Raymarine DS400X Owner's Handbook Manual

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DS400X & DS500X Digital Fishfinders Owner’s Handbook Document number: 81234-2 Date: April 2004 ...

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DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders iii Preface This handbook describes the Raymarine DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders. Conventions Used Throughout this handbook, the labelled keys are shown in bold capitals; for example, MENU. The software ...

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iv DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Important Information This handbook contains important information on the installation and operation of your new equipment. In order to obtain the best results in operation and performance, please read this ...

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DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders v • Raymarine specified cables are used. Cutting and rejoining these cables can compromise EMC performance and must be avoided unless doing so is detailed in the installation manual. • If a suppression ferr...

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vi DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Raymarine Products and Services Raymarine products are supported by a network of Authorized Service Representatives. Raymarine’s Technical Services representatives or your local dealer will be available to...

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vii Contents Preface ................................................................................................................... iii Conventions Used ...................................................................................iii Te...

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viii DS400 and DS500 Digital Fishfinders Chapter 4: Main Menu .......................................................................................25 4.1 Introduction ...................................................................................

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ix Deep Range ........................................................................... 57 Temp. Alarm ......................................................................... 57 Temp. Rng. High ....................................................

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x DS400 and DS500 Digital Fishfinders Worldwide Support ..................................................................... 68 Appendix A: Specifications ................................................................................69 Index .......

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Chapter 1: Overview 1 Chapter 1: Overview 1.1 Introduction This handbook describes the DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders. The DS400/500X feature state-of-the-art High Definition Fish Imaging (HDFI) technology. Constantly adjusting transmitter a...

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2 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders The DS400/500X employs a very high transmission repetition or “ping” rate which, along with the digital adaptive high sample rate receiver, ensures that fish and bottom structure are presented in superb d...

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Chapter 1: Overview 3 General The DS400/500X system, illustrated below, is comprised of the digital fishfinder, transducer and associated cables. The DS400/500X is waterproof to IPX7 and can be installed either above or below deck. The unit inclu...

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Chapter 2: Installation 5 Chapter 2: Installation 2.1 Introduction This chapter provides installation instructions for your DS400/500X. Note: If you wish to practice using the unit before installation, connect the power cable and use the simulator ...

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6 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders The following accessories are available for your A Series Fishfinder: Transducers are supplied with some models and optional with others. The following transducer options are available: ...

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Chapter 2: Installation 7 • Cable runs: The unit must be located near a DC power source. The power cable supplied is 5 ft (1.5 m), but a longer cable can be used if desired. Refer to Section 2.4. The maximum length of cable between the fishfinder...

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8 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Cutting the transducer cable will severely reduce sonar performance: • Do not cut the transducer cable or remove the connector. • Do not shorten or splice the cable. If the transducer cable is cut, it must ...

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Chapter 2: Installation 9 Figure 2-2: DS500X Unit Dimensions 3.46 in (88 mm) 5.88 in (149.4 mm) 2.66 in (67.6 mm) 3.08 in (78.3 mm) 2.99 in (76 mm) 2.83 (72 m 6.37 in (161.8 mm) 3.81 in (96.7 mm) 5.9 in (150 mm) 6.22 in (158 mm) D644...

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10 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders 2.5 Mounting the Fishfinder The DS400/500X can be mounted on a dash, chart table, bulkhead or deckhead using the supplied hardware. The unit can also be flush mounted directly into the console. Bracket Mount...

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Chapter 2: Installation 11 5. Remove the mounting bracket knobs, bracket and mounting frame from the unit. Make sure that the unit fits in the cut-out area. 6. Drill four 3/16" (5 mm) holes as indicated on the template. 7. Hand tighten the stu...

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12 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders 2.6 System Connections The rear of the fishfinder provides the following connection sockets: • Power/NMEA • Transducer Figure 2-4: DS400/500X Connector Panel DC Power and NMEA Connection The D...

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Chapter 2: Installation 13 The red wire connects to the feed from the positive (+) battery terminal and the black wire connects to the feed from the negative (–) battery terminal. The shield wire (drain) connects to the boat’s RF g...

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14 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Transducer Connection A 25ft (8m) cable is supplied with the transducer. The transducer cable connector has a nut that has been removed to aid installation. To enable you to complete the installation without...

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Chapter 3: Getting Started 15 Chapter 3: Getting Started 3.1 Introduction This chapter provides basic instructions to get you started using the DS400/ 500X Digital Fishfinder. It describes Simulator mode and can help you to become familiar with the ...

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16 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 3-1: Demo/Simulator Mode Setup 3.4 LCD Display When you first switch on the fishfinder, the scrolling bottom graph, or Fishfinder Page, is displayed. This is a graphical representation of...

