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  • Page 2: Maritime Radio Services Operation

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Maritime Radio Services Operation 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. Operation in these frequencies without proper authorization is strictly forbidden.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Uniden POLARIS...2 Included with your POLARIS ...3 Controls and Indicators...4 Installation...8 Choosing a Location...8 Engine Noise Suppression ...9 Antenna Considerations ...9 Antenna Selection and Installation ...9 Installing the POLARIS...10 Operation ...11 Power On/Off ...11 Last Channel Memory...11 Squelch...12 Instant Channel 16/Channel 9 Communications ...13 Triple Watch...13...
  • Page 4 NWR-SAME Event Code...68 Specification ...69 Troubleshooting ...70 Care and Maintenance ...71 Three Year Limited Warranty...72 Spanish owner’s manual available at www.uniden.com http://www.uniden.com/productsupport.cfm?cat=Marine%20Electronics El manual pare el usuario, en el idioma español, está disponiole en www.uniden.com http://www.uniden.com/productsupport.cfm?cat=Marine%20Electronics 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page iv...
  • Page 5: Uniden Polaris

    4:18 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: Included With Your Polaris

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 3 Included with your POLARIS POLARIS Owner’s Manual POLARIS Radio Microphone Hanger and Screws Mounting Bracket DC Cord and Knobs Mounting Hardware Accessory Cable Spare Fuse 250V 6A...
  • Page 7: Controls And Indicators

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Front panel/Microphone PTT Switch - Press to transmit and release to receive. 16/9 - Instantly change to Channel 16, Channel 9 or current channel. HAIL - Use as a public address system and two way voice communication. CHANNEL/L/M - Change the channel number up/down. These buttons are used to adjust the volume for Hail mode and to move the cursor in Menu mode.
  • Page 8: Rear Panel Connectors

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Rear Panel Connectors ACC Connector To POLARIS Note: DC13.8V and GND are for GPS ANT. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 5 DC Jack ACC Connector Remote Connector Antenna Connector Orange : External Speaker (+) Black : External Speaker (—) Green : GPS DATA IN : DC +13.8V...
  • Page 9 (GPS mark) - It appears while GPS module is receiving the data. (WHAM mark) - It appears when it is connected to the control unit of WHAM. Note: This icon appears while the POLARIS is in the “data cleaning” mode. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 6...
  • Page 10 Direction - It appears when the ship is not moving. Channel Display It appears when GPS is connected to the POLARIS. It appears when GPS is receiving data. It appears when the battery voltage is too high. It appears when the battery is low.
  • Page 11: 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 12: 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 13: Installing The Polaris

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 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 14: Operation

    LCD. Last Channel Memory The POLARIS memorizes the last channel selected before you turn Off the radio. Example, if you turn Off the POLARIS on CH 16, the radio will be on that channel when turned back On. Note: In order for the last channel to be memorized you must have the radio on that channel for 3 seconds.
  • Page 15: Squelch

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 SQUELCH Turn SQUELCH fully clockwise. This raises the “Squelch Gate” so high that only very strong signals can get through. Turn SQUELCH fully counterclockwise until you hear a hiss. This lowers the “Squelch Gate” so that everything gets through - noise, weak signals, and strong signals.
  • Page 16: Instant Channel 16/Channel 9 Communications

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 INSTANT CHANNEL 16/CHANNEL 9 COMMUNICATIONS To access instant Channel 16 or Channel 9 communications, press 16/9/TRI. You can access Channel 16 instantly while tuned to another channel. Press 16/9/TRI again to access Channel 9 communications. Press and release 16/9/TRI a third time to return to the channel selected prior to accessing instant Channel 16/Channel 9 commnunications.
  • Page 17: Manual Tuning

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 MANUAL TUNING To manually select a channel, rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob clockwise to increase the number or counterclockwise to decrease the number. It also can be changed by L or M on the microphone. Communication channels are located on channel 01-28 and 60-88. Weather channels are located on channels 0-9.
  • Page 18: Triple Watch Scan

