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Lowrance X-65 Installation And Operation Instructions Manual

Lowrance x-65 sonar: operation instruction.
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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TROUBLESHOOTING ... 28 WARRANTY ... 31 UPS SHIPPING ... 32 INTERNATIONAL SERVICE INFORMATION ... INSIDE BACK COVER Copyright All features and specifications subject to change without notice. All screens in this manual are simulated. © 1996, Lowrance Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 3: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION The X-65 is the latest member of the Lowrance family that combines a high performance sonar with a wide screen. Using menu features and “soft- key” operation, the X-65 is also one of the easiest to use sonars that ®...

  • Page 4: Power Connections

    Do not use this product without a 3-amp fuse wired into the power cable! Failure to use a 3-amp fuse will void your warranty. If you’re installing a speed/temperature sensor, read it's mounting instruc- tions. Route the sensor’s cable to the X-65's power cable and plug it into the connector marked “SPEED/TEMP CABLE”...

  • Page 5: Transducer

    Remember, the transducer location is the most critical part of a sonar installation. If it isn't done properly, the sonar can't perform to its designed potential.

  • Page 6: Keyboard Basics

    ZOUT, ZIN - These keys let you zoom the screen in and out to see detail. ALARM - Press this key to activate any of the sonar alarms. PWR - This key turns the X-65 and it's lights on and off. ENT, EXIT - These keys let you enter or erase values.

  • Page 7: Operation

    PWR key to turn the lights on. Press the PWR key again to turn the lights off. To turn the X-65 off, press and hold the PWR key while a "countdown" appears on the screen. The unit will shut itself off when the countdown reaches zero.

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    Full Chart This is the default mode used when the X-65 is first turned on. The bottom signal scrolls across the screen from right to left. Depth scales on the right side of the screen makes it easy to determine the depth of fish, structure, and other objects.

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    Window Groups You can change the displays on the X- 65 by using the windows feature. This lets you use different displays for your own fishing or boating situations. This feature gives you 8 different display screens in the window groups alone. The screens available in the windows mode are divided into two or more windows per screen.

  • Page 10: Automatic

    AUTOMATIC When the X-65 is first turned on, the Automatic feature is enabled. This is indicated by the word “AUTO” at the top of the screen. The Automatic fea- ture adjusts the sensitivity and range so the bottom signal is displayed in the lower half of the screen at all times.

  • Page 11: Range

    The X-65 gives you complete control over the range when it’s in the manual mode. To change the range, first make cer- tain the X-65 is in the manual mode. Next, press the MENU key and the up or down arrow keys until the range...

  • Page 12: Upper And Lower Limits

    UPPER AND LOWER LIMITS You can enter any range when the unit is in the manual mode. The X-65 lets you enter any upper and lower limit, provided there is at least ten feet separating them. (On the screen below left, the upper limit is 0 and the lower limit is 100.) Using the upper and lower limit range option, we...

  • Page 13: Zoom

    ZOOM “Zooming” the picture is a common method used to enlarge small detail and fish signals. The X-65 gives you two different zoom sizes, plus a split screen zoom option. The zoom operation and adjustment is different in the automatic and manual modes.

  • Page 14: Manual Operation

    GRAYLINE is adjustable. Since GRAYLINE shows the difference be- tween strong and weak signals, adjusting the sensitivity may require a different GRAYLINE level, also. The level chosen by the X-65 at power on is usually adequate for most conditions. Experiment with your unit to find the GRAYLINE setting that’s best for you.

  • Page 15: Chart Speed

    or down arrow keys until the GRAYLINE menu appears. A screen similar to the one at right appears. Press the left arrow key to decrease the gray level or the right arrow key to increase it. The percentage of GRAYLINE in use changes as the arrow keys are pressed.

  • Page 16: Fish Id

    Remember, the Fish ID feature can’t be used when the X-65 is in the manual mode. If you turn the Fish ID feature on when the X-65 is in manual, the microcomputer will turn the automatic feature on. If you turn automatic off when the Fish ID feature is on, the Fish ID feature will be turned off also.

  • Page 17: Chart Setup

    When the X-65 is turned on, FishTrack is enabled. To turn the FishTrack feature off, press the menu key, then press the up or down arrow keys until the FISH ID menu appears. Now press the left arrow key. Pressing it once switches the FishTrack feature off, but leaves Fish ID on.