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Chapter 3: Getting Started 17 Figure 3-2: Typical Fishfinder Display Screen 3.5 Interpreting the Sounder Image The DS400/500X uses sound waves to find fish and show bottom structure. The transducer sends sound waves into the water; thes...

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18 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Target Indications When the sounder detects a target echo such as a fish, it displays a representative image on the LCD. The shape and size of this image is influenced by a combination of factors: Boat speed...

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Chapter 3: Getting Started 19 3.6 Keypad Operation The DS400X and DS500X have six control keys. Figure 3-3: Keypad Functions ENTER Pressing this key when a Menu box is displayed selects the menu item currently highlighted. When no Menu ...

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20 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders MENU Press this key to enter Main Menu setup mode. QUIT Press this key to back up one menu level. If already at the first menu level, this exits Menu mode. PAGE Press this key to display a data page containin...

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Chapter 3: Getting Started 21 If the sounder is in split frequency display mode, the VRM is shown in only one window at a time. Figure 3-4: Using VRM 3.8 Selecting the Display Page The DS400X and DS500X Fishfinders provide ...

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22 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders ➤ To change Display Pages: Press the PAGE key. Each key press advances the Page screen. Figure 3-5: Display Pages PAG E Press to display Nav Data Press to return to ...

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Chapter 3: Getting Started 23 3.9 Menu Operation DS400/500X Fishfinder Page functions can be accessed using the controls that are displayed when you press the MENU key. The Main Menu is displayed. These function control: • General Fishfinder Oper...

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24 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders . Scroll Speed MENU Range Frequency A-Scope GAIN MODE GAIN COLOR GAIN TVG Sounder Int Rej. Second Echo Rej. Power Max. Ping Rate Brightness Target Depth ID Depth Digit Size Transparent Menu PALETTE...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 25 Chapter 4: Main Menu 4.1 Introduction This chapter provides basic menu functions for using the DS400/500X Digital Fishfinder. More detailed information on using the Display controls and sounder setup is provided in Chapter ...

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26 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders 3. Press the trackpad > key or ENTER to browse the sub-menus. 4. To edit the highlighted menu item, press the trackpad < or > keys to scroll through the available options. O...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 27 5. For some numerical settings you will press the ENTER key to select and then use the trackpad to increment or decrement the value. For example, to change a manual setting: i. Use the trackpad to browse to MANUA...

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28 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders 7. If enabled in the SOUNDER SET UP... menu, the Key Help function displays tips on which keys to press to make your menu selections. Key Help appears at the bottom of the screen, adjacent to the depth readi...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 29 4.2 Fishfinder Operation Controls The fishfinder operation menu items are outlined in Table 4-1 . Table 4-1: Fishfinder Menu Items Menu Sub-Menu Options Default Scroll Speed — ON, PAUSED ON Range — AUTOMATIC,...

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30 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Scroll Speed This menu item enables you to start and stop the bottom graph display from moving across the screen. • ON starts the bottom graph display. • PAUSED stops the bottom graph display. Note: The...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 31 The range mode must be set to MANUAL before the range will change. Press UP, DOWN, or MENU. Pressing on the Trackpad or pressing the MENU key opens the Range field in the MAIN MENU so you can make the change if desired. If...

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32 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Frequency The DS400/500X uses dual frequency sonar—50 kHz and 200 kHz—and can be used in either auto or manual modes. The DS400/500X can automatically select the appropriate frequency, based on the curre...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 33 A-Scope Use the A-Scope screen to show raw sonar data directly from the transducer beam. This gives you a “real time” image of fish and bottom structure directly below the transducer. This function is very useful in show...

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34 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders GAIN MODE... The sounder provides GAIN controls to reduce background noise and determine how different strength echoes are shown. Automatic adjustment of each of these parameters is available or you can manu...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 35 GAIN The gain, or sensitivity, of the display adjusts background noise by varying echo strength for display. The value of the gain control determines the strength above which echoes are displayed. If the gain is low only the...

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36 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Your choices are: • AUTOMATIC: Displays colors based on current conditions (with as many colors as possible) while minimizing noise and clutter. As conditions change the auto-color gain adjusts. • MANUA...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 37 Second Echo Rejection A so-called “second echo” can caused by the sonar signal returning from the bottom, reflecting off the water’s surface, bouncing off the bottom again and returning. This option helps eliminate ide...

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38 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders • View • Zoom magnification • Zoom Mode View The View sub-menu determines how the zoomed area appears on the screen. • OFF means the display is not zoomed. • SPLIT means the display is split vertica...

