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Humminbird Wide View User's Manual
INSTALLATION PREPARATION
PARTS SUPPLIED
PARTS SUPPLIED
Before installing your new Humminbird fishfinder, please ensure the following
parts are included in the box:
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Fishfinder
Transducer with 20’ (6m) of cable and mounting hardware kit
Mounting system and mounting hardware kit
6’ (2m) power cable
Publications kit
It any of these items is missing, call our Customer Support Hotline.
ACCESSORIES
Humminbird offers a wide assortment of accessories that complement and
expand the capability of your new fishfinder. These accessories are designed
with the same high standards and are backed by the same one-year warranty.
The Humminbird Accessory catalog included with your unit contains descriptions
of the many accessories available and ordering information. All Humminbird
accessories are available through your full-service Humminbird dealer or factory
direct through our number listed in the Customer Support section.
INSTALLATION OVERVIEW
Your Humminbird fishfinder consists of two primary components to install: the
control head and the transducer.
The control head contains the sonar transmit and receive circuitry, as well as the
user controls and display. It should be installed in a location that provides access
to the controls and visibility while in use. The control head mounts on a quick
disconnect mounting system that swivels and tilts providing flexibility for viewing
from almost anywhere on the boat.
The transducer converts electrical energy from the transmitter into mechanical
pulses or sound waves. The transducer also receives the reflected sound waves
and converts them back into electrical signals for display on the control head. It
should be installed in contact with the surface of the water in an area that has
smooth waterflow- usually on the transom of the boat. There are several
mounting options for the transducer. Review the following section to determine
the method that works for you and your boat.
INSTALLATION PREPARATION
INSTALLATION OVERVIEW
Determining How to Mount the Transducer
Your Humminbird fishfinder includes a standard
transducer. This transducer can be mounted on the
transom of the boat or bonded to the inside of a fiberglass
hull boat.
The transom installation, which is the most widely used,
places the transducer on the outside of the boat hull. This
technique produces the least signal loss, and provides a
way to adjust the transducer after installation. The
mounting hardware included is designed to protect both
the boat and the transducer should the boat strike debris in
the water or when trailering.
As an alternative to transom mounting, it is possible on
many fiberglass-hulled boats to glue the transducer on
the inside of the boat hull. Since fiberglass has similar
sonar characteristics as water, the sonar signal can
pass through the boat hull with minimal loss. The hull
of the boat must be single layer construction (not
double-hulled) Also, any air trapped in the lamination
of the fiberglass would prevent the sonar signal from
passing through.
Inside the hull installations require no holes be drilled
into the boat and through experimentation, high-speed
operation comparable to transom mounting can be achieved. Two-part slow cure
epoxy (not included) is required to glue the transducer in place.
INSTALLATION PREPARATION
ALTERNATE MOUNTING METHODS
ALTERNATE TRANSDUCERS AND MOUNTING METHODS
Your Humminbird fishfinder comes with everything necessary for installation and
operation on most boats. However, there are several situations which may
require a different type of transducer. Inboard boats, wood or metal hulls, and sail
boats create unique transducer mounting needs Alternate transducers and
mounting methods are detailed below.
Portable Mounting
The standard transducer can be adapted for portable
installations with a portable mounting kit available from
Humminbird. This accessory adapts your transducer to a
suction cup mount for temporary installation on the boat hull
or other surface.
Trolling Motor Mounting
The standard transducer can also be adapted to mount on
most trolling motors using a different accessory kit. This
accessory includes a bracket and hose clamp that allows
mounting the transducer to the body of most trolling motors.
Thru-Hull Mounting
Thru-hull transducers install through a hole drilled in the hull
of the boat. Larger boats or boats with inboard motors create
turbulence that make transom mounting ineffective. Also,
hulls that are very thick or are double layered, or made from
materials such as wood or metal, (which do not conduct
sonar signals) make inside the hull mounting inadvisable.
Thru-hull mounting may require the use of a fairing block to level the transducer
with the waterline. Also, since special tools and knowledge may be required to
perform this type of installation, it is best to refer to a qualified marine technician.
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TRANSDUCER EXCHANGE
TRANSDUCER EXCHANGE
Other transducers are available as replacements for the standard transducer.
You may exchange your new and unassembled transducer for another type by
returning it to the address listed in Customer Support. Some transducers may
have additional cost. Refer to the Accessory catalog or call Customer Support for
information.
BEGINNING INSTALLATION
Now that you have determined the transducer mounting method you can begin
installation of your new Humminbird fishfinder. The installation guide included on
the next few pages provides detailed step by step instructions for installation of
the control head and transducer. For transom mount transducer installations you
will need the mounting template included with your manual.
In addition to the parts included you need the following for installation and
operation:
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A powered hand drill and various drill bits
Philips and flat-head screwdrivers
A ruler or measuring tape
Pen or pencil
12 volt power source (your boat’s battery)
A 1-amp fuse
A fuse holder (if you are wiring directly to the boat’s battery)
Silicone sealant (for sealing drilled holes)
2-part, slow-cure epoxy (for inside the hull transducer installations)
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TRANSOM INSTALLATION
Do not begin this transducer installation until you read the Installation
Preparation in the Operation Guide. This chapter contains information
critical to the correct installation of your transducer.
