By Robert J. Sweet

The guide you would like had include your GPS receiver. "GPS for Mariners" summarizes crucial international positioning procedure suggestions, explains the buttons, monitors, and menus of your GPS receiver, and solutions your entire questions. jam-packed with important illustrations and hands-on examples, this whole and functional consultant indicates you the way to: develop into an educated GPS client and consumer; attach GPS in your computing device, autopilot, and radar; navigate with GPS utilizing waypoints and routes; use an digital chartplotter or navigation software program to plot and visual display unit your direction; make the most of the various services on your GPS to securely and enjoyably achieve your vacation spot no matter if below sail or strength; improve your receiver's functionality with WAAS, DGPS, and correct antenna placement; grasp complex techniques.'A must-buy for either skilled and beginner boaters who are looking to get the main from their GPS navigation platforms' - Kenneth J. Cirillo, vp, C-Map/USA. 'Great ebook! "GPS for Mariners" exhibits boaters the right way to use GPS with charts or even the way to use electronic charts for making plans and navigating together with your GPS' - Edward D. Markham, president, Maptech Inc. 'A must-read for an individual making plans to navigate with GPS' - Robert P.David, prior president, nationwide Boating Federation, former nationwide schooling officer, U.S. strength Squadrons.

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Generally, the Trip Computer provides a single screen of data that presents many of the data fields outlined previously. Typically, you can reset a group of Trip Computer screen fields for distance, maximum and average speed, time of travel, time in motion and time stopped, and other information. This screen can be very useful for reviewing a day’s cruise or for calculating fuel consumption. Menus Menus represent the primary means of controlling a GPS receiver. Each receiver has multiple sets of menus and submenus.

A data-entry field is usually identified by a field parameter with accompanying alphanumeric fields. In this example, we are viewing the System Setup Menu, and we want to change the time offset used by the GPS receiver to show local time instead of UTC. Generally, mariners navigate using local time for their time zone. If on a long voyage, they will adjust their watches as they transit each time zone. ” This takes the cursor to the data field, highlighting just one character. Usually you will be prompted to start with the character on the left.

Alarms are individually set based on their function. Most GPS receiver alarms have selectable thresholds for distance, and the values are entered using the cursor key. 2 m), as are anchor watch alarms. Crosstrack Error alarm settings are based on just how tightly you want to track the course line. Once any alarm threshold is set and exceeded, the GPS receiver emits a beeping sound and instructs you to press “Page” to discover what the alarm means. Some fixed-mount receivers have the ability to sound an external alarm using the GPS as a switch to close an alarm circuit for a device of your choosing.

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