Cobra Electronics GPS 500 GPS Receiver User Manual

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Important Information
CAUTIONS
Operating Instructions for Your
GPS 500
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM RECEIVER
The user is responsible for operating this product wisely.
The product is intended for use only as a navigational aid
and should not be used when precise measurement of
direction, location, distance or topography is required.
GPS (Global Positioning System) is operated by the U.S.
government, which is solely responsible for its accuracy and
maintenance. The system is subject to changes, which could
affect the accuracy and performance of GPS equipment.
Remove the batteries from the unit if you do not expect to
use it for months at a time. As with any batteries, leakage
can occur. When re-installing batteries, observe proper polarity.
WARNINGS
If you choose to use this device in a vehicle, it is the sole
responsibility of the operator of the vehicle to use this device
in a safe manner. Be careful to avoid being
distracted from safe and proper driving practices.
If you choose to use this device in a vehicle, it is the sole
responsibility of the operator to secure the GPS unit so that it
will not cause damage or personal injury in the event of an
accident.
DO NOT mount the GPS receiver over airbag panels or in a
place where the driver or passengers are likely to have an
impact with the device in an accident or collision.
NOTE
Cobra Electronics Corporation reserves the right to change or
improve information in this manual without notice. Please
visit www.cobra.com for updates or questions.
Nothing comes close to a Cobra®
Customer Support
In this user's manual, you should find all the information you
need to operate your GPS 500. If you require further
assistance after reading through this manual, Cobra®
Electronics offers the following customer support services:
In the USA:
Automated Help Desk is available in English
24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087.
Customer Service Operators are available in
English and Spanish at 773-889-3087 Monday
to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.
Questions can be faxed to 773-622-2269.
Automated Technical Assistance is available
in English or Spanish 24 hours, 7 days a week via
e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com
On-line answers to frequently asked questions
(in English only) can be found at: www.cobra.com.
Outside the U.S.A., please contact your local dealer.
Non-English Manuals
The GPS 500 is equipped to communicate in the language
of your choice: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish, (see “System PageSettings: Languages,” page 50).
For operating instructions in Dutch, French, German,
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish please visit
www.cobra.com/gps-manuals.html.
FCC Compliance
This device complies with Class B of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the condition that this device
does not cause harmful interference. It must accept any
interference received, including that which may cause
undesirable operation.
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GPS 500
GPS 500
Global Positioning System
ZOOM
IN/OUT
buttons
POWER and
Backlight
button
ZOOM
IN/OUT
buttons
ENTER
button
Battery
Compartment
door
D-Ring
Fastener
Lanyard
connector
loop
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PAGE
button
JOYSTICK
Backlit
display
screen
POWER and
Backlight
button
External
power
connector
cover
Congratulations!
Features:
You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing the GPS 500
Global Positioning System receiver from Cobra®. Designed to
give you access to the most advanced satellite navigation
technology available, your GPS 500 offers you these
sophisticated features and capabilities:
• Cobra® EXCLUSIVE 18-channel technology gives you
the quickest acquisition time of any handheld recreational
GPS receiver available
• Locks on to signals from satellites. Delivers accurate
positioning within as little as 3 meters
• Displays the route to your destination and your progress
along that route
• Indicates direction of travel to your destination with a
compass pointer
• Displays current position, altitude, bearing, time of day, current
speed of travel, average speed throughout your trip and
estimated time of arrival at your destination
• Stores up to 500 navigational waypoints
• Lets you program and store up to 20 different
navigational routes, using up to 50 points in each route
• With optional accessories, can interface and share data
with computer mapping software
• Allows you to navigate to cities already programmed into
the unit’s memory, or to points of interest you can load
from a computer
• Automatically tracks your travel, and shows you how to return
along the same track (up to 10 separate tracks can be stored)
• Easy-to-use joystick simplifies operation
• Up to 100 map datums to choose from
• Display screen can be backlit for maximum visibility
• Is waterproof to IXP7 (submerged 1 meter for 30 minutes)
standards and can operate in temperatures from 5˚F to 158˚F
(-15˚C to 70˚C)
• With optional computer software and interface cable, you
can connect to any PC to transfer data and take
advantage of powerful mapping functions
• Already programmed with continental U.S. state,
Canadian provincial and European country boundaries
ZOOM OUT
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ZOOM IN
button
Lanyard
connector
loop
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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Important Information........................................................................................................ A1
Product Features ............................................................................................................... A2–A3
Welcome.......................................................................................................................... 1
GPS General Information .................................................................................................... 2–4
Basic Operation................................................................................................................. 5–8
Installing Batteries ...................................................................................................... 5
Using the Buttons and Joystick..................................................................................... 5–6
Turning the Power On.................................................................................................. 6
Powersave Mode........................................................................................................ 6
Navigating with the GPS 500....................................................................................... 7–8
The Five Main Pages.......................................................................................................... 9
2.1 Map Page.................................................................................................................. 10–13
2.2 Gauges Page.............................................................................................................. 14–15
2.3 Trip Meter Page.......................................................................................................... 16–17
2.4 Nav Data Page........................................................................................................... 18–43
Waypoints ................................................................................................................. 19–22
Tracks ....................................................................................................................... 23–25
Routes ...................................................................................................................... 26–32
Cities/Towns ............................................................................................................. 33–34
Points of Interest ........................................................................................................ 35–37
Delete Options ........................................................................................................... 38–40
Editing Text................................................................................................................ 41
Sort or Search............................................................................................................ 42–43
2.5 System Page ............................................................................................................. 44–52
Alerts............................................................................................................................... 53–54
GPS General Information .................................................................................................... 55–58
Specifications.................................................................................................................... 59
Maintenance and Service.................................................................................................... 60
Index............................................................................................................................... 61–62
Accessories ....................................................................................................................... 63
Declaration of Conformity ................................................................................................... 63
Warranty.......................................................................................................................... 63
Order Form....................................................................................................................... 64
W E L C O M E T O T H E C O B R A® G P S 5 0 0
“GoTo” on
Map Page
“GoTo” on
Gauges Page
Making Travel Easier
GPS Basics
Your Cobra® GPS 500 receiver makes travel easier through the following ways:
GoTo a Waypoint – The GPS 500 can guide you in a straight line
to a single point. (See and )
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based radionavigation system. It consists of 24 satellites, which orbit the
earth at an altitude of approximately 11,000 miles, and
ground stations. GPS provides users with accurate information
on position, velocity and time. This is available anywhere in
the world and in most weather conditions.
GoTo a City/Town – The GPS 500 is already programmed with hundreds
“GoTo”
“GoTo”
City/Town on
POI on
Map Page
Gauges Page
of cities/towns worldwide and can guide you in a straight line to a selected
city/town. (See )
NOTE: A city/town is much larger than the precise location indicated by the
coordinates stored in your GPS 500. The coordinates assigned to a city/town
correspond to a location somewhere within the city/town’s limits. These
coordinates are intended only for navigation to the city/town, and not for
finding a specific location such as the "downtown", commercial area or
geographic center. A waypoint or point of interest can be used for more precise
navigation within a city/town.
GoTo a Point of Interest – With optional computer software and an
interface cable, the GPS 500 can be connected to a computer to take
advantage of powerful mapping programs and to transfer data back and forth
between the computer and your unit. Points of interest transferred from a
computer can be used as points within routes for navigation purposes or your
unit can guide you in a straight line to a selected Point of Interest.(See )
Navigate a Route – The GPS 500 gives you the opportunity to
Navigate
Route on
Gauges Page
Navigate
Track on
Map Page
select two or more waypoints or points of interest to create up to 20 routes.
You can then use your GPS 500 to guide you in a straight line from point to
point through a selected route. (See )
Navigate a Track – The GPS 500 automatically keeps a record
of your progress as you travel and gives you a graphic representation or
“track log” of the path or track you have taken. You can use the track log to
create a track that you can recall for navigation. The track can be navigated
in the forward or the reverse direction of the original travel. (See )
This manual is designed to help you take advantage of these and our
many other features. We suggest that you begin by reading the “General
Information” and “Five Main Pages” sections first. If you are not familiar with
the satellite navigation technology, these will help you understand the basics.
Then, take your Cobra® GPS receiver outside and practice while you read the
sections on how to operate it.
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G P S G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
GPS was initiated in 1973 to reduce the proliferation of
navigation aids by the United States Department of Defense.
By creating a robust system that overcame the limitations of
many previously existing navigation systems, GPS became
attractive to a broader spectrum of users. GPS has been
successful in classic applications such as aviation and marine
navigation since it was first developed. Since then, it has
become useful for a wide range of people because its
capabilities are accessible using small, affordable equipment.
What was once available only in very expensive equipment,
Cobra® brings to you with our high-quality line of affordable
handheld GPS receivers.
How GPS Works
GPS uses a global network of 24 satellites that transmit radio
signals to earth from high earth orbit. Thankfully for users,
the United States has offered free use of the system to the
international community. Many international user groups have
accepted GPS as the core for an international civil satellite
navigation capability.
GPS service provides users with extremely accurate
positioning information anywhere on or near the surface of
the earth. To accomplish this, each of the 24 satellites emits
signals to receivers below. GPS determines location by
computing the difference between the time that a signal is
sent and the time it is received. GPS satellites carry atomic
clocks that provide extremely accurate time information. The
time information is placed in the codes broadcast by the
satellite so that a receiver can continuously determine the
time the signal was broadcast. The signal contains data
that your Cobra® GPS receiver uses to compute the locations
of the satellites and to make other adjustments needed for
accurate positioning. Your Cobra® GPS receiver uses the time
difference between the time of signal reception and the
broadcast time to compute the distance, or range, from the
receiver to the satellite. With information about the ranges
to four satellites and the location of each satellite when
the signal was sent, your Cobra® receiver can compute its
own three-dimensional position: latitude, longitude, and
altitude. People think of GPS as having three segments:
control, space and user. What follows is
a little information about each segment.
Control Segment
The Control Segment of GPS consists of the Master Control
Station, Monitor Stations and Ground Antennas.
The one master control station, located at Falcon Air Force
Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA is responsible for
overall management of the remote monitoring and
transmission sites. As the center for support operations, it
calculates any position or clock errors for each individual
satellite, based on information received from the monitor
stations. Then it "orders" the appropriate ground antennas to
relay the corrective information back to that satellite.
Five monitor stations are located at Falcon Air Force Base in
Colorado, Hawaii, Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean,
Diego Garcia Atoll in the Indian Ocean and Kwajalein Island in
the South Pacific Ocean. Each of the monitor stations checks
the exact altitude, position, speed and overall health of the
orbiting satellites. The control segment uses measurements
collected by the monitor stations to predict each satellite's
orbit and clock. The prediction data is up-linked, or
transmitted, to the satellites for transmission back to the
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users. The control segment also ensures that the
GPS satellite orbits and clocks remain as designed. A
station can track up to 11 satellites at a time. Each station
performs this "check-up" twice a day, as the satellites
complete their journeys around the earth. Noted variations,
such as those caused by the gravity of the moon and sun and
the pressure of solar radiation, are passed along to the
master control station.
The last of the three pieces of the control segment of GPS
are the ground antennas. Ground antennas monitor and track
the satellites from horizon to horizon. They also transmit
correction information to individual satellites.
Space Segment
The space segment includes the satellites and the Delta
rockets that launch the satellites from Cape Canaveral in
Florida. GPS satellites fly in circular orbits at an altitude of
10,900 miles (17,500 km) and with a period of 12 hours.