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Chapter 4: Main Menu 39 Zoom x2, x3, x4 Magnification This parameter sets the level of display magnification. The greater the zoom, the smaller the area you are viewing, so the smaller the Zoom Range Bar. Select from: • x2 • x3 • x4 Mode • ...

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40 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders ...

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Chapter 5: Display Set Up 41 Chapter 5: Display Set Up 5.1 Introduction This chapter will help you to become familiar with the functions of the display’s controls. A general discussion of the fishfinder’s menu items was provided in Chapter 4. I...

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42 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 5-1: Accessing Display Set Up Menu Items D6630-1 MENU ENTER OR Range Frequency AUTOMATIC AUTOMATIC Scroll Speed ON A-Scope OFF GAIN MODE... ZOOM... AUTO FISHING DISPLAY SET UP... SOUNDER SE...

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Chapter 5: Display Set Up 43 The Display Set Up menu items are listed in Table 5-1 and then described following that. Table 5-1: DISPLAY SET UP... Menu Menu Sub Menu Options Default Brightness — 10–100% in 10% increments 100% (No...

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44 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Brightness Use the trackpad < and > keys to select the brightness value from a low of 10% to a high of 100%. Each trackpad key press changes the value in 10% increments. The default is 100%. Note: Thi...

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Chapter 5: Display Set Up 45 Figure 5-2: FISH & DEPTH Target Depth IDs Depth Digit Size This setting controls the size of the digital depth readout at the lower left of the screen. Choose from the following: • LARGE (default) • ...

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46 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 5-3: Transparent Menu PALETTE... The DS400/500X offers you six different display color combinations. You can select the color set, for a bold or soft color palette. The brightness of the ...

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Chapter 5: Display Set Up 47 Background Color When the CLASSIC palette is selected, you can also choose the background color used. Three colors are available for the sonar display background – black, white and blue. You will probably find that yo...

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48 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Note: When analog gauges are selected, the Navigation Items cannot be dis- played on the Fishfinder page. You must switch to the Nav Data page using the PAGE key to view that information. Figure...

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Chapter 5: Display Set Up 49 • RNG/BRG Range and bearing of waypoint Display ON or OFF • COG Course Over Ground Display ON or OFF • TTG Time to Go before reaching waypoint, at current course and speed Display ON or OFF • Bearing Mode The mod...

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50 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 5-5: Displaying Navigation Data 40 20 60 60 D6903-1 ...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 51 Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 6.1 Introduction Once you have installed your DS400X or DS500X and are familiar with its basic operation, you need to set it up so that it displays information according to your preferences. Th...

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52 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 6-1: Accessing Sounder Set Up Menu Items MENU ENTER OR Range Frequency AUTOMATIC AUTOMATIC Scroll Speed ON A-Scope OFF GAIN MODE... ZOOM... AUTO FISHING DISPLAY SET UP... SOUNDER SET UP... ...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 53 The following table lists the setup menus and their options and shows the factory default setting. Each parameter is described in the following subsections. Table 6-1: SOUNDER SET UP... Menu Items Menu Su...

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54 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Speed Units KNOTS, MILES PER HOUR, KM PER HOUR KNOTS Distance Units NAUTICAL MILES, STATUTE MILES, KILO METERS 1 , KILO YARDS NAUTICAL MILES Bearing Mode TRUE, MAGNETIC TRUE Date Format MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY MM/D...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 55 1 METERS settings only available in CE models ALARMS... This menu group is used to set up alarms that are available to alert you of certain conditions. Each alarm can be toggled ON and OFF and you set the threshold at w...

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56 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 6-2: FISH & DEPTH Target Depth IDs Fish Alarm If this alarm is ON, the unit sounds a beeper whenever it finds a fish. The default setting is OFF. Shallow Alarm If this alarm is ON and ...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 57 Deep Alarm If this alarm is ON and the depth below the boat is greater than the value set using the Deep Range setting, the beeper sounds and moving arrow indicators point to the digital depth display. You cannot set th...

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58 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Figure 6-4: Temperature Alarm with Standard & Analog Gauges Temp. Rng. High Use the < and > trackpad keys to decrement/increment the highest temperature at which the Temp Alarm will sou...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 59 6. When the alarm clock sounds, it is accompanied by a message box labeled ALARM CLOCK displaying the time. The default setting is OFF. Figure 6-5: Alarm Clock UNITS... You can set the units for each system ...

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60 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Bearing Mode • TRUE (default) • MAGNETIC Date Format • MM/DD/YY (default) • DD/MM/YY Time Format • 12 HOUR (default) • 24 HOUR NMEA-OUT SET UP... This option lets you disable the transmission of...

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Chapter 6: Sounder Set Up 61 Language Select the language in which you wish information to be displayed. The selected language will be used for all screen text. Select from the following: Key Beep When set ON, the keys sound a tone when...

