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GALILEOGPS

Introduction

 

 

Introduction

If you have any questions concerning the operation of this Whistler product please call:

Customer Service

1-800-531-0004

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CT

or visit

www.whistlergroup.com

Please keep the receipt in a safe place. You may register your Galileo™ GPS online at: www.whistlergroup.com. If the unit is returned without a dated store receipt an out of warranty service charge applies.

Note: Your warranty period begins at the time of purchase. The warranty is validated only by a copy of the original store receipt. Now is the time to record the serial number of the unit(located inside the battery compartment), in the space provided in the warranty section of the manual.

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Enjoy

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Dear Whistler Owner,

Thank you for purchasing the Whistler GalileoGPS. Please take the time to read the owner’s manual in order to understand and maximize use of the operating features. There is no better way to experience what’s near you or how to get there, than by using a Whistler GalileoHandheld GPS. Both the GalileoGPS and GalileoWhistler Mapsoftware were designed for ease of use to make your purchase and experience a pleasant one. This manual and our Whistler Customer Service are here to assist you. For more general GPS information or frequently asked questions, please see our FAQ page at www.whistlergroup.com.

Before using the GalileoGPS for the first time make sure that you read the important safety and use information in the sections that follow.

Enjoy

your

GALILEO

Handheld

GPS

Enjoy the GalileoGPS. Please drive safely.

Sincerely,

The Whistler Group, Inc.

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GALILEOGPS Standard Packaging

Standard

This manual applies to the Whistler GalileoGPS and the

 

Galileo EliteGPS.*

Packaging

Includes

Standard Packaging Includes:

 

 

Galileo EliteGPS

1 GalileoGPS unit with base maps of the continental United States

2 Whistler MapCD’s with detailed maps of the continental United States

32 MB Standard Type II Flash Card

PC Interface Cable with USB Connection

Quick Start-UpGuide & Owner’s Manual

Whistler MapUser’s Guide

GalileoGPS:

1 GalileoGPS unit with base maps of the continental United States

1 Quick Start-UpGuide & Owner’s Manual

*Some parts of this manual apply to the GalileoGPSONLY with the optional GalileoGPS Accessory Upgrade Pack.

GalileoAccessory Upgrade Pack:

2 Whistler MapCD’s with detailed maps of the continental United States

32 MB Standard Type II Flash Card

PC Interface Cable with USB Connection

Whistler MapUser’s Guide

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Safety Information

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Important Safety Information

WARNING: It is the user’s responsibility to use this product prudently and maintainsafe-drivingpractices at all times. This GPS should be used only by someone able to clearly understand the instructions and able to operate the controls. For proper safety we recommend that a passenger operate the Galileo. However, in cases where you are alone, it is recommended that you pull over to make any adjustments to the Galileo. It is also important to make sure that the unit is secure, does not block the driver’s field of vision, and will not become a hazard in case of an accident. Do not mount or place the Galileoon an air bag equipped steering wheel or passenger area. In case of an accident this can be deadly.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the government of the United States, which is solely responsible for its accuracy and maintenance. The system is subject to changes which could affect the accuracy and performance of all GPS equipment.

Important

Safety

Information

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GALILEOGPS

Software

 

 

GALILEO

Whistler Map

Software

The base map and detailed mapping software are provided by Navtech Technologies Corporation. The base map and optional detailed mapping software are as accurate and detailed as possible. Whenever maps are digitized, there is still a possibility that some inaccurate or incomplete data can be found. It is because of these inaccuracies that the Galileois a travel aid and is not intended for precise measurement in navigation or aircraft use.

Galileo/ Whistler MapSoftware Use Terms

Copyright laws protect the Galileo’s operating system and internal mapping software. The optional Whistler MapSoftware CD contains detailed mapping software(Standard on Galileo Elite) which is copyrighted. Please review carefully the software agreement information enclosed in the Whistler MapUser’s Guide.

Note: By opening the CD package you accept the terms and conditions listed in the agreement. Once opened, the CD package cannot be returned to the place of purchase.

All rights reserved.

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FCC Compliance

GALILEOGPS

 

 

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Changes and modifications not expressly approved by the Whistler Group, Inc., may void the warranty. Repairs should be made only by an authorized Whistler Repair Center.

