar. For more
information, see Views: Snapshot and Recording View.
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Down Imaging X-Press Menu
(Down Imaging Views only [HELIX DI GPS])
The Down Imaging X-Press Menu provides a shortcut to
your most frequently-used settings. Press the MENU key
once while in any of the Down Imaging Views to access the
Down Imaging X-Press Menu.
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the User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User
Mode for details.
NOTE: Menu options are determined by your Humminbird model.
See the following pages for full menu descriptions.
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Cancel Navigation
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel Navigation discards the current route and exits Navigation Mode. This menu option will
only appear when you are currently navigating a route. This will not delete a previously-saved
route.
Active Side
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, Right; Default = Left
Active Side allows you to select a side of the screen in a Combo View. After you choose an active
side, you can apply menu settings and key commands to the view you’ve selected. The Active Side
menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen (see Views: Combo Views).
• A green arrow on the Combo View points to the active side.
• When a menu is displayed in the active side, the non-active side of the screen will be
grayed out.
Split Position
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, Right; Default = Various
Split Position sets the size of the left side of the Combo View. Each Combo View can be set
individually. The Split Position menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen
(see Views: Combo Views).
• The number setting indicates the percentage taken up by the left side of the Combo View.
• Selecting Left sets the left side of the screen to its smallest setting.
Down Sensitivity
Settings: 1 to 20, where Low = 1, High = 20; Default = 10
Down Sensitivity controls how the sonar returns are displayed on the Down Imaging Views.
Increase the Down Sensitivity to reveal weaker returns that may be of interest, especially in
very clear water or greater depths. A high Down Imaging Sensitivity setting shows more sonar
returns from small baitfish and suspended debris in the water; however if the Down Imaging
Sensitivity is adjusted too high, the display may become too cluttered.
Decrease the Down Sensitivity to eliminate the clutter from the display that is sometimes
present in murky or muddy water. If Down Imaging Sensitivity is adjusted too low, the display may
not show many sonar returns that could be fish.
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DI Enhance
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key.
DI Enhance allows you to adjust your Down Imaging View in the following categories: Sensitivity,
Contrast, and Sharpness.
Whether you’re searching the Down Imaging data for fish or certain bottom contour, the most
effective settings will vary with the situation. The display will update as you adjust each category.
DI Enhance can also be used during Recording Playback (see Views: Snapshot and Recording
View).
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• Sensitivity: Controls how much detail is shown on the display. When operating in very
clear water or greater depths, increased sensitivity shows weaker returns that may be of
interest. Decreasing the sensitivity eliminates the clutter from the display that is
sometimes present in murky or muddy water. (1 to 20, where Low = 1, High = 20;
Default = 10)
NOTE: The Sensitivity can be adjusted from the DI Enhance dialog box or the Down Imaging X-Press
Menu. The Sensitivity setting is provided here so that you can easily adjust the Down Imaging data with
the other settings. See Down Imaging X-Press Menu: Down Sensitivity for more information.
• Contrast: Accents the light and dark parts of the Down Imaging data to provide greater
definition. (1 to 20, Default = 10)
• Sharpness: Filters the view and sharpens the edges of the Down Imaging data. (Low (L),
Medium (M), High (H), Default = Off)
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Upper Range sets the shallowest depth range that will be displayed on the Down Imaging Views.
Upper Range is often used with Lower Range.
For example, if you are only interested in the area between 20 and 50 feet deep, you should
set the Upper Depth Range to 20 and the Lower Depth Range to 50. The Down Imaging View
will then show the 30 foot area between 20 and 50, and will not show the surface or the
bottom (assuming the bottom is deeper than 50 feet), and will show greater detail for that area
between 20 and 50 feet.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range
regardless of the manual settings entered.
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Lower Range
Settings: Auto to 600 feet, Auto to 240 meters [International Models
only]; Default = Auto
Lower Range sets the deepest depth range that will be displayed by the unit.
Auto: The Lower Range will be adjusted by the unit to follow the bottom automatically. Auto is
the default setting.
Manual: You can adjust the Lower Range to lock the unit on a particular depth. M will be
displayed in the lower right corner of the screen to indicate the unit is in Manual mode. Adjust
the Upper and Lower Range together to view a specific depth range, especially when looking for
fish or bottom structure.
For example, if you are fishing in 60 feet of water but are only interested in the first 30 feet
(surface to a depth of 30 feet) you should set the Lower Depth Range limit to 30. The display
will show the 0 to 30 foot range, which allows you to see a more detailed view than you would
see if the display went all the way to the bottom.
NOTE: A minimum distance of 10 feet will be maintained between the Upper and Lower Range
regardless of the settings entered manually.
Chart Speed
Settings: 1 to 9, Ultra, where 1 = Slow, 9 = Fast, Ultra = Fastest;
Default = 5
Chart Speed determines the speed at which the sonar information moves across the display, and
consequently the amount of detail shown.
A faster speed shows more information and is preferred by most anglers; however, the sonar
information moves across the display quickly. A slower speed keeps the information on the
display longer, but the bottom and fish details become compressed and may be difficult to
interpret.
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DI Colors
Settings: Blue, Amber 1, Amber 2, Brown, Green, Inverse, Gray, Green/Red;
Default = Amber 1
DI Colors allows you to select which color palette you would like to use for the Down Imaging
display.
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Navigation X-Press Menu
The Navigation X-Press Menu provides a shortcut to your
most frequently-used settings. Press the MENU key once
while in the Bird's Eye View, Chart View, or Chart Combo
Views to access the Navigation X-Press Menu.
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NOTE: Menu options will vary depending on system settings, such
as whether you are currently navigating.
NOTE: Menu options can be expanded or simplified by setting the
User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User Mode
for details.
NOTE: To see the Navigation X-Press Menu in a Combo View,
change the Active Side setting to the side you want to adjust.
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See Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide
for more information.
Navigation X-Press Menu
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Cancel Navigation
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel Navigation discards the current route and exits Navigation Mode. This menu option will
only appear when you are currently navigating a route. This will not delete a previously-saved
route.
Cancel MOB Navigation
(only when MOB Navigation is activated)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cancel MOB Navigation removes the Man Overboard (MOB) waypoint and exits Man Overboard
mode. This menu option will only appear when you are currently navigating in Man Overboard
mode.
Skip Next Waypoint
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Skip Next Waypoint removes the next waypoint from the current route. This menu option will only
appear when you are currently navigating a route.
Active Side
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, Right; Default = Left
Active Side allows you to select a side of the screen in a Combo View. After you choose an active
side, you can apply menu settings and key commands to the view you’ve selected. The Active Side
menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen (see Views: Combo Views).
• A green arrow on the Combo View points to the active side.
• When a menu is displayed in the active side, the non-active side of the screen will be
grayed out.
Split Position
(Combo Views only)
Settings: Left, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, Right; Default = Various
Split Position sets the size of the left side of the Combo View. Each Combo View can be set
individually. The Split Position menu option is only available when a Combo View is on the screen
(see Views: Combo Views).
• The number setting indicates the percentage taken up by the left side of the Combo View.
• Selecting Left sets the left side of the screen to its smallest setting.
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Waypoint [Name]
(Only with an active cursor on a waypoint)
Settings: Edit, Delete, Target, Grid
Waypoint [Name] allows you to view the Waypoints submenu for the waypoint under your cursor.
You can move the cursor onto an existing waypoint and press the MENU key once, or use Cursor
to Waypoint to select a waypoint from the saved waypoints list.
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NOTE: See Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for more
information.
The Waypoint Submenu includes the following menu options:
Edit opens the Edit Waypoint dialog box so that you can edit the selected waypoint. See
Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for more
information.
Delete allows you to delete the waypoint.
Target applies a target to the waypoint.
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Grid applies a trolling grid to the waypoint.
Cursor to Waypoint
(Chart or Chart Combo View only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Cursor to Waypoint allows you to quickly move the cursor to any saved waypoint so that you can
locate it or edit it. This X-Press Menu option only appears if you have saved waypoints.
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Chart Declutter
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Chart Declutter removes all chart layers except for land outlines, waypoints, routes, and tracks.
The chart will stay decluttered for 10 seconds, and then it will refresh to its previous display
settings. To refresh the view faster than 10 seconds, press the +/– Zoom keys.
NOTE: See Chart Menu Tab: Chart Detail Level for more information.
Navigation X-Press Menu
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Save Current Track
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Save Current Track allows you to save the current track on the display. After the current track is
saved, a new current track is started. Save Current Track appears on the Navigation X-Press Menu
after navigation is stopped.
Sonar Models: To save the depth information with the current track, it is important to save the track
and also edit the name before powering off the control head.
Clear Current Track
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Clear Current Track allows you to clear the current track on the display and start a new track at
the present position.
