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UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805
8/5/02
4:50 PM
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  • Page 1 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page i...
  • Page 2: Maritime Radio Services Operation

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page ii Maritime Radio Services Operation Warning! This transmitter will operate on channels/frequencies that have restricted use in the United States. The channel assignments include frequencies assigned for exclusive use of the U.S. Coast Guard, use in Canada, and use in international waters.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Uniden POLARIS..................2 Controls and Indicators................3 Installation....................6 Choosing a Location................6 Engine Noise Suppression ..............7 Antenna Considerations ..............7 Antenna Selection and Installation ............7 Installing the POLARIS..............8 Operation ....................9 Power On/Off..................9 Squelch....................10 Triple Watch ..................11 Manual Tuning .................11 Instant Channel 16/Channel 9 Communications ......12 Weather Scan..................12...
  • Page 4 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page iv Directory..................34 Auto. CH. SW................38 POS.Reply .................39 WHAM..................41 CH Tag ..................43 Time Offset.................45 Alarm Clock ................47 Rev.CH.MEM ..................50 Optional Accessories ................51 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone Channel and Functions (USA Channels) ........52 Channel and Functions (International Channels) ......53 Channel and Functions (Canadian Channels) ........54...
  • Page 5: Uniden Polaris

    4:50 PM Page 2 Uniden POLARIS The Uniden POLARIS VHF marine radio transceiver has been designed to give you a rugged, reliable instrument that will provide you with years of trouble-free service. With proper care and maintenance, your Uniden POLARIS could outlast your present vessel and serve you well on-board.
  • Page 6: Controls And Indicators

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 3 Controls and Indicators Front panel/Microphone 9 10 11 PTT Switch - Press to transmit and release to receive. 16/9 - Change Channel 16 and Channel 9. HAIL - Use as a public address system.
  • Page 7: Rear Panel Connectors

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 4 Rear Panel Connectors DC Jack ACC Connector Remote Connector Antenna Connector To POLARIS Bare Wire : GND Black : External Speaker (—) Yellow : GPS IN (—) Blue : PA (+) Horn Speaker...
  • Page 8 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 5 TX (Transmit) - Indicates transmitting. TRI (Triple Watch) - Indicates Triple Watch Mode is in effect. HI (High) - Indicates transmitted output is 25 Watts. LO (Low) - Indicates transmitted output is 1 Watts.
  • Page 9: Installation

    You should select the optimum relationship among these considerations. Keep in mind the flexibility designed into the POLARIS so that you can most conveniently use your radio. Features which should be considered are: The universal mounting bracket may be installed on either the top or bottom of a shelf, on a bulkhead, or for overhead mounting.
  • Page 10: Engine Noise Suppression

    Antenna Considerations A variety of antennas are available from a number of quality suppliers. It is recommended you draw upon the advice of your Uniden dealer in determining a suitable antenna for your vessel and range requirements. In general, communication range is increased by using a high-gain antenna placed as high as possible above the water line.
  • Page 11: Installing The Polaris

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 8 Installing the POLARIS After you have carefully considered the various factors affecting your choice of location, position the radio (with the bracket, microphone, power cord, antenna and any auxiliary cables installed) into the selected location to assure there is no interference with the surrounding items.
  • Page 12: Operation

    Adjust the volume to a comfortable level. When you turn the unit On, you will hear a beep and the greeting message below appears on the LCD for 2 seconds. UNIDEN POLARIS MARINE RADIO Note: Polaris meets the JIS7 require ments.
  • Page 13: Squelch

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 10 SQUELCH Think of squelch as a gate. turn SQUELCH fully clockwise. this raises the “Squelch Gate” so high that only very strong signals can get through. Strong Signals Medium Signals Weak Signals Noise Turn SQUELCH fully counterclockwise until you hear a hiss.
  • Page 14: Triple Watch