Due to the wide variety of boat hulls, only general instructions are
presented in the installation guide. Each boat hull represents a unique set
of requirements that should be evaluated prior to installation.
TRANSOM INSTALLATION
Step One - Determine Where to Mount the Transducer
Begin the transducer installation by determining where on the
transom to install the transducer. Consider the following to find
the best location:
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It is very important to locate the transducer in an area which is
relatively free of turbulent water, As a boat moves through the
water, turbulence is generated by the weight of the boat, and
the thrust of the propeller(s). This turbulent water is normally
confined to areas immediately aft of ribs, strakes or rows of
rivets on the bottom of the boat, and in the immediate area of
the propeller(s) (Figure 1). On outboard or inboard/outboard
boats it is best to stay at least 15” (40cm) to the side of the
propeller(s).
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If possible, viewing the transom of the boat while the boat is
moving will provide the best means of locating turbulence free
water. If maximum high-speed operation is a high priority, this
is the recommended method. If this is not possible, select a
location on the transom where the hull forward of this location
is smooth, flat, and free of protrusions or ribs.
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The transducer when mounted should point straight down.
The design of the transducer will accommodate a wide range
of deadrises and remain ported straight down (Figure 2).
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On boats with stepped hulls, it may be possible to mount the transducer on
the step. Never mount the transducer on the transom behind a step, as this
area of the transom will not be in contact with the water at high speed (Figure
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TRANSOM INSTALLATION
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If the propeller(s) is (are) forward of the transom, it may be impossible to find
an area clear from turbulence, and a different mounting technique or
transducer type should be considered.
Step Two - Drill the Mounting Holes
1. Remove the mounting template from the front of the Operations Manual.
2. Hold the template on the transom of the boat in the location where the
transducer will be installed (Figure 4). Align the template vertically, ensuring
the lower edge of the transom meets with the bottom corner
of the template.
3. Using a pencil or punch, mark the two mounting holes
shown on the template onto the transom. Do not mark or
drill any other holes at this time.
4. Using a 5/32” (4mm) bit drill the two holes to a depth of
approximately 1" (3cm). On fiberglass hulls, it is best to
start with a smaller bit and use progressively larger drill bits
to reduce the chance of chipping or flaking the outer
coating.
Step Three - Assemble the Transducer
1. Attach the Pivot to the transducer body as shown in Figure
5, using the #8 – 3/8” (9mm) long allen headed pivot screw,
the headed pin, the two flat washers, and the two toothed
lock washers.
Note: The toothed lock washers must be positioned
between the transducer and the pivot ears. The flat
washers must be positioned to the outside at the pivot
ears.
2. Using the AIlen wrenches provided, loosely tighten the pivot
screw (Figure 6). Do not completely tighten the assembly at
this time, so the pivot angle can be adjusted later.
3. Insert the pivot/transducer assembly into the mounting
bracket as shown in Figure 7. Do not snap the assembly
closed.
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TRANSOM INSTALLATION
Step Four - Mount the Transducer to the Transom
1. Apply silicone sealant to the mounting holes drilled into the transom.
2. Align the transducer assembly with the drilled holes in the transom (Figure 8).
3. Use either a flat head screwdriver, a 5/16" (8mm) hex driver, or a 5/16" (8mm)
socket to mount the assembly. Using the two #10 – 1”
(25mm) long slotted hex head screws, mount the transducer
assembly to the transom as shown. Do not fully tighten the
mounting screws in order to vertically adjust the transducer.
Snap the pivot down into place.
Step Five - Adjust the Running Position of the Transducer
The bracket allows height and tilt adjustment, the pivot screws
allow angular adjustment. Initially, adjust the transducer as
described in the following paragraphs. Further adjustment may
be necessary to refine the instillation after high speed testing.
1. First adjust the pivot angle of the transducer body so its
length is parallel with the length of hull of the boat. Then
pivot the transducer down so the rear is about 1/4 inch
(6mm) lower than the front (Figure 9).
2. Fully tighten the two pivot screws using the Allen wrenches.
It may be necessary to retighten the pivot screws after the
initial use as the plastics may still be seating to the lock
washers.
3. Adjust the height of the assembly so the face of the
transducer is 3/16" (4.5mm) beneath the lower edge of the
transom (Figure 10). Mark the position of the mounting
bracket on the transom with a pencil.
4. Force the pivot to the up position to gain access to the
mounting screws. Assure the transducer location has not
changed, then fully tighten the two mounting screws (Figure
11). Snap the pivot back down.
Confirm the pivot angle has not changed.
Note: A third screw location is provided for the
mounting bracket. Drill this hole and install the screw after final testing and
adjustments have been completed.
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TRANSOM INSTALLATION
Step Six - Route the Cable
There are several ways to route the transducer cable to the to the area where the
control head will be installed. The most common procedure routes the cable
through the transom into the boat.
Inside the boat there is often a channel or conduit used for other
wiring that the cable can be routed along. Do not cut or shorten
the transducer cable and try not to damage the cable insulation.
Route the cable as far as practical from the VHF radio antenna
cables or tachometer cable to reduce the possibility of
interference.
If the cable is too short, extension cables are available to extend
the transducer cable up to a total of 50' (15 m). Call Humminbird
Customer Support for more information.