Save Current Route
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Save Current Route allows you to save the current route being displayed. This menu option will
only appear when you are currently navigating a route.
Reset XTE
(only when Navigating)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Reset XTE is available during navigation. When it is selected, the cross track error (XTE) will be
recalculated from the boat’s current position to the next waypoint in the route.
For example, when you’ve deviated from a route to navigate around an island, select Reset XTE
to update the unit’s course calculations from the current boat position instead of from the
previous waypoint in the route.
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Select Readouts
(HELIX GPS only)
Settings: Various
Select Readouts allows you to choose digital readouts for the on-screen view. The available
menu options are determined by the on-screen view, connected accessories, and whether or not
you are navigating.
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NOTE: If you have a sonar model, the digital readouts are changed in the Setup Menu tab. See Setup
Menu tab: Select Readouts.
The digital readouts you set here are displayed in non-navigation mode. When the control head
starts navigation, the readouts will be replaced automatically by navigation digital readouts. To
set the digital readouts that will be displayed during navigation, see Select Nav Readouts and
Views.
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Shared Readouts: The number of available readout windows is determined by the on-screen
view, and the digital readouts are shared between views with the same number of readout
windows. For example, views with 5 readout windows share the same 5 readout windows, and
views with 8 readout windows share the same 8 readout windows.
Blank: To hide a data window, select Off.
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Select Nav Readouts
(HELIX GPS only)
Settings: Various
Select Nav Readouts allows you to choose the digital readouts for the on-screen view that will
be displayed during navigation. You can select standard digital readouts (such as Time or
Voltage) or navigation digital readouts. See Select Readouts and Views for more information.
NOTE: If you have a sonar model, the digital readouts are changed in the Setup Menu tab. See Setup
Menu tab: Select Readouts.
Shared Readouts: The number of available readout windows is determined by the on-screen
view, and the digital readouts are shared between views with the same number of readout
windows. For example, views with 5 readout windows share the same 5 readout windows, and
views with 8 readout windows share the same 8 readout windows.
Blank: To hide a data window, select Off.
Route [Name]
Settings: Travel Forward, Travel Reverse, Edit, Delete
Route [Name] allows you to view the Route submenu for the last saved route. You can travel the route
forwards or backwards. You can also edit the route or delete it.
NOTE: See Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for more
information.
Remove Target
(only if a Target is Active)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Remove Target removes the waypoint target from the display. This menu option will only appear
when a target has already been applied to a waypoint.
NOTE: See Introduction to Navigation: Add a Waypoint Target or Trolling Grid for more information.
Remove Grid
(only if a Grid is Active)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
Remove Grid removes the waypoint grid from the display. This menu option will only appear
when a grid has already been applied to a waypoint.
NOTE: See Introduction to Navigation: Add a Waypoint Target or Trolling Grid for more information.
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Waypoint [Name]
(Most recently-created waypoint)
Settings: Edit, Delete, Go To, Target, Grid
Waypoint [Name] allows you to view the waypoints submenu for the most recently created waypoint.
You must have pressed the MARK key at least once since you last powered up the control head for
this menu option to appear.
NOTE: See Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for more
information.
The Waypoint Submenu includes the following menu options:
Edit opens the Edit Waypoint dialog box so that you can edit the selected waypoint. See
Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for more
information.
Delete allows you to delete the waypoint.
Go To starts navigation to the waypoint.
Target applies a target to the waypoint.
Grid applies a trolling grid to the waypoint.
Navigation X-Press Menu
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Alarms Menu Tab
From any view, press the MENU key twice to access the
Main Menu System. The Alarms tab will be the default
selection.
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NOTE: When an alarm is triggered, you can silence it by pressing
any key. The alarm will be silenced and will not be triggered again
until a new instance of the alarm condition is detected.
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Depth Alarm
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: Off, 1 to 100 feet, or 0.5 to 30 meters [International Models only];
Default = Off
Depth Alarm sounds when the depth becomes equal to or less than the menu setting.
Fish ID Alarm
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(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: Off, All, Large/Medium, Large; Default = Off
Fish ID Alarm sounds when the Fishfinder detects fish that correspond to the alarm setting.
Fish ID Alarm will only sound if Fish ID+ is on.
For example, if you've set the Fish ID Alarm to sound for Large fish only, the Fish ID alarm will
sound when a large-sized fish is detected.
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Low Battery Alarm
Settings: Off, 8.5V - 13.5V; Default = Off
Low Battery Alarm sounds when the input battery voltage is equal to or less than the menu
setting. The battery alarm will only sound for the battery that is connected to the control head.
The Low Battery Alarm should be set to warn you when the battery voltage drops below the
safety margin that you have determined.
For example, if you are running a trolling motor (battery operated), set the Low Battery
Alarm to sound before the battery voltage drops too low for it to be used to start your main,
gasoline-powered engine.
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Temp. Alarm
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: Off, 33-120 Fahrenheit, 0-50 Celsius [International Models only];
Default = Off
Temp. Alarm sounds when the water temperature detected by the control head reaches the
Temp. Alarm setting, which is either set in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius [International Models
only].
For example, if the Temp. Alarm is set to 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and the water temperature falls
from 60 degrees to 58 degrees, the Temp. Alarm will sound. Similarly, if the water temperature
rises from 56 degrees to 58 degrees, the Temp. Alarm will also sound.
Off Course Alarm
Settings: Off, 25 to 3000 feet, 10 to 1000 meters [International Models
only]; Default = 300 feet, 100 meters
Off Course Alarm allows you to set how far the boat is allowed to move off course before the
Off Course Alarm will sound during navigation.
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Arrival Alarm
Settings: Off, 25 to 3000 feet, 10 to 1000 meters [International Models
only]; Default = 150 feet, 50 meters
Arrival Alarm sounds when the boat has either exceeded the distance to the destination
waypoint, or has entered the Arrival Alarm Circle, based on the menu setting when navigating.
Arrival Alarm allows you to set how close the boat must be to the destination waypoint before
the Arrival Alarm will sound.
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Drift Alarm
Settings: Off, 25 to 3000 feet, 10 to 1000 meters [International Models
only]; Default = Off
Drift Alarm allows you to set the size of a perimeter around the boat’s anchored position. If the
anchored boat drifts outside of that perimeter, the Drift Alarm will sound.
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Alarm Tone
Settings: High, Medium, Low; Default = Medium
Alarm Tone selects the pitch of the alarm sound. A brief tone will be produced as you adjust the
Alarm Tone so that you can select the tone that you can hear best.
Timer Setup
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the dialog box.
Timer Setup allows you to open a dialog box to create settings for the Timer. You can also start
the countdown from this dialog box. When the Timer is started, the clock counts down from the
amount of time set in the dialog box.
• Time: Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to set the hours, minutes, and seconds.
• Save and Start: To start the Timer immediately, select Save and Start, and press the RIGHT
Cursor key.
• Save and Close: To save your settings and start the Timer at a later time, select Save and
Close, and press the RIGHT Cursor key. Also, see Start Timer.
• Digital Readout: To display the Timer on-screen as it counts down, see Views: Change
the Digital Readouts.
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Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to start the Timer.
Start Timer allows you to start the Timer using the saved countdown settings in the Timer Setup
dialog box. To create the Timer settings, see Timer Setup.
Stop Timer
(with the Timer running)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to stop the Timer.
Stop Timer allows you to stop the Timer while it is counting down.
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Sonar Menu Tab
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Press the MENU key twice to access the Main Menu and
then press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Sonar tab is
selected.
NOTE: Menu options can be expanded or simplified by setting the
User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User Mode
for details.
NOTE: Menu options are determined by your Humminbird model.
See the following pages for full menu descriptions.
HELIX DI GPS
Sonar Menu (Advanced)
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Beam Select
Settings: Various, see below.
Beam Select sets which sonar returns from the transducer will be displayed on the screen. The
available beam frequencies are determined by your Humminbird model.
DualBeam PLUS models (HELIX SONAR GPS) allow you to choose 200/83 kHz, 200 kHz, or 83
kHz (Default = 200 kHz).
• When set to 200/83 kHz, the returns from both beams are blended by starting with the
83 kHz wide beam return, dimming it, and then overlaying it with the 200 kHz narrow
beam return. The darker 200 kHz narrow beam sonar returns will stand out from the
paler 83 kHz wide beam sonar returns. The Split Sonar View continues to display the
sonar returns from each beam in their respective windows. The blended information is
shown in the Sonar View, Sonar Zoom View, and the Big Digits View. The RTS Window
in the Sonar View and Circular Flasher View will only show the returns from the 200 kHz
narrow beam.