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 11 TRIPLE WATCH Triple Watch monitors Channel 16, Channel 9, and current MRN Channel for activity every two seconds while scanning or monitoring. To activate Triple Watch, press 16/9/TRI for 2 seconds. appears on the LCD panel, indicating Triple Watch mode is in effect. If a signal is received on either Channel 16 or Channel 9, the radio remains on that channel unit the signal ends.
  • Page 15: Instant Channel 16/Channel 9 Communications

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 12 INSTANT CHANNEL 16/CHANNEL 9 COMMUNICATIONS To access instant Channel 16 or Channel 9 communications, press 16/9/TRI. This overrides the channel selected. The LCD display indicates the unit is on Channel 16. Press 16/9/TRI again to access Channel 9 communications.
  • Page 16 Memory Scan: To scan channels stored in Memory Scan, press SCAN/MEM. In the Memory Scan Mode, the POLARIS scans channel numbers previously entered into Memory Scan. If a channel has not been entered into Memory Scan, an error tone sounds and the LCD does not change.
  • Page 17: Weather Alert

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 14 Weather Alert: The Weather Alert Mode can be activated to alert you of dangerous weather. When Weather Alert is turned On, and a warning signal is received, an Emergency siren will sound at full volume, regardless of the volume setting.
  • Page 18: Transmitting

    Channel 70 of both the USA and International frequencies, and channel 15, of the USA frequencies – are for receiving only. The POLARIS transmit on 70 when sending DSC information. Your radio will not transmit on these channels. For your reference, a listing of all the available marine channels are located on the back foldout.
  • Page 19: Distress

    06/15 10:30A To cancel the Distress call, press the PUSH WAITING – SELECT knob. CANCEL When the POLARIS receives a Distress DISTRESS call, the following screen appears. If no 06/15 10:30A acknowledgment is received, the distress KENT NEWMAN...
  • Page 20: Menu Operation

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 17 Menu Operation 1. DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING (DSC) Digital Selective Calling is a process of establishing a radio call, it has been chosen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an international standard for establishing VHF, MF and HF radio calls.
  • Page 21 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 18 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, JUNE BRAWLEY and the individual directory will KENT NEWMAN PAUL HUBER appear. EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the individual you want to contact.
  • Page 22: Group

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 19 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to INDIVIDUAL select GROUP GROUP ALL SHIPS POS.REQUEST POS.SEND STANDBY Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, GROUP and the MMSI code appears, you 123456789 can now call the group member.
  • Page 23 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 20 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to URGENCY SAFETY select the nature of your call ROUTINE URGENCY SAFETY ROUTINE EXIT Note: calls tune to the ROUINE previously selected channel. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob to ALL SHIPS transmit the ALL SHIPS DSC signal.
  • Page 24: Pos.request

    The DSC STANDBY function allows the transceiver to answer DSC calls with the UNATTENDED message and record the calls for response at another time. When you set the POLARIS to DSC STANDBY mode, voice traffic may still be active on any chosen channel.
  • Page 25: Callwait

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 22 Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DSC CALL SYSTEM , the DSC CALL menu DSC CALL SETUP appears. REV.CH.MEM EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to...
  • Page 26 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the options you want to log. Note: If a call has not been logged, the POLARIS will beep and you will not be able to proceed to the next step. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob.
  • Page 27: System

    (Default is set at 6). Note: There are 9 contrast levels. When you find the most favorable brightness, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. TELEPHONE...
  • Page 28: Lamp Adjust

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to HIGH select the backlight brightness level. MEDIUM (Default is set to medium). When you find the most favorable brightness, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. TELEPHONE...
  • Page 29: Key Beep

    ¡¡¡¡¡ When you find the most favorable volume, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. TELEPHONE Note: There are 9 volume levels.
  • Page 30: Lcd Color

    (green or red). (Default is set as green). TELEPHONE When you find the most favorable color, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. Note: Only changes the display. The keys will stay green.
  • Page 31: Setup