Follow these steps to route the cable through the transom:
1. Drill a 5/8” (16mm) hole above the water line. Route the
cable through the hole.
2. Fill the hole with silicone sealant.
3. Place the escutcheon plate over the hole and attach with the two #8 x 5/8”
(16mm) screws.
4. Secure the cable by attaching the cable camp to the transom using a #8 x
5/8” (16mm) screw.
Note: The transducer will pivot up to 90 degrees in the bracket. Allow
enough slack in the cable for this movement. It is best to route the cable to
the side of the transducer so the cable will not be damaged by the
transducer during movement.
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INSIDE THE HULL INSTALLATION
INSIDE THE HULL INSTALLATION
Inside the hull installation requires the mount system and control
head be installed and operational. See Installing the Control Head
for instruction on installing the unit.
Inside the hull mounting generally produces good results in single
thickness fiberglass-hulled boats. Humminbird cannot guarantee
depth performance when transmitting and receiving through the
hull of the boat since some signal loss occurs. The amount of loss
depends on hull construction and thickness, and the installation.
This installation requires slow-cure two-part epoxy. Do not use
silicone or any other soft adhesive to install the transducer, as this
material reduces the sensitivity of the unit. Five minute epoxy has
a tendency to cure before all the air bubbles can be purged.
Step One - Determine the Mounting Location
Begin the transducer installation by determining where inside the
hull to install the transducer. Consider the following to find the
best location:
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Observe the outside of the boat hull to find the areas that are
mostly free from turbulent water. Avoid ribs, strakes, and other
protrusions as these create turbulence (Figure 14).
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As a general rule, the faster the boat can travel the further aft
and closer to the centerline of the hull the transducer has to be
located to remain in contact with the water at high speeds.
Step Two - Test the Mounting Location
There is no opportunity for adjustment after the transducer glued
in place. Therefore, it is best to perform a trial installation on inside the hull
transducers first, and run the boat at high speeds to determine the best mounting
area.
1. At the identified mounting location, lay the transducer body face down with
the pointed end towards the bow.
2. Fill the hull with enough water to submerge the transducer body. Use a sand
filled bag or other heavy object to hold the transducer in position.
The transducer cannot transmit through air. The water purges any air from
between the transducer and the hull and fills any voids in the coarse
fiberglass surface.
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3. Power up the Control Head.
4. Run the boat at various speeds and water depths while observing the screen
on the Control Head. If the unit functions well at low speeds but begins to skip
or miss the bottom at higher speeds, the transducer needs to be moved. If
depth performance is required, test the fishfinder in water at the desired
depth. Test different locations in the hull until the optimum performance is
achieved.
Step Three - Permanently Mount the Transducer
1. Once the mounting location is determined, mark the position of the
transducer.
2. Remove the water from inside the hull and thoroughly dry the
mounting surface. If the surface is excessively rough, it may be
necessary to sand the area to provide a smooth mounting
surface.
Ensure the mounting area is clear and dry.
3. Mix an ample quantity of two-part slow-cure epoxy slowly and
thoroughly. Avoid trapping air bubbles.
4. Coat the face of the transducer and the inside of the hull (Figure
16).
5. Press the transducer into place with a slight twisting motion to
purge any trapped air from underneath, keeping the pointed end
of the transducer body pointed forward (Figure 17).
Note: Proper operation requires the pointed end of the
transducer body to face towards the bow.
6. Weight the transducer so it does not move while the epoxy is curing.
When the epoxy cures, no water is necessary inside the hull. Neither water,
spilled gasoline, or oil will affect the performance of the transducer.
INSTALLATION
CONTROL HEAD INSTALLATION
CONTROL HEAD INSTALLATION
Step One - Determine Where to Mount
Begin the installation by determining where to mount the control head. Consider
the following to determine best location:
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The cables for power, transducer and temp/speed accessories (if applicable)
should be installed first and must reach the mounting location. Extension
cables are available.
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There are two ways to route the cables to the unit: through a
hole in the mounting surface underneath the mounting bracket
or from a hole outside the mounting bracket. Routing the cables
down under the mount provides maximum weather protection;
however this is not always feasible if the area under the
fishfinder is inaccessible. In this case, route the cables through
a hole at another location and cover with the supplied hole
cover.
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The mounting surface should be adequately supported to
protect the fishfinder from excessive wave shock and vibration,
and provide visibility while in operation.
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The mounting area should allow sufficient room for the unit to
pivot and swivel freely, and for easy removal and installation
(Figures 18-19).
Step Two - Connect the Power Cable to the Boat
A 6’ (2m) long power cable is included to supply power to the
fishfinder. You may shorten or lengthen the cable using 18 gauge
multi-stranded copper wire.
CAUTION: Some boats have 24 or 36 volt electric systems. Be
sure your unit is connected to a 12 VDC power supply.
The Power can be connected to the boat's electrical system at two
places: a fuse panel, usually located near the console, or directly to the battery.
If a fuse terminal is available, use crimp-on type electrical connectors (not
included) that match the terminal on the fuse panel. Attach the black wire to
ground, and the red wire to 12 VDC power (Figure 20). Be sure to use a one amp
fuse in the connection. If you must wire the control head directly to a battery, be
sure to install an inline fuse holder
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CONTROL HEAD INSTALLATION
and one amp fuse (not included) for the protection of the unit (Figure 21).