• When set to 200 kHz, only the returns from the 200 kHz narrow beam will be displayed
in the Sonar View, Sonar Zoom View, Big Digits View, and the Circular Flasher View. The
Split Sonar View will continue to display returns from both beams in their respective
windows. The RTS Window in the Sonar View will display the returns from the 200 kHz
narrow beam.
• When set to 83 kHz, the returns from the 83 kHz wide beam will be displayed in the
Sonar View, Sonar Zoom View, Big Digits View, and the Circular Flasher View. The Split
Sonar View will continue to display returns from both beams in their respective
windows. The RTS Window will display the returns from the 83 kHz wide beam.
Down Imaging models (HELIX DI GPS) allow you to choose
200 kHz or 455 kHz for conical sonar coverage in the
traditional sonar views.
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• When set to 200 kHz, only the returns from the 200 kHz
(28°) beam will be displayed.
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16°
455kHz
28°
• When set to 455 kHz, only the returns from the 455 kHz
(16°) narrow beam will be displayed.
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Xtreme Depth models (HELIX XD GPS) allow you to choose 200/50 kHz, 200 kHz, or 50 kHz
(Default = 200/50 kHz).
• When set to 200/50 kHz, the returns from both beams are blended by starting with the
50 kHz wide beam return, dimming it, and then overlaying it with the 200 kHz narrow
beam return. The darker 200 kHz narrow beam sonar returns will stand out from the paler
50 kHz wide beam sonar returns. The Split Sonar View continues to display the sonar
returns from each beam in their respective windows. The blended information is shown
in the Sonar View, Sonar Zoom View, and the Big Digits View. The RTS Window in the
Sonar View and Circular Flasher View will only show the returns from the 200 kHz narrow
beam.
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• When set to 200 kHz, only the returns from the 200 kHz narrow beam will be displayed
in the Sonar View, Sonar Zoom View, Big Digits View, and the Circular Flasher View. The
Split Sonar View will continue to display returns from both beams in their respective
windows. The RTS Window in the Sonar View will display the returns from the 200 kHz
narrow beam.
• When set to 50 kHz, the returns from the 50 kHz wide beam will be displayed in the Sonar
View, Sonar Zoom View, Big Digits View, and the Circular Flasher View. The Split Sonar
View will continue to display returns from both beams in their respective windows. The
RTS Window will display the returns from the 50 kHz wide beam.
Imaging Frequency
(HELIX DI GPS only)
Settings: 800 kHz, 455 kHz; Default = 455 kHz
Imaging Frequency allows you to select which frequency to apply to the Down Imaging beams
(455 kHz or 800 kHz). For the best overall image quality and depth, select 455 kHz. For the sharpest
image (but limited depth capability), select 800 kHz.
Down Imaging Beams
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Surface Clutter
Settings: Low = 1 to High = 10; Default = 5
Surface Clutter adjusts the filter that removes surface clutter noise caused by algae and
aeration. The lower the setting, the less surface clutter will be displayed.
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SwitchFire
Settings: Max Mode, Clear Mode
SwitchFire controls how the sonar returns are displayed in the Sonar Views.
Choose Max Mode to see only raw sonar returns on the display. When Max Mode is selected,
you will see the maximum sonar information available within the transducer beam, so more fish
arches and better jig tracking are shown.
Choose Clear Mode to see less clutter and more fish size accuracy on the display. When Clear
Mode is selected, the clutter is filtered, and sonar returns are interpreted to provide more details
about the objects within the transducer beam, regardless of their location. In other words, a large
arch on the display means a large fish has been detected.
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Fish ID+
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Fish ID+ uses advanced signal processing to interpret sonar returns and will display a Fish Symbol
when very selective requirements are met. When a fish is detected, a fish icon and its depth are
displayed above the return that has been classified as being a fish. Three different fish size icons
represent the intensity of the sonar return and provide an indicator of relative fish size.
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In DualBeam PLUS models (HELIX SONAR GPS), targets detected in the 200 kHz narrow beam
are represented as orange fish symbols, and targets detected in the 83 kHz wide beam are
represented as blue fish symbols.
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In Down Imaging models (HELIX DI GPS), targets detected in the 455 kHz conical beam are
represented as blue fish symbols, and targets detected in the 200 kHz conical beam are
represented as orange fish symbols.
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In Xtreme Depth models (HELIX XD GPS), targets detected in the 200 kHz narrow beam are
represented as orange fish symbols and targets detected in the 50 kHz wide beam are represented
as blue fish symbols.
When Fish ID+ is turned off, the Fishfinder shows only the raw sonar returns on the display.
These returns will often result in “arches“ forming on the display, indicating potential targets.
Due to the transducer beam angle, the distance to a fish decreases as the fish moves into the
beam, and then increases as it moves out again, creating a Fish Arch when this distance change
is shown on the display. Boat speed, chart speed, and the position of the fish within the sonar
beam greatly affect the shape of the arch.
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Fish ID Sensitivity
Settings: Low = 1, High = 10; Default = 5
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Fish ID Sensitivity adjusts the threshold of the Fish ID+ detection algorithms. Selecting a higher
setting allows weaker returns to be displayed as fish. This is useful for identifying smaller fish
species or baitfish. Selecting a lower setting displays fewer fish from weak sonar returns. This is
helpful when seeking larger species of fish.
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Fish ID Sensitivity is used in conjunction with Fish ID+. Fish ID+ must be On for Fish ID Sensitivity
to affect the ability of the Fishfinder to identify sonar returns as fish.
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Real Time Sonar (RTS) Window
Settings: Wide, Narrow, Off; Default = Narrow
RTS Window sets the RTS Window to Wide or Narrow, or turns it off in the Sonar View. The RTS
Window always updates at the fastest rate possible and only displays returns that are within the
transducer beam. See What’s on the Sonar Display for more information.
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RTS Window (Off)
NOTE: The Wide RTS Window does not use grayscale.
Sonar Colors
Settings: Gray, Green, Inverse, Original Palette, Palette 1, Palette 2, Palette
3; Default = Palette 1
Sonar Colors allows you to select which color palette you would like to use for the display. The
palette you choose will be applied to the Sonar Views.
• Gray: Light Gray (weak) to Black (strong)
• Green: Dark Green (weak) to Light Green (strong)
• Inverse: Black (weak) to White (strong)
• Original Palette: Cyan (weak) to Red (strong)
• Palette 1: Navy Blue (weak), Purple (medium), Yellow (strong)
• Palette 2: Navy Blue (weak), Green (medium), Yellow (strong)
• Palette 3: Navy Blue (weak) to Red (strong)
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Bottom View
Settings: Structure ID, WhiteLine; Default = Structure ID
Bottom View selects the method used to represent bottom and structure on the display.
• Structure ID represents weak returns in blue and strong returns in red. If the Sonar Colors
palette is changed, the Structure ID will display the strongest return as specified by the
palette.
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• WhiteLine highlights the strongest sonar returns in white, resulting in a distinctive
outline. This has the benefit of clearly defining the bottom on the display.
See What’s on the Sonar Display: Sonar Colors and Bottom View for more information.
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Zoom Width
(Sonar Zoom View only)
Settings: Narrow, Medium, Wide; Default = Narrow
Zoom Width adjusts the width of the zoomed view on the Sonar Zoom View, which is on the left
side of the display. See Views: Sonar Zoom View for more information.
50 kHz Sensitivity
(Advanced, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: -10 to +10, Default = 0
50 kHz Sensitivity changes the sensitivity of the 50 kHz beam. Increasing the 50 kHz Sensitivity
will display additional weak returns, and decreasing the 50 kHz Sensitivity will display fewer
weak returns.
NOTE: 50 kHz Sensitivity is particularly useful for adjusting the sensitivity of the 50 kHz sonar returns in the
200/50 kHz Split Sonar View. The 50 kHz sensitivity can be adjusted without affecting the sensitivity of the
200 kHz returns shown in the 200 kHz sonar window.
83 kHz Sensitivity
(Advanced, HELIX SONAR GPS only)
Settings: -10 to +10, Default = 0
83 kHz Sensitivity changes the sensitivity of the 83 kHz beam. Increasing the 83 kHz Sensitivity will
display additional weak returns, and decreasing the 83 kHz Sensitivity will display fewer weak returns.
NOTE: 83 kHz Sensitivity is particularly useful for adjusting the sensitivity of the 83 kHz sonar returns in
the 200/83kHz Split Sonar View. The 83 kHz sensitivity can be adjusted without affecting the sensitivity
of the 200 kHz returns shown in the 200 kHz sonar window.
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455 kHz Sensitivity
(Advanced, HELIX DI GPS only)
Settings: -10 to +10, Default = 0
455 kHz Sensitivity adjusts the sensitivity of the 455 kHz beam. Increase the sensitivity to display
additional weak returns and decrease the sensitivity to display fewer weak returns.