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 28 3. SETUP 3-A. FIPS The 6-digit Federal Information Processing System (FIPS) code established by the National Weather Service (NWS) identifies geographic areas in the United States. Programming FIPS code is necessary to receive S.A.M.E. alerts about weather occurring in a particular area.
  • Page 32 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to 00.101000 make your selection. 01.101010 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob 02.501100 and the POLARIS returns to the EXIT following screen. 3-A-2. EDIT If you select a number to EDIT. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at 00.101000...
  • Page 33: User Mmsi

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to DELETE 501100 make your selection. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob 00.101000 and the POLARIS returns to the 01.101010 following screen. EXIT 3-B. USER MMSI A MMSI is a nine-digit number used on Marine Transceivers that are able to use Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
  • Page 34 After the final digit is entered, the 685749638 confirmation screen appears, and you can make your selection by rotating the PUSH – SELECT knob. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following FIPS screen. USER MMSI GROUP MMSI Note: You can program your POLARIS U.I.C.
  • Page 35: Group Mmsi

    GROUP MMSI 500049638 confirmation screen appears, you can make your selection by rotating the PUSH – SELECT knob. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob FIPS USER MMSI and the POLARIS returns to the GROUP MMSI following screen. U.I.C. DIRECTORY AUTO.CH.SW...
  • Page 36 4:50 PM Page 33 3-D. U.I.C The POLARIS can transmit and receive, USA, Canada, and International frequencies. When you turn the POLARIS On, the USA is set as default. Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at...
  • Page 37: Directory

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 34 3-E. DIRECTORY Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DSC CALL SYSTEM SETUP , the SETUP menu will SETUP appear. REV.CH.MEM EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to...
  • Page 38 PERSONS NAME right. COLLINS MMSI After the directory data is entered, a 145678543 confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the KENT NEWMAN PAUL HUBER following screen. COLLINS EXIT...
  • Page 39 After the directory data is entered, a PERSONS NAME confirmation screen appears. COLLINS MMSI 145678543 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the KENT NEWMAN PAUL HUBER following screen. COLLINS EXIT...
  • Page 40 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at EDIT DELETE DELETE EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to DELETE KENT NEWMAN make your selection. 123456734 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob KENT NEWMAN and the POLARIS returns to the PAUL HUBER following screen. EXIT...
  • Page 41: Auto.ch.sw

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 38 3-F. AUTO. CH. SW Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DSC CALL SYSTEM SETUP , the SETUP menu will SETUP appear. REV.CH.MEM EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to...
  • Page 42: Pos.reply

    8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 39 3-G. POS.REPLY When the POLARIS has requested the position data, you can decide to transmit an acknowledgment automatically or manually. Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at...
  • Page 43 654321000 appears. COMPLETED Note: If the POLARIS is set to MANUAL, you can select either SEND or CANCEL. If the POLARIS is set to AUTO, it will automatically reply to the request, and COMPLETED appears.
  • Page 44: Wham

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 41 3-H. WHAM Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DSC CALL SETUP , the SETUP menu will SYSTEM appear. SETUP REV.CH.MEM EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to U.I.C.
  • Page 45 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 42 3-H-2. LINK CH When you press the PUSH – LINK CH SELECT knob at CHANNEL , the following screen appears and you now can input the ID. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob clockwise to increase the number, counterclockwise to decrease.
  • Page 46: Ch Tag

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 43 3-I. CH TAG This feature allows you to name each Marine channel. Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DSC CALL SETUP , the SETUP menu will SYSTEM appear.
  • Page 47 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 44 You can enter the name with the CH01 TAG PUSH – SELECT knob. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob clockwise or counterclockwise to select the alphabet. The letter will be entered when the PUSH – SELECT knob is pressed, and the blinking digit moves to the right.
  • Page 48: Time Offset