The orbits are tilted to the earth's equator by 55 degrees to
ensure coverage of the polar regions. Powered by solar cells,
the satellites continuously orient themselves to point their
solar panels toward the sun and their antenna toward the
earth. Each of the 24 satellites, positioned in 6 orbital
planes, circles the earth twice a day.
The satellites are composed of three major subsystems: Solar
Panels, Internal Components and External Components.
Solar Panels
Each satellite is equipped with solar array panels. These
panels capture energy from the sun, which provides
power for the satellite throughout its life.
Internal Components
Internal components are subsystems such as atomic
clocks and radio transmitters. Each satellite contains four
atomic clocks. These clocks are accurate to a nanosecond
3
or a billionth of a second. The atomic clocks within the
satellites are so accurate because even an extremely
small time inaccuracy would translate into a extremely
large position difference (1/100 of a second inaccuracy
translates to a position difference of 1,860 miles to any
GPS receiver).
External Components
The exterior of the GPS satellite has a variety of
antennas. The signals generated by the radio transmitter
are sent to your Cobra® GPS receiver via L-band
antennas. Another component of the satellite is the radio
transmitter, which generates the signal. Each of the 24
satellites transmits its own unique code in the signal.
User Segment
You and your Cobra® GPS receiver are a part of the user
segment along with many other private individuals and
military personnel and their GPS receivers. Military GPS
equipment has been integrated into fighters, bombers,
tankers, helicopters, ships, submarines, tanks, jeeps and
soldiers' equipment. GPS is also used on space shuttles.
Cutting-edge satellite navigation technology coupled with your
Cobra® GPS receiver can help overcome many of the
hardships and hazards associated with recreation. Your
Cobra® GPS receiver allows you to go practically anywhere
with confidence knowing precisely where you are at all times.
With your Cobra® GPS receiver, you will be able to record
accurately any location and return to that precise spot, time
and again, anytime, anywhere.
G P S G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
Data Field Choices Descriptions
Set Data Display
Map Page
Set Data Display
Gauges Page
Set Data Display
Trip Meter Page
Your Cobra GPS 500 has the ability to display various types
of information to you. In order to take advantage of the rich
information available to you, it is important that you
understand the meaning of certain terms. Below is a list of
terms that will aid you in using your Cobra® GPS 500.
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Accuracy - the distance within which the unit can accurately
locate a position
Avg Speed - average speed throughout the current
navigation
Bearing - the direction you are currently heading
Date - the current date
Destination - the destination is the last point on a route, or
the end of a track
Elevation - your current elevation above sea level
ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival, based on the average speed
you have traveled over the course of your entire route or track
Location - your current location shown in degrees/minutes
of latitude and longitude
Max Speed - the highest speed that you have traveled
during the current navigation
Odometer - total cumulative distance traveled since the last
time the odometer was reset
Power - power icon showing power source (external or
battery), battery charge level, and backlight On or Off
Speed - your current speed
Time - the current time in your selected time zone
Trip Odom - the distance traveled since the last time the trip
odometer was reset
Trip Time - the trip time is the total time that has elapsed
during your current navigation since your last reset
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B A S I C O P E R AT I O N
B A S I C O P E R AT I O N
Installing Batteries Your GPS 500 operates on two standard AA batteries (not included). Always
use high-quality alkaline batteries. To install batteries, twist the D-ring
connector counterclockwise (anticlockwise) and remove the battery
compartment cover. Insert two AA batteries ensuring correct polarity
alignment. Replace the battery compartment cover and twist the D-ring
clockwise to lock.
As an optional power source, an Automotive Power Adapter (not included,
see “Optional Accessories”, page 63) can be used with your GPS 500.
POWER Button
The POWER Button Pressing and holding the POWER button for 2 seconds will turn the device on
or off.
JOYSTICK
With the unit turned on, pressing and releasing the POWER button will turn
on the display backlight. The display will remain lit until no buttons have
been pushed for 15 seconds (for more details, see page 47).
The PAGE Button Pressing and releasing the PAGE button allows you to cycle through the five
main pages (described in the next section). If you have proceeded to one of
the menus (described later in this manual), the PAGE button is an “escape”
key, allowing you to exit the menu and return to the previous screen. At any
time, pressing and holding the PAGE button for 2 seconds will display the
Page List menu. From this menu you can go directly to any main page.
The JOYSTICK Whenever you see a menu of selections, pushing the JOYSTICK up or down
allows you to scroll through the selections displayed. A side scroll bar next
to a menu indicates that more selections can be viewed by scrolling beyond
the bottom or top of the list that is currently visible. The JOYSTICK is also
used to move around the Map page (see page 12).
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ENTER Button ZOOM
IN/OUT
Button
The ZOOM IN/OUT Button When a map is displayed, you can use the ZOOM IN/OUT button to zoom in
or zoom out on the image of the map.
Turning the Power On Using the Buttons and Joystick
You can access all features of your GPS 500 by using three buttons and the
joystick. After reading the general explanations below, please refer to “Using
the Map Page,” page 10, to begin using the buttons to operate your unit.
PAGE Button
The ENTER Button Pressing and releasing the ENTER button accepts a highlighted selection.
The ENTER button can also be used as a Waypoint shortcut.
To mark a new waypoint using current location, press and hold the
ENTER button for 2 seconds. A confirmation window will pop up.
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Power Button
Startup Screen
Enter Button
GPS Status
Screen
To turn on your GPS 500, press and hold the POWER button for 2 seconds.
A start-up screen appears for a few seconds, followed by a screen that shows
that the unit is attempting to lock on to signals from GPS satellites. Once
three satellite signals have been acquired, the screen will automatically
switch to the Map page and the unit is ready to use.
NOTE: The unit must be outside with a clear view of the sky to acquire
satellite signals for navigation.
To turn the power off, press and hold the POWER button for 2 seconds.
NOTE: When you use the GPS 500 for the first time, it will take up to
approximately 50 seconds to lock on to the GPS satellites.
Powersave Mode If you wish to save battery power while using just the non-navigational
features of your unit, you can turn GPS navigation off. To do so, while still in
the Acquiring Satellites screen, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select NO
by pressing the ENTER button. To turn GPS navigation off after the screen
automatically changes to the Map page, see page 46.
In Powersave Mode, no GPS functions will be available until you turn GPS
back on. To do so, please refer to page 46.
NOTE: You can turn GPS off at any time. Please see “Turning GPS Off and
On,” page 46.
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Waypoint
Cities/Towns
B A S I C O P E R AT I O N
Track
Navigating with the GPS 500
Your GPS 500 receives signals from Global Positioning System satellites that
are in fixed orbits (stationary relative to the ground) around the earth. By
acquiring – or locking on to – the signals from at least three satellites, your
unit can use triangulation to precisely determine your current position, elevation
above sea level and bearing (the direction you are facing). As you travel, the
unit automatically acquires the strongest satellite signals available at your
current location. By becoming familiar with the unit’s basic operating features,
you will be able to use its powerful navigational capabilities.
POI
Waypoint, City/Town or Point of Interest You can create waypoints. A waypoint is a specific location that you ask the
unit to record. In this manual, you will learn how to mark your current
location as a waypoint, or set the coordinates for a waypoint anywhere in
the world. You can create and store up to 500 waypoints. You can ask the
unit to show you the direction of travel to an individual waypoint, or how to
navigate along a series of waypoints.
Already stored in your GPS 500 are coordinates for hundreds of cities
throughout the world plus continental U.S. state, Canadian provincial and
European country boundaries. You can also select any city/town and ask the
unit to show you the direction of travel to that city/town.
With optional computer software and interface cable, you can access a
computer mapping database to load the coordinates for points of interest
(POIs) into your GPS 500. This gives you access to hundreds of points of
interest, which you can use as waypoints for navigation.
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Route
Track Your GPS 500 automatically keeps a record of your travel, called a track. The
unit shows you a map-like picture of your track. You can create and store up
to 10 different tracks. Each track can be recalled and used for navigation as
the unit shows you how to retrace the track again, either forward or in the
reverse direction. When traveling in unfamiliar territory, this is a quick and easy
way to make sure you always know how to get back to your starting point.
Route A route is a series of waypoints which you choose to navigate in a specific
sequence. Up to 50 points may be stored in a route. Once you have created a
route, your GPS 500 will guide you from point to point. As you reach each point,
the unit automatically begins navigating to the next one.
Trip Meter
Trip Meter Along with the navigational features, the trip meter in your GPS 500 keeps
accurate time, allowing it to precisely calculate your speed of travel,
average speed throughout your trip and estimated time of arrival (ETA) at
your chosen destination.
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M A P PA G E
2.1
Using the Map Page
Map Page
Trip Meter
Page
Gauges Page
Nav Data
Page
The Five Main Pages
Map Page In the following sections of this manual, you will learn how to use five main
pages to access all the features of your GPS 500:
The Map page displays a graphic representation of the navigation currently
in progress. You can choose to display or hide any waypoints; cities/towns;
continental U.S. state, Canadian provincial and European country boundaries;
points of interest; routes or tracks that you are using. A black ▲ (triangle)
in the middle of the screen indicates your current position and direction of
travel. A data field at the bottom of the screen shows you information of
your choosing about your position or navigation. You can zoom in and out
on the map image by using the ZOOM IN/OUT button. You have a number of
options for customizing the display, (details below).
Map Page The Map page displays a map of your current position in relation to any
waypoints, cities/towns, and points of interest (POI) that you have selected. It
can show you the “GoTo” direction of travel to a selected destination. The Map
page also shows you the track that you have traveled along. If you have
created a route, the map can show you that route and your current position on
it (see page 10).
Gauges Page The Gauges page displays a compass that shows your current direction of
travel or the direction to your next waypoint. The data field currently showing
“speed” is user-selectable (see page 14).
Trip Meter Page The Trip Meter page displays a number of use-selectable fields with information
about your current location, the progress you have made, your direction of
travel, your speed of travel and the time of your trip (see page 16).
System Page
Nav Data Page The Nav Data page allows you to store and select waypoints for navigation,
use the unit’s automatic tracking feature, and program and recall a route to
selected destinations (see page 18).
System Page The System page allows you to choose the various settings and formats that
the unit uses to navigate and display information (see page 44).
NOTE: Whenever satellite lock is lost or GPS is turned OFF, certain
animation icons (below) appear on screen and continue to loop until GPS is
ON and/or satellite lock is re-acquired (see page 46).
Animation sequence that appears
when satellite lock is lost
Selecting Options From the Map page, press and release the ENTER button to display the Map
Page Options menu. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll through the
menu sections, then press the ENTER button to go to the highlighted option.
Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then press the ENTER
button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the main page.
Map Page
(North Up)
Map Options
Orient
Set Data
Orient Option Highlight and select ORIENT to designate the orientation of the map display.
To make the screen always represent magnetic north, highlight and select
NORTH UP (see ). To make the screen always represent the direction
of travel, highlight and select TRACK UP (see ).
Set Data Option Highlight and select SET DATA to choose the information about your current
position or navigation that you want to be displayed at the bottom of the
Map page. Highlight and select FULL MAP to show the entire image of the
map currently in use (see ). Highlight and select from the following for
display at the bottom of the page: Accuracy, Average Speed, Bearing, Date,
Destination, Elevation, ETA, Location, Maximum Speed, Odometer, Power,
Speed, Time, Trip Odometer, Trip Time (see ). (For more information about
the optional data selections, see “Data Field Choices Descriptions,” page 4).
