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Garmin GPSMAP 62s Owner's Manual

Garmin gps navigation system user manual.

62 series
owner's manual
For use with the GPSMAP 62,
62s and, 62st

Summary of Contents

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    GPSMAP 62 series ® owner’s manual For use with the GPSMAP 62, 62s and, 62st...

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    Visit the Garmin Web site ( for current updates and supplemental information concerning the use and operation of this and other Garmin products. Garmin (Europe) Ltd. Liberty House,...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Getting Started ... Manual Conventions ... Device Overview... Battery Information ... Installing the Batteries ... Turning the Device On or Off ... Acquiring Satellite Signals ... Buttons ... Navigating with Waypoints and Routes ... Waypoints ... Routes ... Additional Maps ...

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    Fitness ... Profiles... Appendix ... Registering Your Device ... Updating the Software ... Viewing Important Device Information ... Contacting Garmin Product Support ... Using the Backlight ... Specifications ... Maximizing Battery Life ... About the Batteries ... Buying Optional Accessories ...

  • Page 5: Getting Started, Manual Conventions

    Getting Started WARNING ‹ See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for product warnings and other important information When using your device the first time, you should complete the following tasks to set up the device and get to know the basic features.

  • Page 6: Device Overview, Battery Information

    (under weather cap). Available only on the GPSMAP 62s and the GPSMAP 62st. microSD batteries). Available only on the GPSMAP 62s and the GPSMAP 62st. Battery compartment Battery Information The device operates on two AA batteries. Use alkaline, NiMH, or lithium batteries.

  • Page 7: Installing The Batteries, Turning The Device On Or Off, Acquiring Satellite Signals

    NiMH or lithium batteries for best results (page 37). Installing the Batteries 1. Remove the battery cover by turning the D-ring 1/4 turn counter- clockwise and pulling up. 2. Insert the batteries, observing polarity. 3. Replace the battery cover. For best results, after you install new batteries, update the battery type in the system settings (page...

  • Page 8: Buttons

    strength. When the bars are green, the device has acquired satellite signals. Buttons FIND Press FIND to open the search menu. MARK Press MARK to save your current location as a waypoint. QUIT Press QUIT to cancel or return to the previous menu or page.

  • Page 9: And Routes, Waypoints

    Navigating with Waypoints and Routes Waypoints Waypoints are locations you record and store in the device. Creating Waypoints 1. From any page, press MARK. 2. Select Done. Navigating to a Waypoint Using the Search Menu You can use the search menu to quickly find waypoints, tracks, routes, and coordinates that you have saved.

  • Page 10: Routes

    Routes A route is a sequence of waypoints that leads you to your final destination. Your device can store up to 50 routes with up to 250 points each. Creating a Route 1. From the main menu, select Route Planner > Create Route > Select First Point.

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    • Insert—adds an additional point on the route. The additional point is inserted before the point you are editing. • Remove—removes the point from the route. Viewing a Route on the Map 1. From the main menu, select Route Planner. 2.

  • Page 12: Additional Maps

    Additional Maps To purchase preloaded detailed map data cards, go to or contact your Garmin dealer. Finding an Address with City Navigator ® You can use optional City Navigator maps to search for addresses, cities, and other locations. The detailed maps...

  • Page 13: Tracks, About Tracks

    Tracks About Tracks Your Garmin device records a track log while you are moving. You can save these tracks and navigate to them later. You can view archived or loaded tracks by selecting Track Manager from the main menu. Managing Track Log Recording 1.

  • Page 14: Navigating A Saved Track

    Viewing the Current Track The track being recorded is called the current track. 1. From the main menu, select Track Manager > Current Track. 2. Select an option: • View Map—shows the current track on the map. • Elevation Plot—shows the elevation plot (page current track.

  • Page 15: Using The Main, Customizing The Data Fields, Settings

    Using the Main Pages The information needed to operate this device is found on the following pages: map, compass, main menu, and trip computer. Customizing the Data Fields You can customize the data fields that appear on the main pages. For data field descriptions, see page 1.

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    Measuring Distance You can move the cursor around the map to measure distance from the current location. 1. From the map, press MENu. 2. Select Measure Distance. The device automatically begins measuring from your current location. 3. Move the cursor to a point you want to measure to.

  • Page 17: Compass

    Do not stand near objects that influence magnetic fields, such as cars, buildings, or overhead power lines. NOTE: The three-axis compass is available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. You should calibrate the compass after moving long distances, experiencing temperature changes, or changing the batteries.

  • Page 18: Using The Compass, Using Sight 'n Go

    Using Sight ‘N Go NOTE: Sight ‘N Go is available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. You can point the device at an object in the distance, such as a lighthouse, lock in the direction, and then navigate to the object.

