Owner`s manual | Garmin Vista C GPS Receiver User Manual

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eTrex Vista C
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
Preface
Thank you for choosing the Garmin eTrex Vista C handheld navigation system. This Owner’s Manual and Reference Guide is comprised of
the following sections:
Introduction — contains the Garmin software license agreement,
FCC and safety information, the Table of Contents and an overview of
the eTrex Vista C functional features.
Getting Started — takes you through installing batteries, using the
unit control buttons, making interface connections from the eTrex
Vista C to your PC and downloading detailed maps.
GPS Navigation — takes you through the process of navigating with
your eTrex Vista C and how to use GPS Navigation to customize the
operation of your eTrex Vista C.
GPS Features — provides detailed descriptions of additional GPS
enhanced features such as the Calendar, Hunt and Fish, Sun and
Moon and Games. Also included in this section are a few non-GPS
features such as the Calculator, a non-GPS enhanced game, etc.
Appendix — provides you with additional information about your
eTrex Vista C and an index by subject.
Preface
Contact Garmin
If you should encounter any difficulty while using your
eTrex Vista C, or if you have any questions, in the
U.S.A. contact Garmin Product Support by phone at
913-397-8200 or 800-800-1020,
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm Central Time; or at
www.garmin.com/contactUs/techSupport.jsp
In Europe, contact Garmin (Europe) Ltd. at
Tel. 44/0870.8501241 - Fax. 44/0870.8501251.
Recording Your Serial Number
Use this area to record the serial number in case it is lost, stolen,
or needs service. Be sure to keep your original sales receipt in a
safe place or attach a photocopy inside the manual. The 8-digit
number is located in the battery compartment.
Serial Number:
Product Registration
Connect to our website (www.garmin.com) and look for the `
Product Registration link on the Home Page and follow
instructions for registration.
NOTE: If you have previously registered a Garmin product
purchase, we invite you to re-register using our on-line system.
Many services provided by our product registration system are
automated and re-registering your purchase ensures you the best
possible support from Garmin.
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
Software License Agreement
Software License Agreement
BY USING THE eTrex Vista C, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY
THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE FOLLOWING SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT
CAREFULLY.
Garmin grants you a limited license to use the software embedded
in this device (the “Software”) in binary executable form in the normal
operation of the product. Title, ownership rights and intellectual
property rights in and to the Software remain in Garmin.
You acknowledge that the Software is the property of Garmin and
is protected under the United States of America copyright laws and
international copyright treaties. You further acknowledge that the
structure, organization and code of the Software are valuable trade
secrets of Garmin and that the Software in source code form remains a
valuable trade secret of Garmin. You agree not to decompile, disassemble, modify, reverse assemble, reverse engineer or reduce to human
readable form the Software or any part thereof or create any derivative
works based on the Software. You agree not to export or re-export the
Software to any country in violation of the export control laws of the
United States of America.
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
The eTrex Vista C complies with Part 15 of the FCC interference
limits for Class B digital devices FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE. These
limits are designed to provide more reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation, and are more stringent than
“outdoor” requirements.
FCC Compliance
Information
Operation of this device is subject to the following conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one of the
following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The eTrex Vista C does not contain any userserviceable parts. Repairs should only be made by
an authorized Garmin service center. Unauthorized
repairs or modifications could result in permanent
damage to the equipment, and void your warranty
and your authority to operate this device under
Part 15 regulations.
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
Warnings and Precautions
CAUTION: Use the eTrex Vista C at your own risk. To reduce the
risk of unsafe operation, carefully review and understand all aspects of
this Owner’s Manual — and thoroughly practice operation using the
Demo Mode prior to actual use. When in actual use, carefully compare
indications from the eTrex Vista C to all available navigation sources, including the information from other NAVAIDs, visual sightings, charts, etc.
For safety, always resolve any discrepancies before continuing navigation.
CAUTION: IT IS THE USER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THIS
PRODUCT PRUDENTLY. THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED TO BE USED
ONLY AS A NAVIGATIONAL AID AND MUST NOT BE USED FOR ANY
PURPOSE REQUIRING PRECISE MEASUREMENT OF DIRECTION,
DISTANCE, LOCATION OR TOPOGRAPHY. THIS PRODUCT SHOULD
NOT BE USED AS AN AID TO DETERMINE GROUND PROXIMITY
FOR AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION.
CAUTION: The electronic chart is an aid to navigation and is
designed to facilitate the use of authorized government charts, not replace
them. Only official government charts and notices to mariners contain
all information needed for safe navigation – and, as always, the user is
responsible for their prudent use.
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
MAP DATA INFORMATION: One of the goals of Garmin is to
provide customers with the most complete and accurate cartography that
is available to us at a reasonable cost. We use a combination of governmental and private data sources, which we identify as required in product
literature and copyright messages displayed to the consumer. Virtually
all data sources contain inaccurate or incomplete data to some degree.
This is particularly true outside the United States, where complete and
accurate digital data is either not available or prohibitively expensive.
Warnings and Precautions
WARNING: The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the
United States government, which is solely responsible for its accuracy
and maintenance. The system is subject to changes which could affect the
accuracy and performance of all GPS equipment. Although the Garmin
eTrex Vista C is a precision electronic NAVigation AID (NAVAID), any
NAVAID can be misused or misinterpreted and, therefore, become unsafe.
WARNING: This product, its packaging, and its components contain
chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects,
or reproductive harm. This Notice is being provided in accordance with
California’s Proposition 65. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please refer to our web site at http://www.garmin.com/
prop65.
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eTrex Vista C
Introduction
Warnings and Precautions
Important
Because the Garmin eTrex Vista C can be used
for vehicular navigation, important safety considerations must be observed. Please read and observe
the instructions on this page.
Do Not Mount Where
Driver’s Field of Vision
is Blocked
Do Not Mount in
Front of Airbag
Panels
Do Not Place Unsecured
on the Vehicle Dash
Do Not Mount in Front of an
Airbag Field of Deployment
Safety Warnings and Cautions—Read This First!
WARNING: For use in vehicles, it is the sole responsibility of the
owner/operator of a vehicle with the eTrex Vista C installed to place and
secure the device so that it will not interfere with the vehicle operating
controls and safety devices, obstruct the driver’s view of driving conditions, or cause damage or personal injury in the event of an accident.
Do not mount the unit over airbag panels or in the field of airbag
deployment. Airbags expand with a rapid force that can propel objects
in their path towards the vehicle driver or passengers causing possible
injury. Refer to airbag safety precautions contained in the vehicle owner’s
manual.
Do not mount the unit in a place where the driver or passengers are
likely to impact it in a collision. The mounting hardware provided by
Garmin is not warranted against collision damage or the consequences
thereof.
WARNING: When used in vehicles, it is the sole responsibility of the
driver of the vehicle to operate the vehicle in a safe manner, maintain
full surveillance of all driving conditions at all times, and not become
distracted by the unit to the exclusion of safe driving practices. It is
unsafe to operate the controls of the unit while you are driving. Failure
by the driver of a vehicle equipped with a eTrex Vista C installed to pay
full attention to operation of the vehicle and road conditions while the
vehicle is in motion could result in an accident with property damage and
personal injury.
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Introduction
Table of Contents
Section 1: Introduction...............................................i-vii The Main Menu........................................................................42
Preface.........................................................................................i
Software License Agreement........................................................ii
FCC Compliance Information....................................................iii
Warnings and Precautions......................................................iv-vi
Table of Contents................................................................vii-viii
Section 2: Getting Started..........................................1-7
Battery Installation and Start Up.................................................1
Key Functions.............................................................................2
Unit Features.............................................................................3
Initialization..............................................................................4
The Satellite Page.......................................................................4
Navigating with the eTrex Vista C...............................................5
The Main Page Sequence............................................................6
The Main Page Features........................................................7
Section 3: GPS Navigation.......................................8-67
The Map Page............................................................................8
The Compass Page...................................................................14
The Altimeter Page...................................................................20
Using Waypoints......................................................................26
Using Find...............................................................................30
The Trip Computer Page.....................................................43
Using Tracks......................................................................44
Using Routes......................................................................49
The Highway Page.............................................................54
The Setup Menu................................................................55
System Setup..........................................................56
Display Setup.........................................................56
Tones Setup...............................................................57
Page Sequence Setup..................................................57
Map Setup.................................................................58
Routing Setup............................................................61
Geocache Setup..........................................................62
Marine Setup..............................................................62
Time Setup.................................................................63
Units Setup.................................................................63
Heading Setup.............................................................64
Calibration Setup.......................................................64
Altimeter Setup............................................................65
Welcome Page Setup...................................................66
Proximity Waypoints.........................................................67
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Table of Contents
Section 4: GPS Features.........................................68-76
Calendar...................................................................................68
Alarm Clock.............................................................................69
Calculator.................................................................................69
Stopwatch.................................................................................70
Sun and Moon Tables..............................................................71
Hunt and Fish Tables..............................................................72
GPS Enhanced Games............................................................73
Non-Enhanced Game............................................................76
Section 5: Appendix...............................................77-92
Accessories...............................................................................77
Specifications...........................................................................79
Data Field Options...............................................................81
Connecting the eTrex Vista C to a Computer...........................85
Downloading MapSource Map Data........................................86
UTC Offset Chart....................................................................87
Map Datums and Position Formats................................................88
Loran TD Setup.....................................................................89
WAAS and DGPS.....................................................................90
Index.........................................................................................91
Limited Warranty.........................................................................93
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eTrex Vista C
Getting Started
Installing the Batteries
The eTrex Vista C operates on two “AA” batteries (not included),
which are located in the back of the unit. Alkaline or NiMH batteries
may be used (see page 56 for setting the battery type). Stored data is
not lost when batteries are removed.
Battery Installation and
Start Up
Important Note
When replacing batteries, use only new or fully
charged batteries. Do not mix Alkaline and NiMH batteries. Rechargeable batteries may typically display less
capacity than disposable batteries.
To install batteries:
1. Remove the battery cover from the
back of the unit, turn the D-Ring 1/4
turn counter-clockwise and pull out.
Remove the batteries from the unit if you don’t plan to
use it for several months. Storing batteries in the unit
for prolonged periods of time may result in leakage
and damage to the battery compartment.
2. Insert the batteries, observing the
proper polarity. A polarity diagram
can be found molded into
Locking
Pin Slot
the battery compartment.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper care
and disposal of used batteries. Do not incinerate used
batteries, as internal materials may ignite with explosive
violence.
3. Reinstall the battery cover by inserting
the bottom slot over the tab at the
base of the unit and reinserting the
locking pin in the back of the unit.
Turn the D-Ring 1/4 turn clockwise
to lock in place.
Extensive use of backlighting and/or WAAS as well as
key beep tones will significantly reduce battery life.
To set backlighting intensity and timeout, see page 56.
To disable WAAS, see page 56.
To turn the electronic compass Off, see page 15
Battery Compartment
To mute the beep tones, see page 57.
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Getting Started
“Thumb Stick” ENTER/ROCKER Key
(Press down to Enter - move to the side or up/
down to scroll, highlight fields or pan the map)
Key Functions
GPS Antenna
• Provides quick satellite acquisition
IN/OUT Zoom Keys
• From the Map Page, press to zoom
the map in or out.
• From any other page, press to scroll.
up or down a list or move a highlighted slider.
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Vista C
MENU/FIND Key
• Press and release to view the
Options Menu for a page.
• Press and hold to display the Find
Menu.
• Rock Up/Down or Right/Left to
move through lists, highlight fields,
on-screen buttons or icons, enter
data or move the map panning arrow.
• Press in and release to enter highlighted options and data or confirm
on-screen messages.
• Press in and hold at any time to
mark your current location as a
waypoint.
QUIT/COMPASS Key
• Press to cycle through the main
pages.
• Press when using the on-screen
keyboard to close.
• Press and hold to turn the Compass
On/Off.
POWER/BACKLIGHT Key
• Press and hold to turn unit On/Off.
• Press and release to adjust backlighting, view time/date and
battery capacity.
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Getting Started
Unit Features
USB Connector Port (under weather cover)
• Provides interface to a PC for fast
data transfer.
• Provides auxiliary power via USB
cable connection to a PC or from a
cigarette lighter adapter cable with
USB connector.
Battery Compartment Locking Ring
• Turn 1/4 turn counter-clockwise
and lift to remove cover.
Battery Compartment Cover
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before connecting the
unit to the USB Cable, install the USB Cable
drivers included with the MapSource Trip and
Waypoint Manager CD-ROM provided with
this unit. Otherwise, your PC may attempt to
auto-install USB drivers incompatible with the
unit. Refer to page 85 for detailed instructions.
Belt Clip/Auxiliary Mount Adapter
Attachment Location
• Accepts a Belt Clip accessory for
convenient access when hiking or
walking.
• Accepts the Auxiliary Mount
Adapter accessory supplied with
the unit.
(Refer to pages 77 and 78 for
accessory listings and installation
instructions.)
Auxiliary Mount Adapter
(Do not discard - retain for use
with Garmin Auto, Bike and
Marine Mount Accessories)
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eTrex Vista C
Getting Started
Initialization & the Satellite Page
The eTrex Vista C locates satellites above its position
Options
Menu
Satellite Page displaying a location “Fix”
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Starting Up the GPS Receiver
When you turn on the eTrex Vista C, the GPS receiver begins to
search for satellites in order to determine (fix) its location. This process
is called “initialization” and can take from 5 to 15 minutes the first time
you use your unit. Thereafter, if you haven’t moved more than 600 miles
from your original location, it takes only seconds to minutes. In order to
receive satellite signals, you must be outdoors and have a clear view of
the sky. Satellite signals cannot pass through solid materials (except glass)
or dense overhead tree cover. To shorten the time required for initialization, select “New Location” from the options menu, then use the Map
Page to determine your general location so the eTrex Vista C can search
for those satellites above you.
To initialize your eTrex Vista C:
1. Press and release the POWER key to turn on the unit.
2. Observe the “Power On” Page followed by the Satellite Page.
The Satellite Page displays at Start-Up only; thereafter, it can be
accessed through the Main Menu.
3. While the GPS receiver is searching for the satellite signals, a
“Locating Satellites” message is replaced by an “Acquiring Satellites” message until enough signals are acquired to fix its location.
