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eT r ex ® HC series Owner’ s Manual personal navigator (eT rex Vista HCx shown).
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eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual i I ntroductIon I ntroductIon Thank you for choosing the Garmin ® eT rex V ista ® HCx, eT rex Legend ® HCx, eT rex Summit ® HC, or eT rex V enture ® HC. These units use the proven performance of Garmin high-sensitivity GPS and full- featured mapping to create an unsurpassed portable GPS receiver .
ii eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual I ntroductIon T able of Contents Introduction ........................................................ i Tips and Shortcuts ...............................................i Product Registration ...................
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 1 G ettInG S t arted G ettInG S t arted Installing Batteries and Lanyard The eT rex operates on two AA batteries (not included). Use Alkaline, NiMH, or Lithium batteries. See page 37 for setting the battery type. T o install the batteries: 1.
2 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual G ettInG S t arted Operating the eT rex Understanding T erms Select —move the highlighted area on the screen up, down, left, or right with the ENTER/ROCKER key to select individual fields. Key —when you are directed to press a key , press and quickly release the key .
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 3 G ettInG S t arted Key Functions IN/OUT Zoom keys From the Map page, press to zoom the map in or out. From any other page, press to scroll up or down a list or move a high- lighted slider . MENU/FIND key Press and release to view the Options Menu for a page.
4 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual G ettInG S t arted T urning on the eT rex T o turn the eT rex on and off: Press and hold POWER . �djusting the Backlight T o adjust the backlight level: 1. Press and quickly release the POWER key . 2. Press up on the ROCKER to increase the brightness and down to decrease.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 5 G ettInG S t arted The Status Bar and Date and Time The Status Bar and Date/T ime W indow appear below the backlight adjustment slider when you press and release POWER . Status Bar - Date/Time Window Power to the unit is provided by batteries or from an auxiliary source.
G ettInG S t arted Transferring Data to a microSD ™ Card The eT rex V ista HCx and Legend HCx are equipped with a microSD data card slot. T o install a microSD card: 1. Remove the battery compartment cover from the back of the unit. 2. Locate the card slot at the upper-left edge of the battery tray , and slide the card into the slot.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 7 B aSIc o pera tIon B aSIc o pera tIon This section explains some of the more common operations you can perform with your eT rex, including creating and using waypoints, using the Find Menu, and how to create and use tracks and routes.
8 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon Creating W aypoints Using the Map T o create a waypoint using the Map page: 1. On the Map page, use the ROCKER to move the pointer to the map item you want to mark. 2. Press in and quickly release the ROCKER to capture the pointer location and open the information page for the map item.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 9 B aSIc o pera tIon T o calculate a location by averaging: 1. Find a location that you want to calculate an average for , press M�RK > � vg to begin averaging. 2. Press Save . Projecting a W aypoint Create a new waypoint by projecting the distance and a bearing from one location to a new location.
10 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon T o clear one or all proximity waypoints from the list: T o remove a single entry , press ENTER . T o remove all waypoints from the list, press MENU > Remove �ll . T o set proximity alarm tones: 1.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 1 1 B aSIc o pera tIon Find By Name Use Find By Name, if you know the name of the location you want to find. T o nd a location using Find By Name: 1.
12 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon Using the Find Item Information Page When you select an item from the Find item list and press ENTER , detailed information about the item is shown. Each information page contains three on- screen buttons.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 13 B aSIc o pera tIon T o nd an item near another item: 1. Press and hold FIND . 2. Select a category . 3. Select an item from the Find list. 4. Press MENU , select Find Near Here . The Find Menu opens with each category containing items near the item selected.
14 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon T o nd a geocache: 1. Press and hold FIND . 2. Highlight Geocache . Y ou can view found geocaches or those that have not been found. 3. Use the ROCKER to highlight a geocache on the list. 4. Select Go T o to navigate to the geocache location.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 15 B aSIc o pera tIon 3. Use the ROCKER to select an exit, and press ENTER . This page contains the exit description, a list of available services near the exit, and the distance and bearing from the exit to the highlighted service.
16 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon Searching for a Point of Interest If you downloaded MapSource detailed mapping, you can use the All Points of Interest category on the Find Menu to locate a nearby restaurant, lodging, landmark, public building, or select a category .
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 17 B aSIc o pera tIon T o set up a track log: 1. Press MENU twice > T racks . 2. Select Setup . Data card option (HCx units only) Wrap When Full —the track log records over the oldest data with new data. Record Method —distance records track points after a specified distance is traveled.
18 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon T rack name T rack distance T rack color Calculated area Saved T rack Page T o save a portion of the track log: 1. Press MENU twice > T racks . 2. Select Save . 3. Select No to save only a portion of the track log.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 19 B aSIc o pera tIon T o view a track on the map: On the Saved T rack page, select Map . A map showing the entire track appears. Begin and End markers and waypoints are added to the track. Saved track on the Map page T o calculate the area of a track: 1.
20 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon Navigating a Saved Track T o use the T racBack feature: 1. With the Saved T racks page for the track or the T rack Log open, select T racBack , to show the track. Select the point to T racBack. 2.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 21 B aSIc o pera tIon Methods for routing you to a destination If you select Go T o on the W aypoint page, or for other Find items, a straight path is created. If you select Navigate when on a Route page, the eT rex uses a route made of waypoints or Find Menu items.
22 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual B aSIc o pera tIon T o preview the turns for an active route: 1. From the Routes page, select a saved route. 2. Select Navigate to begin navigation. 3. Press QUIT to view the list of turns on the route. T o view an individual turn, select it.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 23 M aIn p aGeS M aIn p aGeS The eT rex V ista HCx and Summit HC has four main pages: Map page, Compass page, Altimeter page, and the Main Menu. The eT rex Legend HCx and V enture HC do not have the Altimeter page. Cycle through these pages by pressing QUIT .