Humminbird is not responsible for over voltage or over current failures.
In order to minimize the potential for interference with other
marine electronics a separate power source (such as a
second battery) may be necessary.
Step Three - Drill the Mounting Holes
1. Set the mounting bracket in place on the mounting
surface. Mark the four mounting screw locations with a
pencil or punch.
2. Set the mounting bracket aside, and drill the four
mounting screw holes using a 9/64” (3.6mm) bit.
Step Four - Run the Cables
1. If the cables must pass through a hole underneath the
mounting surface, mark and drill a 1” (25mm) hole
centered between the four mounting holes (Figure 22).
Note: if the cables must pass through the mounting
surface at a different location, drill the 1" (25mm) hole at
that location and pass the cables through from
underneath. Also, you must break out the tabs on the
rear of the mounting base using needle nose pliers
(Figures 24-25).
2. Insert all cables through the 1” (25mm) hole from beneath
the mounting surface.
3. Pass the cables through the grommet (if the cable hole is
underneath the mounting bracket) then press the grommet
in place around the cables and into the 1” (25mm) hole.
4. Pass the cables through the mounting base, out the top of
the mounting bracket.
5. Place the mounting bracket on the mounting surface aligned with the drilled
holes. Insert the four flathead wood screws into the mounting holes and
tighten fully (Figure 23).
Optional: If the cables pass outside the mounting bracket, install the hole
cover over the hole and fasten in place using the two #8 x 7/8” (22mm)
wood screws (Figure 24).
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CONTROL HEAD INSTALLATION
Step Five - Assembling the Connector Holder
1. Insert the cable connectors into the connector holder.
The cable connectors are labeled, and there are
corresponding labels on the connector holder (Figure
26). The slots for the connectors are keyed to prevent
reverse installation, so do not force the connector into
the holder.
2. Carefully pull the excess cable from beneath the mounting surface so the connector holder aligns with the
mounting holes on the front of the mounting bracket
(Figure 27).
3. Snap the support plate to the rear of the connector
holder (Figure 28).
4. Insert the connector holder into place and use the two
#6-32 x ¾” (9mm) screws to fasten it to the mounting
bracket (Figure 28).
5. Install the control head by sliding it onto the mounting
bracket until it is fully seated. To remove the unit simply
depress the latch on the rear of the unit and lift (Figure
29).
Your Humminbird is now ready for operation.
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TEST THE INSTALLATION
TEST THE INSTALLATION
Testing should be performed with the boat in the water, however you can initially
confirm basic operation with the boat trailered.
Press POWER once to turn the unit on. There will be an audible chirp when any
button is pressed to confirm the button press. If the unit does not power-up,
ensure the unit is fully seated on the mount and that power is available.
The first screen provides four options: Start-up, Options, Simulator, and
Diagnostic. A message at the bottom of the screen indicates the transducer
connection. If no transducer is detected (or one is not connected), the message
will indicate this and the unit will go into simulator after the initial screen times
out.
Note: the transducer must be submerged in water for reliable transducer
detection.
If a transducer is detected, the unit will enter “Start Up” or normal operation
unless you choose another option. If you do not press any button before the timer
reaches “0”, the normal operation screen is displayed. If the boat is in water,
sonar data appears.
If the bottom is visible on screen with a digital depth readout, the unit is working
properly. Ensure the boat is in water greater than 2’ but less than the depth
capability of the unit and the transducer is fully submerged. Remember the sonar
signal cannot pass through air.
If the unit is working properly gradually increase the boat speed to test highspeed performance. If the unit-functions well at low speeds but begins to skip or
miss the bottom at higher speeds, the transducer requires adjustment. Refer to
the appropriate transducer installation section for more detail.
Note: it is often necessary to make several incremental transducer
adjustments before optimum high-speed performance is achieved.
Important: For Transom Mount transducer installations, install the third mounting
screw after the final transducer adjustments.
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TESTING THE INSTALLATION
After installing your Wide View unit and transducer, you are ready to test the installation.
Testing should be performed on the water, since that is the best way to confirm your transducer's
performance.
With your boat in the water, press POWER once to turn the unit on. If you press and hold
the POWER button, the simulator will be enabled. To power the unit for normal operation, press
and release the POWER button. Notice that when any button is pressed there is an audible
"chirp" that confirms the button press.
Momentarily, information will begin to "march" across the screen from right to left.
Remember that as each column advances on the screen, it contains information gathered from
several transmit and receive cycles. The column of information on the far right side of the screen
is the most current information, or the view directly under your boat. If your boat is moving, an
accurate depiction of the terrain you have just covered is created on-screen.
Increase your boat speed to ensure that the transducer remains in contact with
turbulence-free water at higher boat speeds. All Humminbird depthsounders are designed to work
at speeds of 70 MPH or more, however, use caution when operating any boat at high speed.
(High-speed testing does not apply to portable or trolling motor mounted transducers)
If the Wide View fails to locate the bottom and advance information across the screen as
shown, ensure first that the depth of the water is not in excess of the unit's capability. Also,
ensure that the unit is fully seated on the mount, and the cable connections are correct. (The
label on the cable connector matches the label on the connector holder).