You can also observe a sky view array of the satellites overhead with
your position centered in the array. The outer circle represents the horizon and the inner circle a position 45o from the horizon. The numbers
displayed indicate the number assigned to each satellite. A bar graph
displays the strength of signals from each satellite.
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4. When the receiver has signals from at least three satellites,
the display at the top of the page changes to indicate position
accuracy and location coordinates. The Status Bar at the top of
the display indicates the GPS status and status of other features.
If, for any reason, you have difficulty initializing your eTrex Vista C,
the solution could be as simple as moving slightly to avoid objects that
are blocking or deflecting the satellite signals.
5. Press and release the QUIT key until the Map Page is displayed.
You are now ready to begin GPS-aided navigation.
Initialization & The Satellite Page
Map Item
Details
Position
Arrow
Map Scale
Active Navigation is supported by three pages:
The Map Page graphically shows you map details, your current location, marks your route to a destination with a route line, and leaves a trail
(track log) of where you’ve been.
The Compass Page indicates direction to go and direction of travel.
The Trip Computer Page records and displays travel data.
There are three methods of navigating to a destination when using the
eTrex Vista C, each graphically displayed on the Map Page.
Go To - A direct path to a selected destination (waypoint, city, address, etc.).
Track - A previous path of travel that has been stored (logged) in the
eTrex Vista C. A Track allows you to repeat a path or retrace the path.
Route - A path to a destination consisting of intermediate stops along
the way (waypoints, cities, exits, points of interest, intersections, etc.).
Refer to the sections on Tracks, Routes and Waypoints for details.
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Map Page with Current Position Arrow
Navigating with eTrex Vista C
A Go To
A Track
A Route
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eTrex Vista C
Getting Started
The Main Page Sequence
When you turn on the eTrex Vista C, a “Power On” Page is followed by the Satellite Page (which displays
only at start up) and then the Map Page. The Map Page is the first of the four Main Pages in sequence.
To view each Main Page:
1. Press and release the QUIT key repeatedly to cycle through the main pages.
2. With a page displayed, press the MENU key to display the list of options for that page.
Compass Page
Map Page
Map Page
Options
Altimeter Page
Compass
Page
Options
“Power On” Page
Main Menu
Altimeter
Page
Options
There are no Main Menu
Options at the Main Page
level
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eTrex Vista C
Getting Started
Status Bar, Backlighting and On-Screen Messages
When you press and release the POWER key, The Backlight Brightness Adjustment Slider and a Status Bar with time and date displays
current status information for several unit features.
• Power to the unit is provided either by the batteries or by
an auxiliary source (DC Adapter). The Battery Power icon
displays the remaining power as the battery becomes depleted.
• Satellite signal status is shown when searching for (acquiring)
satellites, when a two-dimensional fix is attained and when four or
more satellites have been received (three dimensional fix).
• Alarm Clock: The icon displays whenever the Alarm is set.
• USB cable connection: The icon displays when the unit is in communication with a PC Universal Serial Bus.
You can adjust the backlight level by pressing the POWER key and
releasing. Then tap the POWER key or press the ROCKER key Up/
Down to cycle through the levels of backlight adjustment. See page 56 for
information on changing the display colors and backlight timeout and
brightness levels. Backlighting is Off when you power up the unit. When
On, it uses a significant amount of battery power.
Whenever a significant event in the operation of the unit occurs, an
on-screen message displays to advise you of the occurrence. In each case,
the condition is described and often a remedy provided. Pressing the
ENTER key acknowledges the message and closes the window.
The Main Page Features
Status Bar
Battery Power
Acquiring Satel-
2-Dimension Navigation
Auxiliary Power
Alarm is Set USB is Connected
Electronic
Compass
ON
3-Dimension Navigation
Backlight Adjustment
Slider
(Brightnesses varies
according to battery
power level.)
On-Screen Messages
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GPS Navigation
The Map Page
“North Up”
Mode
The Map is
oriented with
North
at the top
The Map Page
Position Arrow
The Map Scale
Data Fields
“Track Up”
Mode
North
Orientation
Arrow
Guidance Text
Street Level
Detailed
Mapping
The Map Page with Data Fields and Guidance Text
Using the Map Page
The Map Page is the primary navigation feature of the eTrex Vista
C. The Map Page displays a detailed map of the area surrounding your
current location. It allows you to pan the map with the ROCKER key
and view your progress when navigating. When in the “Track Up” mode
(oriented in the direction of travel), a north reference arrow appears at the
top left corner to orient the map. When in the “North Up” mode the map
is oriented like a paper map. When you activate the Track Log feature,
your path of movement is indicated by a dotted line. The map display can
be changed to “Night” mode for easier viewing in dim light. The factory
set default automatically changes the display at sunrise and sunset.
The map also displays geographic details such as rivers, lakes, highways and towns. The maps to the left show a higher level of detail than
the basemap provided with the unit (i.e. residential streets, parks, etc.)
because Garmin MapSource® detailed mapping data has been downloaded
from a CD-ROM program.
You can use the Map Page to do the following:
• Determine your current location and progress while moving
• Select and save a map point as a waypoint.
• Locate and navigate to map items by following a Route displayed
on the map.
• Customize the map display to your requirements.
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Using Map Page Features
Use the Zoom IN and OUT keys to change the map scale. You can
show more map area with less detail or less map area with more detail.
Press and hold to Zoom the map scale rapidly.
The map scale in the lower left hand side of the display is shown in
units of measurement selected in the “Units” field of the Unit Setup Page.
If you zoom in so far that the resolution of the map data is exceeded and
the appearance of the map is no longer accurate, the word, “overzoom”
displays just below the map scale. When using MapSource detailed maps,
“mapsource” appears below the scale.
In many instances the map displays an “Accuracy Circle” surrounding the “Position Icon.” The eTrex Vista C uses both map resolution and
GPS accuracy in defining your location to a point within the circle. The
smaller the circle, the more accurate your location.
When using the “Pan Map” feature, a small outline arrow (Panning
Arrow) can be moved about the page to highlight and identify map items
or to scroll the map to view areas not shown on the display screen. If
there is more than one map item under the Panning Arrow, a list of those
items displays with the item highlighted on the map and the list.
Optional data fields can be added at the top of the display to provide a
variety of travel and navigational information; see the pages that follow.
The Map Page
Zoom In
Zoom Out
Map Features
Map Scales
Panning Arrow
Accuracy Circle
When navigating, Guidance Text displays at the top of the map.
Guidance Text
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The Map Page
The Map Page Options Menu
A Quick Look at the Map Page Options
Stop Navigation - Stops navigation and is disabled when
there is no active navigation.
Recalculate - Recalculates a route and is disabled when
there is no active navigation.
Data Fields - Allows two to four fields to display at the top
of the page showing Speed, Heading, Elevation and Time.
Guidance Text - Displays messages on the screen to advise
you of your next navigation move when navigating to a destination.
Change Data Fields - Allows you change data field types.
Setup Map - Access to six pages of Map display settings
so you can customize the map to your preferences.
Measure Distance - Measures the distance from your
current location to the Map Pointer.
Turn Declutter On - Eliminates the display of items on
the map that can block out road details when the map
is zoomed out.
Restore Defaults - Returns the map display to the factory
set map display defaults.
The Map Page Options Menu
The Map Page can be changed to display a variety of information
for navigation. You can stop navigation to a destination, arrange up to
four data fields to display the type of navigation information you desire,
include a navigation guidance text message on the map page and select
the type of data fields to display. You can change the way the map displays
items by selecting your own settings for text size, what items are displayed
and more. You can display the distance from your current location to
other locations on the map. You can reduce the amount of map clutter
(map item icons and names) to increase the visibility of roads and other
geographic features. You can restore the Map Page display to the factory
default settings.
To arrange the Map Page:
1. With unit turned On, press and release the QUIT key until the
Map Page displays.
2. Press the FIND key to display the Map Page Options Menu.
3. Use the ROCKER key to select the feature you want to use to
customize the Map Page and press the ENTER key.
Some of these options contain sub-menus that allow you to further
control how the option is used.
The pages that follow discuss each option in detail.
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To display Data Fields:
1. With the Map Page Options Menu displayed, use the
ROCKER key to highlight the Data Fields option and press
ENTER.
2. Observe the sub-menu options: “Map Only,” “2 Data Fields,”
“3 Data Fields,” and “4 Data Fields.”
You can choose to leave the Map Page as is (full page map),
or add two, three or four navigation data fields.
3. Highlight your choice and press ENTER.
To change Data Fields:
1. After you display data fields, a “Change Data Fields” option
appears on the options menu when you press the FIND key.
2. Select this option and press the ENTER key.
3. Press ENTER again to select from a list of types of navigation
data to display in the first field.
4. After making your selection and entry, use the ROCKER key to
move to the next field and repeat the process.
The Map Page
Data Field
Sub-Menu
List of
Data Field
Options
Two Data
Fields
Three Data
Fields
Four Data
Fields
For an explanation of what each option represents, see page 81 of
the Appendix.
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The Map Page
Guidance Text Options Menu
GPS Status Message when not navigating
To display Guidance Text:
1. With Map Page displayed, press the FIND key to display
the Map Page Options Menu.
2. Highlight the Guidance Text Option and press ENTER to
display the Guidance Text Options Menu.
3. Select the desired option; “Always Show,” “Never Show” or
“Show When Navigating” and press ENTER to activate.
If you select “Always Show,” a guidance message is always displayed
whether or not you are navigating.
If you select “Show When Navigating,” a guidance message is displayed until you select “Stop Navigation” from the Options Menu.
Guidance Text shows you useful information when using one of the
navigation methods described on page 5. If you select “Always Show” and
you are not navigating, the message field will display GPS Status information,
To Setup the Map:
Refer to the “Map Setup” section of the Setup Options on page 58.
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Measuring Distance
The Map Page
This Map Page option allows you to determine the distance to a point
on the map from your current location. Access the Map Page Options
Menu, select “Measure Distance” and press ENTER to activate. To
measure between two selected points on the Map, move the Map Pointer
to the first map point you want to measure from, press ENTER and then
move the Map Pointer to the second map point. Press QUIT to cancel.
Measured
Distance
Turning Declutter On/Off
This Map Page option allows you to remove map item titles and icons
that clutter the view of roadways, especially when the map is zoomed in.
To turn Declutter on, access the Map Page Options Menu, select
“Declutter On” and press ENTER to activate. Do the same to cancel the
“Declutter” option.
The “Measure Distance” Option Enabled
Restoring Default Settings
This option allows you to return the map settings to factory settings.
Map Declutter “Off”
Map Declutter “On”
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The Compass Page
The Compass
Ring moves to
indicate North
orientation.
Compass Page
Course Pointer
Bearing Pointer
Scale
The Course Pointer
indicates your
course of travel
and the distance
you drift off
course.
The Bearing
Pointer always
indicated the
direction to your
destination.
Using the Compass Page
The Compass Page is your guide to accurate and efficient navigation. It
uses traditional navigation displays to provide navigation information.
When navigation is in progress, the Compass Page provides navigation data and directions. It uses a graphic compass ring, a bearing/course
pointer and digital data fields to display information such as current
speed, distance to the next point on the route, estimated arrival time, etc.
You can choose from three or four data fields and select the type of data
displayed in each from a list of options.
The rotating compass ring indicates the direction you are heading. The
Bearing/Course Pointer indicates the direction (bearing) to your destination relative to your current heading direction. The compass ring and
Bearing Pointer work independently to show your direction of movement
and the direction to your destination. You can choose a Bearing Pointer or
Course Pointer for guidance.
The compass ring is an electronic compass that functions like a magnetic compass when you are stationary. However, when you are moving
and reach a pre-set speed, it uses data from the GPS receiver to maintain
your heading. When you stop (after a pre-set time), it again operates like
a magnetic compass. The compass ring is especially helpful when using a
paper map or chart in conjunction with your eTrex Vista C for navigation.
When the electronic compass is on, a compass icon appears in the status
bar at the top of the display. (see page 7).
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The Electronic Compass
When you manually turn the Compass Off, it stays off until you manually turn it On again. Sometimes, however, when you turn the Compass
On, the eTrex Vista C overrides the Compass and uses the GPS receiver to
track your heading. The criteria for switching between the Compass and
the GPS can be customized (see below).
The Compass Page
Turning the Electronic Compass On and Off:
1. Press and hold the QUIT button to turn the Electronic Compass
On or Off. A Compass icon displays in the Status Bar at the top
of the display when the Compass is On. When not in use, turn
the Electronic Compass off to conserve batteries. When the
Compass is Off, the unit uses the GPS receiver for navigation.
2. Hold the eTrex Vista C level to get an accurate Electronic Compass reading. A “Hold Level” reminder displays if you are not
holding the Compass correctly, or if it is not calibrated. (See the
following page for calibration instructions.)
Electronic Compass “On” and “Off” messages
Setting the Speed and Time for Compass Auto On/Off:
1. From the Main Menu, highlight Setup and press ENTER to
display the Setup Menu.
2. Highlight the Heading icon and press ENTER to display the
Heading Setup Page.
3. Highlight the “Switch to compass heading when below...”
field, press ENTER and use the numeric keypad to enter the
desired speed. Highlight the “...for more than...” field and press
ENTER to set the time delay from the time options list.
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Speed Setting
Time Delay
Options
Heading Setup Page with Compass Switch Options
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Calibrating the Electronic Compass
The Compass Page
Calibration
Compass
Page
The Electronic Compass must be calibrated outdoors when you first
use the eTrex Vista C and after new batteries have been installed. The
accuracy of the Electronic Compass is adversely affected if the unit is not
held level or if you are near objects that generate magnetic fields, such as
cars and buildings, etc.
To calibrate the Electronic Compass:
1. Use the QUIT button to access the Compass Page and then use
the MENU key to access the Options Menu.
Hold the unit
level and turn
slowly.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the “Calibrate Compass”
option and press ENTER to display the Calibration Page.
3. Press ENTER to activate the “Start” button and then follow
on-screen directions for holding and turning the unit.
The unit displays a “Just Right,” “Too Fast” or “Too Slow” message for you to adjust your turning speed as needed. Remember to hold the unit level while turning.
A “Calibration Successful” message displays when finished.
If a “Calibration Failed” message displays, repeat the process.
Calibration
Progress Page
4. Press ENTER to return to the Compass Page.
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To use Compass Page Options:
Press the MENU key to display the Options Menu.