24 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Satellite Page This page appears when you turn the unit on and is accessed from the Main Menu thereafter . Satellite Page Options Use W ith GPS Off/On —enables you to turn the GPS receiver on or off.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 25 M aIn p aGeS Position mode pans the map to keep your present location in the display area. The position marker shows your travel on the Map page. When you press the ROCKER , the eT rex enters pan mode, which moves the map to keep the white arrow (map pointer) within the display area.
26 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Map Orientation There are two map orientations in the Setup Map option. North Up orients the map like a paper map. T rack Up orients the map in the direction of travel. Map Page Options Stop (Resume) Navigation —stops/resumes navigation.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 27 M aIn p aGeS Measuring Distance T o measure distance between two points: 1. Press MENU > Measure Distance . An on- screen arrow appears at your location with “REF” below it. 2. Move the arrow to the reference point (the starting point you want to measure from), and press ENTER .
28 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Using the Electronic Compass (All of the eT rex HC series units use a GPS data driven compass but only the V ista HCx and Summit HC have an additional electronic compass.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 29 M aIn p aGeS T o calibrate the electronic compass: 1. Press MENU > Calibration . 2. With Start selected, press ENTER , and follow on-screen directions for holding and turning the unit. Hold the unit level and turn slowly .
30 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Sight ‘N Go Navigation Sight ‘N Go navigation is available only on the Summit HC and V ista HCx with electronic compass. T o use Sight ‘N Go to navigate: 1. Press MENU > Sight ‘N Go to start the feature.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 31 M aIn p aGeS Using the Course or Bearing Pointer The bearing pointer and course pointer are independent of each other . The bearing pointer indicates the direction to your destination, and the course pointer indicates your relationship to a course line leading to the destination.
32 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS �ltimeter Page (The Altimeter page is provided with the V ista HCx and Summit HC only .) The Altimeter page shows you a profile of elevation changes over distance or time, or a profile of pressure changes over time.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 33 M aIn p aGeS Plot Over Time or Distance These two measurement options (changes over a set period of time or changes over a set distance) apply only to the V iew Elevation Plot option. V iew Pressure Plot is measured by time.
34 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS V iew Points Scroll through a recorded elevation or pressure profile to view the elevation or pressure, time of day , and date the point was created. View point for an altitude plot Red crosshairs View point for a pressure plot T o use the View Points option: 1.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 35 M aIn p aGeS 3. Highlight �pply , and press ENTER to reset the data elds. A conrmation message appears. Calibrating the Altimeter Because the altimeter re.
36 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Main Menu The Main Menu contains settings and features not found on the main pages and sub-menus. The time and date are shown at the bottom of this page. The Main Menu is accessible from any page by pressing MENU twice.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 37 M aIn p aGeS Setup Menu T o access the Setup Menu: From the Main Menu, select Setup . System Setup Page T o access the System Setup page: From the Setup Menu, select System . GPS —choose one of the GPS options other than Normal to save battery power .
38 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Interface Setup Page Use when connecting to a computer . T o access the Interface Setup page: From the Setup Menu, select Interface . The available interface format is Garmin —the proprietary format used to exchange waypoint, track, and map data with a computer .
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 39 M aIn p aGeS Map Setup Page Use the Map Setup page to adjust how items are shown on the Map page. T o customize the Map Page display: 1. Press MENU > Setup Map . The top of the page contains icons for each setup page.
40 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Lock On Road —locks the map pointer to display on the nearest road, compensating for variances in map position accuracy . Map Setup – T racks Page Use the Map Setup –T racks page settings for Saved T racks, T rack Log, T rack Points, and Go T o Line.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 41 M aIn p aGeS Map Setup – Information Page Information Page Use the Map Setup – Information page to view a list of downloaded detailed maps such as topographic, marine charts, and maps with auto-routing capability .
42 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS 3. Select Y es or No for a calendar entry when a geocache is found. Marine Alarms Setup T o access the Marine Setup Page: From the Setup Menu, select Marine . Anchor Drag Alarm —sets an alarm when you exceed a specified drift distance.
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 43 M aIn p aGeS North Reference —choose from True, Magnetic, Grid or User options. The following two features apply to the V ista HCx and Summit HC only: Switch to compass heading when below — enter the selected speed for the unit to switch from using GPS to using the electronic compass for guidance.
44 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual M aIn p aGeS Calendar T o access the Calendar: From the Main Menu, select Calendar . Calculator T o access the Calculator: From the Main Menu, select Calculator . Stopwatch T o access the Stopwatch: From the Main Menu, select Stopwatch .
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 45 a ppendIx a ppendIx Specications Physical Size : 4.2" H x 2.2" W x 1.2" D W eight : 5.6 ounces (159 g) with batteries installed. Display : 1.3" W x 1.7" H, 256-color , high resolution, transreflective TFT(176 x 220 pixels) backlit.
46 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual a ppendIx Connecting Y our eT rex to a Computer Connect your eT rex to your computer using the PC/ USB connector cable provided. NOTE: Fully install the supplied MapSource T rip & W aypoint Manager software on your computer before connecting the USB cable to the computer .
eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual 47 a ppendIx Software License �greement BY USING THE eT rex, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE FOLLOWING SOFTW ARE LICENSE AGREEMENT .
48 eT rex HC series Owner ’s Manual I ndex I ndex � adjusting the backlight 4 altimeter page pressure/elevation plots 33 view points 34 auto-routing 21 B backlight 4 batteries 1 C compass bearing .
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