FCC

Compliance

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GALILEOGPS

Table of Contents

 

 

Table

of

Contents

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Features ...........................................................................................................................

8

External Functions ..................................................................................................

9

Button Functions .....................................................................................................

9

Battery Installation................................................................................................

10

Compact Flash Card (CF).....................................................................................

11

First Time Usage..........................................................................................................

12

Getting Started.......................................................................................................

12

Simulation Mode ........................................................................................................

13

Adjusting Contrast......................................................................................................

13

Night Viewing .......................................................................................................

13

Obtaining Satellite Signals.......................................................................................

13

Cold Start......................................................................................................................

14

Finding Your Way - Main Navigational Pages......................................................

15

Map Page ......................................................................................................................

16

Display Information...................................................................................................

17

Hide or View Icons ...............................................................................................

17

Points of Interests..................................................................................................

18

Measuring Distances ............................................................................................

18

Shortcut .........................................................................................................................

19

System Settings ...........................................................................................................

20

Change a Setting ...................................................................................................

20

Waypoints .....................................................................................................................

21

Set a Waypoint.......................................................................................................

21

Trip Page .......................................................................................................................

22

Set the Correct Time..............................................................................................

22

Reset Values ...........................................................................................................

22

Change the Track or Speed / Distance Measurements...................................

22

Compass Page ..............................................................................................................

23

Change a Route to Travel to................................................................................

23

Locating Services, Cities, Roads, POI’s, etc.......................................................

23

Find a City ....................................................................................................................

24

Set Location............................................................................................................

24

Search Settings ............................................................................................................

25

Find the Nearest Road..........................................................................................

25

Change the Nearest Search Setting ....................................................................

25

Main Menu Items........................................................................................................

26

Waypoints...............................................................................................................

26

Enter New Waypoint Coordinates .....................................................................

26

Routes............................................................................................................................

27

Enter a Route .........................................................................................................

27

Turn a Route On or Off ........................................................................................

28

Insert a New Waypoint into a Route..................................................................

28

Delete All or One Waypoint from a Route........................................................

28

Track Logs.....................................................................................................................

29

Start or Stop a Track Log......................................................................................

30

Clear a Track Log ..................................................................................................

30

Save a Track Log....................................................................................................

30

Change Track Log Information...........................................................................

31

Turn On / Off Track Log Display from the Map Page ...................................

31

Delete a Track Log ................................................................................................

32

Change Datum.............................................................................................................

32

Loading..........................................................................................................................

33

NMEA Output .............................................................................................................

33

Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................................

34

Galileo™ GPS Specifications...................................................................................

36

Settings..........................................................................................................................

37

Warranty Information ...........................................................................................

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Features

GALILEOGPS

 

 

The Whistler Galileois designed to be user friendly and easy to operate. The GalileoGPS features include, but are not limited to the following:

Storage for 500 waypoints with names.

A track log (bread crumbs) with storage capability of five tracks and 2500 points each.

Seven (4 main) navigational screens including satellite, map(zoom in and zoom out capabilities), compass, trip, goto navigation, track logs, and shortcut screens.

Route building capabilities, with storage for 20 routes with 30 waypoints each.

16 MB of built in memory storing base map of the continental United States, waypoints and routes.

Expandability with additional memory and detailed Whistler Mapsoftware(with optional GalileoGPS Accessory Upgrade Pack).

Features

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GALILEOGPS

Functions

 

 

Functions

9-A

9-B

External Functions

1.External power jack provides connection for the optional 12 to 3 volt DC power cord.See 9-A.

2.Data jack provides connection for the optional USB PC interface cable.

3.Battery & Compact Flash Card compartment uses 2 AA batteries and optional type II compact flash card.

4.External Antenna provides connection for an active external GPS antenna. Requires a male MCX connector.

Button Functions (See 9-B and 9-C)

1.Display Screen provides map and“points of interest” information.

2.Page/Escape (ESC) Buttonselects different navigation screens or exits current menu.

3.Power (PWR) Button press and hold turns unit on/off. Turns backlighting on/off.

4.Zoom In (IN +) Button lowers the viewing area. Pressing for 2 seconds turns on/off map mode and map scale.

5.Zoom Out (OUT - ) Button increases the viewing area. Pressing for 2 seconds hides or displays interstates.