Full Map
(Track Up)
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Animation sequence that appears when GPS is
turned OFF
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M A P PA G E
M A P PA G E
Map Details
Auto Zoom
Defaults
Show/Hide
Details
Stop Nav
Option
2.1
Moving Around: Panning
Using the Map Page
Map Detail Option Highlight and select DETAIL to show/hide any or all of the details to be
displayed on the map. Details shown include all waypoint, city/town, or POI
names; waypoint, city/town, or POI symbols; waypoints; cities/towns;
Points of Interest; track or travel completed so far; navigational track or route
and continental U.S. state, Canadian provincial and European country
boundaries.*
NOTE: All symbols will be replaced by a small dot when hidden.
Moving Around the Map Image
Auto Zoom Option Highlight and select AUTO ZOOM to turn this feature on or off. When this
feature is on, the scale of the map adjusts automatically to show the entire
navigation currently in progress. When this feature is off, you adjust the
scale of the map manually using the ZOOM IN/OUT button.*
To see any portion of the map image that is beyond the left, right, top, or
bottom edge of the screen, you can "pan" your view in any direction.
Stop Nav Option To stop the current navigation (GoTo, Route or Track), highlight and select
STOP NAV. Highlight and select YES to stop. Highlight and select NO to
make the current navigation continue.*
2. Move the cursor in any direction by pushing the JOYSTICK left, right, up
or down. When the cursor reaches an edge of the map image, the image
will “pan” in that direction .
Defaults Option Highlight and Select DEFAULTS to restore all original default Map page
settings. Highlight and select YES to restore original settings to Map
Orientation = North Up; Data field information = Speed; Map Details
shown = Names, Symbols, Waypoints, Cities/Towns, POI, Track, Route,
States; Auto Zoom = On. Highlight and select NO to maintain all current
settings.
Map Page
Arrow Cursor
Panning
Map
Page Button
From the Map page, you can zoom in or zoom out on the map image by
pressing the ZOOM IN/OUT button. The data field on the map image can be
hidden by selecting FULL MAP (see “Set Data Option”, page 10). A section
of map outside the current viewing area can be seen by panning. Details
about a waypoint, city/town, POI, track or route can be accessed while in
the panning mode.
Panning Mode
1. While on the Map page , push the JOYSTICK in any direction to enter
panning mode. An
arrow-shaped cursor will appear .
3. To exit panning mode, press and release the PAGE button .
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*See “Using the Nav Data Page,” page 18, to learn about this feature.
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M A P PA G E
G A U G E S PA G E
Moving Around: Details
Arrow Cursor Enter Button
Utilizing Various Features in Panning Mode
While in panning mode, you can access waypoints, cities/towns, points of
interest, tracks or routes shown on the map.
1. While on the Map page , push the JOYSTICK in any direction to enter
panning mode. An
arrow-shaped cursor will appear .
2. Move the cursor by pushing the JOYSTICK left, right, up, or down to the
waypoint, city/town, point of interest, track or route you want to access
information about . If the cursor reaches an edge of the map image,
the image will “pan” in that direction .
Waypoint or
POI Detail
Track Detail
City/Town
Detail
Route Detail
2.2
Using the Gauges Page
3. Press the ENTER button to select the waypoint, city/town, point of
interest, track or route.
4. Select from the detail’s options (see or ) or press the PAGE
button to return to the Map page.
• Select a waypoint or point of interest. The name, location and
elevation of that point will appear . Highlight and select GOTO to
either return to the Map page to navigate to the selected point, or
cancel the navigation if “GoTo” is already in progress. Highlight and
select MAP to display the Map page with the selected point centered.
Highlight and select EDIT to change the name, symbol, location
coordinates or elevation of the selected point. Highlight and select
DELETE to delete the selected point. (See “Waypoints, Select Option”,
page 19, or “POI, Select Option”, page 35.)
Compass
Gauges Page Select Options
The Gauges page displays a compass that indicates direction of travel. It can
show the direction you are currently traveling or the direction from your current
position to the next waypoint in your navigation.
Selecting Options From the Gauges page, press and release the ENTER button to display the
Gauges Page Options menu. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll through
the menu sections, then press the ENTER button to go to the highlighted
option. Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then press the
ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the main page.
Pointer Options Highlight and select POINTER to designate the compass display information
about your course . Highlight and select BEARING to make the compass
indicate the direction to your next waypoint . Highlight and select COURSE
to make the compass indicate direction to your next waypoint with arrows
that show if you are on course or left or right of course. This
display also shows how many feet or meters off course you are currently.*
Pointer
Settings
Bearing
Right of
Course
Left of Course
On Course
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• Select a city/town to view its name and country and your current
distance from it . Highlight and select GOTO to either return to the
Map page to navigate to the selected city/town, or cancel the
navigation if “GoTo” is already in progress. Highlight and select MAP to
re-center the map on the chosen city/town. (See “Cities/Towns,
Select Option”, page 33.)
• Select a track or route, the name of that track or route will
appear .
*See “Using the Nav Data Page,” page 18, to learn about this feature.
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G A U G E S PA G E
T R I P M E T E R PA G E
Using the Gauges Page
Using the Trip Meter Page
Set Data List
Stop Nav
Yes/No
Data from
Set Data List
Displays on
Gauges Page
Restore
Defaults
Yes/No
Set Data Option Highlight and select SET DATA to choose information about your current
position or navigation that you want displayed at the bottom of the Gauges
page. You may highlight and select from the following: Accuracy, Average
Speed, Bearing, Date, Destination, Elevation, ETA, Location, Maximum
Speed, Odometer, Power, Speed, Time, Trip Odometer, Trip Time. (For more
information about the optional data selections, see “Data Field Choices
Descriptions,” page 4).
2.3
Trip Meter Info Option Settings
Trip Meter Page The Trip Meter page displays information about your current position, the
navigation in progress and other available data. It can display up to 5 fields
that you can select from a total of 15 choices.
Stop Nav Option To stop the current navigation (GoTo, Route or Track), highlight and select
STOP NAV. Highlight and select YES to stop. Highlight and select NO to
make the current navigation continue.*
Selecting Options From the Trip Meter page, press and release the ENTER button to display the
Trip Meter Page Options menu. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll
through the menu sections, then press the ENTER button to go to the
highlighted option. Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then
press the ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the
main page.
Defaults Option Highlight and Select DEFAULTS to restore all original default Gauges page
settings. Highlight and select YES to restore original settings to Pointer =
Bearing; Data field information = Speed. Highlight and select NO to
maintain all current settings.
Reset Option Highlight and select RESET to reset any or all of the Trip Meter values to 0.
Highlight and select ALL to reset all values to 0, or highlight and select
individual values: Maximum Speed, Average Speed, Trip Odometer, Trip
Time, Odometer, Track Log.
Font Size Option Highlight and select FONT SIZE to increase or reduce the size of the text displayed
in each field. Highlight and select SML 5-FIELD for smaller text with 5 data
fields displayed or highlight and select LRG 3-FIELD for larger text with
3 data fields displayed.
NOTE: The lower two fields from 5-field screen will be hidden when
switching to 3-field.
Reset Values
Font Size
LRG 3–FIELD
Option
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*See “Using the Nav Data Page,” page 18, to learn about this feature.
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T R I P M E T E R PA G E
N AV D ATA PA G E
Using the Trip Meter Page
Using the Nav Data Page
Data Options Stopping Nav
Restore
Defaults
Yes/No
Set Data Option Highlight and select SET DATA to choose the fields you want displayed on
the Trip Meter page. (Highlight and select the field you want to change –
the highlighted field will blink – then highlight and select the new field
from the menu.) Menu includes: Accuracy, Average Speed, Bearing, Date,
Destination, Elevation, ETA, Location, Maximum Speed, Odometer, Power,
Speed, Time, Trip Odometer, Trip Time. (For more information about the
optional data selections, see “Data Field Choices Descriptions,” page 4).
Stop Nav Option To stop the current navigation, highlight and select STOP NAV. Highlight and
select YES to stop. Highlight and select NO to have current navigation continue.*
Defaults Option Highlight and Select DEFAULTS to restore all original default Trip Meter
page settings. Highlight and select YES to restore original settings to
Font Size = Small 5-Field; Data field information = Location, Speed, Trip
Odometer, Odometer, Maximum Speed. Highlight and select NO to maintain
all current settings.
Nav Data Page The Nav Data page gives you access to the powerful navigational features
of your GPS 500. From this page, you can create and store up to 500
waypoints. For each one, you can choose a name and assign a symbol.
Using the navigational features, you can ask the unit to show you the
“GoTo” direction of travel to reach a selected waypoint.
Nav Data
Page
Hiker Icons
GoTo
Waypoint
Navigate
Track
Navigate
Route
The coordinates for hundreds of cities/towns throughout the world are
already stored in your GPS 500. You can select any city/town and ask your
unit to show you the "GoTo" direction of travel to that city/town.
With optional computer software and interface cable, you can connect your
GPS 500 to a computer mapping database to access the coordinates for
points of interest (POIs). (See “Using the Data Interface,” page 48.) Once
stored in the unit’s memory, points of interest can be used as waypoints for
navigation.
2.4
GoTo
Cities/Towns
GoTo POI
Navigation
in progress
Navigation on
Gauges page
You can also create and store up to 10 tracks. Your GPS 500 automatically
keeps a record of your progress as you travel and gives you a graphic
representation of the track you have taken. You can ask the unit to guide
you in the reverse direction along the same track.
You can select two or more waypoints or points of interest to create up to
20 routes. Your GPS 500 will then show you the way to follow the route
accurately.
To assist in your navigations, the GPS 500 is already programmed with
continental U.S. state, Canadian provincial and European country boundaries.
Whenever navigation is in progress, a “hiker” icon will appear next to
the corresponding selection on the main Nav Data page . The “data”
icon and the “hiker “ icon will also appear in the lower right hand corner of
the Map page and Gauges page .
Navigation
on Map page
*See “Using the Nav Data Page,” page 18, to learn about this feature.
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Nav Data
Page
Waypoints
Options
Waypoints
When you select WAYPOINTS from the Nav Data page (see ), your
GPS 500 will display a list of the waypoints currently stored. You can create,
save and recall up to 500 waypoints. If you want to change the location for a
waypoint, its location coordinates can be edited. You can ask the unit to
show you the “GoTo” direction of travel to reach any waypoint you select.
NOTE: You can store up to 50 waypoints into a route.
NOTE: You can record your current location as a waypoint at any time
simply by pressing the ENTER button for 2 seconds, or by following the
procedure described on page 20, under “New Option.”
Select
Options
Delete
Waypoint
Edit Info
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
WAYPOINTS by pressing the ENTER button. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to
scroll through the menu sections, then press the ENTER button to go to the
highlighted option. Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then
press the ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the
main page.
Select Option Highlight and select SELECT to access any waypoint on the list. Highlight and
select any waypoint listed on the screen to bring up that waypoint’s
information screen. You may then highlight and select GOTO to display the
Map page showing you the direction of travel to the selected waypoint.
Highlight and select MAP to display the Map page with the selected
waypoint centered. Highlight and select EDIT to edit the name, symbol,
location coordinates or elevation of the selected waypoint. Or highlight and
select DELETE to delete the selected waypoint.
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Waypoints: Summary
Waypoints: Summary
New Option Highlight and select NEW to add a new waypoint to the list. Highlight and
select MARK CURRENT to save the coordinates for your current location as a
waypoint. The default name (a 3-digit number) and symbol (a flag) will be
assigned. You can either accept the default name and symbol or rename
and change the symbol of the waypoint, (see “Editing Text”, page 41).
(You can use Waypoints/Select/Edit to change them later.) Highlight and
select ENTER MANUAL to enter the location coordinates for a waypoint
manually (see “Editing Text,” page 41). Entering an elevation is optional.
