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Garmin DC™ 50 Dog Tracking Collar Quick Start Manual
Astro 320 with DC 50
Quick Start Manual
June 2013
Printed in Taiwan
See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the
product box for product warnings and other important
Setting Up the Astro System
Before you can use all the features of the DC 50 device, you
should update your Astro to the latest software version.‍ See the
Astro 320 with DC 50 Owner's Manual.‍
You must set up the Astro handheld device and the DC 50 dog
collar device before you can use the devices.‍
1 Install batteries in the handheld device (page 3).‍
2 Charge the dog collar device (page 3).‍
3 Turn on the devices (page 3).‍
4 If necessary, add the dog collar device to the handheld
device (page 3).‍
5 Acquire satellite signals (page 3).‍
Select to zoom in on the map.‍
Select to zoom out on the map.‍ž
Select to view the map.‍
Select to open the menu for the active page.‍
Select twice to open the main menu.‍
Select to select options and acknowledge messages.‍
Select to cancel data entry or return to the previous menu
or page.‍
Select to mark your current location.‍
Select to view the dog tracking page.‍
Device Overviews
Astro 320 Handheld Device
Avoid using a high-powered radio (greater than 5 watts) in close
proximity to the handheld device.‍ It may cause irreversible
damage to the handheld device.‍
Select to view or scroll through options and to move the
map pointer.‍
Locking the Keypad
1 Select .‍
2 Select OUT.‍
DC 50 Dog Collar Device
GPS antenna
VHF antenna
Power key
USB port (under weather cap)
microSD™ card slot (under battery door)
Mounting spine
Battery cover D-ring
VHF antenna
GPS antenna
Power key
Getting More Information
You can find more information about this product on the
Garmin® website.‍
• Go to‍astro.‍
• Go to‍outdoor.‍
• Go to http:​/‍​/‍buy​.garmin​.com, or contact your Garmin dealer
for more information about optional accessories and
replacement parts.‍
Getting the Owner's Manual
You can get the latest owner's manual from the web.‍
1 Go to‍support.‍
2 Select Manuals.‍
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to select your product.‍
Registering Your Device
Help us better support you by completing our online registration
• Go to http:​/‍​/‍my​.garmin​.com.‍
• Keep the original sales receipt, or a photocopy, in a safe
Installing Batteries
The handheld device operates on two AA batteries (not
included).‍ Use NiMH or lithium batteries for best results.‍
1 Turn the D-ring counter-clockwise, and pull up to remove the
2 Insert two AA batteries, observing polarity.‍
Replace the battery cover, and turn the D-ring clockwise.‍
Hold .‍
Select Setup > System > Battery Type.‍
Select Alkaline, Lithium, or Rechargeable NiMH.‍
Charging the Dog Collar Device
To prevent corrosion, thoroughly dry the contacts on the collar
and the surrounding area before connecting the charging clip.‍
You should fully charge the battery before you use the device
for the first time.‍ Charging a fully depleted battery takes about
five hours.‍ The device will not charge when outside the
temperature range of 32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C).‍
1 Snap the charging clip À onto the device Á.‍
Acquiring Satellite Signals
Both the collar and handheld device must acquire satellite
signals before you put the collar on your dog.‍ Acquiring
satellites can take a few minutes.‍
1 Go outdoors to an open area.‍
2 Turn on both devices (page 3).‍
3 Select the power key on the handheld device.‍
shows the GPS signal strength.‍
When the collar has acquired satellite signals, the status LED
flashes a double-blink or triple-blink in green.‍
Adding a Dog
The handheld device can track up to 10 dogs with dog collar
devices.‍ If you purchase additional dog collar devices, you can
link them to the handheld device.‍ To link, the handheld device
must be close enough to the dog collar device to touch it, or you
must know the dog collar device ID number.‍
1 Select DOG.‍
2 Select Add Dog.‍
3 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
By default, the new dog is named “Dog” and an ID number is
randomly assigned.‍
An error message could appear if there is a conflict with the
ID number of another dog.‍
Status Information
Satellite signal and battery status information is provided on the
main menu and when you select .‍
Indicates the satellite signal strength.‍
Indicates the remaining battery power.‍
Blinks when the device detects a signal (for example, a dog
collar device) on the channel it is receiving.‍
Adjusting the Backlight Brightness
NOTE: The backlight brightness may be limited when the
battery strength is low.‍
Extensive use of screen backlighting can significantly reduce
battery life.‍
1 Select .‍
2 Select to cycle through the brightness levels.‍
3 Select ENTER.‍
Marking Your Vehicle Location
You can mark the location of your vehicle so you can navigate
back to your vehicle after a hunt.‍
1 From the main menu, select Start New Hunt.‍
2 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
Dog Tracking
2 Plug the power cable into a power source.‍
The status LED is solid red when the collar is charging.‍
3 After the status LED turns solid green, remove the charging
clip from the collar.‍
Turning On the Devices
• On the handheld device, hold the power key until the
LCD display turns on.‍
• On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status
LED flashes and the collar beeps.‍