6.Menu Button opens option selection screen. Press this button twice enters the main menu.

7.OK Button in menu mode, selects a menu item. In the Map Page, press and hold for 2 seconds creates a waypoint.

8.Direction Button allows movement through menu items. While on the map page, press and hold this button in any direction for access to the arrow. The arrow can be moved either up/down or left/right. It can be used to display info about POI’s or highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-C

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Battery Installation

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Battery Installation

This unit requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

1.Remove the battery compartment cover by using your thumb to grab the release tab. See 10-A.

2.Remove the insert that is in the battery compartment and discard.

3.Insert the optional Compact Flash memory card into slot. Note: The unit will operate without this card.

See page 11 for Compact Flash card information.

4.Observing correct polarity (+) and (-),insert batteries as shown.

5.Reinstall battery compartment cover.

For best performance from alkaline batteries we recommend using the highest capacity type available as recommended for digital cameras and portable CD players.

Note: Make sure that alkaline batteries are removed from the unit when using the optional cigarette lighter adapter cord. If the batteries are not removed, damage to the batteries and/or the unit will result.

If using rechargeable AA batteries, for longer life select the highest capacity available. Ni-MHrechargeable batteries are recommended. Common rechargeable batteries have a power rating of 1700mA or higher.

Note: DO NOT mix battery types as this can damage the batteries. Lithium batteries are recommended for use in cold temperatures.

Remove the batteries when the Galileowill not be used for an extended period of time. Damage caused by leaky or improperly charged batteries(For example; Alkaline batteries in unit while using the optional power cord) is not covered under warranty. Check with the battery manufacturer about their specific product warranty and disposal recommendations.

Battery

Installation

10-A

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GALILEOGPS Compact Flash Card(CF)

Compact

Flash Card

Add or

Remove the

Compact

Flash Card

Compact Flash Card

The Galileouses standard Type II Compact Flash(CF) Memory Cards. These cards can be added to the GalileoGPS receivers through the battery compartment. CF cards come in many configurations up to 1024 MB. The addition of a CF card to the unit allows data to be uploaded/download to/from the Whistler MapSoftware CD(provided with the GalileoAccessory Upgrade Pack and Galileo Elite).

Important: Make sure that the CF card you purchased

(other than from Whistler) has the CF and FCC logo’s clearly visible.

Add or Remove the CF card:

1.Press and hold the power button to turn the unit off.

2.Remove the battery door.

3.Remove both of the AA batteries.

4.To remove the CF card, gently pull the CF card slightly towards the top of the unit. Carefully continue to slide the CF card out of the channel it’s in. Tilt the Galileoto help remove the CF card.

5.To install the CF card, hold it such that the tiny holes are at one end facing the bottom of the unit and the lip is on the top. Place the CF card in the channel provided in the battery compartment.

Note: CF card can only go in one way. Carefully push the CF card towards the bottom of the unit until you feel it lock into place. Do not force the CF card. Forcing the CF card could cause damage to the card and/or the unit.

6.Reinstall the batteries into the battery compartment. Be sure to observe the proper polarity.

7.Replace the battery compartment door.

8.Press and hold the Power (PWR) button to turn on the Galileo.

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First Time Usage

GALILEOGPS

 

 

The Galileohas a protective plastic layer over the display screen. Remove this layer before use.

You are now ready to travel with your Galileo!

Using Your GalileoFor The First Time

It is best to be outside and have a clear sky above you to allow the Galileoto obtain better reception of the satellites. Clear sky means no trees, bridges, overhangs, carports etc. Cloudy skies are ok. Holding the unit at 45 degrees from horizontal is optimum and a natural position for using the unit.See 12-A. Having an open area around you is important for first time use, any time that the unit has not been used for an extended period of time, and when the Cold Start function is used.See Cold Start section on page 15 for more information.

Getting Started

With the batteries properly installed, press and hold the Power button until the greeting screen is displayed then release the Power button. The greeting screen momentarily displays the mapping and Operating System (OS) release versions [See 12-B]then displays the warning page [See 12-C].While the greeting screen is displayed, write down the OS and Map release information in your manual for future reference. This information can also be found on the“Main Menu” under the“About” selection. This information is necessary should you inquire about the Galileo’s operation or order new software.