    STANDARD STANDARD , the following screen DAYLITE SAV EXIT appears. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the appropriate time offset 0 GMT from GMT. Press PUSH – SELECT knob. The POLARIS return to the previous MRN CH. TELEPHONE...
  • Page 49 SETUP appear. REV.CH.MEM EXIT Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to AUTO.CH.SW POS.REPLY select TIME OFFSET CH TAG WHAM Press PUSH – SELECT knob at STANDARD DAYLITE SAV DAYLITE SAV EXIT The POLARIS returns to the previous MRN CH. TELEPHONE...
  • Page 50: Alarm Clock

    CH.TAG WHAM Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, ALARM CLOCK the following screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at . The POLARIS returns to the ALARM SET previous MRN CH and icon appears. When the POLARIS reaches the...
  • Page 51 ALARM CLOCK POS.REPLY CH.TAG WHAM Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, ALARM CLOCK the following screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at . The POLARIS returns to the ALARM SET previous MRN CH and the icon disappears.
  • Page 52 PUSH – ALARM SET 00:00 A SELECT knob. Press the PUSH – SELECT after you have selected am or pm. ALARM SET 10:00 P A confirmation screen appears. The POLARIS returns to the ALARM CLOCK MENU. CANCEL...
  • Page 53: Rev.ch.mem

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 50 4. REV.CH.MEM This feature allows you to review all of the channels that have been programmed in memory scanning. Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds. TELEPHONE DSC CALL Press the PUSH – SELECT knob to...
  • Page 54: Optional Accessories

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 51 Optional Accessories • Flush mounting bracket for “in dash” installation. Contact your Uniden Dealer for information.
  • Page 55: Vhf Fm Marine Radio Telephone Channel And Functions (Usa Channels)

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 52 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone Channel and Functions (USA Channels) CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) TYPE OF SHIP SHIP PERMANENT DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE TRAFFIC TO SHIP TO SHORE SCAN LIST — 163.275 NOAA Weather RX Only...
  • Page 56: Channel And Functions (International Channels)

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 53 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone Channel and Functions (International Channels) CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) TYPE OF SHIP SHIP PERMANENT DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE TRAFFIC TO SHIP TO SHORE SCAN LIST — 163.275 NOAA Weather RX Only...
  • Page 57: Channel And Functions (Canadian Channels)

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 54 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone Channel and Functions (Canadian Channels) CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) TYPE OF SHIP SHIP PERMANENT DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE TRAFFIC TO SHIP TO SHORE SCAN LIST — 163.275 NOAA Weather RX Only...
  • Page 58: Specification

    UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 55 Specification General Channels : Transmit 54 Receive 77 Marine/10 Weather Controls : On-Off/Volume, Squelch Status Indicators : TX (transmit), SCAN, TRI, U, I, C, HI, LO, MEM, WX, and WX alert symbol on LCD Panel...
  • Page 59: Troubleshooting

    If the POLARIS does not perform to your expectations, try the suggestions listed below. If you cannot get satisfactory results, call the Uniden Customer Service Center at (800) 586-0409, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. CAUSE...
  • Page 60: Care And Maintenance

    4:50 PM Page 57 Care and Maintenance Your POLARIS is a precision of electronic equipment and you should treat it accordingly. Due to the rugged design, very little maintenance is required. However, a few precautions should be observed: • If your radio has been accidentally subjected to spray or splash, you should immediately wipe it down with a soft cloth dampened with fresh water.
  • Page 61 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 58 NOTE...
  • Page 62: Three Year Limited Warranty

    WARRANTOR: UNIDEN AMERICA CORPORATION (“Uniden”) ELEMENTS OF WARRANTY: Uniden warrants, for three years, to the original retail owner, this Uniden Product to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship with only the limitations or exclusions set out below. WARRANTY DURATION: This warranty to the original user shall terminate and be of no further effect 36 months after the date of original retail sale.
  • Page 63 UT888ZL (POLARIS)-0805 8/5/02 4:50 PM Page 60 Printed in the Philippines UTZZ01888ZZ...