The handheld device allows you to track your dog, up to 9 miles
(14.‍48 km) away, using the dog tracking compass or map.‍ The
map displays your location and your dog's location and tracks.‍
On the dog-tracking compass, the pointer indicates the direction
of the dog's current location.‍
NOTE: Both the collar and the handheld device must acquire
satellites before you can track the dog on the handheld device.‍
Fitting the Collar on Your Dog
Before you put the collar on the dog, you must pair the
handheld device and collar (page 3), and acquire satellite
signals (page 3).‍
1 Position the collar with the VHF whip antenna pointing up,
the GPS antenna facing up, and the LEDs facing forward.‍
2 Place the collar around the middle of the dog's neck.‍
3 Tighten the strap so it is snug around the dog's neck.‍
NOTE: The collar should fit tightly and should not be able to
rotate or slide on the dog's neck.‍ The dog must be able to
swallow food and water normally.‍ You should observe your
dog's behavior to verify that the collar is not too tight.‍
• Turn on the dog collar device and allow it to acquire satellites
before you put the dog collar device on your dog.‍
This allows the dog collar device to acquire satellite signals
much faster.‍
• Bring extra AA batteries for your handheld device.‍
• Use a fully charged dog collar device.‍
A fully charged dog collar device operates for approximately
21 hours when using five‑second interval reporting.‍
• Use line-of-sight radio communication (page 4).‍
• From the dog tracking page, select MENU > Small Numbers
to reduce the text size.‍
This allows you to view more dogs at one time on the dog
tracking page.‍
Device Information
4 If the strap is too long, cut off the excess, leaving at least
3 inches (7.‍62 cm) to spare.‍
Communication with the Collar
The handheld device and dog collar device use radio signals to
communicate.‍ Objects in the path of radio signals degrade the
quality of the signals.‍ Keeping an unobstructed line of sight
between your handheld device and your dog’s dog collar device
produces the best communication signal.‍ Obstructed radio
waves result in a poor signal.‍ To achieve the best line-of-sight
conditions, you should move to the highest elevation point in
your area (for example, on the top of a hill).‍
VHF Radio Information
This product may be used only on specific radio frequencies,
which vary depending on the country of use.‍ See the product
packaging or go to‍astro​-legal for details
regarding the radio frequency of this product.‍
Replacing the VHF Antenna in the Dog Collar Device
Do not excessively bend the band that connects the main
device case with the GPS antenna.‍
When the cover is removed, do not disturb the sealant opposite
the VHF antenna, because this can damage the waterproof seal
of the dog collar device.‍
Before you replace the VHF antenna, you must remove all dirt,
water, and debris from the device.‍ Also, you need a small
Phillips screwdriver.‍
1 Remove the 4 screws À from the cover over the VHF
NOTE: You should note the location of the one short screw
Calibrating the Compass
NOTE: You must calibrate the electronic compass outdoors.‍ Do
not stand near objects that influence magnetic fields, such as
cars, buildings, or overhead power lines.‍
The device has a 3-axis electronic compass.‍ You should
calibrate the compass after moving long distances, experiencing
temperature changes, or changing the batteries.‍
1 Select DOG > MENU.‍
2 Select Calibrate Compass > Start.‍
3 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
Garmin BaseCamp™ BaseStation
To get the most from your Garmin device, you can download
BaseCamp software.‍ Go to‍basecamp.‍ You
can view and organize your maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks
and send them to your device.‍ You can also use the
BaseStation feature to view the location of your dogs on your
computer in real time.‍
2 Pry off the cover.‍
3 Remove the screw  securing the VHF antenna to the back
4 Pull the length of the antenna from the antenna guide to
remove the old antenna.‍
5 Loop the antenna guide around the collar strap, and thread
the new VHF antenna through the guide.‍
This helps to point the antenna up.‍
6 Replace the screw securing the VHF antenna to the back
7 Replace the cover over the VHF antenna.‍
8 Replace the 4 screws on the cover, replacing the short screw
in the correct location.‍
Optional Accessories
Optional accessories, such as mounts, maps, fitness
accessories, and replacement parts, are available at
http:​/‍​/‍buy​.garmin​.com or from your Garmin dealer.‍
My handheld device is not responding
If your handheld device stops responding, you can reset the
NOTE: This does not erase any of your data or settings.‍
1 Remove the batteries.‍
2 Reinstall the batteries (page 3).‍
My dog collar devices have conflicting IDs
Each dog you track has its own ID number.‍ If two dogs within
range of the handheld device have the same ID, the handheld
device warns you of a conflicting ID signal.‍ Follow the on-screen
instructions to resolve the conflict.‍
When possible, you should allow the handheld device to
automatically assign IDs.‍ If necessary, you can manually assign
a new ID number to a dog.‍
Contacting Garmin Product Support
• Go to‍support and click Contact Support
for in-country support information.‍
• In the USA, call (913) 397.‍8200 or (800) 800.‍1020.‍
• In the UK, call 0808 2380000.‍
• In Europe, call +44 (0) 870.‍8501241.‍
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