  • Page 18: Groups Fastrak

    It is simply converting each dot to a horizontal line. CHART CURSOR The X-65 has a chart cursor that allows you to pinpoint a target’s depth. The cursor is simply a horizontal line that extends across the display from left to right.

  • Page 19: Display Zone Bar

    DIGITAL SONAR When the X-65 is turned on, the digital depth display is located at the top left corner of the screen. This display comes from a separate digital sonar built into the unit. It displays only the bottom depth. If it loses the bottom, the last known depth will flash on the display.

  • Page 20: Alarms

    ALARMS The X-65 has three different types of sonar alarms. The first is the Fish Alarm. It sounds when the Fish I.D. feature determines an echo or group of echoes is a fish. Another alarm is the Zone Alarm which consists of a bar.

  • Page 21: Zone Alarm

    "1" at the end of the number to a "0". The depth now shows 10 feet. Press the ENT key to accept this setting. The X-65 returns to the alarms menu, showing a shallow depth of 10 feet. Now you can activate the alarm by highlighting the "Shallow Alm"...

  • Page 22: Adjust Chart Surface Clarity

    45 feet. There are three levels of SCC avail- able on the X-65: low, medium, and high. When it’s turned on for the first time, the SCC level is low. To change it, press the MENU key, then press the up or down arrow keys until the "Surface Clarity"...

  • Page 23: System Setup

    The ASP feature has two levels - Normal and High. If you have high noise levels, try using the “High” ASP setting. However, if you are having trouble with noise, we suggest that you take steps to find the interference source and fix it, rather than continu- ally using the unit with the high ASP setting.

  • Page 24: System Information

    EXIT key. Reset Distance Log If you have a speed sensor attached to the X-65, the unit starts counting the distance you've travelled each time you turn it on. You can reset this distance to zero by turning the unit off and on again, however, it's easier to highlight the "Reset Distance Log"...

  • Page 25: Simulator

    Simulator The X-65 has a simulator built in that lets you use it as if you are on the water. All features and functions of the unit are usable. A message appears occasionally to remind you that the simulator is on.

  • Page 26: Calibrate Speed

    Calibrate Speed You can calibrate the speed display if an optional speed sensor is attached to the X-65. To do this, highlight the "Calibrate Speed" label on the "Sys- tem Setup" menu, then press the right arrow key. A screen similar to the one at right appears.

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  • Page 28: Troubleshooting

    Rerouting the power and transducer cables away from other electrical wiring on the boat may help. Route the sonar unit’s power cable directly to the battery instead of through a fuse block or ignition switch 2.

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    1. The transducer may be in turbulent water. It must be mounted in a smooth flow of water in order for the sonar to work at all boat speeds. Air bubbles in the water disrupt the sonar signals, interfering with its ability to find the bottom or other targets.

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    Make certain the engine is off, also. Turn your X-65 on, then turn off ASP (Advanced Signal Processing). There should be a steady bottom signal on the display. Now turn on each piece of electrical equipment on the boat and view the effect on the sonar’s display.

  • Page 31: Warranty

    LOWRANCE ELECTRONICS, INC FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY “We", “our”, or “us” refers to LOWRANCE ELECTRONICS, INC, the manufacturer of this product. “You” or “your” refers to the first person who purchases this product as a consumer item for personal, family, or household use.

  • Page 32: Ups Shipping

    There are six easy steps: 1.Call Lowrance at the toll-free number on the front of this flyer for a Return Authorization (RA) number and instructions about what accessories to return. Do not return a product to the factory without a Return Authorization (RA) Number! 2.Pack your unit and any accessories in the original shipping container,...

  • Page 33: Accessory Ordering Information

    This UPS shipping offer is good only in the continental United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii). Lowrance Electronics may find it necessary to change or end our shipping policies, regula- tions, and special offers at any time. We reserve the right to do so without notice.

  • Page 35: How To Obtain Service

    How to Obtain Service (Canadian Customers Only) We back your investment in quality products with quick, expert service and genuine Lowrance replacement parts. If you need service or repairs, contact the Lowrance Factory Customer Service Department at the toll-free number listed below. A technician may be able to solve the problem and save you the inconvenience of returning your unit.

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    Your unit is covered by a full one-year warranty. (See page 29 for complete warranty details.) If your unit fails and the failure is not covered by the original warranty, Lowrance has a flat-rate repair policy that covers your unit and accessories packed with the unit at the factory. There is a 180- day warranty on all non-warranty repairs from the factory, which is similar to the original warranty, but is for 180 days rather than one year.

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