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Humminbird 200DX Operations Manual

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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    INSTALLATION…………………………………………………………….. 6 Transom Installation…………………………………………………... 6 Inside the Hull Installation……………………………………………. 10 Control Head Installation……………………………………………... 12 Test the Installation…………………………………………………… 15 USING THE 200DX………………………………………………………… 16 How Sonar Works…………………………………………………….. 16 Simulator Operation.………………………………………………….. 17 What You See On Screen……………………………………………. 18 Control Functions……………………………………………………… 21 Menu Functions……………………………………………………….. 24 ADVANCED FEATURES…………………………………………………..

  • Page 3: Installation Preparation, Parts Supplied, Accessories, Installation Overview

    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.

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    INSTALLATION PREPARATION INSTALLATION PREPARATION 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.

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    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.

  • Page 6: Transducer Exchange

    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.

  • Page 7: Installation, 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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Page 11: Inside The Hull Installation

    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.

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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.

  • Page 13: 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: 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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    (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.

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    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. INSTALLATION INSTALLATION CONTROL HEAD INSTALLATION...

  • Page 16: Test The Installation

    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. Humminbird 3 Humminbird Lane Eufaula, Alabama 36027...

  • Page 17: Using The 200dx, How Sonar Works

    1/4 of a second. It is unlikely that your boat can “outrun" this sonar signal. The 200DX is a dual frequency, dual beam unit, and generates two distinct sonar signals - one narrow, one wide. Each signal is optimized for a particular purpose. First, the center beam transmits at a frequency of 200kHz in a 20 degree (narrow) symmetrical pattern for greater depth capability and excellent detail.

  • Page 18: Simulator Operation

    ARROW until Simulator is highlighted. When the screen times out, the unit will be in simulator mode. When in simulator operation, the 200DX responds to control inputs as if it is in actual operation, so feel free to experiment or to customize the unit for your particular operation.

  • Page 19: What You See On Screen

    If you are using the 200DX in Simulator when no transducer is connected, any selected options are lost when the unit is powered off. The 200DX will return to Factory Settings, or options selected when last used with a transducer, if no transducer is connected.

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    New sonar information appears on the right side of the graphic area of the display and moves to the left as new information is displayed. The 200DX automatically selects the appropriate depth range to show the depth of water beneath the transducer.

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    The best way to learn to interpret structure is to operate the 200DX over a variety of known conditions and experiment with user functions to best represent those conditions on-screen.

  • Page 22: Control Functions

    CONTROL FUNCTIONS The 200DX uses a simple five button keypad for all user input. Press any button and an audible “chirp” confirms the control input. If a button has no function or is inappropriate for the situation an audible error is heard.

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    When the backlight is on the 200DX will consume more power than with the backlight off. This is important when using the 200DX in a portable configuration powered by a separate battery, or when powering the unit from a trolling motor battery.

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    USING THE 200DX USING THE 200DX CONTROL FUNCTIONS A solid ARROW symbol means the corresponding ARROW button can be used to affect the menu adjustment. The ARROW buttons often can be used when no menu is on-screen. In these situations, pressing the ARROW button affects the function of the active (last-used) menu.

  • Page 25: Menu Functions

    Menu Functions Sensitivity. The Sensitivity function controls the sensitivity of the sonar receiver. The 200DX automatically adjusts the level of receiver sensitivity based on a number of factors including the depth of the water and the level of noise present. Noise can be caused by other electronic devices, engines, trolling motors, propeller cavitation, and hydrodynamic flow among others.

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    The range that positions the bottom depiction closest to the bottom of the screen, will best utilize the available display resolution. The 200DX automatically adjusts the depth range depending on the depth of the water. The unit tries to maintain the bottom depiction about 2/3 down the total range (for example, in 20' (6m) of water the 0-30' (0-10m) range would be selected).

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    USING THE 200DX MENU FUNCTIONS Using manual Depth Range control, you can view sonar information from the area near the surface in great detail. To return to automatic Depth Range control, press the MENU button until the Depth Range menu appears on- screen and use the UP ARROW to select AUTO.