The default name (a 3-digit number) and symbol (a flag) will be assigned.
(You can use Waypoints/Select/Edit to change them later.)
Waypoint shortcut. To mark a new waypoint using current location,
press and hold the ENTER button for 2 seconds. A confirmation window
will pop up.
Sort Option Highlight and select SORT to sort the list of waypoints according to name,
symbol, nearest waypoint or most recently saved waypoint. Highlight and
select NAME to sort waypoints in alphabetical order by name. Highlight and
select SYMBOL to have waypoints with symbols displayed first (groups of
waypoints with the same symbol are sorted alphabetically). Highlight and
select NEAREST to have waypoints sorted by distance from your current
location, with the nearest listed first. Highlight and select MOST RECENT to
sort waypoints according to when they were saved, with the most recent
listed first (see “Sort,” page 42).
Add New
Waypoint
Information
Screen
Information
Screen
Sort List of
Waypoints
Search Existing
Waypoint List
Search Option Highlight and select SEARCH to search the list of waypoints for a name that
you entered. Press the ENTER button to begin entering the name you want
to search (see “Editing Text,” page 41). The name of the waypoint
containing the letters you entered is highlighted on the list (see “Search,”
page 43).
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Waypoints: Creating New
Nav Data
Page
Current or
Manual
New
Waypoint
Information
Screen
Creating a New Waypoint
“GoTo” a Selected Waypoint
To mark your current location as a new waypoint:
To make the map show the navigational path to a selected waypoint:
Waypoint shortcut: To mark a new waypoint using current location,
press and hold the ENTER button for 2 seconds. A confirmation window
will pop up.
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
WAYPOINTS by pressing the ENTER button . Highlight and select
SELECT .
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
WAYPOINTS by pressing the ENTER button . Highlight and select
NEW .
2. Highlight and select the waypoint you want to navigate or “GoTo” .
The waypoint information screen for that waypoint appears with four
selections: GoTo, Map, Edit and Delete .
2. Highlight and select MARK CURRENT . The waypoint information
screen appears . A default name (a 3-digit number) and symbol
(a flag) will be assigned. You can either accept the default name and
symbol or rename and change the symbol of the waypoint (see "Editing
Text," page 41).
3. Highlight and select GOTO to navigate to your selected waypoint .
This will bring up the Map page with the GoTo path between your current
position and the selected “GoTo” waypoint .
3. When you have finished editing your new waypoint, select SAVE to
return to the main Nav Data page . To return to the main Nav Data
page without saving the new waypoint, press the PAGE button .
2.4
Waypoints: GoTo
While in the Gauges page, a navigation or “GoTo” is illustrated by a flag and
hiker icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Also, your selected
GoTo waypoint and distance to that waypoint are shown above
the compass .
Nav Data
Page
Selecting Stored
Waypoint
Select
Waypoint
Waypoint
Information
“GoTo” on
Map Page
“GoTo” on
Gauges Page
To enter any location as a new waypoint manually:
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
WAYPOINTS by pressing the ENTER button . Highlight and select
NEW .
Information
Screen
Return to Nav
Data Page
2. Highlight and select MANUAL . The waypoint information screen
appears . A default name (a 3-digit number) and symbol (a flag)
will be assigned. You can either accept the default name and symbol or
rename and change the symbol of the waypoint (see "Editing Text,"
page 41). The Location field will blink.
3. Enter the location (latitude and longitude) of your new waypoint (see
"Editing Text," page 41).
4. Highlight ELEVATION, the field will blink. Enter the location's elevation
(see "Editing Text," page 41).
NOTE: ELEVATION does not need to be entered to save your new waypoint.
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5. When you have finished editing your new waypoint, select SAVE to
return to the main Nav Data page . To return to the main Nav Data
page without saving the new waypoint, press the PAGE button .
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Tracks: Summary
Nav Data
Page
View Stored
Tracks
View Stored
Tracks
Save or
Recall Track
Save
Options
Save
Options
2.4
Tracks: Summary
Tracks
When you select TRACKS from the Nav Data page (see ), your GPS 500
will display a list of the tracks currently stored. Your unit will automatically
record a track as you travel. You can store up to 10 tracks and later recall
any of those tracks to use for navigation. Your unit can guide you along a
selected track in either direction.
While you are navigating a track, a flashing hiker icon will appear next to
that track on the track list . Selecting a track currently being navigated
will let you view information such as your current location in relation to the
track and ETA (see “Navigate a Selected Track,” page 25).
NOTE: Your GPS 500 automatically begins tracking your travel whenever it
is turned on and linked to satellites. It keeps the recorded travel stored in its
log even when the power is turned off, starting a new tracking "session"
when it is turned back on. Old tracks will remain in memory (2,000
tracking points) unless erased by user (see "Deleting Individual Waypoints,
Tracks, Routes or POIs," page 40).
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select TRACKS by
pressing the ENTER button to display the Tracks screen. Use the JOYSTICK to
scroll through the list of tracks, then press the ENTER button to go to the
highlighted track. Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then
press the ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the
main page.
Clear Log
View Stored
Tracks
Track Preview
and Options
Navigate
Rename
Delete
Select Option Highlight and select any stored track for navigation, renaming or deletion .
Highlight and select NAVIGATE and then FORWARD or REVERSE to
display the map page showing you the direction to travel to follow on the
selected track. Highlight and select RENAME to change the name of a
selected track (see “Editing Text,” page 41). Highlight and select
DELETE to delete the selected track .
Log Option Highlight and select LOG to save the current track or scroll to recall a track
saved previously . Highlight and select SAVE to save either the
THIS SESSION (the travel recorded since the unit was last turned on) or
the ENTIRE LOG (all travel recorded since the log was last cleared) (see
CLEAR below). You can either accept the default name (the current date) or
rename the track before saving (see “Editing Text,” page 41).
Highlight and select CLEAR to clear the log of all travel that has been
recorded. The unit automatically restarts recording your travel .
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Tracks: Navigation
Nav Data
Page
Select Track
Highlight
Navigate
Navigate a Selected Track
Routes
To make the map show the navigational path along a
selected track:
When you select ROUTES from the Nav Data page (see ), you can use
your GPS 500 to designate up to 20 separate routes consisting of up to
50 waypoints and/or points of interest. You can later recall any of the
saved routes to use for navigation. Your unit can guide you along a selected
route in either direction.
While you are navigating a route, a flashing hiker icon will appear next to
that route on the route list . Selecting a route currently being navigated
will let you view information such as distance to the next point or ETA (see
“Viewing Information for a Route Being Navigated,” page 32).
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight using the
JOYSTICK and select TRACKS by pressing the ENTER
button .
2. Highlight and select the track you want to
navigate . A map of the selected track appears
with 3 selections: Navigate, Rename and Delete .
Choose
Direction
Navigation
on Map
Navigation on
Gauges Page
3. Highlight and select NAVIGATE to navigate through
your selected track .
4. Choose one of the following:
• Highlight and select FORWARD to navigate
from the beginning to the end of the selected
track.
• Highlight and select REVERSE to navigate
from the end to the beginning of the selected
track.
4. Either selection will bring up the Map page with the
track path shown .
Flashing
Hiker
Map Page
with ETA
While in the Gauges page, Track navigation is
illustrated by a curved double line and hiker icon in the
bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Also, your
selected track and distance to complete the navigation
of that track are shown above the compass .
While you are navigating a Track, a flashing hiker
icon on the track list indicates that a track is currently
being navigated . When this track is selected from
the list, a preview map of your current location in
relation to that track will appear with an ETA to your
destination .
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Routes: Summary
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select ROUTES
by pressing the ENTER button to display the routes screen. Push the
JOYSTICK up or down to scroll through the list of routes, then press the
ENTER button to go to the highlighted route. Use the JOYSTICK again to
highlight your choice, then press the ENTER button to select it. Press the
PAGE button to return to the main page.
Nav Data
Page
Navigation
on Route
Highlight
Route
Route
Options
Navigate
Route
Edit Options
Navigate Option Highlight and select any stored route you want to make your GPS 500 guide
you along (see “Creating a New Route,” page 27). Highlight and select
NAVIGATE and then FORWARD or REVERSE to display the Map page showing
you the direction to travel to follow on the selected route.
Edit Option Highlight and select any stored route you want to edit. Highlight and select
EDIT to add or delete any points you have selected in creating the route. On
the Edit screen, highlight and select INSERT WAYPT to add a waypoint to a
new or existing route, INSERT POI to add a point of interest to a new or
existing route, REMOVE to delete a selected point from a route, or DONE to
display the route with any changes made. (See “Editing a Route,” page 29.)
Delete Option Highlight and select any stored route you want to delete. Highlight and
select DELETE to delete a route you have created. Highlight and select YES
to delete the route, or NO to make the route remain in memory.
Delete
Route
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Routes: Creating New
Nav Data
Page
Route Page
Creating a New Route
To create a new route consisting of up to 50 waypoints and/or points of interest:
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight and select ROUTES . Highlight and
select the line of empty spaces at the end of the list of routes . A
blank New Route screen appears with the current date shown as the
default name for the route . You can either accept the default name
by scrolling down to the first blanks or rename the new route (see
“Editing Text,” page 41).
2. Highlight and select the first line of empty spaces in the numbered
list . The Edit menu appears .
Overwrite
Display New
Existing Route
Route List
2.4
Routes: Creating New
3. Highlight and select INSERT WAYPT or INSERT POI to add a point
(waypoint or point of interest) to the route . The list of available
points appears .
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4. Highlight and select SELECT. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
the point you want to add to your route . You can sort or search the
list (see "Sort," page 42 or "Search," page 43).
Highlight
Waypoint
Add
Waypoint
Done
Return to Nav
Data Page
5. Press the ENTER button to add the highlighted point to your route. The
New Route screen appears with the added point displayed.
Highlight and select the next blank field . Repeat steps 3 to 5 to add
more waypoints.
6. When you have finished creating your route, select DONE , then press
the PAGE button to return to the main Nav Data page .
Insert/Remove Waypoints/POIs in Route
To insert a waypoint into the route, highlight and select the waypoint that
will come immediately before the one you want to add. Highlight and select
INSERT WAYPT or INSERT POI . When the list of all waypoints or POIs
appears, select the waypoint or POI to insert as you did in , , and
above. (See “Editing a Route,” page 29)
To remove a waypoint or POI in the route, highlight and select the waypoint
or POI you want to remove. Highlight and select REMOVE . Your New
Route list will automatically be updated to reflect the waypoint or POI
removal. (See “Editing a Route,” page 29)
Edit Menu
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Display
Waypoints
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N AV D ATA PA G E
N AV D ATA PA G E
Routes: Editing
Nav Data
Page
Route List
Editing a Route
Inserting a Waypoint/POI into a Route
To add a waypoint or point of interest to an existing route:
1. From the Nav Data page , highlight and select ROUTES. Highlight and
select the route you wish to add a point to . The selected route‘s
screen appears .
2. Highlight and select EDIT . The Edit Route screen appears with all
current points in the route displayed .
3. Highlight and select the point that will come immediately before the one
you want to add . The Edit menu appears .
Select Edit
Routes
Current Points
2.4
Routes: Editing
4. Highlight and select INSERT WAYPT or INSERT POI to add a point
(waypoint or point of interest) to the route . The list of available
points appears .
Remove a Waypoint/POI from a Route
Add Point
to Route
Edited
Route List
Highlight
Done
Routes
Current Points
Highlight
Remove
Edited
Route List
To remove a waypoint or point of interest from an existing route:
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight and select ROUTES , then highlight
and select the route you wish to remove the point from . The selected
route’s screen appears .