  • Page 19: Elevation Plot

    Calibrate Compass—starts the compass calibration GPSMAP 62 Series Owner’s Manual Elevation Plot NOTE: The elevation plot page is available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. Calibrating the Barometric Altimeter You can manually calibrate the barometric altimeter if you know the correct elevation or the correct pressure.

  • Page 20: Opening The Main Menu

    Elevation Plot Setup Options From the elevation plot, press MENu. • Change Plot Type—sets the type of data shown on the elevation plot: Elevation/Time—records ◦ elevation changes over a period of time. ◦ Elevation/Distance—records elevation changes over a distance. Barometric Pressure—records ◦...

  • Page 21: Trip Computer

    Trip Computer The trip computer displays your current speed, average speed, maximum speed, trip odometer, and other helpful statistics. Trip Computer Setup Options From the trip computer, press MENu. • Reset—resets all the trip computer values to zero. For accurate information, reset the trip information before beginning a trip.

  • Page 22: Main Menu Features And Settings, Geocaches, Share Wirelessly

    2. Select Find a Geocache. 3. Select a geocache. 4. Select Go. Share Wirelessly NOTE: The share wirelessly feature is available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. (page 34). Your device can send or receive data when connected to another compatible device.

  • Page 23: Proximity Alarms, Profile Change, Area Calculation

    Proximity Alarms Proximity alarms alert you when you are approaching a predetermined area. Setting a Proximity Alarm 1. From the main menu, select Proximity Alarms. 2. Select Create New. 3. Select a category. 4. Select a point. 5. Select use. 6.

  • Page 24: Satellite, Additional Main Menu Tools

    GPS. You can use this location to create routes or search for saved locations. AutoLocate Position—calculates • ® your GPS position using the Garmin AutoLocate feature. Additional Main Menu Tools Calendar—displays a calendar. • • Calculator—displays a calculator. •...

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    • Alarm Clock—sets an audible alarm. If you are not currently using the device, you can set the device to turn on at a specific time. Hunt and Fish—displays the • predicted best dates and times for hunting and fishing at your current location.

  • Page 26: Device, Customizing Data Fields, Data Field Options

    2. Select Change Data Fields. 3. Select a data field. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions. Data Field Options ** Available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. Data Field Description Accuracy of GPS The margin of error for your exact location.

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    Data Field Description Depth The depth of the water. Requires a connection to a NMEA 0183 depth-capable device to acquire data (page **Descent The average vertical - Average distance of descent. **Descent The maximum descent - Maximum rate in feet/meter per minute.

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    Data Field Description Location (lat/lon) Displays the current position in the default position format regardless of the selected settings. Location Displays the current (selected) position in the selected position format. Odometer A running tally of distance traveled for all trips. Off Course The distance to the left or the right by which...

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    Data Field Description Time to The estimated time Destination needed to reach your final destination. Time to Next The estimated time needed until you reach the next waypoint on the route. To Course The direction in which you must move to return to the route.

  • Page 30: System Settings

    Battery Type—allows you to select the type of battery you are using. • Interface—sets the format of the serial interface: ◦ Garmin Serial—Garmin proprietary format used to exchange waypoint, route, and track data with a computer. NMEA In/Out—provides ◦ standard NMEA 0183 output and input.

  • Page 31: Display Settings, Setting Up Tones, Marine Settings

    • Screen Capture—allows you to take screen captures on the device. Setting Up Tones Your Garmin device allows you to customize the key tones and message beeps, or to turn off tones. From the main menu, select Setup > Tones.

  • Page 32: Setting Up Marine Alarms

    • Spot Soundings—allows you to turn spot soundings on and set dangerous depths. • Light Sectors—displays the sector in which a navigational light is visible. You can select On to show light sectors at all times, or you can select Auto to allow the device to automatically filter out light sectors depending on the zoom level.

  • Page 33: Resetting Data, Changing The Page Sequence

    Setting the Deep Water or Shallow Water Alarm 1. From the main menu, select Setup > Marine Settings. 2. Select Shallow Water > On to set an alarm to sound when the depth is less than the specified value. 3. Enter the depth that triggers the shallow water alarm.

  • Page 34: Customizing The Unit Settings, Time Settings, Position Format Settings

    Adding a Page 1. From the main menu, select Setup > Page Sequence. 2. Select Add Page. 3. Select a page to add. Removing a Page 1. From the main menu, select Setup > Page Sequence. 2. Select a page. 3.

  • Page 35: Altimeter Settings

    • Position Format—sets the position format in which a given location reading appears. Map Datum—sets the coordinate • system on which the map is structured. • Map Spheroid—shows the coordinate system the device is using. The default coordinate system is WGS 84. Altimeter Settings From the main menu, select Setup >...

  • Page 36: Geocache Settings, Routing Settings

    ◦ Ambient Pressure—records ambient pressure changes over a period of time. Geocache Settings From the main menu, select Setup > Geocaches. • Geocache List—allows you to show the geocache list by names or codes. • Found Geocaches—allows you to enter the number of geocaches found.