If no audible "chirp" is heard when pressing the POWER button, the power cable or the
fuse terminal may be the problem. If the unit obviously powers up, but no bottom information is
seen on the display, the transducer is most likely the problem.
If the Wide View unit operates well at idle or slow speeds, but loses the bottom or
displays erroneous readings at higher speeds, the transducer is losing intimate contact with the
water at high speed. If your transducer is transom mounted, adjusting the running angle and
depth of the transducer may solve the problem. Several test runs and transducer adjustments
may be necessary to optimize transducer performance.
USING THE WIDE VIEW
The Wide View is simple to use. Simply press the POWER button, and the unit will
automatically locate the bottom, adjust the depth range and sensitivity to an appropriate level,
and draw a picture of the terrain beneath your boat. If POWER is the only button you press, you
will benefit from the advanced automatic bottom tracking capability of the unit. However, if you
choose to experiment with the many features and controls the Wide View offers, you can
customize the presentation of information to suit your particular needs. The Wide View offers a
wide variety of settings and types of display, to satisfy any sonar need.
SIMULATOR OPERATION
The Wide View contains a simulator which allows you to use the unit as if you were on
the water. This simulator is invaluable for learning how to operate the many features of the Wide
View unit.
With the unit turned off, press and hold POWER until you hear a continuous chirp. This
initiates the simulator operation and "simulator" will be displayed at the top of the screen. Your
Wide View will simulate all functions as if it were actually on the water.
To exit the simulator, press POWER to turn the unit off. Pressing POWER again will
power-up the unit for normal operation.
When in simulator operation, the Wide View unit will respond to control inputs as if it were
in actual operation, so feel free to experiment with the many features
and functions to customize the Wide View unit for your particular application.
The Wide View remembers many user settings made while in actual operation, even if
power is disconnected. If setting adjustments are made while using the simulator they will not be
retained and the unit will default to the latest adjustments made during actual operation.
WHAT YOU SEE ON-SCREEN
The first thing you may notice about the Wide View unit is the high-resolution, wide
screen LCD display. The LCD display uses super-twist technology, for maximum viewability and
is ruggedized for tough shock and vibration endurance. The display is also backlit for nighttime
operation, and uses special components so it can operate at temperatures more extreme than
you are likely to encounter.
The Wide View allows you a number of ways to display sonar information. Some features
are used in conjunction with special accessories such as the Boat Speed and Water Temperature
gauge, or "Wide Side" side looking transducer.
Figure A shows the default screen layout. If you are using the temperature/speed
accessory, the screen layout will be slightly different, as shown in Figure B. With the optional
speed and temperature gauge connected a distance back number is displayed which represents
the linear distance of the sonar information being displayed. The faster your boat is traveling, the
greater the distance number.
If you are using the Wide Side accessory transducer, the screen layout will look like
Figure C.
Later, you will learn of another feature called "advanced operation". This feature uses yet
another screen layout as shown in Figure D which maximizes the display for the terrain and target
presentation.
The number of vertical pixels (picture elements or dots) in a given depth range
determines the display resolution, or ability to differentiate targets close to the bottom or other
targets. The Wide View is capable of distinguishing between targets only 6 inches apart, and
show fish within 6 inches of the bottom.
On all screens but the Wide Side view, the horizontal line at the top of the display is the
"Zero" line. This represents the surface of the water. The "Zero" line will always have a gap which
moves as the screen updates. This gap lets you know that the display is updating even if the
bottom terrain remains the same or is not visible on the selected depth range. The farthest right
column of information is the most recent information, and it shows what is directly under your
boat.
At power-up, the Wide View locates the bottom and adjusts the depth range to a setting
most appropriate for that depth. The bottom will be usually shown about 2/3 of the way down the
display. The Structure ID depiction of the bottom may appear differently in different situations. If
the bottom is very hard and smooth, the bottom depiction will be narrow and dense. If the bottom
is mud or soft sand, the bottom depiction will be thick and less dense. This indicates that much of
the sonar signal is absorbed by the soft bottom. If the bottom is rugged and varying, such as a
rocky bottom, the depiction will be textured and vary in density. Structure, such as submerged
trees or brush, or other objects are clearly displayed above the solid bottom return, in varying
densities of pixelization. This bottom depiction is useful in locating structure, by comparing
relative density as well as depth.
The transmitted sonar signal travels downward, and is reflected back toward the surface
by the bottom or other objects for display on
screen.
The signal does not stop there - it is reflected downward again by the surface of the
water, and a weak "second return" is usually visible if the depth range is sufficient to see it. A
second return is shown in the figure at the bottom right. Some users use this second return as an
indicator when setting the sensitivity bias.
If a target is detected between the surface and the bottom, it is displayed as a fish
symbol. Depending on the strength of the signal reflected from the object, one of three different
size symbols is used. These reflected signals are "normalized" for depth, so that a small fish does
not appear to be a large fish if it is close to the boat.
Since some species of fish tend to be better reflectors of sonar than others, the strength
of return is not always an accurate indicator of fish size, however, typically, the larger the fish, the
larger the signal return.