2. Highlight and select EDIT . The Edit Route screen appears with all
current points in the route displayed .
3. Highlight and select the point you wish to remove . The Edit screen
appears.
4. Highlight and select REMOVE . The Edit Route screen appears with the
selected point removed .
5. Highlight and select SELECT . The first point on the list is highlighted.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to remove other points on the route.
6. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight the point you want to
add to your route. You can sort or search the list (see "Sort," page 42 or
"Search,” page 43.)
5. When you have finished editing your route, highlight and select any
point. Highlight and select DONE . Press the PAGE button to return to
the main Nav Data page .
7. Press the ENTER button to add the highlighted point to your route.
The Edit Route screen appears with the added point displayed .
Highlight
Insert
Repeat steps 4 to 7 to edit other points on the route.
Highlight
Point
8. When you have finished editing your route, highlight and select any
point. Highlight and select DONE . Press the PAGE button to return to
the main Nav Data page .
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Return to Nav
Data Page
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N AV D ATA PA G E
Routes: Navigate
Nav Data
Page
Highlight
Route
Navigate a Selected Route
Viewing Information for a Route Being Navigated
To make the map show the navigational path along a selected route:
By selecting a route which is currently being navigated, you can view
information for any of the points along that route:
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
ROUTES by pressing the ENTER button .
2. Highlight and select the route you want to navigate . A map of the
selected route appears with selections: Navigate, Edit and Delete .
3. Highlight and select NAVIGATE to navigate through your selected route .
To begin navigation, highlight and select your desired start point .
4. Your selection will bring up the Map page with the route path shown .
Route
Details
Start
Navigation
2.4
Routes: Navigation Information
NOTE: A flashing hiker icon on the Nav Data page indicates that a route is
currently being navigated.
While in the Gauges page, Route navigation is illustrated by a group of flags
and hiker icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Also, the next
point on your route navigation and the distance to that point are shown
above the compass .
Nav Data
Page
Route List
Current
Point
Points Not
Yet Reached
Points
Already
Reached
Return to Nav
Data Page
1. From the Nav Data page, select ROUTES . The list of all routes
currently stored appears .
2. Highlight and select the route currently being navigated, as indicated by
the blinking "hiker" icon . A route information screen appears which
includes the list of points (waypoints and/or points of interest) in the
route with the point currently being navigated highlighted and indicated
by the blinking “hiker” icon; the distance to that point; and the
estimated time of arrival .
3. Select any point in the route.
• For points not yet reached, the distance from your current location and
ETA are displayed .
• For points passed, only the distance from your current location will be
displayed .
4. Press the PAGE button to return to the Routes List .
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On Map
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Gauges Page
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Cities/Towns: Summary
Cities/Towns: GoTo
Nav Data
Page
Selected
City/Town
Nearest
City/Town
Highlight
City/Town
Map Page
Cities/Towns
When you select CITIES from the Nav Data page, you have access to the
coordinates for hundreds of cities/towns worldwide already stored in your
GPS 500’s memory. You can ask the unit to show you the "GoTo" direction
of travel to reach any city/town you select.
NOTE: A city/town is much larger than the precise location indicated by the
coordinates stored in your GPS 500. The coordinates assigned to a city/town
correspond to a location somewhere within the city/town’s limits. These
coordinates are intended only for navigation to the city/town, and not for
finding a specific location such as the "downtown", commercial area or
geographic center. A waypoint or point of interest can be used for more
precise navigation within a city/town.
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight CITIES
and press the ENTER button to display the CITIES screen. Use the JOYSTICK
again to highlight your choice, then press the ENTER button to select it. Press
the PAGE button to return to the main page.
Search
Select Option Highlight and select SELECT. Highlight and select any city/town on the
CITIES screen. (Push the JOYSTICK left or right to see the full name.) You
will see its name and country and distance from your current location.
Highlight and select GOTO to display the Map page showing you the
direction of travel to the selected city/town. Highlight and select MAP to
display the Map page with the selected city/town centered. All Map page
functions are available whether you select GOTO or MAP.
“GoTo” a Selected City/Town
To make the map show the navigational path to a selected city/town:
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Nav Data
Page
CITIES
Screen
Highlight
City/Town
Select GOTO
1. From the Nav Data page , push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
CITIES and press the ENTER button to display the CITIES screen .
2. Highlight and select SELECT. Highlight and select the city/town you want
to GoTo. Details for the selected city/town appears .
3. Highlight and select GOTO to navigate to your selected city/town .
4. This will bring up the Map page showing you the direction of travel to the
selected city/town .
NOTE: A city/town is much larger than the precise location indicated by the
coordinates stored in your GPS 500. The coordinates assigned to a city/town
correspond to a location somewhere within the city/town’s limits. These
coordinates are intended only for navigation to the city/town, and not for
finding a specific location such as the "downtown", commercial area or
geographic center. A waypoint or point of interest can be used for more
precise navigation within a city/town.
While in the Gauges page, a navigation or “GoTo” to a city/town is
illustrated by a city/town and hiker icon in the bottom right-hand corner of
the screen. Also, your selected GoTo city/town and distance to that
city/town are shown above the compass .
Navigation On Navigation on
Map Page
Gauges Page
Nearest Option Highlight and select NEAREST to display the 50 cities/towns nearest to your
current position, in order from the nearest to the farthest. See “Select
Options” above to get details on a selected city/town from the Nearest List.
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Search Option Highlight and select SEARCH to search the list of cities/towns for a name
you enter (see “Search,” page 43). Enter the name of a city/town (see
“Editing Text,” page 41). The list adjusts to show the city/town starting
with the letters you enter. Press ENTER to highlight the search city/town in
the CITIES list. See “Select Options” above to get details on a selected
city/town from the CITIES list.
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Points of Interest: Summary
Nav Data
Page
POI
Information
Edit Symbol
POI List
Edit
Option
Delete
Option
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Points of Interest: Summary
Sort Option
Points of Interest
You can use optional computer software and an interface cable to connect
your GPS 500 to a computer. This allows you to take advantage of powerful
mapping programs and to transfer data back and forth between the
computer and your unit. (See “Using the Data Interface,” page 48.) Points
of interest transferred from a computer can be used as points within routes
for navigation purposes. (See “Routes,” page 26.)
When you select POINTS OF INTEREST from the Nav Data page, you have
access to the POIs you downloaded using your Data Interface. A POI’s details
can be edited. You can ask the unit to show you the “GoTo” direction of
travel to reach any POI you select.
NOTE: You can store up to 50 points of interest into a route.
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
POINTS OF INTEREST and press the ENTER button to display the POI screen.
Any points of interest that you loaded into your unit will be displayed. (See
“Using the Data Interface,” page 48, for instructions on how to load points
of interest from a computer.) Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your
choice, then press the ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to
return to the main page.
Sort Option Highlight and select SORT to sort the list of POIs according to name,
symbol, or nearest POI. Highlight and select NAME to sort the POIs in
alphabetical order. Highlight and select SYMBOL to sort the POIs with the
symbol you chose listed first. (Groups of POIs with the same symbol will be
sorted alphabetically.) Highlight and select NEAREST to sort the POIs by
distance from your current location, with the nearest listed first (see “Sort,”
page 42).
Search Option Highlight and select SEARCH to search the list of POIs for a name that you
enter. Press the ENTER button to begin entering the name you want to
search (see “Editing Text,” page 41). Enter the name of a point of interest.
The list adjusts to show the POI starting with the letters you enter (see
“Search,” page 43).
Sort By
Symbol
Search
Select Option Highlight and select SELECT to access any POI on the list. Highlight and
select any POI listed on the screen to bring up that POI ’s information
screen. You may then highlight and select GOTO to display the Map page
showing you the direction of travel to the selected POI. Highlight and select
MAP to display the Map page with the selected POI centered. Highlight and
select EDIT to edit the name, symbol, location coordinates or elevation of the
selected POI. Or highlight and select DELETE to delete the selected POI.
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Points of Interest: GoTo
Delete Options: Summary
Nav Data
Page
POI List
“GoTo” a Selected POI
To make the map show the navigational path to a selected POI:
1. From the Nav Data page , push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
POINTS OF INTEREST and press the ENTER button to display the POI
screen .
2. Highlight and select SELECT . Highlight and select any POI listed on
the screen to bring up that POI’s information screen .
3. Highlight and select GOTO to navigate to your selected POI .
Highlight
POI
Select GOTO
Navigation On Navigation on
Map Page
Gauges Page
4. This will bring up the Map page showing you the direction of travel to the
selected POI .
While in the Gauges page, a navigation or “GoTo” to a POI is illustrated by a
pair of binoculars and hiker icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the
screen. Also, your selected GoTo POI and distance to that POI are shown
above the compass .
Delete Options
When you select DELETE OPTIONS from the Nav Data page, you can delete
waypoints, tracks, routes or POIs you have created, or delete all data
currently stored. A confirmation window will appear to alert you if no
waypoints, tracks, routes, or POIs are currently stored.
Selecting Options From the Nav Data page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select DELETE
OPTIONS by pressing the ENTER button. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to
scroll through the menu selections, then press the ENTER button to go to the
highlighted option. Use the JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then
press the ENTER button to select it. Press the PAGE button to return to the
main page.
Nav Data
Page
2.4
Delete
Delete
Options
Waypoints Option Highlight and select WAYPOINTS to delete any or all of the waypoints you
have entered. Highlight and select ONE-BY-ONE to delete waypoints
individually (see “Deleting Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes, or Points of
Interest,” page 40). Highlight and select ALL to delete all waypoints
currently stored.
Tracks Option Highlight and select TRACKS to delete any or all of the tracking sessions
currently in memory. Highlight and select ONE-BY-ONE to delete track
sessions individually (see “Deleting Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes, or
Points of Interest,” page 40). Highlight and select ALL to delete all track
sessions currently in memory.
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Delete Options: Summary
All Option
Routes Option Highlight and select ROUTES to delete any or all of the routes you have
stored. Highlight and select ONE-BY-ONE to delete routes individually
(see “Deleting Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes, or Points of Interest,”
page 40). Highlight and select ALL to delete all routes currently in memory.
POI Option Highlight and select POI to delete any or all of the POIs you have stored.
Highlight and select ONE-BY-ONE to delete POIs individually (see “Deleting
Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes, or Points of Interest,” page 40).
Highlight and select ALL to delete all POIs currently stored.
All Option Highlight and select ALL to delete all waypoints, tracks, routes, and points of
interest you have stored. Highlight and select DELETE ALL–YES and all
data will be deleted. Highlight and select DELETE ALL–NO to cancel the
delete function.
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Delete Options: Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes or Points of Interest
Deleting Individual Waypoints, Tracks, Routes or
Points of Interest
Nav Data
Page
Delete
Options
Delete Oneby-One
Select Item
Delete
Confirmation
Updated
List
To delete selected items (waypoints, tracks, routes or points of interest) one
at a time:
1. From the Nav Data page, highlight and select DELETE OPTIONS . The
Delete Options menu appears .
2. Highlight and select WAYPOINTS or TRACKS or ROUTES or POI, according
to the item you want to delete . The Delete menu appears .
3. Highlight and select ONE-BY-ONE . A list of all of the selected type of
items which you currently have stored appears. You can sort the waypoint
or POI list (see "Sort,” page 42 or “Search,” page 43).
4. Highlight and select the item to delete. A Delete confirmation menu
appears .
5. Highlight and select YES. The list of all items appears with the selected
item deleted . (Selecting NO will cancel the deletion. Selecting DONE
will cancel the deletion and return you to the main Nav Data page.)