Depth Lines
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, On; Default = On
Depth Lines divide the display into four equal sections which are separated by three horizontal depth
lines. The depth of each line is displayed along the depth scale. You can turn Depth Lines On or Off.
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Noise Filter
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, Low, Medium, High 1, High 2, High 3; Default = Low
Noise Filter adjusts the sonar Noise Filter to limit interference on the display from sources such
as your boat engine, turbulence, or other sonar devices.
The Off setting removes all filtering. Low, Medium, and High 1, High 2, High 3 settings add
progressive filtering of the sonar returns. High 1, High 2, and High 3 are useful when there is
excessive trolling motor noise, but in some deep water situations, the High settings may actually
hinder your unit’s ability to find the bottom.
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Max Depth
(Advanced)
Settings: Various, see below.
Max Depth controls the maximum depth of operation. When Max Depth is set to Auto, the
Fishfinder will acquire bottom readings as needed (within the capacity of the unit). When Max
Depth is set to match your fishing maximum depth, your Fishfinder will not attempt to acquire
sonar data below that depth, so more detail will be shown on the screen.
NOTE: If the bottom is deeper than the Max Depth setting, the digital depth readout will flash, indicating
that the Fishfinder cannot locate the bottom.
• HELIX SONAR GPS: Auto to 1500 ft, Auto to 500 m (International Models only);
Default = Auto
• HELIX DI GPS: Auto to 600 ft, Auto to 240 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
• HELIX XD GPS: Auto to 2500 ft, Auto to 760 m (International Models only); Default = Auto
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Water Type
(Advanced)
Settings: Fresh, Salt (shallow), Salt (deep); Default = Fresh
Water Type configures your unit for operation in fresh or salt water. In salt water, you can also
choose the shallow or deep setting.
NOTE: Make sure that the Water Type is set accurately, especially in salt water, as this affects the
accuracy of deep water depth readings. In salt water, what would be considered a large fish might be
2 to 10 times bigger than a large fish in fresh water (depending on the type of fish you are seeking).
The salt water setting allows for a greater range in fish size adjustment to account for this difference.
Digital Depth Source
(Advanced, Down Imaging models with optional-purchase
transducers only [HELIX DI GPS])
Settings: Auto, 2D Element; Default = Auto
Digital Depth Source specifies the beams that will be used to provide the depth for the digital
depth readouts (see Views: Change Digital Readouts for more information). It is important to
set this menu option based on the transducer that is connected to the control head, as follows:
• If a Down Imaging transducer is connected to the control head, select Auto. Depending
on the depth, Auto will automatically choose the 2D conical beams or the Down Imaging
beams to display depth in the digital readout window. Auto is the default setting.
• If an accessory transducer is connected to the control head, select 2D Element. For
example, if you connect an ice transducer to your Down Imaging unit, change the digital
depth source to 2D Element in order to display depth in the digital readout window. The
2D Element setting should not be used with a Down Imaging transducer.
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NOTE: Visit our Web site at humminbird.com to determine which accessory transducers are compatible
with your Humminbird Fishfinder, or contact Humminbird Customer Service.
NOTE: When Digital Depth Source is set to 2D Element, the DI setting will be removed from the DI Pings
menu. When DI Pings is set to DI, the 2D Element setting will be removed from the Digital Depth Source
menu. See DI Pings for more information.
DI Pings
(Advanced, Down Imaging View and Chart/Down Combo View only
[HELIX DI GPS])
Settings: 2D + DI, DI; Default = 2D + DI
DI Pings allows you to select which beams will be used to display returns in the Down Imaging
view.
Select 2D + DI to display returns from both the 2D sonar beams and the Down Imaging beams.
Select DI to display returns from the Down Imaging beams only. Selecting DI provides faster
screen updates.
NOTE: When DI Pings is set to DI, the 2D Element setting will be removed from the Digital Depth Source
menu. When the Digital Depth Source is set to 2D Element, the DI setting will be removed from the DI
Pings menu. See Digital Depth Source for more information.
DI Pings
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NOTE: See How Sonar Works: Down Imaging Sonar for more information.
Color Bar
Settings: Off, On; Default = On
Color Bar allows you to display or hide the display of the color bar shown in the full screen Sonar
View.
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Ice Fishing Mode
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Ice Fishing Mode controls how information is displayed in the Circular Flasher View. When Ice
Fishing Mode is off, the Circular Flasher View displays Real Time Sonar (RTS) data in a traditional
flasher format.
When Ice Fishing Mode is on, the Circular Flasher View displays the data in flasher format with
additional features including Zoom and Depth Cursor. Also, the Fishfinder’s sensitivity settings are
adjusted automatically to accommodate ice fishing conditions. These settings will apply to the
other Sonar Views until you turn off the Ice Fishing Mode. See Views: Circular Flasher View for
more information.
DI Colors
(HELIX DI GPS only)
Settings: Blue, Amber 1, Amber 2, Brown, Green, Inverse, Gray, Green/Red;
Default = Amber 1
DI Colors allows you to select which color palette you would like to use for the Down Imaging
display.
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Navigation Menu Tab
Press the MENU key twice to access the Main Menu, then
press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Navigation tab is
selected.
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NOTE: Menu options are determined by your Humminbird model.
See the following pages for full menu descriptions.
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Current Track
Settings: Save, Clear, Appearance, Stop Tracking
Current Track allows you to view the Current Track submenu. See Introduction to Navigation:
Tracks for more information.
The Current Track Submenu includes the following menu options:
Save allows you to save the current track.
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Clear allows you to delete the current track.
Appearance allows you to change the style and color of the current track. (Breadcrumb
Trail, Dashed Line, Solid Line or Wide Line, and if a line, the color of the line, or Color By
Depth).
• Sonar Models: If you choose Color By Depth, you cannot choose one color to
represent the track. A color range will represent the different depths on the track
instead, from light green (shallowest) to black (deepest). You can change the depth
range associated with black by using Track Color Range menu setting (see
Navigation Menu Tab: Track Color Range).
• If you choose Hidden, the unit continues to save trackpoints, but the track will not
be displayed on the view.
Stop Tracking clears the current track and the unit will not save trackpoints. To resume
saving the track, select Current Track > Start Tracking.
Sonar Models: To save the depth information with the Current Track, it is important to save the track
and also edit the name before powering off the control head.
Waypoints, Routes, Tracks
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Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the dialog box.
Waypoints, Routes, Tracks allows you to open the Waypoint Management dialog box. Use the
Waypoint Management dialog box to create new waypoints and routes and organize your
navigation data. You can also edit waypoint, route, and track information. Your navigation data
can be saved into groups, sorted, copied, and exported to HumminbirdPC.
See Introduction to Navigation and the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for
more information.
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Waypoint Settings
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the dialog box.
Waypoint Settings allows you to open the Waypoint Settings dialog box. Use the Waypoint
Settings dialog box to set the waypoint icon category and the waypoint icon for all new
waypoints. See Introduction to Navigation: Edit your Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, and Groups and
the Humminbird Waypoint Management Guide for details.
The Waypoint Settings dialog box includes the following options:
Icon Category allows you to select a waypoint icon category (All, Geometry, Alerts,
Supplies, Navigation, Recreation, Fish, Environment). The Default Waypoint Icon also
changes to match the selected category.
Default Waypoint Icon allows you select an icon for all new waypoints. To see the most
icon choices, set the Icon Category to All.
New Waypoint Icon:
Select Default, and the system will automatically apply your settings to new
waypoints.
If you choose Select, each time you mark a waypoint (by pressing the MARK key),
you will be prompted to change the waypoint icon and category. To accept the
current settings, press the MARK key again.
Saved Tracks Defaults
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to open the dialog box.
Saved Tracks Defaults allows you to open the Default Track dialog box. Use the dialog box to set
the default track appearance for all newly-saved tracks.
The Saved Tracks dialog box includes the following options:
Visibility allows you to set new tracks to visible or hidden.
Style allows you to set the appearance and color of new tracks (Breadcrumb Trail, Dashed
Line, Solid Line or Wide Line, and if a line, the color of the line, or Color By Depth).
Sonar Models: If you choose Color By Depth, you cannot choose one color to represent
the track. A color range will represent the different depths on the track instead, from light
green (shallowest) to black (deepest). You can change the depth range associated with
black by using the Track Color Range menu setting (see Navigation Menu Tab: Track
Color Range).
Chart Orientation
Settings: North-Up, Head Up, Course-Up; Default = North-Up
Chart Orientation allows you to select whether the Chart and Combo Views should be drawn
North-Up, Head Up, or Course-Up. The Chart Orientation setting does not apply to the Bird’s Eye
View (see Viewing Cartography).