The Compass Page
To use Sight ‘N Go to navigate:
1. Use the QUIT button to access the Compass Page and then use
the MENU key to access the Options Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Sight ‘N Go option and
press ENTER to activate the Sight ‘N Go feature. Note that the
compass ring with pointer is in-line with the two sighting marks
on the case.
Compass Page Options Menu
3. Hold the unit at eye level and line up the two sighting marks
with the distant object. Press ENTER to “Lock Direction”.
4. Select “Set Course” and press ENTER to display the Compass
Page.
5. Begin traveling to your destination on a course line using the
Course Pointer as a guide. Or...
Using “Sight ‘N Go” to navigate
6. Select “Project Waypoint” and press ENTER to display the
Project Waypoint Page.
7. Use this page to enter an estimated distance from your current
location to establish a projected waypoint location.
8. Highlight the “Go To” button and press ENTER to display the
Map Page and begin navigation to the projected waypoint. The
Compass Page displays a Bearing Pointer for guidance.
Sighting Page
Project Waypoint Page
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The Compass Page
To stop navigation:
Highlight “Stop Navigation” and press ENTER to stop navigating.
To select the Course Pointer or the Bearing Pointer:
The “Bearing Pointer” is the factory set default option. When the
“Bearing Pointer” option is displayed, the “Course Pointer” is
active and vice versa. Highlight this option and press ENTER.
The Bearing Pointer and Course Pointer work independently of each
other, one indicating the direction to your destination and the other indicating your relationship to a course line leading to the destination.
The Bearing Pointer always indicates the direction to
your destination from your current location.
0.25 mi
Scale
The Course Pointer indicates your course of travel from
your original location and the distance off course.
For example, if the Bearing Pointer arrow is pointing straight up, you
are going directly to your destination. If it points any direction other than
up, turn towards that direction until the arrow is pointing up and then
continue in that direction. The Bearing Pointer always points to the destination, no matter what direction you are moving and is most efficient if
you must move around obstacles (lakes, private property, etc.) in your path.
If you are using the “Course Pointer” option instead and you drift away
from the line of travel from your original location to your destination. The
Course Deviation Indicator (arrow with horizontal dotted line) provides
graphic indication of drift (right or left) according to the scale displayed at
the edge of the compass ring.
Move to the right or left to get back on course. The pointer is most efficient if you are navigating on water or where there are no major obstacles
in your path. It also helps you avoid hazards to either side of the course
such as shoals or submerged rocks.
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To display data fields:
1. Press MENU, then highlight the data fields option and press
ENTER to display the “Show: 3 Data Fields or 4 Data Fields”
options.
The Compass Page
Data Field
Display Options
2. Highlight your selection and press ENTER.
To change data fields:
1. Press MENU, then highlight the “Change Data Fields” option
and press ENTER to determine what data is displayed in the
fields displayed on the page. The topic of the first data field on
the page will be highlighted.
2. Press ENTER to display the list of data options. Refer to page
81 for a description of what each data option represents.
3. Highlight the desired option and press ENTER to place it in the
data field.
4. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the next field and press
ENTER to display the options list again.
Show 3 Data Fields
Show 4 Data Fields
Highlighted
Data Field
5. Repeat Step 3 to change remaining data fields.
To restore data fields to default settings:
Select “Restore Defaults” and press ENTER to return the page to
factory settings.
Course Pointer Option
Data Field Option List
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The Altimeter Page
Selectable Data
Fields
Range Grid
Measurement
Scale
Elevation Profile
Plot over
Distance
Elevation
Status
Field
Rate of
Ascent/Descent
Altimeter Page
Options Menu
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Current Elevation
The Altimeter Page displays the current elevation, rate of ascent/
descent, a profile of elevation changes over distance or time, or a profile
of pressure changes over time. The Altimeter Page Options Menu allows
you to select from a variety of display options such as plotting over time,
plotting over distance, displaying the zoom ranges of measurement,
viewing elevation or pressure points, and resetting data displays. Two
user-selectable data fields allow you to display a variety of current and
recorded pressure and elevation-related data.
The Altimeter Page provides you with a variety of elevation information: a Status Field that displays current elevation and current rate of
ascent/descent, a profile of elevation changes over distance or time, a
profile of pressure changes over time, and two user selectable data fields.
The Status Field is located at the bottom of the page and displays
the current elevation and your current rate of ascent or descent when
moving. It can also display the ambient pressure and time of measurement.
The Profile Field is located in the center of the page and can be configured to display either elevation or ambient pressure plots as selected from
the Altimeter Page Options Menu.
Data Fields at the top of the page are user selectable and display a
variety of recorded or current data.
The Altimeter Page Options Menu allows you to select the type of
information and how it is to be displayed. Page Options include ‘Plot
Over Time,’ ‘Plot Over Distance,’ ‘View Elevation Plot,’ ‘View Pressure
Plot,’ ‘Zoom Ranges,’ ‘Reset,’ ‘Calibrate Altimeter’ and ‘Restore Defaults’.
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You can customize the “View” option displays using the “Zoom
Ranges” option to determine time, distance, pressure, and elevation
parameters. If you know the correct elevation for your location, you
can increase the accuracy of the altimeter using the ‘Calibrate Altimeter’
option. Use the ‘Reset’ option to clear recorded data from the page and
begin recording new data.
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The Altimeter Page
Plot Over Time/Distance
These two measurement options (changes over a set period of time
or changes over a set distance) apply only to the “View Elevation Plot”
option, while the “View Pressure Plot” option is measured by time and
pressure only. When one option is active, the other is displayed on the
Page Options Menu.
View Pressure/Elevation Plots
Elevation over Distance
Plot
When selecting the “View Elevation Plot” option, you can plot a profile
of elevation changes that occur as you navigate over a set distance or
period of time. When you select “View Pressure Plot” you can view a
record of changes in barometric pressure for a set period of time. When
one option is active, the other displays on the Page Options Menu.
To view Elevation or Pressure plots:
1. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the desired option from the
Options Menu and then press in to display the plot.
2. Adjust time and distance measurement as desired using the
Elevation Plot Zoom Ranges explained on following pages.
Pressure over Time Plot
3. To clear the plot and start again, you must clear the “Track Log.”
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The Altimeter Page
Zoom Ranges
You can set the Zoom Ranges for elevation, distance, or time when you
display “View Elevation Plot.” Ranges for vertical distance are displayed
as you press the Up and Down ROCKER keys. Ranges for linear distance
are displayed as you press the Left and Right ROCKER keys. Ranges
for time are displayed for a time plot when you press the Left and Right
ROCKER keys.
Ranges for “View Pressure Plot” pressure values are displayed when
you press the Up and Down ROCKER keys. Values for time and distance
are displayed in the same manner as for elevation plots.
To adjust zoom ranges:
Zoom Ranges for
Elevation over Distance Plot
1. Select the type of plot you want to display and use the
ROCKER key to highlight “Zoom Ranges” from the Options
Menu.
2. Press ENTER to display the Zoom Ranges Page. Move the
ROCKER key Up or Down to adjust the vertical distance or
pressure and Left or Right to adjust either the time or distance.
Press ENTER to return to the Plot Page.
Moving the Up or Down ROCKER key with a plot displayed,
switches to “Zoom Range” mode.
Zoom Ranges for
Pressure over Time Plot
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View Points
You can scroll through a recorded elevation or pressure profile to view
data for any point along the profile. When the red vertical and horizontal
crosshairs are stopped at a location along the profile, the display shows
the elevation or pressure, time of day and date the point was created.
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The Altimeter Page
To use the “View Points” option:
1. Use the MENU key to access the Options Menu.
2. Select either the “View Pressure Plot” or “View Elevation Plot”
option and press ENTER to display the Plot Page.
3. Move the ROCKER key Right or Left to scroll the cross hairs
across the profile.
As the crosshairs move across the profile, the status window
at the bottom of page changes to display the date, time, and
altitude or pressure for the point at the intersection.
View Point for an
Altitude Plot
View Point for a
Pressure Plot
View Points on Map
You can view the location of points on the Map Page.
To view altitude points on the Map Page:
1. With the Altitude Page displayed, use the ROCKER key to move
the red crosshairs to the point you want to view.
2. Press ENTER to display the altitude point on the map. The point
is marked by the Map Pointer with location coordinates, the
compass bearing and the distance from your current location.
3. Press QUIT to close.
Elevation over Distance Plot Point
shown on the Map
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Reset
The Altimeter Page
You can reset the elevation data and the maximum elevation data by
selecting these “Reset” options from the Altimeter Page Options Menu.
To reset the elevation data and max elevation fields:
Resets or
deletes all
items on the
page
Elevation over Distance
Plot
Delete Prompt
Unselects
all checked
items on the
page
Resets or
deletes only
those items
that are
checked
1. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the “Reset” option from the
page Options Menu and press ENTER to display the “Reset”
page.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the reset options on the page
and then press ENTER to place a check mark in the box next to
a selected item. You can reset Elevation data such as “Minimum
Elevation,” all “Ascent and Descent” data or only the “Maximum Elevation.”
3. Highlight the “Apply” button and press ENTER to reset the
data fields.
If desired, you can reset or delete data for any of the other
features represented on the list by placing a check mark in the
box next to the item.
4. To reset all categories shown on the page, highlight “Select All”
and press ENTER.
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Calibrate Altimeter
Because the eTrex Vista C relies on barometric pressure to determine
elevation, and the pressure at any given elevation can fluctuate, you can
calibrate the altimeter to increase its accuracy. You must know the elevation or pressure at your current location. Use a reliable source.
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The Altimeter Page
To manually calibrate the altimeter:
1. Use the ROCKER key to access the Options Menu.
2. Highlight the “Calibrate Altimeter” option and press ENTER to
display the Calibration Page.
3. At the message “Do You Know The Correct Elevation?” highlight the “Yes” button and press ENTER. If you don’t know the
elevation, select “No” to use the pressure option. If you don’t
know the pressure, select “No” to use the default GPS elevation.
Calibrate using Elevation
Calibrate using Pressure
4. On the number keyboard, use the ROCKER key to enter the
new elevation or pressure; then highlight “OK” and press
ENTER to return to the Altimeter Page.
Data Fields
Two data fields support this page and can be programmed to display a
variety of data options: (For definitions of these options, see page 81.)
To program a data field:
1. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the desired data field and
then press ENTER to open the data field Options Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to move Up or Down the menu to highlight an option and press ENTER to place it in the data field.
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Data Field Options List
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Using Waypoints
The Mark Waypoint Page
The Mark Waypoint Page allows you to mark and record your current
(or any other) location as a waypoint and displays name for that waypoint
and a waypoint symbol. You can mark your current location at any time.
To mark your current location as a waypoint:
Press and
hold the
ENTER/
ROCKER key
to display
the Mark
Waypoint
Mark Waypoint Page
Symbols Chart
Custom Symbol
Naming a Waypoint
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1. Press in and hold the ENTER key until the Mark Waypoint Page
appears.
2. To change the name of the waypoint, use the ROCKER key to
highlight the waypoint name field and press ENTER to display the
on-screen keypad. Use the ROCKER key and ENTER key to select
a name for the waypoint. If you choose a name that has already
been used, a “Waypoint Already Exists” message appears.
3. To assign an identifying symbol to a waypoint, use the
ROCKER key to highlight the symbol block next to the
waypoint name and press ENTER to display the Symbols Chart.
4. To save the waypoint to the Find Menu Waypoints List, highlight “OK” and press ENTER.
5. If you do not want to save it as a new waypoint, press the
QUIT button to cancel.
Custom Waypoint Symbols
At the bottom of the Waypoint Symbols Chart is a group of custom
waypoint symbols that can be assigned a unique design. Access the
Garmin website http://www.garmin.com/ximage to download the xImage
transfer program. From there, the xImage help files provide instructions
for customizing waypoints and downloading screen shots from your unit.
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To create a waypoint with the map panning arrow:
1. With the Map Page displayed, move the panning arrow (map
pointer) to the map item you want use as a waypoint. If there
is information in the mapping database for that location it
highlights momentarily and display a name or address.
Using Waypoints
2. Press ENTER to display the information page. With the
Information Page displayed, highlight the “Save” button at the
bottom of the page and then press ENTER to save it to the
Find Menu Waypoints List.
If the map selected does not contain any information, a message appears, stating “No map information at this point. Do
you want to create a user waypoint here?” Select “Yes” and
press ENTER to display a new waypoint page.
Map Item selected as a
Waypoint
Information Page for a
Map Point with Data
Mark Waypoint Page
Average Location Page
Averaging a Waypoint Location
A waypoint location can be averaged over time for more accuracy, but
only while the GPS has a fix on the location and before saving it.
To average a Waypoint Location using measurements over time:
1. With the “New Waypoint” information page displayed, highlight the on-screen “Avg” button and press ENTER to average.
3. Select “Average Location” and press ENTER to display the
Average location Page. It begins to average automatically.
4. Highlight the “Save” button and press ENTER when desired.
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Using Waypoints
Editing a Waypoint
A waypoint can be selected from the Find Feature Waypoints list and
edited to change the map symbol, name, location coordinates, elevation
or to delete it. Refer to page 31 for details on using the Find Feature.
To edit a Waypoint:
1. Use the Find Feature to display the desired waypoint information page.
2. Make changes as required by highlighting each field using the
waypoint symbol chart and alpha/numeric keypad to enter new
data.
Waypoint
Symbols Chart
3. Press the QUIT key to close and save the changes.
Delete Button
To delete a Waypoint:
1. Use the Find Feature to display the desired waypoint information page.
2. Highlight the “Delete” button at the bottom of the page and
press ENTER. Answer “Yes” to the pop-up prompt and press
ENTER to delete.
Alpha-Numeric Keypad
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To move a Waypoint on the Map Page:
1. Use the Find Feature to display the Information Page for the
desired waypoint (refer to page 36).
2. Highlight the “Map” button at the bottom of the page and
press ENTER to display the waypoint on the map.
3. Press ENTER again to place a “Move” marker next to the
waypoint.
4. Use the ROCKER key to drag the waypoint to the desired
location on the map and release to place it there. Then press
ENTER.
Using Waypoints
Original
Location
New
Location
Projecting a Waypoint
Projecting a waypoint from any map item (another waypoint, etc.)
allows you to establish a new waypoint that is a certain bearing and
distance away from that map item.