Repeat steps 5 and 6 to delete other items.
6. When you have finished deleting, press the PAGE button to return to the
main Nav Data page.
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Joystick
Highlight
Space
Editing Text
Sort Option
To enter or change the information displayed for a waypoint, track or route:
To sort any list of waypoints or POIs by name, symbol, nearest or most
recently saved:
1. From any screen that allows you to enter letters, numbers or symbols
(names of waypoints/tracks/routes, dates, etc.), push the JOYSTICK up or down to move to the field you want to edit and press the ENTER
button.
2. Push the JOYSTICK left or right to highlight the space where you want to
insert or change a character or symbol .
Continue
Editing
Blank Space
3. Push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll through the characters or
symbols to choose from. Push the JOYSTICK left or right to accept the
new character or symbol and move to the next space or character. The
next character or symbol is highlighted .
• To clear a selected character and all characters that follow it, highlight
and select the " – " (large dash symbol, it comes after the 9).
When editing characters, repeat the same procedure to change the next
character if desired . Push the JOYSTICK left or right to skip characters
you do not want to change.
4. Press the ENTER button to accept the new characters or symbol.
Return to Nav
Data Page
2.4
Sort Option
Editing Text
If necessary, push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll to the next field you
want to edit and follow the same procedure to enter or change characters or
symbols.
Select SORT
Waypoint Sort
Options
POI Sort
Options
Select
symbol
1. From any screen with the SORT option, highlight and select SORT .
2. Choose from the following choices:
• Alphabetically by name:
a. The list of points and up to 4 options will be presented: NAME,
SYMBOL, NEAREST, MOST RECENT. Highlight and select
NAME .
• By a chosen symbol (with the selected symbol listed first and
waypoints with the same symbol sorted alphabetically):
a. The list of points and up to 4 options will be presented: NAME,
SYMBOL, NEAREST, MOST RECENT. Highlight and select
SYMBOL .
b. A list of waypoint/POI symbols appears. Highlight and select
the symbol you want at the top of the list .
• Nearest waypoint to your current location:
a. The list of points and up to 4 options will be presented: NAME,
SYMBOL, NEAREST, MOST RECENT. Highlight and select
NEAREST .
• According to when they were saved with the most recently saved
waypoint listed first:
a. The list of waypoints and up to 4 options will be presented:
NAME, SYMBOL, NEAREST, MOST RECENT. Highlight and select
MOST RECENT .
3. The waypoint list appears sorted. Continue your pervious activities.
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S Y S T E M PA G E
Select
SEARCH
Search
Screen
Search Option
System Page To search any list of waypoints or points of interest for a particular name:
The System page gives you various options for changing the system settings
used by your GPS 500. From this page you can turn GPS navigation on and off,
and adjust the settings for the display, sounds, time, compass, map, method of
navigation, etc. You can also turn on your GPS 500’s data port to enable data
exchange with computer mapping software. (Optional accessories, not included,
are required. See “Using the Data Interface,” page 48.)
1. From any screen with the SEARCH option, highlight and select
SEARCH .
2. Select (by pressing the ENTER button) the highlighted blank space to
enter the first letter of the name you are searching for (see “Editing
Text,” page 41) .
List Adjusts
to First Letter
Enter More
Letters
2.5
Using the System Page
Search Option
3. The waypoints or POIs containing that letter first appear at the top of
the list. Choose from the following:
• Continue to enter letters into the blanks until the waypoint you are
searching for appears highlighted at the top of the list .
• Accept the current highlighted waypoint. Scroll to select the waypoint
you are searching for.
4. Continue your previous activities.
Selecting Options From the System page, push the JOYSTICK up or down to scroll through menu
selections, then press the ENTER button to go to the highlighted option. Use the
JOYSTICK again to highlight your choice, then press the ENTER button to select
it. Press the PAGE button to return to the main page.
Satellites To turn GPS navigation on and off, highlight and select SATELLITES, (see
"Turning GPS Off and On," page 46). Highlight and select GPS MODE.
Highlight and select YES or NO in response to the prompt to access your unit’s
navigational features or to disable your unit’s navigational features. (Turning GPS
mode off preserves battery power.)
Display Options Highlight and select DISPLAY to adjust Contrast, Backlight or Battery saver
settings (see “Adjusting the Display,” page 47). Highlight and select CONTRAST
which allows display contrast to be increased or decreased. Highlight and select
BACKLIGHT to change the length of time the backlight remains lit. Highlight and
select BATTERY SAVER to turn on or off battery conservation.
Interface Option Highlight and select INTERFACE to activate the data port for interface with
a computer (see “Using the Data Interface,” page 48). Highlight and
select DATA PORT–ON to activate the data port. Highlight and select
DATA PORT–OFF to deactivate the data port. Highlight and select
DATA PORT–NMEA to activate the data port with a direct connection to a
computer running a GPS-compatible software resulting in a real-time display of
your position on the computer screen.
System
Page
Turn GPS
Navigation
Off/On
Adjust Display Data Port
Interface
Settings
Settings
Settings Option Highlight and select SETTINGS to change the following system settings: Clock
Format, Time Zone, Daylight Savings (Summer Time), Language, Measurement
Units, Sounds (see “Using the Settings Screen”, page 49).
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Using the System Page
Advanced
Settings
Advanced Option Highlight and select ADVANCED to change the following advanced operational
parameters: WAAS, Compass, Map Datum, Position Format, North Reference, About
Your Unit (see “Using the Advanced Screen”, page 51).
Defaults Option Highlight and Select DEFAULTS to restore all original default settings for the entire
GPS 500 system. Highlight and select YES to restore original settings (see chart
below). Highlight and select NO to maintain all current settings.
Access
Defaults
Option
Status Bar
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Map Page Defaults
Function
Default
Orient
North Up
Data Field
Speed
Details Shown
Names
(show)
Symbols
(show)
Waypoints (show)
Cities/Towns (show)
POI
(show)
Track
(show)
Route
(show)
States
(show)
Auto Zoom
On
Trip Meter Defaults
Function
Default
Data Field
5 Fields*
Location
Speed
Trip Odom
Odometer
Max Speed
Data Field
3 Fields
Location
Speed
*default font size
Trip Odom
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GPS Off/On
Turning GPS Off and On
When indoors, you can turn GPS navigation off, allowing you to use the
non-navigational features of your GPS 500 while preserving battery power.
When you turn GPS off, the unit stops searching for signals from satellites.
When you turn GPS back on to receive signals, the unit must re-acquire
signals from at least three satellites before it can begin navigation.
Location Screen
Appears
Use with
GPS Off?
Page Button
Stop
Receiving
Turn GPS On?
NOTE: The unit must be outside with a clear view of the sky to acquire
satellite signals for navigation.
System Page Defaults
Function
Default
GPS Status
On
Backlight time out 15 seconds
Clock Format
12 Hour
Time Zone
Current Location
Daylight Saving
Auto
(Summer Time)
Language
English
Measurement Units English
Sounds
On
WAAS
On
Compass
Cardinal
Map Datum
WGS 84
Position Format
hddd°mm.mm
North Reference
True
Battery Saver
Off
To turn GPS off:
1. From the System page , highlight using the JOYSTICK and select
SATELLITES by pressing the ENTER button. A LOCATION screen appears,
showing the satellite signals being received with the signal strength of
each indicated. The satellites that are currently acquired by the unit for
navigation are highlighted .
Gauges Defaults
Function
Default
Pointer
Bearing
Data Field
Speed
2. Select GPS MODE . “TURN GPS ON?”menu will appear .
Status Bar Indicator The status bar at the bottom of the System page updates information automatically.
You can see whether the backlight is on or off, as well as the current date and time.
You can also determine the present status of the battery as the battery symbol
increases the amount of black from the top down as it discharges.
Turning GPS
Off/On
2. Select GPS MODE . “USE WITH GPS OFF?”menu will appear .
3. Highlight and select YES . The unit will immediately turn GPS off and
stop receiving satellite signals.
4. Press the PAGE button to return to the System page .
To turn GPS on:
1. From the System page, highlight using the JOYSTICK and select SATELLITES by
pressing the ENTER button . A blank LOCATION screen appears .
3. Highlight and select YES . Unit will begin searching for satellite signals
until it locks on to three of them.
4. Press the PAGE button to return to System page .
NOTE: The unit must be outside with a clear view of the sky to acquire
satellite signals for navigation.
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S Y S T E M PA G E
Adjusting the Display
Access
Selections
Adjust
Settings
Adjusting the Display
Using the Data Interface
You can adjust various settings for your unit’s display.
2. SELECT will be highlighted . To adjust contrast, backlight or battery
settings, press the ENTER button. Contrast field will begin to blink.
Your GPS 500 is designed to let you exchange data with computer mapping
programs. With optional software and interface cable (see “Optional
Accessories,” page 63) you will be able to:
• Upload points of interest from the computer to your unit for use in
navigation.
• Download your waypoints, tracks, and routes into the computer and view
your travel with powerful mapping software.
3. Choose from the following. (You only need to select the settings you
want to change.)
You must set the unit’s data port to "on" before you can use the data
interface:
1. From the System page, push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight and
select DISPLAY by pressing the ENTER button . CONTRAST, BACKLIGHT,
and BATTERY SAVER appear .
Change
Contrast
Select
Backlight
Interval
• Highlight and select CONTRAST to change the contrast of the display
screen (highlighted field will blink). Move the slider bar that
appears by pushing the JOYSTICK up or down. Press the ENTER button
to complete your contrast adjustment.
• Highlight and select BACKLIGHT to change the length of time the
screen’s backlight remains lit each time you turn it on or when you
press and release the POWER button (highlighted field will blink). The
BACKLIGHT menu will appear. Highlight and select 15 SEC, 30 SEC, 1
MIN, or STAY ON.
WARNING: If you choose STAY ON, battery life will significantly
decrease.
Select
Battery
Interval
Page Button
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Data Interface
• Highlight and select BATTERY SAVER to conserve battery life. The
BATTERY SAVER menu will appear. Highlight and select OFF or ON.
4. To save the changes made, highlight and select SAVE. To exit this
function without saving changes, press the PAGE button .
1. From the System page , push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
and select INTERFACE by pressing the ENTER button. The unit will display
the amount of memory currently being used to store data and the current
status of the data port .
System Page
Interface
Display
Turn Data
Port On/Off
Page Button
2. Highlight and select SELECT. Highlight and select DATA PORT (field will
blink) .
3. Choose from the following:
• Highlight and select DATA PORT–ON to turn the data port on .
• Highlight and select DATA PORT–OFF to turn the data port off .
• Highlight and select DATA PORT–NMEA to activate the data port with
a direct connection to a computer running a GPS-compatible software
resulting in a real-time display of your position on the computer screen
.
4. To save the changes made, highlight SAVE. To exit this function without
saving, press the PAGE button .
NOTE: In order to conserve battery power, make sure the data port is set
to "off" whenever you are not using the interface.
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Setting Screen
System Page Select Data
Field
Using the Settings Screen
From the Settings screen, you can change the various settings listed below.
To change settings:
1. From the System page , push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
and select SETTINGS by pressing the ENTER button. A menu of settings
appears .
2. Highlight and select SELECT. The first setting field will be highlighted
(highlighted field will blink) . Highlight the field you want to change.
First Data
Field Blinks
Clock Format
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Setting Screen
3. Choose from the following. (You only need to select the settings you
want to change.)