Additionally, since the Wide View uses a dual beam transducer, each of the two beams is
evaluated independently, and some directional indication is possible. If a target is seen in the
narrow beam, it is located directly under your boat, and is displayed as a solid fish symbol. If a
target is seen in the wide beam only, it can be assumed that the target is at the outside of the
sonar coverage area, not directly under the boat, and is displayed as a hollow fish symbol.
CONTROL FUNCTIONS
The Wide View unit uses only seven buttons to control all functions. The controls are
divided into two groups: POWER, STOP, and LIGHT are one group, and the Menu System
controls are the other group. When any button is pressed, an audible "chirp" will verify the control
input.
POWER, as previously discussed, powers the Wide View for
normal operation. Also, if the unit is powered off, press and hold POWER
until you hear a continuous "chirp" to enable simulator operation as
discussed in "Simulator Operation." Pressing POWER when the unit is in
normal or simulator operation will power the unit off.
STOP freezes the display to allow closer study. Pressing STOP
again will resume normal operation. Also, if a menu is on-screen, STOP
will retain the menu onscreen until STOP is pressed again. The digital
bottom depth will continue to update, as usual, even if the display is
stopped.
LIGHT enables a two-level display backlight and backlit keypad.
Pressing once will turn the light on low, pressing a second time will
increase the backlight to the high setting, and pressing a third time will
turn the backlight off.
The four remaining buttons work together to control the Menu
System - an array of menu controlled functions.
MENU brings a menu on-screen for adjustment, or if a menu is
already present, the next menu in sequence will appear. Menus will go
off-screen and normal operation will resume after a short period of time.
If you wish to keep the menu on-screen for an extended period of time,
press STOP.
UP arrow selects the next larger or next sequential adjustment within the menu. Holding
an Arrow button down will cause the unit to continue to make the adjustment, until a limit is
reached, and the limit alarm sounds.
DOWN arrow selects the next smaller adjustment within the menu.
ENTER is used to toggle other menu options on and off.
All menus use the same general layout as shown in the sample menu at the right. The
heading of the menu is at the top. The area in the center is controlled by the UP and DOWN
arrows, and the area under the horizontal line is controlled by the ENTER button. Not all menus
are affected by all controls, but the layout is the same regardless. Pressing MENU repeatedly will
sequentially display all available menus.
MENU FUNCTIONS
The following section explains each menu in detail, and how these adjustments can be
used to extract the maximum information from the sonar returns. With several exceptions, once a
setting has been changed, the Wide View will remember that setting until it is again changed,
even if power is disconnected.
Transducer
The Wide View uses a
special "dual element"
transducer that transmits a wide
and narrow beam
simultaneously. Using two
different beams allows the unit to
compare the returns from each
beam individually, and gain more
information about the terrain
below.
For instance, if a fish is
detected in the wide beam only,
the target may be some distance
from your boat, however, if a target is detected in the narrow beam, the fish is directly under your
boat. This directional information about the target is shown on-screen as hollow fish symbols for
wide beam returns, and solid fish symbols for narrow beam returns.
The options in the Transducer menu are "Dual", which uses both transducer elements for
transmitting and receiving the sonar signals, "Narrow" which selects the 16 degree narrow beam
element only, and "Wide" which uses only the 53 degree element. Different onwater situations
and personal preference may dictate the use of only one element, however the Wide View is
designed to gather maximum information when both narrow and wide elements are used
simultaneously (Dual). Pressing ENTER will display additional information about the selected
beam's width of bottom coverage. The width of bottom coverage number is displayed onscreen
and is continually updated depending on the water's depth.
If you are using the optional Wide Side transducer, and have selected side-looking
operation, the adjustments available in the Transducer menu will be "Left", "Right", and "Both".
More information about these options is discussed in "Wide Side Operation".
Sensitivity
As the Wide View receives returned
signals, the sensitivity of the receiver is adjusted
automatically based on a number of factors such
as the depth of the water, and the signal clarity. In
murky water, full of debris, the Wide View will
select a lower sensitivity setting. In clear
water, where there is little debris to defract the
sonar signal, the sensitivity is set higher.
The Sensitivity menu allows you to "bias"
this automatic setting up or down based on
personal preference.
You can select a bias of +5 to -5, for 11 different bias settings. A bias setting of "0" has
no effect on the automatic function. A +3 setting selects a sensitivity setting three steps higher
than the unit would normally select, so even the smallest returns are displayed onscreen.
A setting of -2 sets the sensitivity two steps below what the unit would normally select, so
only the largest targets or other returns are displayed.
Another use of the Sensitivity menu is to select the bottom representation. The Wide
View normally displays a variable Structure ID bottom, which can allow experienced users to
determine the texture or relative hardness of the bottom. For simplicity, you can select a black
bottom using the ENTER button. This blackens in the display below the bottom for easiest
recognition of the bottom location, even from a great distance.
Range
The Wide View adjusts the depth range automatically, so the bottom return is displayed
at the bottom 1/3 of the display. This leaves the top 2/3 to display anything between the surface
and the bottom. As your boat moves over deeper or shallower water, the unit adjusts the depth
range of the display to keep the bottom return in the same general area on the screen.