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62 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Depth Offset The depth offset is added to the measured depth value before it is displayed. You can specify the depth as a positive value (waterline offset) or a negative value (keel offset). The depth offset...

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Chapter 7: Maintenance and Problem Solving 63 Chapter 7: Maintenance and Problem Solving This chapter provides information on routine maintenance and on possible causes of problems you may experience with your DS400/500X. 7.1 Maintenance CAUTION: ...

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64 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders Use only a water-based antifouling paint, or a water-based paint specifically designed for transducers. Apply the paint with a brush. If your transducer becomes fouled or stops working because of sand or sea ...

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Chapter 7: Maintenance and Problem Solving 65 7.2 Problem Solving All Raymarine products are, prior to packing and shipping, subjected to comprehensive test and quality assurance programs. However, if this unit should develop a fault, please refer ...

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66 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders 7.3 How to Contact Raymarine On the Internet Visit the Raymarine World Wide Web site for the latest information on Raymarine electronic equipment and systems at: www.raymarine.com Customer Support Navigate to...

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Chapter 7: Maintenance and Problem Solving 67 However, if you are in need of an item not available from the retailer, please contact Raymarine Technical Services at: 800-539-5539 ext. 2333, or 603-881-5200. Technical Service is available Monday thr...

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68 DS400X and DS500X Digital Fishfinders The Product Repair Center is open Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All products returned to the Repair Center are registered upon receipt. Should you wish to inquire about the repai...

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Appendix A: Specifications 69 Appendix A: Specifications General CE Conforms to 89/336/EEC (EMC) Size DS400X DS500X H x W x D, excluding mounting bracket 4.45 x 5.12 x 2.7 in (113 x 130 x 68.6 mm) 5.90 x 6.37 x 3.08 in (150 x 162 x 78.3 mm) Weight...

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70 DS400X and DS500X Fishfinders NMEA Data Connector Received Transmitted POWER/NMEA BWC, BWR, GLL, ZDA, RMB, VTG, HDG, HDT BWC, BWR, DBT, DPT, GLL, MTW, VHW, VLW, VTG, ZDA ...

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71 Index A Accessories 6 Obtaining 66 Alarm Clock 49, 58 Alarms 55 Alarm Clock 58 Deep Alarm 57 Deep Range 57 Fish Alarm 56 Shallow Alarm 56 Shallow Range 56 Target Depth ID 55 Temp Alarm 57 Temp Range 58 Analog Gauges 47, 48 A-Scope ...

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72 DS400 and DS500 Digital Fishfinders E Echoes 16 Strength 17 ENTER key 19 F Features 2 Fish Alarm 56 Fishfinder Basic System 2 Typical Display Screen 17 Fishfinder Page 16, 20, 21 Frequency 32 Fuse 13 G Gain 35 Color Gain 35 Gain Mode 34 I...

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73 Date 49 Date Format 49 LAT/LONG 48 RNG/BRG 49 SOG 48 Time 49 Time Format 49 Time Offset 49 TTG 49 Waypoint 48 Navigation Data 48 NMEA-out Set Up 60 P Page 20, 21 Fishfinder 16 Palette 46 Background Color 47 Parts 5 Power 37 Cable...

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74 DS400 and DS500 Digital Fishfinders Speed 47 Speed Calibrate 62 Speed Units 59 Supplied Parts 5 System Connections 12 T Target Depth ID 44, 55 Target Indications 18 Technical Support 67 Temp Alarm 57 Temp Calibrate 62 Temp Graph Page 20, 2...

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DS400X Flush Mount Template TOP 90 mm Cut out with 3-5/8" hole saw Remove shaded areas only 2.99" (76 mm) 2.83" (72 mm) D6649-2 ...

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DS400 Mounting Template ...

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DS500X Flush Mount Template TOP 90mm Cut out with 3-5/8"hole saw Remove shaded areas only 2.83" (72mm) 2.99" (76 mm) D6650-2 ...

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DS500 Mounting Template ...

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Warranty Certificate In order to ensure that the equipment continues to operate efficiently and reliably, we recom- mend that before using the product, the customer carefully read the Owner’s Handbook and fol- low the advice on the safe and correct...

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Document number: 84161-1 September 2003 Consumable items, including, but not limited to: fuses, batteries, drive belts, radar mixer diodes, snap-in impeller carriers, impellers, impeller bearings, and impeller shaft are specifi- cally excluded from ...

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Factory Service Centers United States of America UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East Raymarine Inc 22 Cotton Road, Unit D Nashua, NH 03063-4219, USA Raymarine Ltd Anchorage Park, Portsmouth PO3 5TD, England Telephone: +1 603 881 5200 Fax: ...

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Warranty ...