• Clock Format
To change the format of the time display, highlight CLOCK
FORMAT . Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu and select
12 HOUR or 24 HOUR .
• Language
Language
Options
Measurement
Sound
On/Off
Return to
System Page
To choose the language used for the display, highlight LANGUAGE .
Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu of languages. Select
from the following ENGLISH, DUTCH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN,
PORTUGUESE, SPANISH or SWEDISH .
• Units
To choose the system for measuring distance, select UNITS . Press
the ENTER button to bring up the menu. Select ENGLISH, METRIC or
NAUTICAL .
• Sounds
To turn the unit’s sound on or off, select SOUNDS . Press the
ENTER button to bring up the menu. Select ON or OFF .
4. To save the changes made, highlight and select SAVE . To exit this
function without saving changes, press the PAGE button .
• Time Zone
To choose the time zone you want the clock to use, highlight TIME
ZONE . Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu of major
cities. Select USE CURRENT LOCATION or the city that is in the desired
time zone (see page 55 for World City Time Zone chart).
• Daylight Saving
Time Zone
Daylight
Savings
To have the clock use daylight saving time (Summer Time), highlight
DAYLIGHT SAVING . Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu.
Select AUTO to make the clock switch to daylight saving time
(Summer Time) automatically. Select ON to switch manually back to
daylight saving time (Summer Time). Select OFF to switch manually
the clock to standard time (Winter Time (GMT)) .
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System
Page
Select Data
Fields
Using the Advanced Screen
From the Advanced screen, you can change the advanced operational
parameters used by your GPS 500.
To change advanced parameters:
1. From the System page , push the JOYSTICK up or down to highlight
and select ADVANCED by pressing the ENTER button. A menu of advanced
parameters appears. SELECT will be highlighted .
2. Press the ENTER button and the title of the first data field will begin to
blink . Highlight field you wish to change (highlighted field will blink).
First Data
Field Blinks
WAAS
On/Off
3. Choose from the following. (You only need to select the settings you
want to change.)
• WAAS
To turn the unit’s WAAS receiver on or off, highlight WAAS (see “What
is WAAS,” page 57.) Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu.
Select ON or OFF .
• Compass
To change the method of indicating direction used by the compass,
highlight COMPASS . Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu.
Select CARDINAL (standard N-S-E-W), DEGREES (< 0°-360°) or
MILS (0000-6400) .
Set Compass
Map Datum
Settings
2.5
Advanced Screen
Advanced Screen
• Map Datum
To change the datum used by your unit when comparing information
with a paper map or other navigational reference, highlight
MAP DATUM (see “What is a Map Datum?,” page 57, for details).
Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu. Select the map datum
that matches the item you are comparing .
• Position Format
To change the format the device uses to display location coordinates,
highlight POSITION FORMAT . Press the ENTER button to bring up the
menu select from the following: hddd.ddddd° (degrees, decimal
degrees), hddd°mm.mm (degrees, minutes, decimal minutes),
hddd°mm’ss.s (degrees, minutes, seconds, decimal seconds), British
Grid, Dutch Grid, Finnish KK127 Grid, German Grid, Irish Grid,
Maidenhead, MGRS (Military Grid Reference System), New Zealand,
Qatar Grid, Swedish Grid, Swiss Grid, Taiwan Grid, User Defined Grid,
UTM/UPS (Universal Transfer Mercator/Universal Polar Stereograph),
W Malaysian R .
• North Reference
Location
Coordinates
Set
Orientation
System
Information
Return to
System Page
To change the unit’s method of orientation to the earth’s magnetic field,
highlight NORTH REFERENCE (see “About North Reference,”
page 57). Press the ENTER button to bring up the menu. Select TRUE for
true north, MAGNETIC for magnetic north or GRID for grid north .
• About
Highlight and select ABOUT to display system information: your
unit’s serial number, the version of the operating software used by
your unit, and applicable patent numbers . Press ENTER button to
return to the Advanced Screen.
4. To save the changes made, highlight and select SAVE. To exit this
function without saving changes, press the PAGE button .
NOTE: Most widely used datum is WGS 84
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ALERTS
LOST
SATELLITES
ARRIVING AT
DESTINATION!
MEMORY
FULL!
TRACK LOG
ALMOST FULL!
TRACK
LOG FULL!
ALERTS
Alerts
BATTERIES
LOW!
As you use your GPS 500, you may see the following alert messages.
LOST SATELLITES CONTINUE SEARCHING?
You will see this alert if, for any reason, satellite lock is lost. When you see
this message, the unit is automatically trying to re-acquire satellite signals. If
you do nothing, the unit will continue to search for signals and the message
will disappear when satellite lock is regained. You can select YES to continue
searching and clear the alert message. If satellite lock is not regained within
5 minutes, the alert will reappear. You can select NO to turn off GPS
navigation and clear the message.
NOTICE ARRIVING AT DESTINATION!
If you are navigating to a waypoint, POI or city/town, or along a track or
route, you will see this message when you are within 500 feet (150 m) of
your destination. Select OK or the PAGE button to clear the message.
WARNING MEMORY FULL!
You will see this message if you try to save a waypoint when the list is full,
(you can save a maximum of 500 waypoints). Select OK or the PAGE
button to clear the message. You will continue to see the message when
trying to save a waypoint until you delete one or more waypoints from
memory (see page 38).
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WARNING BATTERIES LOW!
This message appears approximately 30 minutes before your batteries need to
be replaced. Select OK or the PAGE button to clear the message. Replace the
batteries as soon as possible. The message will reappear every 10 minutes until
the batteries are replaced.
NOTICE GPS IS OFF!
This message is displayed any time an action is requested which typically
uses GPS satellite tracking “GPS on” (example: marking a waypoint or
navigating a route). While GPS mode is set to off, select YES to turn GPS
on. Select NO to tell the GPS unit to assume that you are at your last
calculated position.
GPS IS
OFF!
TRACK LIST
FULL!
WARNING TRACK LIST FULL!
This message appears when you try to save more than 10 tracks. The unit
will not be able to save any more tracks until you delete one or more tracks
from memory (see page 38). Select OK or the PAGE button clear the
message.
WARNING TRACK LOG ALMOST FULL!
This message appears when the track log memory bank is 90% full. Select
OK or the PAGE button to clear the message. The message will reappear
each time you turn on the unit until you clear the track log (see page 38) or
the track log becomes 100% full (see below).
WARNING TRACK LOG FULL!
You will see this message when the track log memory bank is full. The
unit will not be able to store any more track log points until you clear the
track log (see page 38). Select OK or the PAGE button to clear the message.
The message will reappear each time you turn on the unit until the track log
is cleared.
continued
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G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
World City Time Zones
Longitudinal Zone
G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
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Sources of Interference / Errors:
Offset
E172.50 to W172.50 ..............................-12
IDLW (International Date Line West)
W172.50 to W157.50 ............................-11
Nome
W157.50 to W142.50 ............................-10
Honolulu
W142.50 to W127.50 ..............................-9
Yukon Standard
W127.50 to W112.50 ..............................-8
Los Angeles
W112.50 to W097.50 ..............................-7
Denver
W097.50 to W082.50 ..............................-6
Chicago
W082.50 to W067.50 ..............................-5
New York
W067.50 to W052.50 ..............................-4
Caracas
W052.50 to W037.50 ..............................-3
Rio de Janeiro
W037.50 to W022.50 ..............................-2
Fernando de Noronha
W022.50 to W007.50 ..............................-1
Azores Island
W007.50 to E007.50........................GMT + 0
London
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E007.50 to E022.50 ................................+1
Rome
E022.50 to E037.50 ................................+2
Cairo
E037.50 to E052.50 ................................+3
Moscow
E052.50 to E067.50 ................................+4
Abu Dhabi
E067.50 to E082.50 ................................+5
Maldives
E082.50 to E097.50 ................................+6
Dhuburi
E097.50 to E112.50 ................................+7
Bangkok
E112.50 to E127.50 ................................+8
Hong Kong
E127.50 to E142.50 ................................+9
Tokyo
E142.50 to E157.50 ..............................+10
Sydney
E157.50 to E172.50 ..............................+11
Solomon Islands
E172.50 to W172.50 ............................+12
Auckland
GPS receivers have the potential for position errors due to
interference, primarily from the following sources:
Ionosphere and troposphere delays
The satellite signal slows as it passes through the atmosphere.
The system uses a built-in model that calculates an average
– though not exact – amount of delay.
Signal multi-path
This occurs when the GPS signal is reflected off objects such
as tall buildings before it reaches the receiver. This increases
the travel time of the signal, causing errors.
Receiver clock errors
The built-in clock can have very slight timing errors.
Orbital errors
Also known as ephemeris errors, these are inaccuracies of the
satellite’s reported location.
Most common error
Most common error is not having a clear view of the sky, or
being under very cloudy conditions, when a satellite signal
may not be received.
When satellite lock is lost
Whenever satellite lock is lost, the following animation
sequence appears onscreen and continues to loop until
satellite lock is re-acquired.
When GPS is turned Off
Whenever GPS is turned Off, the following animation
sequence occurs and continues to loop until search is
activated by user.
Also, all data fields (except for power status data
fields) appear blank until GPS is turned On and
satellite lock is re-acquired.
Number of satellites visible
The more satellites the receiver can see, the better the
accuracy. Buildings, terrain, electronic interference or even
dense foliage can block signal reception, resulting in position
errors or possibly no position reading at all. In general, the
clearer the view of the sky is at your location, the better
the reception will be. GPS receivers will not work indoors,
underwater or underground.
Due to the errors that might occur, it is recommended that
the serious navigator use a second navigational tool, such as
a magnetic compass or map.
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G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
What is WAAS?
About North Reference
Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a GPS-based
navigation system that provides precision above and beyond
what GPS can do on its own. WAAS was designed to improve
the accuracy and ensure the integrity of information coming
from GPS satellites.
The vertical grid lines on any map can be aligned in one of
three different ways.
WAAS is a network of 25 ground reference stations that
cover the entire U.S. plus parts of Canada and Mexico.
Implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
for aviation users, these reference stations are located at
precisely surveyed spots and compare GPS distance
measurements to known values. When the WAAS signal is
available, WAAS-capable receivers typically have a much
higher accuracy than non-WAAS units.
What is a Map Datum?
G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N
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NOTES
“True North” means that the vertical lines are aligned with
the geographic north pole. This is the most common method
of orienting maps.
“Magnetic North” means that the vertical lines are aligned
in the direction indicated as north by a compass, which can
differ from True North to varying amounts, depending on
where you are on the earth. (This difference is called
“inclination”and “declination.”)
“Grid North” refers to the direction in which the straight lines
on a map are actually aligned, which may be slightly different
from True North, because the rounded surface of the earth
can not be accurately depicted on the flat surface of a map.
Maps and charts are essentially grids created from a starting
reference point called a “datum.” Many maps being used
today were originally created decades ago. Over the years,
technology has allowed us to improve our surveying skills
and create more accurate maps. However, there is still a
need to adapt GPS receivers to use with older maps.
Most navigational charts and maps will have the datum listed.
Cobra® GPS receivers include up to 100 map datums that
allow you to switch to a setting that matches your map. The
most common US map datums are World Geodetic System
1984 (WGS 84) North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83)
and North American Datum 1927 (NAD 27).
NOTE: Using a map datum that does not match the chart
you are using can result in significant differences in position
information.
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S P E C I F I C AT I O N S
Specifications subject to change.
Temperature rating for the GPS 500 may exceed the usable
range of some batteries. Alkaline batteries can rupture at
high temperatures.
Alkaline batteries lose a significant amount of their capacity
as temperature decreases.