However, you may choose to control this range adjustment manually. By pressing
ENTER, you can select manual operation, meaning the unit will no longer adjust the depth range
automatically. The depth range selected is controlled by the UP and DOWN arrow buttons.
Ranges of 0-15', 30', 60', 120', 180', 240', 360', 480' & 600' can be selected. An onscreen icon
indicates whether the unit is in "AUTO" (automatic) or "MNL" (manual) range control.
If you alter the depth range, Manual operation is automatically selected. This feature is
valuable if you are only interested in targets near the surface. The Wide View will always display
the digital depth of the water, regardless of whether the bottom is shown on the selected depth
range.
Zoom
Another form of range control is Zoom.
Zoom allows selection of various ranges for full
screen viewing, while maintaining a view of the
full range. By using the display to view a smaller
area, the effective display resolution is
increased, and the units ability to separate
targets close together is enhanced.
The zoom range is determined by the
depth range in use when Zoom is enabled. In
shallow water, when the 15' or 30' depth range is
used, the zoom range will be 7-1/2'. If the 60' or
120' depth range is in use, the zoom range will
be 15', if a 180' - 480' depth range is used, the
zoom range will be 30', and if the 600' range is in use, the zoom range will be 60'.
To enable Zoom, adjust the horizontal lines to the depth of the zoom range using the UP
and DOWN arrow buttons, then enable Zoom using the ENTER button.
Once you are in zoom, refer to the preview area and adjust the depth of the zoom range
by using the UP and DOWN arrow buttons. The Zoom menu will not appear when an adjustment
is made unless MENU is pressed.
The digital depth readout will continue to track the bottom even when Zoom is enabled.
Bottom Lock is a function of zoom, except the depth adjustment is controlled
automatically to view the area immediately above the bottom. This is especially useful if you are
looking for structure or minor variations in terrain in areas of relatively flat bottom terrain. To
enable Bottom Lock, press ENTER until the "BL" is highlighted. The zoom range will be controlled
by the current depth range, as in Zoom, and will be indicated on the Zoom menu.
Bottom Alarm
The Wide View contains an audible
alarm to warn you of shallow water depths. This
alarm is adjustable from 2' to 99' of depth. To
enable the alarm, simply adjust the alarm depth
using the UP and DOWN arrow buttons, and
press ENTER. Whenever the depth of the water
beneath your boat is equal to or less than the
selected alarm depth, a continuous alarm will
sound.
To disable the alarm, either move to
deeper water, or select the Bottom Alarm menu,
and press ENTER to turn the alarm off.
Fish Alarm
The Fish Alarm alerts you to the presence of fish, or other targets not attached to the
bottom, in the water beneath your boat. The Fish Alarm has 3 different settings which correspond
to the 3 different size fish targets shown on-screen.
To enable Fish Alarm, use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust the size return you
want to be alerted to: large fish only, large and medium size fish, or all fish. Then press ENTER to
enable the alarm.
Remember that it is impossible for sonar to determine if a signal return is a fish or some
other type of object or suspended debris. Any object not connected to the bottom is normally a
fish and is portrayed as a fish symbol. The strength of the reflected sonar signal from a target is a
good indicator of the size of the target, and the fish symbol displayed represents the strength of
the signal reflected from it.
ID
ID is the automatic identification of target returns based on the strength of the returned
signal and other factors. Three options are available: ID "On" displays targets as one of three
different size fish symbols.
Assuming the dual beam transducer is selected, these fish symbols can be either hollow,
indicating that the target is detected in the wide beam only, or solid, indicating that the target is
detected in the narrow beam, and is located directly under the boat.
"ID+", the default setting, provides more information about the location of the target by
attaching depth "strings" showing the digital depth of the target. When there are numerous targets
on-screen, not every target depth is shown, to avoid excessive clutter on-screen.
ID "Off" disables the units interpretation of targets, and displays the "raw" sonar
information as it is received. Advanced users may prefer this type of presentation, so they can
make there own interpretation from the information displayed.
TripLog
Triplog provides a time/distance calculation, based on input from the optional speed
accessory. The timer is started when the unit is first powered, and distance information is
collected to provide elapsed distance since power-up, and the average speed. To enable the
Triplog display, press ENTER.
The Triplog can be reset at any time by pressing STOP. Press ENTER to return to the
normal screen.
Note: The optional Speed & Temperature accessory must be connected for Triplog to
work.
System Options
The System Options menu allows the adjustment of several additional features. These
adjustments are usually made initially, and rarely thereafter. To make these adjustments, first
enter the System Options full screen menu with the ENTER key. Then press MENU to choose the
category for adjustment, the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust the setting, and the ENTER
key to return to the normal screen when you have finished.
Scroll Rate controls the rate of update of
the display. There are five rate settings available.
The default setting is rate 4 - you may speed up
or slow down the update rate to match your
personal preference. To present the most
accurate representation of the terrain beneath
your boat, the scroll rate of the display should be
approximately synchronized to the speed of the
boat. If your boat is stationary or moving slowly,
select a slower scroll rate, and if you typically
operate the boat at high speeds, use a faster
scroll rate.
Contrast adjusts the display screen for easier viewing under given light conditions. There
are 9 contrast settings available.
