1 Owner's Manual eTrex HC series . personal navigator ( eTrex Vista HCx shown). 2007 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries Garmin International , Inc. Garmin (Europe) Ltd. Garmin Corporation 1200 East 151st Street, Liberty House No. 68, Jangshu 2nd Road, Olathe, Kansas 66062, USA Hounsdown Business Park, Shijr, Taipei County, Taiwan Tel. (913) or (800) Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 9RB UK Tel. 886 Fax (913) Tel. +44 (0) (outside the UK) Fax 886 0808 2380000 (within the UK). Fax +44 (0) All rights reserved. Except as expressly provided herein, no part of this manual may be reproduced, copied, transmitted, disseminated, downloaded or stored in any storage medium, for any purpose without the express prior written consent of Garmin . Garmin hereby grants permission to download a single copy of this manual onto a hard drive or other electronic storage medium to be viewed and to print one copy of this manual or of any revision hereto, provided that such electronic or printed copy of this manual must contain the complete text of this copyright notice and provided further that any unauthorized commercial distribution of this manual or any revision hereto is strictly prohibited.
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3 B Printed in Taiwan Introduction Introduction Product Registration Help us better support you by completing our online Thank you for choosing the Garmin eTrex Vista . registration today! Connect to our Web site at HCx, eTrex Legend HCx, eTrex Summit HC, Keep the original sales receipt, or eTrex Venture HC. These units use the proven or a photocopy, in a safe place. performance of Garmin high-sensitivity GPS and full- featured mapping to create an unsurpassed portable Contact Garmin GPS receiver. The eTrex models operate identically Contact Garmin if you have any questions while with a few exceptions. If a feature is discussed in this using your eTrex . In the USA contact Garmin Product manual that is not universal for all HC series units, Support by phone: (913) 397-8200 or (800) 800-1020, a notation is made. Take a moment to compare the Monday Friday, 8 AM 5 PM Central Time; or go contents of this package with the packing list on the to , and click Product box.
4 If any pieces are missing, contact your Garmin Support. dealer immediately. In Europe, contact Garmin (Europe) Ltd. at +44 (0) (outside the UK) or Tips and Shortcuts 0808 2380000 (within the UK). To quickly return to the Main Menu from any page, press the MENU key twice. Optional Accessories . To extend battery life, turn off the GPS when For a complete list of available accessories and maps not using the eTrex for navigation. Decrease for use with the eTrex , refer to the level of the display's backlight by quickly WARNING: See the Important Safety and Product pressing and releasing the POWER key. Information sheet in the product box for product warnings and other important information. eTrex HC series Owner's Manual . Introduction Table of Contents Main 36. 36. Routes 36. Tips and Highway 36. Product Setup 37. Optional Proximity 43. Getting 43. Installing Batteries and 44.
5 Operating the 44. Key 3 Sun and 44. Turning on the Hunt & 44. Adjusting the Games 44. Initializing the GPS Basic 45. Creating and Using Software License 47. Proximity Declaration of 47. Using the Find 10 Using 16. Creating a 20. Main Satellite 24. Map 24. Compass 27. Altimeter 32. Trip Computer 35. ii eTrex HC series Owner's Manual Getting Started Getting Started To install the lanyard: 1. Place the loop of the lanyard through the slot at the base of the unit. Installing Batteries and Lanyard The eTrex operates on two AA batteries (not 2. Route the strap through the loop, and pull tight. included). Use Alkaline, NiMH, or Lithium batteries. USB connector Optional belt See page 37 for setting the clip port (under battery type. (attaches to belt weather cap). or waistband). To install the batteries: 1. Remove the battery PUSH TO EJECT. cover by turning the locking ring 1/4 turn counter-clockwise and pulling the cover loose.
6 2. Insert the batteries, Belt clip knob observing the proper Locking Battery pin slot compartment polarity. Remove the batteries when you do not plan to use the unit for several months. Stored data is not lost when Auxiliary mount adapter (Do not discard. This adapter batteries are removed. attaches to the unit for Lanyard installation connection to mounting kits.). eTrex HC series Owner's Manual . Getting Started Operating the eTrex Understanding Terms Highlighted Select move the highlighted area on the screen up, field down, left, or right with the ENTER/ROCKER key Field to select individual fields. Key when you are directed to press a key, press and quickly release the key. Field the location on a page where data or an option On-screen buttons can be shown or entered. Manual Conventions On-screen button use the ENTER/ROCKER key In this manual, when you are instructed to select to select a button, and press it in to ENTER.
7 An item, small arrows (>) appear in the text. They Scroll bar when viewing a list of items too long to indicate that you should highlight a series of items appear on the screen, a scroll bar appears next to the on the screen using the ROCKER, and press in to list. To scroll through a list, press up or down on the ENTER after each item. For example, if you see ROCKER, or use the In and Out keys. select Service > Show Info, you should highlight Service, and press ENTER. Then highlight Show Default the factory setting saved in the unit's Info, and press ENTER again. memory. You can change the settings, and revert to the factory settings when you select Restore Defaults. eTrex HC series Owner's Manual Getting Started ENTER/ROCKER key Key Functions Rock up or down or right or left to move through lists; highlight fields, on-screen buttons, or icons; enter data;. IN/OUT Zoom keys or move the map panning arrow.
8 From the Map page, press to zoom Press in and release to enter highlighted the map in or out. options and data or confirm on-screen messages. From any other page, press to scroll up or down a list or move a high- Press in and hold at any time to MARK. lighted slider. your current location as a waypoint. QUIT/PAGE key Press to cycle through the main pages. MENU/FIND key Press and hold to turn the compass Press and release to view the Options on or off (Vista HCx and Summit HC. Menu for a page. only). Press and hold to display the Find Menu. POWER key Press and hold to turn on or off. Press and release for backlighting or to view time, date, and battery capacity. eTrex HC series Owner's Manual . Getting Started Turning on the eTrex To initialize your eTrex : Hold the unit in front of you facing the sky. To turn the eTrex on and off: While the GPS receiver is searching for Press and hold POWER.
9 The satellite signals, a Locating Satellites . message is replaced by an Acquiring Adjusting the Backlight Satellites message until enough signals are To adjust the backlight level: acquired to fix its location. 1. Press and quickly release the POWER key. 2. Press up on the ROCKER to increase the The outer brightness and down to decrease. circle 3. Press ENTER or QUIT to close. represents the horizon. The number of each overhead Initializing the GPS Receiver satellite is The inner The first time you turn on your eTrex , the GPS shown. circle is a receiver must collect satellite data and establish its location 45 The strength of current location. To receive satellite signals, you must degrees from each satellite be outdoors and have a clear view of the sky. the horizon. signal is shown. If the unit cannot establish a satellite fix, a list of solutions appears. Highlight the appropriate solution, and press ENTER.
10 eTrex HC series Owner's Manual Getting Started The Status Bar and Date and Time Using the Mapping Databases The Status Bar and Date/Time Window appear below Many of the eTrex features require detailed mapping the backlight adjustment slider when you press and data to be fully operational, so you need to transfer release POWER. maps before using the unit. The eTrex Vista HCx and Legend HCx are equipped with a slot for a microSD card (user provided) that can be loaded with detailed maps from optional MapSource disks. With selected MapSource mapping data, you can Status Bar - Date/Time Window view listings of nearby restaurants, lodging, shopping centers, attractions and entertainment, and addresses. Power to the unit is provided by batteries or from The amount of data transferable is 24 MB for the an auxiliary source. Power status is shown on the eTrex Summit HC and Venture HC, for the eTrex Main Menu and the Status Bar.