Moving a Waypoint
To project a waypoint:
1. Select an item from the Find Menu and display the Information
Page.
2. Press the FIND key to display the Options Menu and select
“Project Waypoint.”
3. Press ENTER to display the Project Waypoint Page.
4. Enter the distance and bearing to the projected waypoint in
the appropriate fields at the bottom of the page and press the
QUIT key to save and exit.
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Project Waypoint
Page
Projected Waypoint on
the Map
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Using Find
Press and
hold the
MENU/FIND
key to display
the Find
Menu
Find Menu
Auto Ordering Option places the last
selected category at the top of the page.
Find By Name
Option
Options Menu
for Waypoints
Options Menu
for groups with
Sub-Categories
Using the Find Menu
The Find Feature provides you with a method for searching for Cities
and Exits, which are included in the eTrex Vista C basemaps. If you have
downloaded Garmin MapSource mapping data that contains additional
map detail, you can search for Points of Interest, Addresses and Intersections. If you download BlueChart® data,* you can find detailed Marine
items such as Wrecks and Obstructions, NAVAIDS, and Anchorages.
If this additional data is not loaded, these options are not available.
Waypoints and Geocache Points are items you can create and add to the
Find Menu.
Searching for a map item is simplified because the map database is
separated into groups, which are shown as icons on the Find Menu Page.
• When you access a Find group list, by default it contains only those
items near your current location or the Panning Arrow (if active).
• To save effort in searching again for an item already found, you can
use the “Recent Finds” group, which contains a list of 50 last found
items of all categories.
The options menu for each map item group offers its own unique
search options such as “Find By Name,” “Find Nearest,” “Select Symbol”
(for Waypoints), “Change Reference” (by moving the map Panning Arrow
to a new location), “Nearest Containing” (a key word you enter) and “Select
Category” (for those groups such as Food and Drink, Lodging, etc.). Using
these options can effectively shorten your search.
* Refer to the Garmin website: http://www.garmin.com//cartography/mapSource/ bluechartCD.jsp
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Searching for a location using Find By Name
If you know the name of the location you want to find, the Find By
Name search option may be the easiest method of searching.
Using Find
Nearest
Points
To find a location using Find By Name:
1. Press the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Group icon for the type
of item you want to search for and press ENTER to display the
page. Or, if you want to search the entire item database, select
“All Points of Interest.”
3. Press the MENU key to select “Find By Name.”
4. Use the ROCKER key and ENTER key to operate the keypad
at the base of the display and begin to enter the name of the
location, the list of items changes to a match your character
entry. If there are six or less matches, the keyboard closes automatically.
5. Highlight your selection and press ENTER to view its information page.
Searching for a location using Recent Finds
The Recent Finds Page saves your most recent searches in a list with the
last found location at the top. When the list if full, the oldest is deleted.
To return to a recently found item:
1. With the Find Menu displayed, use the ROCKER key to highlight the Recent Finds icon and press ENTER to display the List.
2. Use the ROCKER key to select the list item you want view and
press ENTER to display the Information Page for that item.
“Finding” icon
displays while
searching
Find Points By
Name
Pressing and holding
the FIND key with Find
Menu displayed will
take you to this page.
Options Menu
Recent Finds List
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Using Find
Select
as a
destination
Information Page
for a Waypoint
Select
as a
point on a
Route or
Track
Information Page
for a Map Item
Using the Find Item Information Page
When you select a Find item and press the ENTER key, an Information Page displays with detailed information about the item. This page
contains the following information:
• A title (if a waypoint, it can be renamed and a map symbol assigned).
• An information field (if a waypoint, information you add, if a map
item, an address or other description).
• Location coordinates, if the item is a waypoint.
• Elevation and depth, if a waypoint.
• Direction and distance from current location or the map pointer.
At the bottom of the page are three on-screen buttons, these buttons
will appear differently depending on whether you are selecting a Find
item to navigate to or adding a Find item to a route list as a waypoint.
• If selecting an item as a destination, the buttons display as follows:
Delete - remove from the Waypoints list.
Map - display on the Map Page.
Go To - start a Go To navigation.
• If selecting an item to add to a list of points, the three buttons
display as:
Save - save as a waypoint.
Map - display on the Map Page.
Use - insert into a list of points on a route.
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The Find Information Page Options Menu offers eight options for
using a Find Item as a tool for navigation.
Using Find
To use the Find Item Information Page Options Menu:
1. With an Information page displayed for a Find item, press the
MENU key to display the Options Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the desired option and press
ENTER to activate.
• Average Location - Used when marking
waypoints only, it samples a waypoint location over time and averages the result for a more
accurate position reference.
(Refer to page 28 for detailed information on
Location Averaging)
Mark Waypoint Information Page Options include
“Average Location”
• Project Waypoint - Create a new waypoint by
entering a bearing and distance from this point.
(Refer to page 30 for detailed instructions.)
• Find Near Here - Returns you to the Find
Menu, where you can search for map items near this point.
Mark Waypoint and Find Map
Database Item Information Page
Options
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Using Find
• Change Reference - Point to a new
location on the map Page using the
Panning Arrow and press ENTER.
• Set Proximity - Program an alarm to
sound when you are within a speci
fied radius of an item defined by the
Information Page.
(Refer to the Section on Proximity
Waypoints on page 67 for detailed
information.)
• Add To Route - Include this item on a
New Route or add it to an existing route.
(See “Using Routes” page 49 for details.)
• View Sun and Moon View the Sun and Moon tables
for this item location.
(Refer to page 71 for detailed
information about the Sun and
Moon Tables.)
• View Hunt and Fish View the Hunt and Fish tables
for this item location.
(Refer to page 72 for detailed
information about the Hunt and
Fish Tables.)
• Map Information Display information about the
map that the item originated
from.
(Refer to page 86 of the Appendix for information about
downloading detailed maps.)
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Searching for a Waypoint
The Waypoints List is your storage file for all created and saved
waypoints. Waypoints are stored in alpha/numerical order and are also
identified by a symbol assigned from a list of symbol types. Waypoints
can be selected as destinations and added as points on a route.
Using Find
To find a Waypoint:
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Waypoint icon and press ENTER to display the
Waypoints List.
3. Use the ROCKER key to scroll up and down the list to find a
waypoint. If the list is large, you can press the MENU key to
display a list of search options.
“Find By Name” allows you to enter the name of the waypoint
in a search field.
“Find Nearest” allows you to list only those waypoints near
your current location.
“Select Symbol” allows you to search for only those waypoints
of a specific type.
“Change Reference” allows you to use the Panning Arrow to
select a point on the map other than your current location.
4. Once you find a waypoint, press ENTER to view the Waypoint
Information Page. You can edit the data or select “Go To” to
navigate to the waypoint.
Find Waypoint
Options
Find Waypoints List
Waypoint Information Page
Waypoint
Name and
Symbol
Enter a
notation
using the
on-screen
keypad
Waypoint
Location
Coordinates
Distance and
Direction from
Current Location
Elevation
Remove
Waypoint
from List
View Waypoint on
Map Page
Navigate to
a Waypoint
Location
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Using Find
Options
Menu
Searching for a Geocache
The Find Geocache feature allows you to view the list of geocache
locations that you have created using the eTrex Vista C or downloaded
from your computer. A geocache location is actually a waypoint with
a special geocache symbol assigned to separate it from others on the
waypoints list. For more information on creating a geocache point refer to
“Geocache Setup” instruction on page 62 or visit the Garmin website at,
www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap60C/.
To find a Geocache:
Find Geocache List
Information Page
Use the Found
button when you
reach a geocache
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1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Geocache icon and press
ENTER to display the Geocache List. You can display either
found geocaches or those that have not been found.
3. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the desired geocache in the
list and press ENTER to display the information page.
4. Highlight the “Go To” button and press ENTER to navigate to
the geocache location. When you navigate to a geocache, the
Compass Page changes to “Geocache Navigation” mode and
any additional information about downloaded cache location is
displayed in the comment field.
Note: When you find a geocache, the unit marks the cache as found,
logs an entry into the calendar and provides an option that, when activated, shows the next nearest cache.
“Find Next” Option
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Searching for a City
The Find Cities feature allows you to search for any city listed in the
mapping database (either in the basemap or from downloaded detailed
mapping data).
Using Find
Find Cities
List
To find a city:
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER key to select the ‘Cities’ option, then press
ENTER to display the find by ‘Nearest’ list of cities.
3. Use the Options Menu to find a city “By Name,” find by “Nearest Containing,” use “Select Map” to select a different map to
search from or “Chance Reference” from your current location
using the Map Pointer.
Cities Options
Menu
4. If using find “By Name,” begin spelling the name of the city by
using the keyboard. When you have entered enough characters
to define the name, a match list displays. Scroll through the list
to find the city you want. If using “Nearest Containing” use the
keyboard to enter a key word to display a list of cities containing that word.
Select Maps
Options
City
Information
Page
5. Use the ROCKER key to select the desired city from the list and
then press ENTER to display the Information Page for that city.
6. With the Information Page displayed, you can select “Go To,”
“Map,” or “Save” options.
City Page
Options
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Searching for an Interstate Exit
The Find Exits feature allows you to search for the nearest Interstate
Exits.
Using Find
To search for Exits:
Options
Menus
Find Exits List
Exit Information Page
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
Select the Exits icon, then press ENTER to display the Exit List.
2. Highlight and select an exit type by pressing ENTER. A list
of exits nearest to you displays. The title box indicates the
interstate highway which is served by the exits. Two fields at the
bottom of the page indicate distance and bearing to the exit.
3. Scroll through the list to highlight the desired exit. Press ENTER
to display the Information Page for that exit. This page contains
the exit description with a list of available services near that
exit along with the distance and bearing fields.
4. Use the ROCKER key to move to the list of services and highlight a selection from the list.
5. Press ENTER to display the Information Page for the selected
service.
The Exit Services Information Page displays the name of the service,
its direction from the exit, and a list of the services available.
Exit Services Info Page
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Searching for an Address
The Find Addresses feature allows you to search for an address if you
have downloaded detailed mapping data. Enter the street number, street
name and city and the Find Feature matches that data with addresses in
the map database.
Using Find
To find an Address:
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Addresses icon and press ENTER to display the
‘Find Addresses’ page.
3. If your unit has a GPS fix, the “Region” field at the top of the
page will be completed with your current region and the <Enter
Number> field is highlighted. Identifying a city is not necessary,
as the database has information for the entire region. You can
enable the “City Filter” option if you want to select a city to
reduce the possible number of address matches.
4. Enter the Street Number “<Enter Number>” using the onscreen keypad. Select “OK” to enter the number.
5. Press ENTER to display the street list. Use the on-screen
keypad to enter enough of the street name to display a match
on the list below. For name streets, like Main or Elm, enter the
core name instead of “E,” “W,” etc., to make the search faster.
6. When done, a list of matches appears below. Select one and
press ENTER to display the Information Page.
Search Options
Find Addresses Search
Page
Find Address Matches
Address Information
Page
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Using Find
Searching for an Intersection
The Find Intersections feature allows you to search for an intersection if you have downloaded detailed mapping data. Enter the two street
names and city and the Find Feature matches that data with intersections
in the map database.
To find an Intersection:
Options
Menu
Intersections Search Page
Intersection Matches
Intersection Info Page
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Intersections icon and press ENTER to display the
“Find Intersections” search page.
3. If your unit has a GPS fix, the “Region” field at the top of the
page will be completed with your current region and the <Enter
Street 1> field is highlighted. Identifying a city is not necessary,
as the database has information for the entire region. You can
enable the “City Filter” option is you want to select a city to
reduce the possible number of intersection matches.
4. With <Enter Street 1> highlighted, follow instructions in step 6
of the previous page. Repeat for <Enter Street 2>.
5. Press ENTER to display the street list. Use the on-screen
keypad to enter enough of the street name to display a match
on the list below. For name streets, like Main or Elm, enter the
core name instead of “E,” “W,” etc., to make the search move
faster.
6. When done a list of matches appears below. Select one and
press ENTER to display the Information Page.
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Searching for a Point of Interest
You can use the Find Point of Interest feature to locate a nearby
restaurant, lodging, landmark, public building, park, etc. However, you
must have downloaded MapSource detailed mapping that supports this
feature, otherwise these options, plus Address and Intersection options,
are not functional.
Using Find
To find a point of interest:
1. Press and hold the MENU/FIND key to display the Find Menu.
2. Highlight a desired “Points of Interest” icon and then press
ENTER to display the list of nearest points.
3. Press the MENU key to choose from search options or choose
“Select Category” to narrow your search.
4. Highlight the desired item from the list and then press ENTER
to display the Information Page for that item.
Find POI Topic List
Search Method
Select Category
If you are searching for a restaurant that is part of a national chain,
only the nearest restaurant to your location is displayed when you search
using the “Find Nearest” method. If you search using the “By Name”
method, then all of the locations for that chain in the mapping database is
displayed, with the closest to your current location listed first.
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The Main Menu
The Main Menu is the directory for all unit features not in the Main Page sequence. Use the
ROCKER key to highlight a feature name and then press ENTER to display the feature page.
• Satellite - This feature allows you to observe the status of overhead GPS satellites.
• Trip Computer - This feature provides a variety of useful travel and navigation data.
• Mark - This feature allows you to mark and record your current location as a waypoint.
• Find - This feature provides a method for searching for map items in the unit’s basemap.
• Tracks - This feature allows you to maintain a record of your movements (track log).
• Routes - Allows you to create a list of points that you wish to navigate to in a specific order and save it for later use.
• Highway - A useful graphic perspective for navigating a route.
• Setup - Controls the settings for many of the unit operating system features.
• Proximity - Activates an alarm for a defined radius around a specified waypoint.
• Calendar - An outdoor calendar with data access and waypoint association.
• Alarm Clock - Allows you to use the eTrex Vista C as an Alarm Clock.
• Calculator - A standard or scientific calculator for measurement conversions, etc.
• Stopwatch - A multi-featured stopwatch.
• Sun & Moon - Sunrise and sunset times, moon phases and sun and moon positions for any given date and time.
• Hunt & Fish - A table of time frames for best hunting and fishing opportunities for any given location and date.
• Games - A series of challenging games, some incorporating GPS navigation.