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Casting Rings
Settings: Off to 150 feet, 0 to 50 meters; Default = Off
Casting Rings allows you to display a circle around each waypoint on the Chart View. This menu
option sets the distance that the Casting Ring will be displayed from the waypoint. Select Off to
hide the Casting Rings.
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NOTE: Casting Rings are not applied to decluttered waypoints (see Navigation Menu Tab: Waypoint
Decluttering).
North Reference
Settings: True, Magnetic; Default = True
North Reference allows you to have bearings displayed with one of two orientations: True North
or Magnetic North.
Waypoint Proximity Flags
(Advanced)
Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Hidden
Waypoint Proximity Flags allows you to display or hide waypoint flags for the ten closest
waypoints to the boat or active cursor. The flags show the distance from the boat (or active cursor)
to each waypoint.
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only displayed if the chart range is less than .5 sm and the boat is traveling less than 15 mph.
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Waypoint Decluttering
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, On; Default = On
Waypoint Decluttering allows you to set the declutter feature On or Off. When two or more
waypoints overlap, or are displayed close together on a chart view, the screen will automatically
declutter—waypoint names will shorten and the waypoint icons will change into small blue
icons. Select Off to display waypoints at regular size.
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Trolling Grid Rotation
Settings: 0° to 89°, Default = 0°
Trolling Grid Rotation allows you to set the orientation of the trolling grid in degrees, where a
setting of 0° displays a standard North, South, East, West alignment. See Introduction to
Navigation: Add a Waypoint Target or Trolling Grid for information.
NOTE: This feature may appear as either Trolling Grid Rotation or Grid Rotation, depending on your
model.
Trackpoint Interval
Settings: 1 second, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, or 60
seconds; Default = 1 second
Trackpoint Interval allows you to select the time period between trackpoints. The current track
can only contain up to 20,000 trackpoints, so longer time periods cause the track to extend back
further in time, but will be less detailed.
Trackpoint Interval works in conjunction with Track Min Distance. Both conditions must be met
before a trackpoint is added to the current track. During slow travel or drift, setting both Trackpoint
Interval and Track Min Distance to small values will allow you to increase the track resolution.
Track Min Distance
(Advanced)
Settings: 1 to 300 feet, or 1 to 100 meters [International Units only];
Default = 16 feet, 5 meters
Track Min Distance allows you to set a minimum distance of travel before a trackpoint is added
to the track.
Track Min Distance works in conjunction with Trackpoint Interval. Both conditions must be met
before a trackpoint is added to the current track. During slow travel or drift, setting both Trackpoint
Interval and Track Min Distance to small values will allow you to increase the track resolution.
Track Color Range
Settings: 50 to 3000* feet or 20 to 1000 meters [International Units only],
Default = 50 feet, 20 meters
Track Color Range allows you to set the depth range that will be displayed as black, the deepest
depth, when Color By Depth is selected as the style for the current track (see Navigation Menu
Tab: Current Track).
*NOTE: Only an optional-purchase transducer with a 50 kHz frequency will allow you to track to 3000 feet.
Visit our Web site at humminbird.com for a list of compatible transducers for your Humminbird model.
Map Datum
(Advanced)
Settings: Various, Default = WGS 84
Map Datum allows you to change the map coordinate system used by the control head to match
those of a paper map.
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North-Up Indicator
Settings: On, Off; Default = Off
North-Up Indicator allows you to display the North-Up icon on the screen to indicate the direction
of True North. The icon also displays the Chart Orientation, and it will change as the orientation
and the data source change. To set the Chart Orientation, see Navigation Menu Tab. Also, see
Views: View Orientation.
Course Projection Line
Settings: Hidden, Standard, Single Vector, COG/SOG; Default = Standard
Course Projection Line displays an arrow or line, extending from the bow of the boat, that
projects your current course and shows where the boat will go if you continue on your present
course.
You can choose the style of the Course Projection Line as follows:
• Standard = arrow
• Single Vector = line
• COG/SOG = line with tick marks at set intervals from the boat. The tick marks are based
on the speed calculation.
3D View Outline
Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Visible
3D View Outline allows you to display or hide an outline on the Chart side of the Chart or Bird's
Eye Combo Views that shows what you're viewing on the Bird's Eye side of the view.
Continuous Navigation Mode
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Continuous Navigation Mode allows you to continue to navigate and fish around a particular
waypoint, even if you pass over it multiple times.
GPS Receiver Override
(Advanced)
Settings: Internal, External, Auto; Default = Auto
GPS Receiver Override allows you to set which GPS receiver to use if you have multiple GPS
receivers plugged into the system. These multiple GPS receivers may be internal or external. If you
select Auto, your unit will select a GPS receiver automatically.
NOTE: If only one GPS receiver is plugged into your system, then Auto will be the only option shown.
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Chart Menu Tab
Press the MENU key twice to access the Main Menu and
then press the RIGHT Cursor key until the Chart tab is
selected.
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the User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User
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menu options that correspond with the active chart. To
manually select a chart card, see Chart Select. Also, see
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Lat/Lon Grid
Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Hidden
Lat/Lon Grid allows you to display or hide a grid showing latitude and longitude lines.
Navaids on Bird’s Eye View
Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Visible
Navaids on Bird's Eye View allows you to display or hide additional navigational aids in Bird’s
Eye View, such as lights and buoys.
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Chart Select
Settings: Various, Default = Auto
Chart Select allows you to choose which chart to use if you have built-in charts or a map card.
If you select Auto, your unit will select a chart automatically (see microSD Card Slot: Add Maps
to your Control Head).
NOTE: The microSD Card requires a separate purchase. For more information, visit our Web site at
humminbird.com or contact Humminbird Customer Service at 1-800-633-1468.
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(Advanced)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions to
activate.
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any arrow on the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to activate the cursor and move it to the coordinates
where you want start the simulation. Then confirm the position using the Set Simulation menu
setting.
NOTE: The cursor must be active in order for this procedure to work. If the cursor was not active before
you began this procedure, an error message will appear. Exit the menu, set the cursor, then try again.
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Set Map Offset
(Advanced)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions to
activate.
Set Map Offset allows you to change the map offset used by your control head. Press the
4-WAY Cursor Control key to activate the cursor and move it to the location where the Map Offset
will be applied. Then, confirm the map offset position using the Set Map Offset menu setting.
The Map Offset will be applied to all maps and not just the map that requires the correction. The Map
Offset should be cleared if a different map is to be used.
NOTE: The cursor must be active in order for this procedure to work. If the cursor was not active before
you began this procedure, an error message will appear. Exit the menu, set the cursor, then try again.
NOTE: This feature does not apply to LakeMaster charts.
Clear Map Offset
(Advanced)
Settings: Follow screen instructions to activate.
Clear Map Offset allows you to clear the Map Offset. The Clear Map Offset menu option is
available when Map Offset is active.
Shaded Depth
Settings: Off, 1 to 180 feet, or 1 to 60 meters [International Units only];
Default = 15 ft, 5 m
Shaded Depth allows you to change the depth used for shading on the Chart Views.
Chart Detail Level
Settings: Basic, Navigation, Underwater, All, Custom; Default = All
Chart Detail Level allows you to select how much chart detail you want displayed on the
Navigation Views.
NOTE: Some chart details are only available with an optional-purchase microSD card.
Basic shows land areas, ports, obstructions, and restricted areas.
Navigation shows navaids, landmarks, ferryways, and navigation routes in addition to
the Basic information.
Underwater shows depth contours, fishing areas, underwater wrecks, tides and currents
in addition to the Basic and Navigation information.
All shows roads, buildings, railways, and other notations in addition to the Basic,
Navigation, and Underwater information.
Custom (Advanced user mode) allows you to display or hide chart layers on the
Navigation Views. The available chart layers include Navigable Canals, Boundaries,
Restricted Areas, Coastline, Bridges, etc.
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To customize the chart layers:
1. Select Chart Detail Level from the Chart Menu Tab. Press the RIGHT Cursor key to select
Custom. Selecting Custom adds the Custom Chart Layers menu to the Chart menu.
2. Press the DOWN Cursor key to select Custom Chart Layers, and press the RIGHT Cursor
key to access the submenu.
3. Use the 4-WAY Cursor key to select a layer and turn it on (visible) or off (hidden). All
changes take place immediately.
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Bridge (wavy red lines) 8
Drying Lines 9
Isolated Danger: Boat Ramp 10
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Map Borders
Settings: Hidden, MMC/SD Only, All Visible; Default = MMC/SD Only
Map Borders allows you to display or hide map borders. The dotted lines of a Map Border indicate
an area which contains a different map. Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the active
cursor within a map border, and press the ZOOM + key to view the different map.
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Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Visible
Spot Soundings allows you to display or hide spot soundings, which are depth measurements
shown on the chart.
NOTE: This feature is only available with an optional-purchase microSD card.