Use Lithium batteries when operating the GPS 500 in below
freezing conditions.
Extensive use of screen backlighting will significantly reduce
battery life.
External power can only be applied using the Cobra®
external power cord/cable.
MAINTENANCE & SERVICE
PERFORMANCE
Receiver:..........................................18 parallel channels
Acquisition Time:.............................Approximately 10 sec. (warm)
Approximately 35 sec. (cold)
Approximately 50 sec.
(first time)
Maintenance of Your GPS 500
Service
Your GPS 500 is designed and built to give you years of
trouble-free performance without the need for service. No
routine maintenance is required.
If you suspect that your unit requires
service, please call 773-889-3087
BEFORE shipping it to Cobra.® This will
ensure that you receive service as quickly
as possible.
If your unit does not appear to be operating properly, please
follow these trouble-shooting steps:
Update Rate:...................................1/second, continuous
(selectable)
Make sure you are using fresh batteries and they are
installed properly.
Position Accuracy:...........................up to 3 meters (10 feet)
Make sure you are outdoors and away from buildings
and obstructions. Also, make sure you have a clear
view of the sky.
Velocity Accuracy:...........................0.1 knot / 0.1 km/h
Dynamics: ........................................Performs to specifications to 6 g’s
Antenna: ..........................................Built-in patch antenna
Make sure you have not accidentally turned GPS off
(see page 46).
PHYSICAL
Case:.................................................Fully gasketted, high impact ABS
plastic, waterproof to 1 meter for
30 min (IPX7 standards)
Size:..................................................4.7” H x 2.3” W x 1.5” D
(12 cm x 5.8 cm x 3.8 cm)
Weight: ............................................5.3 ounces
Operating Temperature Range:.....5˚F to 158˚F (-15˚C to 70˚C)
Storing Temperature Range: .........-40˚F to 176˚F (-40˚C to 80˚C)
POWER
Input:................................................Two 1.5 volt AA batteries and/or
12-volt DC external power
(vehicle power adapter)
Battery Life:....................................Up to 20 hours in battery
save mode
Up to 10-12 hours in continuous
operation out of save mode.
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Customer Service
In the U.S.A., you can receive technical assistance with your
unit through one of our customer support services:
Automated Help Desk is available in English
24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087.
Customer Service Operators are available in
English and Spanish at 773-889-3087 Monday
to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.
Questions can be faxed to 773-622-2269.
Automated Technical Assistance is available
in English or Spanish 24 hours, 7 days a week via
e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com
On-line answers to frequently asked questions
(in English only) can be found at: www.cobra.com.
Outside the U.S.A. please contact your local dealer.
If you are asked to send your unit to the Cobra® factory,
please follow these steps:
1. Send the complete unit.
2. For warranty repair, enclose some form of
proof-of-purchase, such as a photocopy or carbon copy of
a sales receipt. If you send the original receipt, it cannot
be returned to you.
3. Enclose a typed or clearly written description of the
problem you are having with your unit, plus the name
and address where you want the unit returned.
4. Pack the unit securely to prevent damage during transit.
If possible, use the original packing materials.
5. Ship prepaid and insured using a traceable carrier such
as United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express or first
class mail with delivery confirmation. Ship to:
Cobra Factory Service
Cobra Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60707 USA
6. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks before contacting us about the
status of your service. Call 773-889-3087 for assistance.
If your unit is under warranty, it will either be repaired or
replaced upon receipt, depending on the model. If your unit
is out of warranty, you will receive a letter informing you of
the repair or replacement charge.
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INDEX
A
About Option .............................45, 52
Accessories......................................63
Accuracy .........................4, 10, 15, 17
Adjusting the Display ..................44, 47
Advanced Options..................45, 51-52
Alerts..............................................53
Average Speed ................4, 10, 15, 17
Auto Zoom Option ............................11
B
Backlight.............................A2, 44, 47
Basic Operation...............................5-8
Batteries...............................5, 54, 59
Battery Saver ............................44, 47
Bearing ....................4, 10, 14, 15, 17
Buttons
Enter.......................................A2, 6
Joystick ...................................A2, 5
Page .......................................A2, 5
Power .....................................A2, 5
Zoom In/Out ...........................A2, 6
C
Cardinal Compass.............................51
Cautions and Warnings......................A1
Cities.....................................7, 33-34
Clear Track Log ................................23
Clock Format.............................44, 49
Compass ............................14, 45, 51
Contrast....................................44, 47
Course............................................14
Create New Route ......................27-28
Customer Service .......................A1, 60
D
Data Fields Descriptions ......................4
Data Interface............................44, 48
Data Port ........................................44
Date ..............................4, 10, 15, 17
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INDEX
Daylight Saving Time..................44, 49
Default Option
Gauges........................................15
Map............................................11
System........................................45
Trip Meter ....................................17
Degrees Compass.............................51
Delete All Data Option ......................39
Delete Options ...........................38-40
Deleting Individual
Tracks .............................24, 38, 40
Waypoints .......................19, 38, 40
Routes ............................26, 39, 40
POIs ...............................35, 39, 40
Destination .....................4, 10, 15, 17
Details Option
Map .....................................11, 13
Route .........................................32
Display Option .................................44
Dutch Manual ..................................A1
E
French Manual .................................A1
Full Map .........................................10
G
Gauges Data Option .........................15
Gauges Defaults...............................15
Gauges Page ..........................9, 14-15
General Information ..............2-4, 55-57
German Manual ...............................A1
GoTo
City/Town .........................1, 33, 34
Points of Interest ................1, 35, 37
Waypoint...........................1, 19, 22
GPS Components.............................2-3
GPS Mode.......................................44
GPS Off ....................................44, 46
GPS On.....................................44, 46
Grid North .......................................52
Magnetic North................................52
Maintenance .................................60
Map Data Option ...........................10
Map Datum.........................45, 51, 57
Map Defaults...................................11
Map Detail Option ............................11
Map Display ...............................10-11
Map Orientation...............................10
Map Page ..............................9, 10-13
Max Speed .....................4, 10, 15, 17
Metric Measurement.........................50
MILS Compass.................................51
N
J
Nautical Measurement ......................50
Nav Data Page........................9, 18-43
Navigate Option
Cites/Towns...........................33, 34
Points of Interest ....................35, 37
Route....................................26, 31
Track.....................................24, 25
Waypoints .............................19, 22
Navigation............................1, 7-8, 18
Nearest Option.................................33
New Option
Route .....................................27-28
Waypoints .............................20, 21
NMEA.......................................44, 48
North Reference...................45, 52, 57
North Up.........................................10
Joystick.......................................A2, 5
O
L
Odometer .......................4, 10, 15, 17
Order Form .....................................64
Orientation Option............................10
H
Hiker Icons......................................18
I
Editing Text .....................................41
Edit
Point of Interest............................35
Route .........................................26
Track...........................................24
Waypoint.....................................19
Elevation ........................4, 10, 15, 17
English Measurement........................50
Enter Button ..............................A2, 6
Errors .............................................56
ETA ................................4, 10, 15, 17
Important Information.......................A1
Inserting in Route
Waypoint...............................26, 29
Point of Interest......................26, 29
Installing Batteries..............................5
Interface Option.........................44, 48
Interference.....................................56
Italian Manual..................................A1
F
Language..................................44, 50
Location .........................4, 10, 15, 17
Location Screen .........................44, 46
Log Option, Tracks............................23
Lost Satellites........................9, 46, 56
Low Battery ....................................54
Factory Service ................................60
FCC Compliance Statement............... A1
Features..........................................A3
Five Main Pages ................................9
Font Size Option, Trip Meter ..............16
M
P
Page Button ................................A2, 5
Panning Mode .................................12
Pointer Options ................................14
Points of Interest.....................7, 35-37
Portuguese Manual...........................A1
Position Format .........................45, 52
Power ............................4, 10, 15, 17
Power Button...............................A2, 5
Power On/Off ..................................6
Powersave Mode................................6
Preview Waypoint ............................19
R
Reset Option, Trip Meter....................16
Remove POI from Route..............26, 30
Remove Waypoint from Route .....26, 30
Route ...................................8, 26-32
Route Details...................................32
S
Satellites ............................44, 53, 56
Save Track Log ................................23
Search Option ...............20, 33, 36, 43
Select Option
City/Town ...................................33
Point of Interest............................35
Route..........................................26
Track...........................................24
Waypoint ....................................19
Service ...........................................60
Set Data Option
Gauges........................................15
Map............................................10
Trip Meter ....................................17
Settings Option .....................44, 49-50
Sort Option .........................20, 36, 42
Sounds .....................................44, 50
Spanish Manual ...............................A1
Specifications...................................59
Speed ............................4, 10, 15, 17
Status Bar.......................................45
7
Stop Navigation
Gauges........................................15
Map............................................11
Trip Meter ....................................17
Summer Time............................44, 49
Swedish Manual...............................A1
System Page .........................9, 44-52
T
Time ..............................4, 10, 15, 17
Time Zones .........................44, 49, 55
Towns....................................7, 33-34
Track .....................................8, 23-25
Track Log .................................23, 53
Track Up .........................................10
Trip Meter ..........................8, 9, 16-17
Trip Meter Data Options ....................17
Trip Meter Defaults ...........................17
Trip Meter Page...........................16-17
Trip Odometer..................4, 10, 15, 17
Trip Time ........................4, 10, 15, 17
True North.......................................52
U
Units of Measurement ................44, 50
Using the Advanced Screen...........51-52
Using the Settings Screen.............49-50
W
WAAS.................................45, 51, 57
Warnings and Cautions......................A1
Warranty.........................................63
Waypoint Shortcut .................6, 20, 21
Waypoints..............................7, 19-22
WGS 84 .........................................51
Winter Time ....................................49
Z
Zoom In/Out Button.....................A2, 6
Zoom Option ...................................11
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A C C E S S O R I E S • WA R R A N T Y • D O C
Optional Accessories
U.S. ORDER FORM
Declaration of Conformity
You can find fine accessories at your local Cobra dealer, or in the
U.S.A. you can order directly from Cobra.®
®
To order by phone in the U.S.A.
Call 773.889.3087 (Press 1 from the main menu
8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F CST. )
Hereby, Cobra® Electronics Corporation, declares that this
Global Positioning System Receiver is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
Directive 1999/5/EC.
Item No.
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Prices subject to change without notice.
Tax Table
Call 773.889.3087 for pricing and availability. Please fill out
order form on next page, and mail/fax directly to Cobra.® Fax:
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To order by mail or fax in the U.S.A.
QUALITY
ALITY SEAL
QUALITY SEAL
warrants that its Cobra® GPS 500, and the component parts
thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials
for period of one (1) year from the date of first consumer
purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer
purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Cobra® will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option,
defective GPS 500, products or component parts upon delivery
to the Cobra® Factory Service Department, accompanied by
proof of the date of first consumer purchase, such as a
duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship
the product for warranty service, but the return charges will
be at Cobra®'s expense, if the product is repaired or replaced
under warranty.
This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
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Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply; 1) to any
product damaged by accident; 2) in the event of misuse or
abuse of the product or as a result of unauthorized alterations
or repairs; 3) if the serial number has been altered, defaced
or removed; 4) if the owner of the product resides outside
the U.S.A.
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Total
Prices are for shipping in the continental US only. For AK, HI and
PR please add an additional $15.00 for UPS shipments.
For credit card orders fill out order form
and fax to: 773.622.2269
or call 773.889.3087
(Press 1 from the main menu)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday -Friday CST.
Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
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$4.75
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Make check or money order
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and fitness for a particular purpose are limited in duration to
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