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 To cancel the channel in Memory, press and hold SCAN/MEM for 2 seconds and the Note: The Memory channel can be set independently in 3 regional modes (USA, INT, and CAN). You cannot use this feature in WX mode or for channel 70. Triple Watch Scan To turn Triple Watch Scan On, press and hold 16/9/TRI for 2 seconds.
  • Page 19: Hail

    While you are in Hail mode, you can adjust the out going volume by pressing L/M on the microphone, or by rotating the PUSH – SELECT knob on the POLARIS. The incoming volume is adjusted by using the POWER/VOLUME knob.
  • Page 20: Weather Alert

    These codes identify an emergency and the specific geographic area (such as a country) affected by the emergency. The POLARIS was developed with the SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology. This allows your radio to receive, interpret, and display the information about the codes so you can determine if the emergency might affect your area.
  • Page 21 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 icon indicates the Weather Alert mode is activated. To activate the Weather Alert mode: Press and hold WX/ALERT for 2 seconds if WX/ALERT is Off, it is changed to WX/ALERT On and the icon appears. If the radio receives a 1050Hz tone, (Exclamation mark) and the icon will blink every other second.
  • Page 22: Transmitting

    Channel 70 of the USA, International, and Canadian frequencies, and channel 15, of the USA frequencies, and WX CH – are for receiving only. The POLARIS transmits on channel 70 when sending DSC information. Your radio will not transmit on these channels.
  • Page 23: Distress

    Coast Guard shore station. Note: If the POLARIS receives a Distress call, it will be displayed on the LCD display. An emergency alert will sound. The name will be displayed if it is the name registered in the directory.
  • Page 24 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 MARINE DISTRESS PROCEDURE Speak slowly – clearly – calmly. Make sure your radio is On. Tune to Channel 16. Press the PTT button on the microphone and say: "MAYDAY – MAYDAY – MAYDAY." Give your ship ID. Say "MAYDAY [your ship name]." Give your location: (what navigational aids or landmarks are near).
  • Page 25: Menu Operation

    Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). This service will let you instantly send a Distress call with GPS position (when optional GPS receiver is connected to the POLARIS) to the US Coast Guard and other vessels within range of the transmission.
  • Page 26 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the individual you want to contact, and press the PUSH – SELECT knob. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob to transmit the individual DSC signal. When you receive the individual acknowledgment successfully, the following screen appears, and both radios tune to the previously selected channel.
  • Page 27: Group

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select ALL SHIPS Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, and the ALL SHIPS directory appears. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 24 GROUP 123456789 and the POLARIS SHIP-SHIP SHIP-SHIP INDIVIDUAL GROUP ALL SHIPS POS.REQUEST POS.SEND STANDBY SEND CANCEL...
  • Page 28: Position Request

    70 until all of the data is received. After selecting ALL SHIPS call is transmitted, the POLARIS will switch to Channel 16. You should wait a few minutes before transmitting the ALL SHIPS call information. 1-D. POSITION REQUEST This radio has the ability to request the position of an individual vessel that is registered in the DIRECTORY.
  • Page 29 When the called vessel sends the position information, the following screen appears. Note: The requested radio must have the ability to transmit the position information (such as having a POLARIS radio). 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 26 INDIVIDUAL GROUP ALL SHIPS POS.REQUEST...
  • Page 30: Position Send

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 1-E. POSITION SEND This radio has the ability to send the position of your vessel to another vessel using a VHF marine radio equipped with DSC. Note: Position send is only available when it is connected to the GPS. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds.
  • Page 31: Standby

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 1-F. STANDBY The DSC STANDBY function allows the POLARIS 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 32: Call Wait

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the options you want to view. Note: If a call has not been logged, the POLARIS will beep and you will not be able to proceed to the next step. 10/3/02 4:18 PM...
  • Page 33: Geographical Call

    Note: The POLARIS receives geographical calls only, sending geographical calls is not available in the POLARIS radio. It also indicates the time when the geographical call is received. 10/3/02...
  • Page 34: System

    (Default is set at 6). When you find the most favorable brightness, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. Note: There are 10 contrast levels. 10/3/02...
  • Page 35: Lamp Adjust