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    USING THE 200DX USING THE 200DX MENU FUNCTIONS The Zoom range is shown on the Ieft side of the screen and full range information is shown on the right side of the display. Zoom can either operate automatically, in which the Zoom range is constantly adjusted to show the bottom, or manually, in which the user controls the location of the Zoom range.

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    The default setting is “OFF.” With the “Large fish only” setting, the 200DX alarms on only those targets that are represented by the large fish symbols. The 200DX can be set to alarm on only large and medium fish or set to alarm...

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    USING THE 200DX USING THE 200DX MENU FUNCTIONS Once the Fish Alarm is enabled, the 200DX emits an audible beep when the selected size fish symbol appears on-screen. The sound is slightly different for each of the three fish symbol sizes, so with practice, it is possible to distinguish the size of the detected fish without looking at the unit.

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    Both MPH or statute miles per hour and KTS or nautical miles per hour are available. The 200DX remembers this selection even when the unit is powered off. Units Depth/Speed. Only available on metric versions, the Units Depth/Speed function allows the user to select the units of measurement for the depth and speed readout.

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    Further identification shows whether the fish is in the wide or narrow beam. The 200DX also displays the depth beneath the surface with the corresponding fish symbol.

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    This gives the user easiest recognition of the bottom location even from a great distance. The 200DX remembers the Bottom Black setting when powered off. Diagnostic. Two options are available: Hide and Show. The factory setting is Hide. Selecting Show brings up the Diagnostic screen.

  • Page 34: Advanced Features, Using Diagnostic

    ADVANCED FEATURES USING DIAGNOSTIC Reset. With the many User Options available to customize the 200DX, it is easy to configure the unit in such a way that it is detrimental to a particular use. By using the Reset function, all variable or user-controlled features of the 200DX are returned to the factory settings.

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    Use Diagnostic while running the boat at high speeds to show the voltage gain. Also, if you are using the 200DX in portable configuration or from the trolling motor battery Diagnostic can be used to evaluate the health of the battery by showing the current voltage.

  • Page 36: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Operating Frequency 200kHz & 83kHz Power Output 250 Watts (RMS) 2000 Watts (Peak to Peak) Area of Coverage Narrow: 20 at -10db Wide: 53 at -10db Power Requirement 10 – 20 VDC Display FSTN LCD LCD Matrix 28 H x 64 V Viewing Area 2.90"...

  • Page 37: Maintenance And Warranty, Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTY MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTY MAINTENANCE Your Humminbird fishfinder is designed to provide years of trouble free operation with virtually no maintenance. Follow these simple procedures to ensure your Humminbird continues to deliver top performance. If the unit comes into contact with salt spray simply wipe the affected surfaces with a cloth dampened in fresh water.

  • Page 38: Troubleshooting

    Repairs should be performed only by authorized Humminbird technicians. Many requests for repair received by Humminbird involve units that do not actually reed repair. These units are returned “no problem found.” If you have a problem with your Humminbird, use the following troubleshooting guide before calling Customer Support or sending your unit in for repair.

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    4. When in very shallow water, I get gaps in the bottom reading and inconsistent digital depth indication. Your Humminbird fishfinder will work reliably in water 2’ (.6m) or deeper. The depth is measured from the transducer, not necessarily from the surface.

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    7. My unit loses power at high speeds. Most Humminbird fishfinders have over-voltage protection that turns the unit off when input voltage exceeds 20 VDC. Some outboard motors do not effectively regulate the power output of the engine's alternator and can produce voltage in excess of 20 volts when running at high RPMs.

  • Page 41: Warranty

    Humminbird reserves the right to perform modifications or improvement on its products without incurring the obligation to install the changes on units previously manufactured, sold, delivered, or serviced.

  • Page 42: Service Policy

    SERVICE POLICY SERVICE POLICY This Service Policy is valid in the United States only. This applies to Humminbird units returned to our factory in Eufaula, Alabama, and is subject to change without notice. All repair work is performed by factory-trained technicians to meet exacting factory specifications.

  • Page 43: Customer Support

    CUSTOMER SUPPORT CUSTOMER SUPPORT If you have any questions, call our Humminbird Customer Support Hotline: 1-334-687-0503 Throughout the U.S. and Canada, hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time. If after reading “Troubleshooting” you determine your unit needs factory service, please attach a description of the problem and send it with the unit to the address below.

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