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Using the Trip Computer Page
The Trip Computer Page provides you with a wide variety of travel
data that is useful when navigating long distances. It indicates your current speed, average speed, trip odometer and many other statistics useful
for navigation.
You can customize the Trip Computer display to meet your personal
requirements, with list of data options to choose from. Selecting the type
of data to display is done in the same manner as for the data fields on the
Map Page. (See page 11 for details.)
If you want to record new data for each trip, a “Reset” option is available. If you want to view significant trip data at a glance, you can use the
“Big Numbers” option, which shows fewer fields with larger displays.
Before each trip, be certain to reset the trip information by highlighting “Reset” from the options menu and pressing ENTER.
The Reset Page offers options for resetting
trip computer data, clearing the Track Log
and deleting Saved Tracks, Waypoints and
Routes. This page allows you select individual
items, select all and unselect all. Once your
selections are made, highlight the “Apply”
button and press ENTER. Answer “OK” to
the Yes/Cancel prompt and press ENTER to
complete the reset.
Selecting the “Restore Defaults” option
will return the page to factory settings.
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The Trip Computer Page
Select
“Change
Data Fields”
or press the
ROCKER key
to highlight
a field you
want to
change.
Options Menu
Big Numbers
Option
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Using Tracks
Using a Track Log
The Tracks feature creates an electronic trail on the map page as you
travel about and is referred to as a Track Log. A track log contains information about points along its path, including time, position and elevation.
Use a Track Log do the following:
• Record your movements for a given time and place and save it.
• Measure the area of any space you encompass with a track.
• Retrace your path in either direction.
To create a Track Log:
Tracks Page with Saved Track Log
1. Press and release the QUIT key until the Main Menu displays.
Then use the ROCKER key to highlight the Tracks icon.
2. Press ENTER to display the Tracks Page. The page contains On
and Off buttons to activate or cancel the Track Log and a Track
Log meter which displays the percentage of track log space used.
Options Menu
3. Beneath the Track Log field are four on-screen buttons to
“Setup” a track log, “Clear” the track log, “Save” a track log,
and activate the “TracBack®” feature for the current log.
4. To setup a track log, highlight the “Setup” button and press
ENTER to display the Setup page. Check ”Wrap When Full,” to
continue recording when full by overwriting the oldest data with
new.
Track Log Setup Page
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5. Highlight the “Record Method” field and press ENTER to display
the Distance, Time and Auto options. Because a track is made
of a series of points that define your path of travel, they can
be placed a specified “Distance” apart or placed at a “Time”
interval you specify. The “Auto” option allows you choose from
five intervals.
6. Next, set the interval for setting track points. You can choose
from distance, time or frequency values.
7. When completed, press the QUIT key to return to the Track Log Page.
Using Tracks
To save a Track Log:
1. With the Tracks Page displayed, highlight the “Save” button and
press ENTER. You will be asked “Do You Want To Save the Entire
Track?”. If you select “Yes,” a “Saving Track” message appears
followed by the Saved Track Page. The new saved track is a
representation of the entire track log from beginning to end.
2. If you select “No,” a map showing the entire track appears and
prompts “Select the beginning point for the saved track.” Use
the ROCKER key to move the Panning Arrow to the point on the
track line that you want to become the beginning of the Saved
Track and press ENTER.
3. The next prompt asks you, “Select the ending point for the saved
track.” Use the Panning Arrow to identify a point on the track
that you want as the End Point and press ENTER. A “Saving
Track” message appears followed by the Saved Track Page.
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Saved Track Page
Saved Track
on Map
Select Track
Ending Point
Select Track Beginning Point
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Using Tracks
4. The Saved Track Page allows you to rename the track, view the
track distance, view the calculated area encompassed by the
track (an area is defined even if the track is open ended), and
specify a color for the track when displayed on the map page
(Show On Map). On-screen buttons at the bottom of the page
allow you to save the track (OK), delete, view it on the Map, and
navigate the track back to any point along the track (TracBack).
To view a Track on the Map:
Saved Track Page
Saved Track on the Map Page
Area Calculation
Option
Start
Calculation
Stop Calculation
Save Calculated Track
1. With the Saved Tracks Page for the track or the Track Log
displayed, highlight the Map button and press ENTER to display
the Map Page.
2. A map showing the entire track appears with Begin and End
markers. Any User Waypoints added to the Track are displayed as
well.
To calculate the area of a Track:
1. With the Track Log Page displayed and the Track Log On, press
the MENU key, highlight the Area Calculation option and press
ENTER.
2. Press ENTER to start the calculation as you begin to move and
define the area’s boundaries. The page now displays a Stop
button.
3. When you have completed defining the area, press ENTER to
display the page with a Save button.
4. Press ENTER again to save the new track to the Saved Tracks List.
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Track Profiles
Using Tracks
A Track Elevation Profile can be created from any saved track. A Track
Profile page displays when you select “Profile.” Digital Elevation Models
(DEM) maps can also be used to create track profiles. See page 86 for
more information about MapSource U.S. Topo 24K maps.
To view a Track Profile:
1. With the Saved Tracks Page for the Track displayed, press the
MENU key to display the Profile option.
2. Then press ENTER to display the Track Profile.
The beginning of the track is marked by a flag and you can scroll
across the profile by pressing the left ROCKER key arrow.
As you scroll the profile, the elevation for each point on the
profile is displayed at the top of the page and the distance from
the Start point and the End Point is displayed at the bottom.
3. At any point along the profile, you can press ENTER to display
that point on the map.
4. Press the MENU key to use “Zoom Ranges” and “Hide Symbols” options.
View Profile
Page Option
Track Profile Page
Zoom Ranges Page
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To use the TracBack feature:
Using Tracks
TracBack
Route
Options
TracBack Page
1. With the Saved Tracks Page for the track or the Track Log
displayed, highlight the TracBack button and press ENTER to
display the TracBack Page.
2. A map showing the entire track appears and you are prompted
to select the point you want to TracBack to. Use the ROCKER key
to move the Panning Arrow to the desired point on the map and
press ENTER to start navigating the TracBack.
3. Select either “Follow Road” to route back to the selected point using
available roadways or “Follow Track” to retrace your original path of
travel. Highlight the “Don’t ask Again” option and press ENTER if
you want to use the same option the next time you use TracBack.
4. When the TracBack Navigation Page appears, directions to the
first turn on the track display at the top of the page. Move in
the direction of the first turn. When you reach the first turn, the
display will provide direction to the next turn, and so on, until
you have reached your destination.
5. To exit a TracBack, press the MENU key and select “Stop Navigation.”
To create a User Waypoint on a Saved Track:
Active Tracback Following the Track
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1. With a saved track displayed on the map, use the ROCKER key
to move the Panning Arrow to the point on the track that you
want to mark as a user waypoint. Press ENTER to display the
Mark Waypoint Page.
2. Customize the user waypoint if desired as explained on page 27,
then highlight the “OK” button and press ENTER to save.
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Creating and Using a Route
With routes, you can create a sequence of intermediate waypoints that lead
you to your final destination. The eTrex Vista C stores 50 routes, with up to
250 waypoints each. A route can be created and modified from the Routes
Page, and waypoints can be added to a route from the Find Menu. More complex routes can be created using a PC and MapSource mapping programs and
then transferred to the unit memory. Auto-Routes which are generated when
you select “Go To” for a Find item, map item or waypoint cannot be saved.
To create and save a route:
1. Access the “Routes” page from the Main Menu. The page has a
“New” button, an “Active” button and a list of saved routes.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the “New” button and press
ENTER to display the route Setup Page.
3. With an empty row (dashed) in the route list highlighted, press
ENTER to display the Find Menu.
4. Use the Find Menu to select a route waypoint from one of the
Find Menu groups and display the Information Page for the
selected waypoint, city, exit, point of interest, etc. Highlight
the on-screen ‘Use’ button and press ENTER to place it on the
Route Waypoint List.
5. To add more waypoints to the route, repeat the process in Steps
3 and 4. You can rename the route if desired.
6. Press QUIT to save it to the Saved Routes list, highlight the
“Navigate” button and press ENTER to navigate.
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Using Routes
Options
Menu
Indicates
Active Route
List of Saved Routes
Active Route Page
when Off Road
Route Setup Page
Active Route Page
when following roads
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Direct Line Navigation
Go To (Distance)
Navigation from Waypoint to
Waypoint
Manual Routing
Navigation using Existing
Roadways
Methods of navigating to a destination:
• When you activate the “Go To” button on the Information Page for a
User Waypoint or other Find Menu items, the eTrex Vista C creates
a straight path (point to point) from your current location to that
location.
• When you press the “Navigate” button on a Route page, the eTrex
Vista C creates a route composed of several User Waypoints or
Find Menu items, with the last being your destination. It navigates
directly from point to point. Before each turn in the route a turn
page displays a guidance message and graphic of the turn. You can
view the turns at any time by pressing the ROCKER key Up or
Down arrows while the route is active.
• These two navigation methods change when you select the “Follow
Roads” option from the Routing Setup Page. Both Go To navigation
and point to point routing become routes that use roads.
The routes use existing roadways (either those in the basemap or
from downloaded detail mapping) to automatically calculate a route
to your destination. Turns on roadways are added to the active route
page and is preceded by a guidance message with a graphic display
of the turn.
If there are not enough roads at your location to calculate a route, a
message appears to advise you.
Auto Routing
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Navigating a Route
After you have created a route, you can begin navigation immediately.
When you are navigating a route, a guidance message and graphic
view of turns in the route displays as you approach each one. Using the
“Follow Roads” option from the Routing Setup Page increases the number
of turns and displays an Active Route page with a list of turns. If you
selected the “Off Road” option you can view only the list of points for a route
from the Active Route Page. (See Routing Setup on page 61.)
To preview the turns for an Active Route:
1. From the Routes Page, highlight the route from the Routes list
and press ENTER to display the Route Page for the route.
2. Highlight the “Navigate” button and press ENTER to begin
navigation and display the route on the Map Page.
3. To view the list of turns on the route, press the QUIT key to
display the Active Route Page. The view any individual turn on
the list, use the ROCKER key to highlight it and press ENTER.
4. The page displays the turn and guidance text and a small field
at the bottom showing the turn number in sequence and total
turns in the route. To scroll through all turn previews, use the
ROCKER key Up and Down arrows. To exit the preview page,
press the QUIT key.
5. To stop navigating, select “Stop Navigation” from the Map or
Compass Page and press ENTER.
Using Routes
This field
changes to red
at the second
warning beep,
when you are
about to reach
the turning
point.
Preview of Turn 4 of 9 Turns on a
Route
List of Turns for an Active Route
using the “Follow Roads” option
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Route Options
Using Routes
Saved Routes
Options
To delete the route:
1. Access the Saved Routes Page from the Main Menu and press
the MENU key to display the Options Menu.
2. To clear the saved routes list, select “Delete All Routes” and
press ENTER. A prompt displays, asking “Do you really want to
delete all routes?” Select “Yes” and press ENTER.
To change the Off-Road Transition for a route:
1. Access the Saved Routes Page from the Main Menu and press
the MENU key to display the Options Menu.
2. To select a method for advancing the route to the next point
on the route, select “Off Road Transition” and press ENTER to
display the Off Route Transition Page.
3. Highlight the Route Leg Transition field and press ENTER to
display the list of options. Select ”Auto,” “Manual” or “Distance.”
Route Leg Transition
Options
Route on the map will
transition to the next
leg point when you are
within a 1 mile radius of
that point.
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Using the Route Detail Page Options:
To remove all waypoints:
1. Press the MENU key to display the Options Menu.
2. Highlight the “Remove All” option and press ENTER. At the
prompt, select “Yes.”
Using Routes
Route Waypoint
Options Menu
Route Detail
Page
To reverse the route:
With the Options Menu displayed, highlight the “Reverse
Route” option and press ENTER.
To create a vertical profile of the route:
(Available only if Garmin MapSource DEM map data is used. See page 86 for details.)
Select “Profile” and press ENTER to display the route profile.
To copy the route:
Highlight the “Copy Route” option and press ENTER. The
copied route displays on the Routes Page and is named the
same but followed by a numeral 1.
Options Menu
To delete the route:
Select “Delete” and press ENTER. At the prompt, select “Yes.”
To change the route data fields:
Select “Change Data Fields” and press ENTER to display a list
of data field options. (See page 11 for detailed information).
To restore default settings for the route:
Select “Restore Defaults” and press ENTER.
To modify a waypoint on a Route Detail Page:
Select the waypoint from the list of waypoints and press ENTER
to access the Route Waypoint Options Menu.
Route Vertical Profile using
U.S. Topo 24K DEM mapping data
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The Highway Page
Highway Page with an
Active Route
The Highway Page
When you are navigating a route, the Highway Page can guide you to
the destination using data fields and a graphic highway. Up to four userselectable data fields display information such as speed, distance, time to
next point on the route, etc. The list of data to display and the method of
selection is the same as for the Compass Page and is explained in detail
on page 19.
The Highway graphic provides visual guidance, taking you point by
point to your final destination. Your course is represented by a center
line down the middle of the graphic. As you move toward each point on
your route, the graphic shows the direction you should move to stay on
course to the point. Five scale settings allow you to zoom in or out on the
highway.
To navigate using the Highway Page:
Highway Page
Options Menu
Data Field
Display Options
1. While navigating, access the Highway Page from the Main
Menu and observe your path of travel displayed on the highway
graphic.
2. Press the MENU key to display the options menu. You can do
the following:
Stop Navigation/Resume Navigation, Recalculate, Configure
Data Fields from four to three with a destination guidance
message, Change the Data Fields or restore Defaults to factory
settings.
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The Setup Menu
The Setup Menu allows you to customize the eTrex Vista C to your
personal preferences. Each setup page is identified by an icon. Highlight
an icon and press ENTER to view that setup page.
The Setup Menu
These setup pages are arranged with features and data fields that can
be changed to meet your requirements. All setup features have been set
to default settings at the factory. It is not necessary to set up each feature
unless you desire a different option.
To access the Setup Menu:
1. From the Main Menu select the Setup icon and press ENTER.
2. With the Setup Menu displayed, select the feature you wish to
modify and press ENTER.
Setup Menu
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System Setup
The System Setup Page allows you to choose from four modes of GPS
operation, enable/disable WAAS (see page 90), designate a battery type,
choose a display text language, and choose what happens when the eTrex
Vista C is disconnected from an external power source.