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the backlight brightness level. (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. 10/3/02 4:18 PM...
  • Page 36: Key Beep

    When you find the most favorable volume, press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. Note: There are 10 volume levels. 10/3/02...
  • Page 37: Lcd Color

    (green or red). (Default is set as green). 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 color. The keys will stay green.
  • Page 38: Setup

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 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 codes are necessary to receive SAME alerts about weather occurring in a particular area.
  • Page 39 When you finished entering the last digit, the following confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 36 TELEPHONE...
  • Page 40 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-A-2. EDIT If you select a number to EDIT. Press and hold 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at FIPS Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at the code that you want to edit.
  • Page 41 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 When you finished editing the last digit, the following confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. 3-A-3. DELETE If you select DELETE Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds.
  • Page 42: User Mmsi

    Information Administration. Non-Federal MMSI's are issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). You will need to obtain a nine digit MMSI number and program it into the POLARIS. The information obtained from the application is useful to the U.S. Coast Guard to help in search and rescue operations.
  • Page 43 After the final digit is entered, the confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob. Note: You can only program your POLARIS twice with an MMSI number. After that, send your POLARIS to Uniden for factory service. 10/3/02 4:18 PM...
  • Page 44: Group Mmsi

    After the final digit is entered, a confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 41...
  • Page 45: U.i.c

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-D. U.I.C The POLARIS can transmit and receive, USA, International, and Canada frequencies. When you turn the POLARIS On, USA channel mode is set as the default. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears.
  • Page 46: Directory

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-E. DIRECTORY This function will allow you to send an individual call, etc. The Directory function memorizes the name and number of 20 other vessels. The following screen will allow you to setup an alphanumeric identity as well as the corresponding MMSI number. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds.
  • Page 47 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-E-1. NEW If you select NEW Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DIRECTORY menu appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT at the following screen appears.
  • Page 48 PUSH – SELECT knob is pressed, and the blinking digit moves to the right. After the directory data is entered, a confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 45 PERSONS NAME...
  • Page 49 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-E-2. EDIT If you select EDIT Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DIRECTORY menu appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at the individual you want to edit.
  • Page 50 PUSH – SELECT knob is pressed, and the blinking digit moves to the right. After the directory data is edited, a confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 47 PERSONS NAME...
  • Page 51 Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DELETE the following screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob. The POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 48 TELEPHONE , the DIRECTORY...
  • Page 52: Auto Channel Switch

    If you want to change this mode to , you can change it by rotating the PUSH – SELECT knob. (Default is set as Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 49...
  • Page 53: Position Reply

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-G. POSITION REPLY When the calling radio has requested the position information of the POLARIS radio, you can decide to transmit an acknowledgment automatically or on a call by call basis. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears.
  • Page 54 SELECT knob to make your selection. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the following screen. Note: If the POLARIS is set to MANUAL, you can select either REPLY or CANCEL. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 51 POS.REQUEST...
  • Page 55: Ch Tag

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-H. CH TAG This feature allows you to name each marine channel. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select CH TAG Press the...
  • Page 56 The character will be entered when the PUSH – SELECT knob is pressed, and the blinking digit moves to the right. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob. The POLARIS returns to the following screen. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 53 GROUP MMSI U.I.C.
  • Page 57 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-H-2. DELETE If you select DELETE Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to CH TAG select Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, the following screen appears.
  • Page 58: Wham

    This feature, from the setup menu, will allow you to connect the WHAM. Note: When you use the WHAM in addition to the POLARIS wired mic, please set the BASE ID for the WHAM the same as the POLARIS. (Please refer to the Owners Manual for the WHAM).
  • Page 59 This number consist of 4 digits that you decide yourself. This feature allows you to set the Base ID. To use the WHAM, you must set the same Base ID for the POLARIS and WHAM, which enables the POLARIS and WHAM to communicate with one another.
  • Page 60 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 3-I-2. LINK CH This feature allows you to change the channel between the POLARIS and the WHAM if you encounter interference. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at SETUP , the SETUP menu appears.
  • Page 61: Alarm Clock