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Auto Zoom
(Advanced)
Settings: On, Off; Default = Off
Auto Zoom sets the Chart View to zoom automatically based on the speed of the boat. As the
boat’s speed increases, the chart range will increase. You can continue to use the +/– ZOOM keys
to see more or less of the view, and Auto Zoom will resume after 20 seconds. To use only the
+/– ZOOM keys to adjust the chart range, turn off Auto Zoom. See Views: Viewing Cartography
for more information.
NOTE: The Auto Zoom setting does not apply to the Bird’s Eye View.
Auto Range
(Advanced)
Settings: On, Off; Default = Off
Auto Range, when turned on, sets the chart scale to the lowest range so that only the boat icon
and the next waypoint in the route are displayed. See Views: Viewing Cartography for more
information.
Zoom In/Out: Press the +/– ZOOM keys. Using the +/– ZOOM keys will override Auto Range. To
resume using Auto Range, press and hold the +/– ZOOM keys. See Views: Viewing Cartography
for more information.
NOTE: The Auto Range setting does not apply to the Bird’s Eye View.
NOTE: If Auto Range is turned on, it will override the Auto Zoom menu action.
Vessel Offset
(Advanced)
Settings: On, Off; Default = Off
Vessel Offset allows you to display more of the Chart View based on the speed of the boat. Vessel
Offset works with Offset Speed.
Turn on Vessel Offset, and set the speed threshold in Offset Speed. When the boat is moving
below the Offset Speed setting, the boat icon will be displayed in the center of the Chart View.
When the boat is moving at or above the Offset Speed setting, the boat icon will move to the edge
of the view so that more of the Chart View is shown on-screen.
Offset Speed
(with Vessel Offset turned on)
Settings: 5 to 60 mph, 5 to 50 kts, or 8 to 95 kph (International Models
only); Default = 5 mph, 5 kts, 8 kph
Offset Speed allows you to see more of the Chart View when the boat is traveling at or above the
Offset Speed setting. Vessel Offset must be turned on. See Vessel Offset for more information.
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Contour Lines
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: Hidden, Visible; Default = Visible
Contour Lines sets whether the water contour lines are visible or hidden in the Chart Views. Contour
Lines are also affected by the Water Level Offset setting.
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Depth Colors
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: Off, 1 - 10; Default = Off
Depth Color sets the depth shading in the Chart views to Off or Shaded.
Depth Highlight
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: Off, 1 to 800 feet, 1 to 130 fathoms, .25 to 260 meters
(International Models only); Default = Off
Depth Highlight allows you to highlight a depth setting in the chart views. The depth you set will
be highlighted in green. Use Depth Highlight with Depth Highlight Range.
Depth Highlight Range (+/-)
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: 0 to 60 feet, 0 to 10 fathoms, 0 to 20 meters (International
Models only); Default = 5 feet, 2 meters
Depth Highlight Range adjusts the range on each side of the highlighted depth, when a Depth
Highlight is active in the chart views.
For example, if you know a certain fish is holding at 18 - 20 feet, you can set the Depth Highlight
at 19 feet, and the Depth Highlight Range a +/- 1 foot. The view will show a green band from
18 - 20 feet.
Water Level Offset
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: -200 to +30 feet, -33 to +5 fathoms, -60 to +10 meters
(International Models only); Default = 0
Water Level Offset allows you to change the level of the water being read from the control head.
The displayed numbers on the Contour Lines will adjust from the Water Level Offset setting, and
the water level offset will be highlighted in dark brown.
For example, if the lake is down 5 feet, set the Water Level Offset setting to -5.
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Shallow Water Highlight
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: 0 to 30 feet, 0 to 5 fathoms, 0 to 10 meters (International Models
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Shallow Water Highlight allows you to select a minimum shallow depth setting so that the depth
is highlighted in red in the Chart Views.
For example, if your boat has a draft of 3 feet, set the Shallow Water Highlight feature to 3 feet,
and the unit will draw a red band from 0 - 3 feet. Use this setting with Water Level Offset.
Lake List
(optional-purchase LakeMaster charts only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key to activate.
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Lake List allows you to view the list of lakes included on the installed microSD card.
Sort By: Highlight Sort By, and use the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to select a sort option
for the list.
Scroll: Use the UP or DOWN Cursor keys to scroll through the list. As each lake is
highlighted, you can view information about the lake in the white box displayed on the
screen.
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Cursor To: Highlight a lake on the list and press the RIGHT Cursor key to move the active
cursor to the location you’ve chosen. You can then mark waypoints, or press the GOTO key
to start navigation toward a waypoint, or press the CHECK/INFO key for more information.
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Setup Menu Tab
From any view, press the MENU key twice to access the
tabbed Main Menu, then press the RIGHT Cursor key until
the Setup tab is selected.
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NOTE: Menu options will vary depending on which accessories
are attached to the unit.
NOTE: Menu options can be expanded or simplified by setting
the User Mode to Advanced or Normal. See Main Menu: User
Mode for details.
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Units - Depth
(HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: Domestic Models: Feet, Fathoms; International Models: Meters,
Feet, Fathoms; Default = Feet/Meters
Units - Depth selects the units of measure for all depth-related readouts.
Units - Temp
(International Models only, temperature input required)
Settings: Celsius, Fahrenheit; Default = Celsius
Units - Temp selects the units of measure for all temperature-related readouts.
Units - Distance
(with Speed input only)
Settings: Domestic Models: Statute Miles, Nautical Miles,
Default = Statute Miles; International Models: Meters/Kilometers,
Meters/Nautical Miles, Feet/Statute Miles, Feet/Nautical Miles,
Default = Meters/Kilometers
Units - Distance selects the units of measure for all distance-related readouts, and will appear
in the menu if a Temp/Speed Accessory is connected and the paddlewheel has moved at least
once, or if a GPS Receiver is installed.
Units - Speed
(with Speed input only)
Settings: Domestic Models: mph, kts; International Models: kph, mph,
kts; Default = mph/kph
Units - Speed selects the units of measure for speed-related readouts, and will appear in the menu
if a Temp/Speed Accessory is connected and the paddlewheel has moved at least once, or if a GPS
Receiver is installed.
User Mode
Settings: Normal, Advanced; Default = Normal
User Mode sets the menu system to Normal or Advanced. When set to Normal, the basic set of
menu options are shown in the menu system. When set to Advanced (default setting), additional
menu options are added to the menu system. See Main Menu: User Mode for details.
Language
(International Models only)
Settings: Various, Default = English
Language selects the display language for menus. International Models only.
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Triplog Reset
(with Speed input only)
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions to
activate.
Triplog Reset resets the Triplog to zero, and will appear in the menu if a Temp/Speed Accessory
is connected and the paddlewheel has moved at least once, or if a GPS Receiver is installed. The
Triplog provides the following information: timer for elapsed time, distance traveled since last
reset, and average speed.
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Restore Defaults
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions to
activate.
Use this menu choice with caution!
Restore Defaults resets ALL menu settings to their factory defaults.
Format Nav Directories
Settings: Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow screen instructions.
Use this menu choice with caution!
Format Nav Directories deletes ALL navigation data (waypoints, routes, tracks, and groups) and
resets the navigation data directory in the Waypoint Management dialog box. You may need to
reset the navigation directory if you’ve imported corrupted navigation data from an unknown
source, which can cause the unit to malfunction (see microSD Card Slot: Import Navigation
Data). Contact Humminbird Customer Service before using this menu option.
NOTE: It is important to back up your control head’s data files periodically. Data files should also be saved
to your PC before restoring the unit’s defaults or updating the software. See your Humminbird online account
at humminbird.com and the Waypoint Management guide.
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Settings: Various
Select Readouts sets the information to display in each of the fixed-position data windows on
the Sonar View screen. To leave the data window blank, select Off. See Views: Change Digital
Readouts to change the Select Readouts.
NOTE: If you have a HELIX GPS, see Navigation X-Press Menu and Views to understand the
Select Readouts and Select Nav Readouts menu options.
Data windows can display readouts from installed equipment such as a
GPS Receiver or Temp/Speed accessory (optional-purchase required). Each
data window can be empty or contain one of the following information
categories:
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• Time
• Depth
• Time + Date
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• Position
• Triplog
• Speed
• Voltage
• Temperature
• Water Speed
Select Readouts
Traditional 2D Sonar and Down Imaging Views: All 5 readouts can be customized.
During navigation: Readout 1 can be customized, and Readouts 2 - 5 are fixed as follows: Readout
2 (Heading), Readout 3 (Bearing), Readout 4 (Split: Cross Track Error (XTE) and Distance To Go
(DTG)), and Readout 5 (Split: Time To Go (TTG) and Speed).