System Setup
To change a System Setup feature:
1. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to select the feature field
and setup options.
2. With an option for a field highlighted, press ENTER to select.
To view the software version, press MENU and
select “Software Version.”
System Setup Page and Options
Display Setup
Backlight
Timeout
Options
Display Setup
The Display Setup Page allows you to select a screen display color
scheme for day and night viewing. You can set the backlight timeout and
the level of brightness, which can significantly save battery power.
Color Scheme
Options
Brightness
Level
Selector
Display Setup Page
To change a Display Setup feature:
1. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to select the feature field
and setup options menus.
2. With an option for a feature field highlighted, press ENTER to
select. Use the ROCKER key to slide the brightness level selector up or down.
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Tones Setup
The Tones Setup Page allows you to customize the signal tones for a
variety of unit features.
Tones Setup
Tones Sound
when highlighted
To use the Tones Setup feature:
1. Access the Tones Setup Page.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the feature for which you
want to set a tone and press ENTER to display the options menu.
3. Highlight the desired option and press ENTER. As you move
down the list each different tone sounds.
Page Sequence Setup
The Page Sequence Setup Page allows you to reorder any of the Main
Pages, or add pages when you cycle the QUIT key. If you add a page to
the sequence, it longer appears in the Main Menu.
Check the
“Mute” box
to turn tones
off
Page Sequence Setup
To move, insert or remove a page:
1. Access the Page Sequence Setup Page.
2. To move a page in the order, highlight the page and press
ENTER. Select “Move,” then move Up or Down until the
desired position is displayed and press ENTER.
3. To insert a new page, highlight the page you wish to insert the
new page before in the order and press ENTER. Select “Insert”,
then choose a page from the displayed list and press ENTER.
4. To remove a page, highlight the page and press ENTER. Select
“Remove” and press ENTER.
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Options
Menu
Restores
to original
setting
Adds all
pages to
the list
Page Sequence Setup Page
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Using the Map Setup Feature
The map display for your eTrex Vista C can be customized. A factory
set of default settings currently control the Map Page display and may be
satisfactory for your current requirements. The Map Setup pages allow
you to determine how map features appear on the page by controlling
map orientation, text size, track display, map item display, detailed map
data display and more. It is suggested that you wait until you are more
familiar with the operation of your unit before deciding what features you
want to customize.
To customize the Map Page display:
Map Setup
1. To access the Map Setup Pages, press the MENU key with the
Map Page displayed.
The “General Settings” Map Setup Page
Many of the Setup features use the same type of
option lists: Off/On, Most
to Least, Small to Large, a
scale from 20 feet to 500
miles and a keypad for
numerical data entry.
Max Zoom
Options
The Map Setup
Options Menu
allows you to quickly
restore map settings.
Numeric
Keypad
2. Scroll down the menu to the “Setup Map”
option and then press ENTER to display the
Map Setup Page. At the top of the page are
icons for each setup page.
3. Use the ROCKER key to move from icon to
icon when selecting a map setup page and
to move up and down to the feature fields on
each page.
4. With a Map Setup feature highlighted, press the ENTER key to
display the list of options for that feature. Each Map Setup Page
has a menu of general options. This menu can be accessed by
pressing the MENU key with the page displayed.
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Map Setup - General Settings
The first page of the Map Setup feature is the General Settings Page.
Use this page to select the map orientation. “Below” sets the map scale
at which the Track Up feature displays; all scales above that revert to
the North Up map orientation. “Auto Zoom” changes the map scale
to include the beginning and ending points of a route. “Detail” selects
the degree of map detail displayed. You can lock the Position Arrow to
display on the nearest road, compensating for variances in map position
accuracy.
Map Setup
The “General Settings” Map Setup Page
Map Setup - Tracks Settings
The second page of the Map Setup feature is Tracks Settings. You can
change maximum zoom settings for viewing saved tracks and active track
logs. You can set the number of track points for recording a track and
select either a bearing or course line for navigating a track.
The “Tracks Settings” Map Setup Page
Map Setup - Points Settings
The third page of the map setup feature allows you determine the map
scale at which various map features display. You turn off the display, set it
to Auto or select a value from 20 feet to 500 miles.
The “Points Settings” Map Setup Page
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Map Setup
The “Text Settings” Map Setup Page
Map Setup - Text Settings
The fourth page of the Map Setup feature is the Text Settings Page.
Use this page to select the text size for descriptions of items on the Map
Page. You can select from Small, Medium, or Large.
Map Setup - Information Settings
This page of the Map Setup feature displays a list of MapSource
maps you have downloaded such as topographic, marine charts, and
MapSource maps with auto-routing capability. Use the ROCKER key
to highlight the desired map then press ENTER to show it on the map
display or turn it off.
Pressing the MENU key displays list of options for managing these maps.
The “Map Information” Map Setup Page
Map Information Options Menu
Map Setup - Marine Settings
The last page of the Map Setup is the Marine Settings Page. Use this
page to control the display of marine chart items when using downloaded
marine charts (i.e. MapSource BlueChart® marine mapping data).
The “Marine Settings” Map Setup Page
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Routing Setup
The Routing Setup Page allows you to customize how routing functions behave. There are setup and option menus for route creation and
methods of navigation.
Routing Setup
To Use Routing Setup Options:
1. Access the Routing Setup Page.
2. Select the Guidance Method and choose “Prompted” if you
want to be asked to choose one of the other two options
(“Follow Road” or “Off Road”) each time a route is being
calculated. Otherwise, the chosen method is always used for
navigation.
3. If you chose “Follow Road” then the “Follow Road Method”
field will offer a similar choice of “Prompted,” “Faster Time” or
“Shorter Distance.”
4. If you want the Next Turn Preview Page to display just before
each turn on the route, select “On” from the “Next Turn PopUp“ field.
5. When using the “Follow Road” guidance method, select the
Follow Road Options button and press ENTER to choose from
a page of options.
Routing
Setup
Options
Routing Setup Page
Calculation
Method
Options
Follow Road Options
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Geocache Setup
The Geocache Setup Page allows you to find and record items hidden
at geographic locations. Refer to the Garmin website www.garmin.com, for
details and directions for downloading geocache locations from the internet.
Geocache Setup
To use the Geocache Setup feature:
Waypoint
Symbols List
Marine Setup
1. Access the Geocache Setup Page.
2. Highlight the symbols fields and press ENTER to change the
default geocache symbols. Select “Yes” or “No” for Calendar
entry when found.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before setting up and placing physical geocache stations on public or private land, be certain you are not in violation of ordinances or laws governing use of these properties.
Marine Setup
The Marine Setup Page allows you to activate alarms for maritime
navigation.
To use the Marine Setup feature:
Speed
Filter
Options
1. Access the Marine Setup Page.
2. Highlight the box in front of each field to activate the desired
alarm and press ENTER.
3. Highlight the field adjacent to each checked box, press ENTER
and use the Number Keypad to enter the value for each alarm.
Highlight “OK” and press ENTER to close.
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Time Setup
The Time Setup Page allows you to set the correct time for your
geographic location.
Time Setup
To use the Time Setup feature:
1. Access the Time Setup Page.
2. Highlight the Time Format field and press ENTER to choose
from 12 or 24 (Military Time) hour formats.
3. Highlight the Time Zone field and press ENTER to choose the
correct zone for your location. If you selected “Other,” you must
enter the correct Universal Time Coordinate for your location.
Refer the UTC Chart on page 87.
4. Daylight Savings Time offers choices of “Yes,” “No” and “Auto.”
To set the
UTC Offset
for Other
Time Zones,
see page
87.
Time Zone
Options
Units Setup
Units Setup
The Units Setup Page allows you to select the units of measurement
for your eTrex Vista C.
To use the Units Setup feature:
1. Access the Units Setup Page.
2. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to highlight the various
units fields and select the desired units from the lists displayed.
For more information about selecting Position Formats and Map
Datums, refer to page 88 in the Appendix.
There are
Options
Menus for
each data
field.
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Heading Setup
The Heading Setup Page allows you to specify the type of heading
display and the type of North Reference used to calculate your heading.
Unless you have a working knowledge of Headings and North Referencing, it is recommended that you use the default values.
Heading Setup
Display
Options
North
Reference
Options
Time Delay
Options
Calibration Setup
To use the Heading Setup feature:
1. Access the Heading Setup Page.
2. Highlight the Display field, press ENTER and select from Cardinal Letters, Degrees or Mils to display the heading value.
3. Highlight the North Reference field, press ENTER and select
from True North, Magnetic North, Grid North, or User Grid North.
4. Select speed and time delay for electronic compass switching.
See page 15.
Calibration Setup
The Calibration Setup Page allows you to calibrate both the Compass
and Altimeter for increased accuracy in navigation.
To calibrate the Compass:
1. Access the Calibration Setup Page.
2. Highlight the Compass button and press ENTER to display the
Compass Calibration Page. Follow instructions on page 16.
To calibrate the Altimeter:
Select Altimeter and press ENTER to display the Altimeter Calibration Page and follow instructions on page 25.
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Altimeter Setup
The Altimeter Setup Page allows you to setup the Altimeter to selfcalibrate each time you turn on the unit, to function as a barometer or to
manually calibrate when you have accurate elevation or pressure data.
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Altimeter Setup
To set up the Altimeter:
1. Access the Altimeter Setup Page.
2. Highlight the “Auto Calibration” field and press ENTER to
select from On or Off. When On, elevation is corrected by GPS.
3. Highlight the Barometer Mode field and press ENTER to select
“Variable Elevation” (used when you are moving) or “Fixed
Elevation” (used when you are stationary. This allows the
Altimeter to function as a standard barometer). Elevation
trip data is not recorded when in the Fixed Elevation mode.
4. Highlight the Pressure Trend Recording field and press ENTER
to select a method for saving pressure trend data.
Saves every
15 minutes
when the unit
is powered
Off.
Barometer Mode Options
To manually calibrate the Altimeter:
1. Highlight the “Calibrate Altimeter” button and press ENTER
to display the Calibrate Altimeter Page. You can calibrate the
Altimeter using one of three methods:
Enter the correct elevation: this requires a reliable source
for determining the elevation for your current location. Topographic maps, scientific altimeters, etc. can be used.
Enter the correct pressure: this requires a reliable source
for determining the accurate barometric pressure at your current location. Scientific barometer, data from a weather station
in proximity to your location, etc.
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Enter the correct
elevation
Enter the correct
barometric pressure
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Altimeter Setup
Calibration Complete
Press ENTER
Calibration Failed
Press ENTER and retry
Welcome Page Setup
Text and
Number
Keypad
Allow the GPS Receiver to determine the elevation: the GPS receiver
estimates the current elevation when
determining its location. The accurracy will vary depending on the position (telemetry) of satellites overhead.
It won’t be as accurate as an elevation
entered from a known source, but is
sufficient for most navigation applications.
Use the elevation deter2. When finished, a Completed or Failed
mined by the GPS receiver
message appears.
Welcome Page Setup
The Welcome Page Setup Page allows you to insert a message on the
Welcome Page (the first page to display when you turn the unit on).
1. Access the Welcome Page Setup Page.
2. Use the keypad at the base of the screen to enter your welcome
message. Use the ROCKER key to move between characters
and press ENTER to select them.
3. When finished, highlight “OK” on the keypad and press ENTER
to close.
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Proximity Waypoints
The Proximity Waypoints Page allows you to establish waypoints that
have alarm circles around them at specified distances. The alarm helps
you to avoid locations that are restricted or hazardous.
Proximity Waypoints
To use the Proximity Waypoint feature:
1. Access the Proximity Waypoints Page from the Main Menu by
highlighting the Proximity icon and pressing ENTER.
2. With the Name field highlighted, press ENTER to display the
Find Menu. (See page 31 for details on using the Find Feature.)
3. Select a waypoint from the Waypoints List or from any other
group of map points and press ENTER to display the Information Page for that item.
4. Highlight the “Use” button at the bottom of the page and press
ENTER to place the point in the list on the Proximity Waypoints
Page.
5. Next use the ROCKER key to highlight the Radius field if you
want to enter a value different than the default of 1 mile.
6. Highlight the “Proximity Alarms” check box and press ENTER
to activate the alarm feature. When you trigger an alarm, a
tone will sound and a “Near Proximity Point” message appears.
When you move outside the set radius, a “Leaving Proximity
Point” message displays.
7. To remove or review a single entry, press ENTER. To remove all
waypoints from the list, press MENU and choose “Remove All.”
Use the
ENTER key
to Review or
Remove an
entry.
Number
Keypad
Proximity Waypoints List
Press the
Menu key
to Clear the
Entire List
Selected Waypoint
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Calendar
New Location
Options
Calendar
The Calendar allows you to view the following for any given day and
location: Sunrise/Sunset times, moon phase, Hunt and Fish probabilities,
archived waypoints for activities you want to navigate to and a day, week
or month format display.
To use the Calendar feature:
Calendar: Week Format
Options
Menu
Remove Points
Options
Calendar: Day Format
Calendar: Month Format
Marked waypoints are automatically added to the Calendar.
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1. Access the Calendar from the Main Menu. The current week is
displayed.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the day you want. To add
waypoints, press ENTER to display the Page for that day.
3. Press the MENU key to display the Options Menu. Highlight
“Add Point” and press ENTER to display the Find Feature
Menu.
4. Select the type of point you want to place on the Day Page.
(See page 31 for details on using the Find Feature.) With the
Information Page for that point displayed, highlight the “Use”
button and press ENTER to place the point reference on the
Day Page.
5. To remove points from a Day Page press MENU to display the
Options Menu. Select “Remove Points” and press ENTER to
display the Remove Points Options List.
6. To view other calendar formats, Sun and Moon or Hunt and
Fish data for a specific date and location, press the MENU key
and use the ROCKER key to make your choice.
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Alarm Clock
The Alarm Clock Feature allows you to use your eTrex Vista C as
an alarm clock. You can choose from different alarm tones, and use the
“Snooze” feature to delay the alarm for an additional seven minutes.
Alarm Clock
To set the Alarm Clock:
1. Access the Alarm Clock from the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Alarm Time field and press ENTER to display the
Number Keypad and set the desired alarm time.
3. Highlight the Alarm Mode field and press ENTER to display the
On/Off switch.