Sonar Mode is used to select the Side-Looking mode of operation if the Wide Side
transducer is used. This setting changes the mode of operation of the Wide View to present
information gathered from either side of the boat, and should not be used with the normal
transducer. Refer to "Wide Side Operation" for more detailed information.
User Level is used to select Normal or Advanced operation. Advanced mode performs
several functions which will benefit the experienced user. Icons are not shown and numerical data
is smaller to allow more of the display to be used for the picture of the bottom. Several other
changes in operation occur which are designed to increase the speed of adjustments, and
maximize the graphic use of the display. Refer to "Advanced Operation" for more detailed
information.
Units-Speed allows a selection between displaying speed in MPH or KTS. MPH displays
your boat's speed in statute miles per hour and KTS displays your boat's speed in knots or
nautical miles per hour.
Boat speed and water temperature features require the use of the optional temp/speed
accessory, which must be purchased separately.
ADVANCED FEATURES
The Wide View contains the unique ability to be adaptable in operation to match the
experience level of the user. Users inexperienced in the operation of the Wide View should use
the factory "Normal" setting. As your experience increases, you will benefit from many of the
changes that occur when "Advanced" operating mode is selected. The selection is made in the
System Menu and affects the following:
The base screen layout is modified to
make the maximum number of vertical pixels
available for the active depth range. To
accomplish this, symbols such as Sensitivity
setting, and Fish Alarm indicators, are removed.
The number of vertical pixels used in the range
determine the units ability to separate targets
which are close together, or close to the bottom.
When the number of pixels in a given range is
increased, the distance represented by each pixel
is decreased.
When a menu adjustment is made, the
menu goes offscreen in approximately half the
normal time. Menus are abbreviated and after an
adjustment is made only a small indicator remains at the top of the screen so that you can make
quick adjustments. This lets the experienced user make adjustments, then quickly return to fullscreen viewing.
These changes are designed to make the maximum use of the available screen
resolution, and speed up operations that restrict the view of the bottom.
Wide Side Operation
Wide Side is an accessory transducer that gives your Wide View the capability of
collecting sonar information from either side of your boat. Side-looking sonar is extremely
valuable for bank fishing, or looking for bait fish in open water.
The Wide Side transducer contains 3
different elements which transmit signals to the left,
right, and straight down from your boat. The
downward beam is 200 kHz with a 24 degree area of
coverage. This beam maintains a continuous digital
depth readout from the bottom directly beneath your
boat. The side beams are 455 kHz with a 16 degree
area of coverage. These side-looking elements can
be used independently, or together to locate targets
near the surface of the water on either side of your
boat.
The Wide Side transducer is available as a
trolling motor mount, a transom mount, or a portable
mount.
Wide Side can be connected directly to your Wide View unit in place of the dual beam
transducer, or used in conjunction with a transducer switch so both transducers can be connected
to the Wide View. See Installing the Wide View for additional information.
Also, several kits are available that include a Wide Side transducer with a switch or an additional
mounting system. (See Section One, Available Accessories)
When the Wide Side transducer is connected directly to your unit, or selected using a
transducer switch, the unit setup must be changed to correspond with the type of transducer
being used. This adjustment is made through the "System Options" menu. Use the MENU button
to select the "System Options" menu and press ENTER. Press MENU until the "sonar mode"
option is highlighted. Press UP or DOWN until "side" is displayed. Press ENTER when the
selection is correct.
Your Wide View is now configured for Wide Side operation.
When you exit the "System Options"
menu, the view you will see on-screen is shown
(bottom, left).
Viewing both left and right sides
simultaneously gives you an excellent tool when
searching for bait fish or following a creek bed,
however greater display resolution can be
achieved by viewing only one side.
Experiment with the Wide Side transducer
while operating it in a familiar area and learn how
to make maximum use of the information
displayed. Remember, if you are using a trolling
motor mount, the information displayed is controlled by the direction the trolling motor is pointing,
not necessarily the direction the boat is travelling.
The information collected is controlled through
the "Transducer" menu. The UP and DOWN
arrow keys select "left", "right" or "both". Pressing
ENTER will select the "down" mode and a
traditional down view will be displayed. When
"down" mode is selected, the single 24 degree
down-looking element of the Wide Side
transducer is used to collect this information.
Unlike the dual beam transducer, the Wide Side
transducer does not have "wide", "narrow" or
"dual" beam options.
The "Range" menu in Wide Side must be used to
control the range manually, as the bottom is not
always visible on-screen. Ranges of 15, 30, 60,
and 120 feet are available.
"Zoom" has no function in Wide Side mode and the menu will not be present.
The "ID" menu is not present in Wide Side mode. Fish are displayed as three different
size fish symbols, there are no hollow fish symbols to give directional information.
Most other menu functions work the same in Wide Side mode as with the standard dual
beam transducer. "Bottom Alarm", "Fish Alarm", and "Sensitivity" have the same effect.
"Triplog" is available, if the optional speed and temperature accessory is connected.
To return to the normal "down" operation using the standard dual beam transducer, you
must reconnect the dual beam transducer (by replacing the Wide Side connector) or use the
switch to select the dual beam transducer. Next, configure the unit by selecting the "down" mode
under the "System Options" menu.
Note: The "sonar mode" must always be configured to match the type of transducer being
used.
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