Chart Views: Readouts 1, 3, and 4 can be customized. Readout 2 (Heading) and Readout 5
(Speed) are fixed and cannot be customized.
During navigation: Readout 1 can be customized, and Readouts 2 through 5 are fixed as follows:
Readout 2 (Heading), Readout 3 (Bearing), Readout 4 (Split: Cross Track Error (XTE) and Distance
To Go (DTG)), and Readout 5 (Split: Time To Go (TTG) and Speed).
Bird’s Eye View: Readouts 1 through 4 are fixed as follows: Depth, Heading, Position (Lat/Lon),
and Speed.
During navigation: There are two columns of fixed readouts. The first column shows Depth, Time
To Go (TTG), Position (Lat/Lon), and Speed. The second column shows Cross Track Error (XTE),
Heading, Bearing, and Distance To Go (DTG).
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Sonar View
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2 Readout 2
3 Readout 3
4 Readout 4
5 Readout 5
NOTE: The availability of the digital readout information corresponds with the view selected, the
accessory attached, and whether or not you are navigating.
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Depth Offset
(Advanced, HELIX SONAR GPS, HELIX DI GPS, HELIX XD GPS only)
Settings: -10.0 to +10.0 feet or -3.0 to +3.0 meters [International models
only]; Default = 0.0, or Off
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Depth Offset will adjust the digital depth readout to indicate depth from the waterline or boats
keel. Enter a positive vertical measurement from the transducer to the waterline to read the depth
from the waterline. Enter a negative vertical measurement from the transducer to keel to read the
depth from the keel.
Temp. Offset
(Advanced, temperature input required)
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Settings: -10.0 to +10.0 degrees, Default = 0.0, or Off
Temp Offset will adjust the temperature readout by the amount entered.
Speed Calibration
(Advanced, with Speed paddlewheel only)
Settings: -20% to +20%, Default = 0%
Speed Calibration will adjust the speed readout by the percentage entered, and will appear in
the menu if a Speed accessory is connected and the paddlewheel has moved at least once.
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Local Time Zone
(Advanced)
Settings: Various; Default = EST [UTC-5] - Eastern Standard Time
Local Time Zone selects your time zone in reference to the time reported by the GPS receiver
when Time+Date is selected as a Digital Readout (see Views: Change Digital Readouts).
Daylight Saving Time
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Daylight Saving Time adjusts the time display to account for local Daylight Saving Time when
Time+Date is selected as a Digital Readout (see Views: Change Digital Readouts).
Selecting On adds one hour to the time display adjusted for your local time zone. Selecting Off
leaves the time display as adjusted for your local time zone.
Position Format
(Advanced)
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Settings: dd.ddddd°, dd°mm.mmm', or dd°mm'ss"; Default = dd°mm.mmm'
Position Format selects the format of the latitude and longitude position display.
Time Format
(Advanced, International Models only)
Settings: 12-hour, 24-hour; Default = 12-hour
Time Format changes the time format used by the unit. Time Format selects a 12 hour or 24 hour
format for the time of day displayed when Time + Date is selected as a Digital Readout (see
Views: Change Digital Readouts).
Date Format
(Advanced, International Models only)
Settings: mm/dd/yy, dd.mm.yy, yy.mm.dd; Default = mm/dd/yy
Date Format changes the date format used by the unit. Date Format selects the format for the
date display when Time + Date is selected as a Digital Readout (see Views: Change Digital
Readouts).
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Digits Format
(Advanced)
Settings: Small tenths, Large tenths, No tenths; Default = Large tenths
Digits Format adds a tenth decimal place to the readouts such as Temperature and Depth. Use
the settings to change the display of the decimal place or remove it from the digital readouts.
Examples of the different settings are displayed below. Also, see Views: Change Digital Readouts.
Small tenths
Large tenths
No tenths
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NMEA 0183 Output
(Advanced)
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
NMEA Output turns the NMEA* output on or off. NMEA Output should be turned On if you
connect the NMEA Output wires of an accessory GPS Receiver or heading sensor cable to another
NMEA-compatible device, such as an autopilot.
*NMEA 0183 is a National Marine Electronics Association standard for data communication.
The following NMEA sentences are output:
DPT - Depth
HDG - True Heading, Pitch & Roll
HDM - Magnetic Heading
MTW - Water Temperature
GLL - Lat/Lon Position
GGA - GPS Fix Data
RMC - Recommended Minimum Specific GNSS Data
VTG - Course Over Ground and Ground Speed
ZDA - Time and Date
When navigating, the following NMEA sentences are also output:
APB - Autopilot Sentence B
BWR - Bearing and Distance to Waypoint
RMB - Recommended Minimum Navigation Info
Sonar
Settings: Off, On; Default = On
Sonar sets whether the Sonar views are shown in the View rotation. Select Off to deactivate
Sonar and remove the Sonar Views from the View rotation.
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Demonstration
Settings: Off, Visible; Default = Visible
Demonstration controls whether the Demonstration Mode is visible or off. The Demonstration
Mode appears on the screen if you don’t press any keys during the warning screen at power up.
Menu settings cannot be saved in Demonstration (see Power On and Start-Up Options Menu).
Sound Control
Settings: No Sounds, Alarms Only, All Sounds; Default = All Sounds
Sound Control allows you to set when the control head will beep or sound because of the key
presses and/or alarms.
Screen Snapshot
(optional-purchase microSD Card only)
Settings: Off, On; Default = Off
Screen Snapshot activates the screen snapshot function. When Screen Snapshot is enabled,
pressing the MARK key creates a saved screen snapshot on the optional-purchase microSD card
installed in your unit’s card slot. All active menus, dialog boxes, warnings and messages are
captured and saved automatically.
NOTE: For more information, see Views: Snapshot and Recording View and Snapshot and
Recording X-Press Menu.
NOTE: You must have an optional-purchase microSD card installed for the Screen Snapshot feature to
work.
NOTE: If you use your microSD card in two different units that have different screen sizes, the recordings
made on one unit will still be present on the card, but they will be represented by the Unavailable icon
(circle with a slanted line through it) on the Snapshot and Recording View on the other unit.
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Views Menu Tab
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From any view, press the MENU key twice to access the
tabbed Main Menu, then press the RIGHT Cursor key until
the Views tab is selected.
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This menu tab allows you to set the available views to
hidden or visible in the view rotation. The view will be
removed from the view rotation if it is set to Hidden and will
be displayed in the view rotation if it is set to Visible.
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NOTE: See Views for more information.
HELIX DI GPS Views Menu
—The down arrow indicates more menu options.
Press the DOWN Cursor key to scroll through the full menu list.
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Maintenance
Your Humminbird control head is designed to provide years of trouble free operation with very
little maintenance. Use the following procedures to ensure your Humminbird continues to deliver
top performance.
Control Head Maintenance
It is important to consider the following precautions when using your Humminbird control head:
• Chemicals, such as those found in bug spray and sunscreen, may cause permanent
damage to the control head screen. Such damage is not covered by the warranty.
• NEVER leave the control head in a closed car or trunk. The high temperatures generated
in hot weather can damage the electronics.
Use the following information to keep the control head and screen clean.
• Screen: To clean the control head screen, use a mild soap (such as a non-abrasive liquid
hand soap) and warm water. Wipe the screen dry with a soft cloth. Be careful to avoid
scratching the screen. If water spots remain, use a solution of water and vinegar.
WARNING! Do not use a chemical glass cleaner on the screen. Chemicals in the solution may
cause cracking in the lens of the unit.
NOTE: Do not wipe the screen while dirt or grease is on the screen.
• Control Head: If the control head comes into contact with salt spray, wipe the affected
surfaces with a cloth dampened with fresh water.
Transducer Maintenance
Use the following information to maintain the transducer operation.
• If your boat remains in the water for long periods of time, algae and other marine
growth can reduce the effectiveness of the transducer. Periodically clean the face of the
transducer with a mild, marine-safe and plastic-safe soap or solution.
NOTE: To clean the transducer, you may need to pivot the transducer up in the bracket.
• If your boat remains out of the water for a long period of time, it may take some time
to wet the transducer when it is returned to the water. Small air bubbles can climb to the
surface of the transducer and interfere with proper operation. These bubbles dissipate
with time, or you can wipe the face of the transducer with your fingers after the
transducer is in the water.
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Troubleshooting
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Before contacting Humminbird Customer Service, please read the following section. Taking the
time to review these troubleshooting guidelines may allow you to solve a performance problem
yourself, and therefore avoid sending your unit back for repair.
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HELIX Series Doesn’t Power Up
If your control head doesn’t power up, use the Installation Guide that also comes with it for
specific confirmation details, making sure that:
• the power cable is properly connected to the control head
• the power cable is wired correctly, with red to positive battery terminal and black to
negative terminal or ground
• the fuse is operational
• the battery voltage of the power connector is at least 10 Volts.