4. Highlight the Alarm Beep field and select the type of alarm tone
desired.
When you turn the alarm On, an “Alarm Set” message appears
and allows you to turn the unit Off. When the “Set Time”
arrives, the unit switches On and the alarm beeps. Press any key
to silence the alarm.
Calculator
The Calculator Feature allows you to use your eTrex Vista C as a calculator. You can select either a Standard or Scientific calculator and you can
choose from degrees or radians from the Options Menu.
Calculator
Options
Menus
To use the Calculator:
1. Access the Calculator from the Main Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to operate the calculator.
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Stopwatch
This feature allows you to use the eTrex Vista C as a stopwatch, which
includes a lap timer. You can choose to have the unit record the lap time
based on distance.
Stopwatch
To start the stopwatch:
Use the ROCKER key to highlight the “Start” field and then
press ENTER.
To stop the stopwatch:
Use the ROCKER key to highlight the “Stop” field and press
ENTER.
To use the lap feature:
With the stopwatch running, use the ROCKER key to highlight
the “Lap” field and then press ENTER.
Stopwatch Page
To reset the stopwatch:
Lap Options
Menu
With the stopwatch stopped, use the ROCKER key to highlight
the “Reset” field and then press ENTER.
To time lap by distance:
Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Options Menu and then
press ENTER. Choose “Lap by Distance” and press ENTER. To
return to “Lap by Button Press,” repeat these same steps.
To set a lap distance value:
Setting Lap By Distance
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1. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Options Menu and then
press ENTER. Choose “Set Lap Distance” and press ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the field you wish to change
and then press ENTER. Enter the new value and press ENTER.
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Sun and Moon
The Sun and Moon Tables provide you with a graphic depiction of
the sun and moon relative to the Earth. Sun and moon positions can be
displayed for any time, date and location on Earth.
The Sun and Moon Page also displays sunrise, sunset, moonrise and
moonset times for the selected time, date and location. On-screen buttons
allow you to animate the movement of the sun and moon and stop at a
given time/date. The button to the left animates the display of the sun
and moon. The center button animates more rapidly, showing the phases
of the moon. The right button stops animation.
Sun and Moon Tables
Location
Options
Menu
To display sun and moon positions:
1. Access the Sun and Moon Page from the Main Menu.
2. To view the predictions for a different date and time, highlight
those fields and press ENTER to display the Number Keypad.
3. To view the predictions for a different location, highlight the
Location field and press ENTER to display the “New Location”
options menu and choose from the options shown.
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Hunt and Fish Tables
Hunt and Fish
The Hunt and Fish Tables provide you with a listing of predicted best
times for hunting and fishing for a chosen date and location.
To display hunting and fishing predictions:
Hunt and Fish Page
Location Options Menu
Page Options Menu
1. Access the Hunt and Fish Page from the Main Menu. The current date and location are displayed in the date and location
fields at the top of the page.
2. To view the predictions for a different date, highlight the Date
field and press ENTER to display the Number Keypad.
3. To view the predictions for a different location, highlight the
Location field and press ENTER to display the “New Location”
options menu.
Choose “Use Map” to select a point on the map using the
Panning Arrow. Then press ENTER to display the table for that
location. The Location field now states “Map Location.”
Choose “Use Find Menu” to select a point from the Find
Feature database. Follow instructions for using the Find Feature
beginning on page 31. When a find item has been selected,
highlight the “Use” button at the bottom of the item information page and press ENTER. The Location field now displays the
name of the find item.
4. To return to the current date, press MENU and then ENTER.
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Games
The eTrex Vista C provides games as an entertainment feature. Several
of these games employ GPS.
GPS Enhanced Games
To select and play a game:
1. Access the Main Menu and use the ROCKER key to select the
Games icon.
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the desired game and press
ENTER to display a brief description prompt for the game.
Memory Race
This is a GPS virtual game where the playing piece moves where you
move. To win the Memory Race, remember which square has which
symbol then clear the board by matching all of the two symbol sets
together. Travel to each square, highlight “Open” at the bottom of the
screen and press ENTER to view the symbol. Press the QUIT key to stop
play.
Game
Board
Game Prompt
To adjust the Grid or Square Size in custom mode:
1. Highlight the “Grid Size” or “Square Size” field and press
ENTER to select from the options lists. Press ENTER to make
your selection.
2. Highlight “Start” and press ENTER to begin the game.
3. Highlight “Re-Center” and press ENTER to place yourself back
in the middle of the game board.
Game Settings
Unopened
Symbol
Opened
Symbol
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GPS Features
GPS Enhanced Games
Virtua Maze
This GPS game creates a virtual maze on the screen. You are placed at
a central position in the maze and must explore the maze collecting flags.
The lower right corner of the screen tells you how many flags remain.
The lower left corner displays the elapsed time. The Difficulty Level
determines how much of the maze you can see at one time. Viewing less
of the maze makes the game more difficult.
HINT: Pressing the ENTER key and selecting “Cheat On” enables
a “cheat mode.” Enabling this mode penalizes you by five minutes and
count seconds by 10 instead of 2. Turn the cheat mode Off by pressing
the ENTER key.
Geko Smak
Geko Smak is a GPS-based game that features you as the player piece.
In measured rhythm, Gekos will appear on the screen. Before the Geko
disappears, move toward the Geko and press the ENTER key to smack
the Geko with a hammer. If you get the Geko, an “!” mark displays above
the hammer. If not, just a hammer displays momentarily.
Field size choices are small, medium and large. Small fields are
roughly 20 yards by 30 yards and large fields are 60 yards by 90 yards
(about the size of an American football field).
The difficulty levels are Easy, Normal and Hard. These levels determine how often Gekos appear. The pace quickens and values vary as
difficulty levels increase.
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GPS Features
Nibbons
In this GPS game, you must walk around the board collecting the flags
as they appear. As you walk, your “tail” grows. You may travel anywhere
on the screen but you cannot walk on your tail, or you lose a life. As an
added challenge, you must also avoid the Skulls that chase after you.
GPS Enhanced Games
Gekoids
This GPS game, which can be played without GPS on, is all about
blasting gekoids. The catch is, you are the ship and you can survive only
when you avoid getting hit. Before you begin to play, make certain to
make your game settings. Orient Map “Northwards” rotates your ship
in the center of the map. The map is stationary and north is always up.
Orient Map “Ship Up” rotates the virtual world around your ship. Your
ship always points Up.
Press the ENTER key to start and blast away!
IMPORTANT WARNING: When playing any of the virtual games
(where you are moving about on a real playing field), use reasonable and
prudent caution in selecting an area free of hazards such a holes, obstructions or proximity to vehicular traffic. Playing these games may distract
your attention from observing objects in your path.
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GPS Features
Beast Hunt
Although not a true GPS game, Beast Hunt requires some navigation skills. You must find and defeat the dragon with an arrow before
it breathes fire at you or you fall into one of the pits while navigating a
maze of platforms. At times you are transported to the next platform by
slides that curve or move you diagonally. The game consists of several
difficulty levels and an extended or limited visibility option. When you
lose a game the screen will display the hazards, slides and warning platforms. A scoreboard keeps track of your wins and loses.
Non-Enhanced Game
To play Beast Hunt:
Game Symbols
Player
Dragon Near
Dragon
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Pit Warning
Pit
Aim Arrow
1. Select “Beast Hunt” from the Games Menu and press ENTER
to display the game prompt window.
2. Read the prompt and then press ENTER to display the Difficulty
Options window. Make your choice and press ENTER to display
Visibility Options.
3. Make a selection and press ENTER to begin the game.
4. Use the ROCKER key to jump from platform to platform.
When you land on a shaded platform, you are one or two steps
from the dragon, a platform with a circle is next to a pit. If you
fall into a pit you lose. If you jump into the dragon you lose, if
you shoot an arrow at where you think the dragon is, and miss
you lose.
To defeat the dragon, use ENTER to place an arrow in a
shaded platform. Use the ROCKER key to point and ENTER to
shoot. Hit the dragon and you win.
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Appendix
Accessories (Included with the Unit)
Wrist Strap - Provides convenient method for carrying the unit.
Accessories
USB Interface Cable - Provides connection to a PC for data transfer and auxiliary
power. Includes MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD-ROM with USB Drivers.
Owner’s Manual - Start up instructions and detailed operation reference.
Quick Start Guide - Abbreviated overview of unit operation and reference.
Auxillary Mount Adapter - Attaches to the Battery Cover to allow connection to
any of the Mounting Kits in the list below and shown on the following page.
Note: Refer to the list of accessories on the unit packaging.
Optional Accessories
USB Interface Cable and MapSource Trip and
Waypoint Manager CD-ROM with USB Drivers
(Install drivers before connecting USB Cable)
(Not included with the Unit)
Cigarette Lighter Adapter - Provides power from an automobile cigarette lighter.
Belt Clip - Attaches to the back of the unit and clips to belt or waistband.
Belt Clip with Caribiner - Same as above but includes a caribiner. (Not shown)
MapSource CD-ROMs - Allows transfer of detailed map data. (Not shown)
Belt Clip Assembly
Auxillary Mount Adapter
Carrying Case - Provides protection during transport of the unit. (Not shown)
Auto Mount Kit - Allows installation on a vehicle dash.
Marine Mount Kit - Allows installation on a boat.
Suction Mount Kit - Allows installation on a vehicle windshield.
Bicycle Mount Kit - Allows installation on bicycle handlebar.
Note: The Mount Kits listed above are supplied with a battery cover and mounting
adapter designed for use with eTrex units without color displays. The battery cover
for the color display series is slightly larger and accepts the mounting adapter
provided with the unit (see installation instructions on the following page). Discard
the battery cover with mounting adapter provided in the mount kit, unless you also
have an eTrex with a monochromatic display which accepts that battery cover.
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Cigarette Lighter Adapter
CAUTION: Garmin Accessories have been designed and tested
specifically for use with Garmin products. Accessories offered for
sale by other manufacturers have not necessarily been tested or
approved by Garmin for use with Garmin Products. Use of such
accessories might cause damage to your Garmin Product and
void the terms of the warranty. Using Garmin Accessories with
other manufacturer’s products is not recommended.
See your Garmin Dealer or website for availability.
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Appendix
Installing the Belt Clip, Auxillary Mount Adapter
and Carry Lanyard
Accessories
Back of eTrex Vista C
(Press tab to
release the Clip
Knob)
USB Power/Data Connector
(under weather cover)
Suction Mount Kit
Belt Clip Knob
(attaches to back of unit)
Auto Dash Mount Kit
Belt Clip
(attaches to belt or waistband)
Marine Mount Kit
Wrist Strap Installation
Auxiliary Mount Adapter
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(Do not discard - attaches to back of
unit to connect to the mounting kits
shown to the left)
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Appendix
PHYSICAL
Case:
Rugged, fully gasketed, water resistant, IEC60529 IPX7 (Submersible 1 meter @ 30 minutes)
Size:
4.2”H x 2.2”W x 1.2”D
Weight:
5.6 ounces (159 g) with batteries installed
Display:
1.3”W x 1.7”H, 256-color, high resolution,
transreflective TFT (176 x 220 pixels) Backlit
Antenna:
Built-in patch
Compass:
Accuracy; +/- 5 degrees1, resoultion; 1 degree
Altimeter:
Accuracy; +/- 10 feet1, resolution; 1 foot
Keypad:
Six multifunction keys
Operating Range:
5 to 158 F (-15 to 70 C)1
o
Specifications
o
PERFORMANCE
Receiver:
WAAS enabled, 12 parallel channel
Acquisition Time:
Warm: Approximately 15 seconds
Cold: Approximately 45 seconds
AutoLocate™: Approximately 2 minutes
Update Rate:
Once per second, continuous
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GPS Accuracy
Specifications
Position:
< 15 meters (49 feet), 95% typical2
Velocity:
0.05 meter/sec steady state
DGPS Accuracy
Position:
Velocity:
3-5 meters (10-16 feet), 95% typical
0.05 meter/sec steady state
Dynamics:
Performs to specifications to 6 g’s
Interfaces:
Garmin Proprietary (USB)
Data Storage Life:
Indefinite: no memory battery required
Map Storage:
Internal; approximately 24 MB
Source:
Two 1.5 volt AA batteries or 12 V Adapter Cable
Battery Life:
Up to 20 hours (typical use)3
POWER
Specifications subject to change without notice.
1. The temperature rating of the eTrex Vista C may exceed the usable range of some batteries. Some batteries can rupture at high temperatures.
2. Can be subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the U.S. DoD imposed
Selective Availability (SA) Program when in effect.
3. Alkaline batteries lose a significant amount of their capacity as the temperature decreases.
Use Lithium batteries when operating the eTrex Vista C in below-freezing conditions.
Extensive use of screen backlighting, electronic compass and audible tones significantly
reduce battery life.
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Appendix
The following list provides a brief description of each data field
option. Some of these options are supported only by devices interfaced to
your eTrex Vista C.
Data Field Options
Accuracy GPS - The current accuracy of you GPS determined location.
Ambient Pressure - The uncalibrated current pressure.
Ascent-Average - The average vertical distance of ascents.
Ascent-Maximum - The Maximum ascent rate in feet per minute.
Ascent-Total - The total distance ascended.
Barometer - The calibrated current pressure.
Bearing - The compass direction from your current position to a destination point.
Course - The desired path of travel from your starting point to your destination point.
Depth - The depth of water from sonar NMEA input.
Descent-Average - The average vertical distance of descent.
Descent-Maximum - The maximum descent rate in feet/meter per
minute.
Descent-Total - The total distance descended.
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Data Field Options
Distance - Next - The distance to the next point on a route.
Distance - Destination - The entire distance, from beginning to end, of
a route.
ETA - Next - The estimated time of arrival at the next point on your
route, if you maintain your current speed and course.
ETA - Destination - The estimated time of arrival at your destination, if
you maintain your current speed and course.
Elevation - The distance above or below mean sea level.
Elevation-Maximum - The highest elevation reached.
Elevation-Minimum - The lowest elevation reached.
Glide Ratio - The ratio of horizontal distance traveled to vertical distance.
Glide Ratio Dest - The glide ratio required to descend from your present position and elevation to the destination’s elevation.
Heading - Your direction of travel as indicated by a compass, in degrees
or cardinal letters (N,S,E,W).
Location (lat/lon) - Your current location as latitude/longitude coordinates.