    Press the PUSH – SELECT knob after you have selected am or pm. A confirmation screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the ALARM CLOCK menu. 10/3/02 4:18 PM Page 58...
  • Page 62 CLOCK Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, the following screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at . The POLARIS returns to the channel display screen and the icon appears. When the POLARIS reaches the set time the alarm sounds and the icon blinks.
  • Page 63 Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select ALARM CLOCK Press the PUSH – SELECT knob, the following screen appears. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at . The POLARIS returns to the channel display screen and the icon disappears. 10/3/02 4:19 PM Page 60...
  • Page 64: Time Offset

    Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to select the appropriate time offset from GMT (UTC). Press the PUSH – SELECT knob and the POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. Note: The time offset table is pre- programmed to include the standard North American time zones.
  • Page 65 TIME OFFSET Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at DAYLITE SAV The POLARIS returns to the channel display screen. Note: This icon will not appear if the POLARIS doesn’t connect with the GPS. 10/3/02 4:19 PM Page 62 06/15 11:00P 70.00.000 N...
  • Page 66: Review Channel Memory

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 4. REVIEW CHANNEL MEMORY This feature allows you to review all of the channels that have been programmed into the memory. Press and hold H/L/MENU for 2 seconds. Press the PUSH – SELECT knob at REV.CH.MEM appears. Rotate the PUSH – SELECT knob to highlight the registered channel.
  • Page 67: Nmea Technical Setup

    POLARIS DSC VHF radio, auto pilots, chart plotters, etc. To setup the GPS to be used with the POLARIS radio, the following items need to be considered for proper operation: Baud Rate –...
  • Page 68: Vhf Fm Marine Radio Telephone

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE — 163.275 — 162.550 — 162.400 — 162.475 — 162.425 — 162.450 — 162.500 — 162.525 — 161.650 — 161.775 156.050 156.050 156.150 156.150 156.250 156.250 156.300 156.300 156.350 156.350 156.400...
  • Page 69: Channel And Functions (International Channels)

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE — 163.275 — 162.550 — 162.400 — 162.475 — 162.425 — 162.450 — 162.500 — 162.525 — 161.650 — 161.775 156.050 160.650 156.100 160.700 156.150 160.750 156.200 160.800 156.250 160.850 156.300...
  • Page 70: Channel And Functions (Canadian Channels)

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 VHF FM Marine Radio Telephone CHANNEL FREQUENCY (MHz) DESIG TRANSMIT RECEIVE — 163.275 — 162.550 — 162.400 — 162.475 — 162.425 — 162.450 — 162.500 — 162.525 — 161.650 — 161.775 156.050 160.650 156.100 160.700 156.150 160.750 156.200 156.200 156.250 156.250 156.300...
  • Page 71: Nwr-Same Event Code

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 Event Code Emergency Action Notification Emergency Action Termination National Information Center Tornado Warning # Severe Thunderstorm Warning # Flash Flood Warning Flood Warning Winter Storm Warning Blizzard Warning High Wind/Dust Storm Warning Radiological Hazard Warning Civil Danger Warning Local Area Emergency Hazardous Material Warning Civil Emergency Message Immediate Evacuation Warning...
  • Page 72: Specification

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 General Channels Controls Status Indicators Channel Display Selector Switch Buttons Connectors Size Weight Supply Voltage Standard Accessories Antenna Impedance Microphone Speaker Operating Temperature Range Shock and Vibration FCC Approvals Transmitter Power Output Power Requirement Modulation Hum and Noise Signal-to-Noise Audio Distortion Spurious Suppression Output Power Stabilization...
  • Page 73: Troubleshooting

    If the POLARIS does not perform to your expectations, try the suggestions listed below. If you cannot get satisfactory results, call the Uniden Technical Support at (800) 586-0409, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SYMPTOM Won’t power On.
  • Page 74: Care And Maintenance

    POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 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 the antenna has been damaged, you should not transmit except in the case of an emergency.
  • Page 75: 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 76 POLARIS_UT888ZL_UT01888ZA_0 10/3/02 4:19 PM Page b Printed in the Philippines UTZZ01888ZA...

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