Correct any known problems, including removing corrosion from the battery terminals or wiring,
or actually replacing the battery if necessary.
HELIX Series Defaults to Simulator with a Transducer Attached
A connected and functioning transducer will cause the newly-started control head to go into
Normal operating mode automatically. If, when you power up the control head, it goes into
Simulator mode automatically, even though a transducer is already connected, this means that
the control head is not detecting the transducer. Perform the following troubleshooting tasks:
• Using the Installation Guide that also comes with your Fishfinder, check to make sure
that the transducer cable is securely connected to the control head. Reconnect if
necessary, and power up the control head again to see if this fixes the problem.
• Replace the non-functioning transducer with a known good transducer if available and
power up the control head again.
• Check the transducer cable. Replace the transducer if the cable is damaged or corroded.
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There are several main conditions or sources of possible interference that may cause problems
with the quality of the information displayed on the control head. Look in the following table for
some symptoms of display problems and possible solutions:
Problem
Possible Cause
The control head loses
power at high speeds.
If the power output of your boat’s engine is unregulated, the
control head may be protecting itself using its over-voltage
protection feature. Make sure the input voltage does not
exceed 20 Volts.
When the boat moves
at higher speeds, the
bottom disappears or
suddenly weakens, or
the display contains
gaps.
The transducer position may need to be adjusted. A mix of air
and water flowing around the transducer (cavitation) may be
interfering with the interpretation of sonar data. See your
Installation Guide for suggestions on adjusting the transducer
position.
Electrical noise from the boat’s engine may be interfering
with sonar reception. See Finding the Cause of Noise for
more information.
There are no fish
detected, even when
you know they are in
the water under the
boat, or sonar readings
seem weak or faulty.
Sonar readings may be affected if the transducer is not
positioned correctly (i.e. mounted at an angle, not straight
down), or there is some kind of mechanical interference,
either because it is mounted inside a hull that is too thick for
proper sonar transmission, the bond between the transducer
and the hull is not airtight, or because the transducer is dirty.
Check with your Installation Guide for guidance on repositioning the transducer, and make sure the transducer is
clean.
Low battery voltage may be affecting the power of signal
transmission.
Electrical noise from the boats engine may be interfering with
sonar reception. See Finding the Cause of Noise for more
information.
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Finding the Cause of Noise
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Electrical noise usually affects the display with many black dots at high speeds, and high
sensitivity readings. One or more of the following sources can cause noise or interference:
Possible Source of Noise
Isolation
Other electronic devices
Turn off any nearby electronic devices to see if the
problem goes away, then turn them on one at a time to
see if the noise re-appears.
The boat’s engine
To determine whether the boat’s engine is the source
of the noise, increase the RPMs while the boat is in
neutral and stationary to see if the noise increases
proportionately; if noise appears when you rev the
engine, the problem could be the spark plugs,
alternator, or tachometer wiring. Replace the spark
plugs with resistor plugs, install an alternator filter, or
route the control head power and transducer cables
away from the engine wiring.
Cavitation from the boat’s
propeller
Turbulence created by the propeller can cause noise;
make sure the transducer is mounted at least 15" (38 cm)
from the propeller, and that the water flows smoothly
over the face of the transducer at all times.
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HELIX 5 Control Head Measurements
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Gimbal Mount
7.55 in (191.77 mm)
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4.28 in
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4.64 in
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2.90 in (73.66 mm)
3.30 in (83.82 mm)
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HELIX 5 Control Head Measurements
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HELIX SONAR GPS Specifications
Depth Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1500 ft (500 m)
Power Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 Watts (RMS); 4000 Watts (Peak-To-Peak)
Operating Frequency
DualBeam PLUS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 kHz and 83 kHz
Area of Coverage
DualBeam PLUS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60° @ -10 dB in 83 kHz and 20° @ -10 dB in 200 kHz
Target Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1/2 Inches (63.5 mm)
Power Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-20 VDC
LCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480 V x 800 H
Current Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 mA
Transducer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XNT 9 20 T (includes built-in temperature probe)
Transducer Cable Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 ft (6 m)
IPX Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IP67 Waterproof/Submersible @ 1m for 30 minutes and dust tight
NOTE: Product specifications and features are subject to change without notice.
NOTE: Humminbird verifies maximum stated depth in saltwater conditions, however actual depth
performance may vary due to transducer installation, water type, thermal layers, bottom composition and
slope.
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Depth Capability
Down Imaging: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350 ft (107 m)
Traditional Sonar: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600 ft (183 m)
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Operating Frequency
Down Imaging: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455 kHz, 800 kHz
Traditional Sonar: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 kHz and 455 kHz
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Area of Coverage
Down Imaging: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75° @ -10 dB in 455 kHz, 45° @ -10 dB in 800 kHz
Traditional Sonar: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28° @ -10 dB in 200 kHz
16° @ -10 dB in 455 kHz
Target Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1/2 Inches (63.5 mm)
Power Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-20 VDC
LCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480 V x 800 H
Current Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 mA
Transducer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XNT 9 DI T (includes built-in temperature probe)
Transducer Cable Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 ft (6 m)
IPX Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IP67 Waterproof/Submersible @ 1m for 30 minutes and dust tight
NOTE: Product specifications and features are subject to change without notice.
NOTE: Humminbird verifies maximum stated depth in saltwater conditions, however actual depth
performance may vary due to transducer installation, water type, thermal layers, bottom composition and
slope.
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Depth Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2500 ft (762 m)
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Power Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 Watts (RMS); 4000 Watts (Peak-To-Peak)
k)
Operating Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 kHz, 200 kHz
z
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Area of Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74° @ -10 dB in 50 kHz
20° @ -10 dB in 200 kHz
Target Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1/2 Inches (63.5 mm)
Power Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-20 VDC
LCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .480 V x 800 H
Current Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 mA
Transducer: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XNT 9 DB 74 T (includes built-in temperature probe)
Transducer Cable Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 ft (6 m)
IPX Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IP67 Waterproof/Submersible @ 1m for 30 minutes and dust tight
e)
NOTE: Product specifications and features are subject to change without notice.
m)
NOTE: Humminbird verifies maximum stated depth in saltwater conditions, however actual depth
performance may vary due to transducer installation, water type, thermal layers, bottom composition and
slope.
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LCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480 V x 800 H
GPS Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Internal Receiver with WAAS/EGNOS
Cartography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Built-in Unimap
Optional Separate Purchase microSD Chart Cards: Humminbird LakeMaster and
Navionics Gold, HotMaps, and HotMaps Premium
Power Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-20 VDC
Current Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 mA
IPX Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IP67 Waterproof/Submersible @ 1m for 30 minutes and dust tight
NOTE: Product specifications and features are subject to change without notice.
Specifications
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE STATEMENT: It is the intention of Johnson Outdoors Marine
Electronics, Inc. to be a responsible corporate citizen, operating in compliance with known and applicable
environmental regulations, and a good neighbor in the communities where we make or sell our products.
WEEE DIRECTIVE: EU Directive 2002/96/EC “Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
(WEEE)” impacts most distributors, sellers, and manufacturers of consumer electronics in the European
Union. The WEEE Directive requires the producer of consumer electronics to take responsibility for the
management of waste from their products to achieve environmentally responsible disposal during the
product life cycle.
WEEE compliance may not be required in your location for electrical & electronic equipment (EEE), nor may
it be required for EEE designed and intended as fixed or temporary installation in transportation vehicles
such as automobiles, aircraft, and boats. In some European Union member states, these vehicles are
considered outside of the scope of the Directive, and EEE for those applications can be considered excluded
from the WEEE Directive requirement.
This symbol (WEEE wheelie bin) on product indicates the product must not be disposed of with
other household refuse. It must be disposed of and collected for recycling and recovery of waste
EEE. Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. will mark all EEE products in accordance with the
WEEE Directive. It is our goal to comply in the collection, treatment, recovery, and environmentally
sound disposal of those products; however, these requirements do vary within European Union member
states. For more information about where you should dispose of your waste equipment for recycling and
recovery and/or your European Union member state requirements, please contact your dealer or distributor
from which your product was purchased.
ROHS STATEMENT: Product designed and intended as a fixed installation or part of a system in a vessel
may be considered beyond the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic
equipment.
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Contact Humminbird
Contact Humminbird Customer Service in any of the following ways:
Web site:
humminbird.com
E-mail:
[email protected]
Telephone:
1-800-633-1468
Direct Shipping:
Humminbird
Service Department
678 Humminbird Lane
Eufaula, AL 36027 USA
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
Social Media Resources:
Facebook.com/HumminbirdElectronics
Twitter.com (@humminbirdfish)
YouTube.com/humminbirdtv
Contact Humminbird
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