Location (selected) - Your current location described in the selected
units of measure (other than lat/lon).
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Odometer - The total distance you have traveled for all trips.
Data Field Options
Off Course - The distance off your direct course line, right or left.
Pointer - The arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point
on a route.
Speed - Your current vehicle speed can be measured in miles per hour,
kilometers per hour or knots.
Speed - Maximum - The maximum speed you have attained since the
Trip Computer was reset.
Speed - Moving Avg. - The average speed while your vehicle was
moving.
Speed - Overall Avg. - The average speed determined by both the
moving and stopped time and speed.
Sunrise - The time of sunrise for the current date and location.
Sunset - The time of sunset for the current date and location.
Time To Destination - The estimated time enroute to your final destination, if you maintain your current speed and course.
Time To Next - The estimated time enroute to the next point on your
route, if you maintain your current speed and course.
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Data Field Options
Time of Day - The current time and date. It can be displayed in 12 or 24
hour format in local time or universal (UTC) time.
To Course - Your direction of travel to get back on course.
Trip Odometer - The running total of distance traveled since the Trip
Computer was reset.
Trip Time - Moving - The length of time your vehicle has been in
motion, since the Trip Computer was reset.
Trip Time - Stopped - The length of time that the vehicle has been
stopped (stationary) while the unit was powered On and tracking your
location (since the Trip Computer was reset).
Trip Time - Total - The total time the unit has been tracking since the
Trip Computer was reset.
Turn - The direction of, and distance to, the next turn on an active route.
Velocity Made Good - The rate of closure on a destination based upon
your current speed and course of travel.
Vertical Speed - The rate of altitude gain/loss over time.
Vertical Speed Dest - The measurement of your rate of acsent/decsent to
a predetermined altitude.
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Water Speed - The data acquired from measurement devices interfaced
to the eTrex Vista C is used to calculate your current speed over water.
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Interfacing the eTrex Vista C
The eTrex Vista C is provided with interface connection to a PC using
the USB connector cable provided with the unit. Connection to your
computer is necessary for downloading of detailed map from Garmin
MapSource Map Data CDs. You can also save routes, waypoints, and
tracks from the eTrex Vista C to MapSource. Refer to the MapSource
User’s Guide provided with your MapSource CDs.
Before you begin communication between your PC and the eTrex
Vista C you must install the USB drivers contained in the MapSource Trip
and Waypoint Manager CD-ROM. Follow the installation instructions
provided with the CD-ROM and install the USB drivers.
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Appendix
Connecting the eTrex Vista C
to a Computer
Lift Cover
Universal Serial
Bus (USB) Port
To connect to your computer using the USB connector:
1. Install the MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD-ROM provided with your eTrex Vista C on your PC. USB drivers, required
for USB interfacing to the eTrex Vista C are installed when you
run the CD-ROM. Do not connect the USB cable until these drivers have been installed (see note on page 3).
2. Lift the USB protective cover from the back of the eTrex Vista
C and insert the smaller connector on the USB cable into the
matching port.
3. Connect the remaining cable end to your PC USB port.
When connected to a PC, the USB cable provides auxiliary
power to the eTrex Vista C to conserve batteries.
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Appendix
Downloading MapSource
Map Data
Garmin MapSource
CD-ROM’s offer a variety of detailed mapping
data and navigation information.
MapSource is also an excellent medium
for storage and safety backup of Personal
Waypoints, Routes and Saved Tracks.
Garmin MapSource
U.S. Topo 24K
Digital Elevation Models
(DEM) Maps
provide elevation data
at any point identified by the
Panning Arrow
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See your Garmin Dealer or visit the
Garmin web site at www.garmin.com
for information on which maps work with the
eTrex Vista C.
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Transferring MapSource Map Data
If you have purchased a Garmin MapSource CD-ROM mapping program
you may want to transfer detailed map data before beginning use to provide
your unit with maximum Find features and mapping capability. The eTrex
Vista C accepts up to 24 MB of map data from most MapSource products. It
is not possible to transfer 3rd party maps into Garmin products.
You cannot view multiple types of MapSource data in the same location at the same time (one displays over the other). When you leave a
MetroGuide area for example and enter the area of a topographic map,
the display will change to contour lines. The same is true when moving
from a topo map to a MetroGuide map.
Maps that are at the top of the hierarchy and displays over any other
map information. Because new maps are constantly being released, consult
your Garmin Dealer or the Garmin website to determine the order of
hierarchy.
Map data transfer requires the use of a PC, a Garmin MapSource
CD-ROM, and the Universal Service Bus (USB) cable supplied with this
unit. Follow detailed instructions for data transfer in the MapSource
User’s Manual. Note that downloading maps overwrites any maps already
downloaded to the unit. This includes the Marine Points of Interest database provided with the eTrex Vista C.
It is also important to note that certain features contained in the eTrex
Vista C are not enabled unless you are using mapping data they are
designed to support, such as many of the Find Features and DEM Elevation Profiles. Visit the Garmin website for details on all of the maps you
can use with the eTrex Vista C.
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Appendix
This chart is provided to help you determine the time offset settings
for your current location if it is not in one of the time zones listed on the
Time Setup Page. To change the UTC Offset, access the Main Menu, then
Setup and then open the Time Setup Page. Highlight the Time Zone field
and press the ENTER to display the list of time zones. If the desired zone
is not displayed, select “Other.” Highlight the UTC Offset field and press
ENTER to enter the appropriate offset value from the chart below. To
determine your longitudinal zone, press and hold the ENTER key and
observe the longitude value in the Mark Waypoint Page Location field. It
should fall within the sets of values on the chart. Press the QUIT key to
avoid marking a waypoint.
Longitudinal Zone
Offset
W180.0° to W172.5°
-12.00
W172.5° to W157.5°
-11.00
W157.5° to W142.5°
-10.00
W142.5° to W127.5°
-09.00
W127.5° to W112.5°
-08.00
W112.5° to W097.5°
-07.00
W097.5° to W082.5°
-06.00
W082.5° to W067.5°
-05.00
W067.5° to W052.5°
-04.00
W052.5° to W037.5°
-03.00
W037.5° to W022.5°
-02.00
W022.5° to W007.5°
-01.00
W007.5° to E007.5°
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UTC Offset Chart
00.00
Longitudinal Zone
E007.5° to E022.5°
E022.5° to E037.5°
E052.5° to E067.5°
E067.5° to E082.5°
E082.5° to E097.5°
E097.5° to E112.5°
E112.5° to E122.5°
E122.5° to E127.5°
E127.5° to E142.5°
E142.5° to E157.5°
E157.5° to E172.5°
E172.5° to E180.5°
Offset
+01.00
+02.00
+03.00
+04.00
+05.00
+06.00
+07.00
+08.00
+09.00
+10.00
+11.00
+12.00
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Map Datums and Position Formats
What are Map Datums, and which should I use?
A datum is a mathematical model of the Earth which approximates
the shape of the Earth and enables calculations to be carried out in a
consistent and accurate manner. The datum is physically represented by
a framework of ground monuments (i.e. trig. stations) whose positions
have been accurately measured and calculated on this reference surface.
Lines of latitude and longitude on a map or chart are referenced to a
specific map datum. Every chart has a map datum reference and the
eTrex Vista C can be set to match most of those commonly used.
If you are navigating and comparing the GPS coordinates to a map,
chart or other reference, the map datum in the GPS unit should be set
to the same datum as the map or chart to ensure the most accurate
navigation.
Map Datums are based on a
mathematical model of the Earth.
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Position
Formats
Map Datums
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What is a Position Format, and which should I use?
Your current location can be viewed on the GPS in the form of
coordinates. Since different maps and charts use different location
formats, Garmin GPS units allow you to choose the correct coordinate
system for the type of map you are using. The most common format is
latitude and longitude, which is utilized by all Garmin units. On most
models, you may choose to change the position format to use with other
coordinate systems. UTM/UPS (Universal Transverse Mercator/Universal
Polar Stereographic) are easy-to-use metric grids that are found on most
USGS topographic quadrangle maps. Several other grids, including a
user-definable grid (for the advanced user), may also be selected.
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Appendix E
To set up Loran TD from the Setup Menu:
1. Press the MENU key twice to display the Main Menu, then press
again to display the Setup Menu.
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Loran TD Setup
2. Use the ROCKER key to highlight the Location icon and press
ENTER to display the Location Setup Page.
3. Highlight the “Position Format” field and press ENTER to display the format list.
4. Highlight “Loran TD” press ENTER to display the Loran Setup Page.
5. To change the settings of any of the five fields, highlight the field,
press ENTER select/enter the desired setting, then press ENTER.
6. When done, highlight the “Save” button and press ENTER.
If the active GRI Chain, secondary stations, or offsets have been
changed since the waypoint was created, the waypoint now references
the active GRI-chain and secondary stations and adjust the TD coordinates accordingly. Remember that the eTrex Vista C is not relying on the
LORAN signal for navigation and actually converts the TD coordinate
to a useful LAT/LON coordinate before storing the waypoint to memory
or using it for navigation. Because of this, the unit can navigate to a TD
coordinate anywhere in the world.
You must know your GRI chain number and secondary stations to
create a LORAN TD position. For more information please read our
LORAN TD Position Format Handbook, available at the Garmin Web site,
at www.garmin.com/support/userManual.html.
Location Setup Page
(Position Format List with Loran TD selected.)
Loran TD Setup Page
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Appendix
WAAS
What is WAAS?
The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is an F.A.A. funded
project to improve the overall integrity of the GPS signal. It is a spacebased system that broadcasts integrity information and correction data as
determined by ground reference stations (see DGPS below). At this time
the system is still in the developmental stage with a goal of providing
reliable signals with an accuracy of 7 meters (21-22 ft.) both horizontally
and vertically 95% of the time. Current tests have shown the actual accuracy to be on the order of 2-3 meters. For more information, go to
http://gps.faa.gov/Programs/WAAS/waas.htm.
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Appendix
Index
A
D
G
Accessories 77
Accuracy Circle 9
Activate a Route 50
Alarm Clock 69
Arrow, Panning 9
AutoZoom 59
Data Fields 11, 19, 53, 54
Data Field Definitions 81
Date and Time Setup 63, 87
Detail, Map 59
Display Mode 56
Display Setup 56
B
E
Elevation 11, 32, 43
Exit Services 38
Exits 38
Exits, Nearest 38
Games 73-76
Map Page 8
Geocache Setup 62
Map Page Options 10
Global Positioning System (GPS) 4 Map Page Panning 9
Go To 5, 32
Map Scale 9
Map Setup 58
MapSource Map Data 8, 88
H
Marine Setup 62
Heading Setup 64
Mark a Waypoint 26
Highway Page 54
Mark Waypoint Page 26
Hunt and Fish Tables 72
Measuring Distance 13
Microphone Sensitivity 8
I
MOB Feature 27
Initialization 4
Moving a Route Waypoint 29
Backlight Timeout 7, 56
Backlighting On/Off 7, 56
Battery Level Indicator 7
Battery Saver Mode 56
Battery Type 56
Bearing Pointer 18
Big Numbers 43
Barometer Recording Mode 65
C
Calculator Page 69
Calendar Page 68
Cautions iv-vi
Cities, By Name 37
Cities, Nearest 37
Compass Page 14
Compass Ring 14
Course Pointer 18
Custom Waypoint Symbols 26
F
Fields, Data 11, 19, 53, 54
Find Address 39
Find Cities 37
Find Exits 37
Find Geocache 36
Find Intersections 40
Find Points of Interest 41
Find Waypoints 35
K
Key Functions 2
L
Location (Marking) 26-27
Loading Map Data 86
Lock On Road 59
Loran TD Setup 89
M
Main Menu Page 6, 42
Map Datums 63, 88
Map Display 8
Map Features 9
N
Nearest (Waypoints, Cities, Exits, etc.) 29
Normal Mode 55
North Reference 66
North Up 8, 59
O
Odometer 43
Offset (Time) 63, 87
Orient Map 59
Overall Average Speed 44
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Index
V
P
Page Sequence Setup 57
Panning (Map) 27
Position Format 64, 88
Projecting a Waypoint 29
Proximity Waypoints 65
Stopwatch Page 70
Sun and Moon Tables 71
Symbol, Waypoint 26
Symbols, Status Bar 7
System Setup 55
R
T
Reset Trip Page 43
Routes 49-53
Creating 49
Copying 53
Deleting 53
Editing 53
Navigating 53
Reversing 51
Routing Setup 61
Text Size 60
Time Format 63
Time Zone 63
Tones Setup 57
TracBack 45
Track Logs 44
Track Log Saving 45
Track Log Setup 44
Tracks Page 44
Track Up 8, 59
Trip Computer Page 43
Trip Odometer 43
Trip Time 43
S
Satellite Page 4
Saving the Tracklog 45
Selecting a Page 2
Setup Menu 42, 55
Show Data Fields 10
Show Map Only 10
Software Version (Operating) 55
Specifications 79
Stop Navigation 10, 15, 51
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View Waypoints on Route 49, 53
W
WAAS, Enable/Disable 55
Warnings iv-vi
Waypoints 26-29
Deleting 28
Editing 28
List 35
Marking 6
Moving 29
Naming 26
Projecting 29
Proximity 65
Symbols 26
Welcome Page Setup 64
Z
Zooming In/Out 2, 9
U
Unit Features 3
Unit i.d. 55
Units of Measure 63
Units Page 63
User Waypoint Symbol 26
UTC Offset 63, 87
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Limited Warranty
This Garmin product is warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. Within this period,
Garmin will at its sole option, repair or replace any components that fail in normal use. Such repairs or replacement will be made at no charge to the
customer for parts or labor, provided that the customer shall be responsible for any transportation cost. This warranty does not cover failures due to abuse,
misuse, accident or unauthorized alteration or repairs.
THE WARRANTIES AND REMEDIES CONTAINED HEREIN ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ANY LIABILITY ARISING UNDER ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, WHICH MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL GARMIN BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER RESULTING FROM THE USE, MISUSE, OR INABILITY TO USE THIS PRODUCT OR FROM DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT. Some states do not allow the exclusion
of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
Garmin retains the exclusive right to repair or replace the unit or software or offer a full refund of the purchase price at its sole discretion. SUCH REMEDY SHALL BE YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY BREACH OF WARRANTY.
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