  • Page 37: Fitness, Profiles

    ◦ Distance—routes you to the next point on the route when you are within a specified distance of your current point. Avoidance Setup (requires routable • maps)—allows you to select the road type you want to avoid. Fitness For more information on optional fitness accessories, see Profiles Profiles are a collection of settings that...

  • Page 38: Appendix, Registering Your Device, Updating The Software, Information, Contacting Garmin Product Support

    • In the USA, go to www.garmin .com/support, or contact Garmin USA by phone at (913) 397.8200 or (800) 800.1020. • In the UK, contact Garmin (Europe) Ltd. by phone at 0808 2380000. GPSMAP 62 Series Owner’s Manual...

  • Page 39: Using The Backlight, Specifications

    In Europe, go to and click Contact /support Support for in-country support information, or contact Garmin (Europe) Ltd. by phone at +44 (0) 870.8501241. Using the Backlight The backlight is activated any time you press a button. Alerts and messages also activate the backlight.

  • Page 40: Maximizing Battery Life

    Battery type Two AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, or lithium) page Battery life Up to 20 hours, typical usage Operating From 5°F to 158°F temperature (from -15 to 70°C) range page Radio 2.4 GHz/ANT+ wireless frequency/ communications protocol protocol GPS accuracy •...

  • Page 41: About The Batteries

    Decreasing the Backlight Extensive use of screen backlighting can significantly reduce battery life. You can adjust the backlight brightness and decrease the backlight timeout to maximize battery power. 1. Quickly press to open the backlight status page. 2. Use the Rocker to adjust the brightness.

  • Page 42: Buying Optional Accessories, Using Optional Fitness Accessories

    Using Optional Fitness Accessories NOTE: The fitness option is available only with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. Before you can use the fitness accessory with your device, you must install the accessory according to the instructions that are included with the accessory.

  • Page 43: Data Management

    After you pair the first time, your Garmin device automatically recognizes the ANT+ accessory each time it is activated. This process occurs automatically when you turn on the Garmin device and only takes a few seconds when the accessories are activated and functioning correctly. •...

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    Garmin dealer. In addition to map and data storage, the memory cards can be used to store files such as images, cartridges, geocaches, routes, waypoints, and custom POIs. 1. Remove the battery cover by turning the D-ring 1/4 turn counter- clockwise and pulling up.

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    1. Browse your computer for the file. 2. Select the file. 3. Select Edit > Copy. 4. Open the “Garmin” or memory card drive/volume. 5. Select Edit > Paste.

  • Page 46: Attaching The Wrist Strap

    Before you can delete files, you must connect the device to your computer (page 39). 1. Open the “Garmin” drive or volume. 2. If necessary, open a folder or volume. 3. Select the files. 4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

  • Page 47: Attaching The Carabiner Clip, Caring For The Device

    Attaching the Carabiner Clip 1. Position the carabiner clip in the slots on the mounting spine. 2. Slide the clip up until it locks in place. Removing the Carabiner Clip Lift the bottom of the clip and gently push down on the carabiner clip until it releases.

  • Page 48: Troubleshooting

    3. Remain stationary for several minutes. Decrease the backlight settings On the device, a screen appears showing the Garmin logo and the USB symbol. On your computer, you should see a new removable disk drive in My Computer on Windows computers and a mounted volume on Mac computers.

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    If you have several network drives mapped on your computer, Windows may have trouble assigning drive letters to your Garmin drives. See the Help file for your operating system to learn how to assign drive letters. Go to, or contact your Garmin dealer.

  • Page 50: Index

    Index accessories 38, 45 fitness microSD card acquiring satellite signals active route alarms marine proximity time altimeter calibrating plot type settings ANT+ accessories area calculation AutoLocate backlight 35, 37 BaseCamp batteries 22, 26, 36 about information installing maximizing life selecting the type storage warnings beeps...

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    10, 15 barometric altimeter reset setup ENTER button FIND button 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 fitness options Garmin Product Support geocaches 18, 32 downloading navigating GPSMAP 62 Series Owner’s Manual settings GPS signals 3, 20, 22, 23,...

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    power button 3, 4, 35, 37 profiles change creating setting proximity alarms QUIT button recording tracks registering your device reset current track data defaults trip data waypoints restoring default settings Rocker routes active route avoidance creating deleting editing guidance method navigating settings satellite signals...

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    unit ID updating software USB cable connecting disconnecting waypoints averaging creating deleting editing navigating to wrist strap zooming 4, 12 zoom ranges GPSMAP 62 Series Owner’s Manual...

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    For the latest free software updates (excluding map data) throughout the life of your Garmin products, visit the Garmin Web site at © 2010 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries Garmin International, Inc. 1200 East 151 Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062, USA Garmin (Europe) Ltd.

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