This warning screen is to let you know that the GPS unit does have limitations and that they affect accuracy. Press the PAGE/ESC button to acknowledge the warning message and continue. If the PAGE/ESC button is not pressed within 60 seconds the unit will turn itself off.

See 12-D.

12-D

Using Your

GALILEO

For The

First Time

12-A

Getting

Started

12-B

12-C

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GALILEOGPS

Simulation Mode

 

 

Simulation

Mode

Simulation Mode

To get a feel for the many useful features and also conserve battery life, switch the unit to simulation mode. Simulation mode allows the unit to function without acquiring satellites. This gives you time to learn many of Galileo’s useful features. After turning the Galileoon, the screen will display the Satellite page, trying to obtain a satellite.See 14-B. Press the menu button, press Stop Navigation, then OK. This will allow the unit to function without searching for satellites.

Note: The Galileo’s Memory Feature saves your setting when the unit is turned off. If the Galileowas set in Simulation Mode before being turned off, is will be in the same mode next time the unit is turned on.

Simulation mode is also used to look up map information, set up waypoints and routes before, during or after a trip. While in this mode, the unit is not looking for satellite signals, which conserves battery power. Once at a location, you can locate area attractions and other Points Of Interests (POI), using the Search Object menu selection. This capability is only with the Whistler Mapdetailed mapping software available with the GalileoGPS Accessory Pack or with the Galileo Elite.See page 26 for description of menu items. Since the Galileoknows your last position before entering Simulation Mode, it uses this information when referencing distance to services or POI’s.

Note: Under SIMULATION mode, you cannot use National Marine Electronics Association(NMEA) 0183 output.See NMEA section on page 33.

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Adjusting Contrast

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Adjusting Contrast

If lighting conditions make it hard to view the display screen, the backlight can be adjusted for optimum viewing.

1.Press the PAGE/ESC Button until the satellite page is displayed.

2.Move the Direction Button either to the left or right and the contrast display setting will be shown. Move to the left or right to adjust the lightness/darkness of the screen. See 14-A.

3.After adjustment, press the OK Button or the PAGE/ESC button to exit.

Extensive use of the backlight will reduce battery life.

Night Viewing

Press the PWR Button to turn on backlighting. The amount of time the backlighting is on can be adjusted from the Settings Menu.

See System Settings Section on page 20.

Obtaining Satellite Signals

The Satellite page shows the GPS satellites that are available and their signal strength. Once a satellite is acquired and fixed, the signal bar for each satellite will turn dark. Signal strength of the satellite signals will be shown by length of signal bar. The longer the signal bar displayed, the stronger the signal. This page also displays which satellites are locked on, your location coordinates, background lighting on/off, DOP number (the lower the number the better the satellite signal), and battery status.See 14-B.

At least three satellites are needed for the Galileoto operate properly. When the unit is searching for satellites, it may take several minutes to acquire three or more strong signals from the orbiting satellites. When you use the Galileofor the first time, perform a Cold Start(See page 15) or when you are over 500 miles from where the GalileoGPS was last turned on, the unit may require longer(5 to 10 minutes) than normal time to acquire the necessary three or more satellites. After the satellites are acquired and fixed, your position is identified and the display changes to the map page.

Adjusting

Contrast

14-A

Satellite

Signals

14-B

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GALILEOGPS

Cold Start

 

 

Cold Start

Main

Navigational

Pages

15-A

15-B

Cold Start

Performing the Cold Start function decreases the time it takes to get a satellite lock. Cold Start means that the Galileohas no reference to use as a guide to tell it what satellites should be overhead. Without a reference, the Galileowill search the sky trying to find any satellite that may be overhead. This can increase the time it takes to get its first satellite lock.(Up to 10 minutes in severe conditions.) Under normal operating conditions, the last satellite lock computed before the unit was turned off, is stored into memory and will be used as the reference the next time the unit is turned on. Also, if you travel for more than 500 miles with the Galileoturned off, it will still have the reference point, but it may be too inaccurate to be useful. In this case you may want to perform a Cold Start.

Finding Your Way - Main Navigational Pages

Galileoprovides a total of four screens to provide services, show you points of interest(POI) and to help you keep track of your travels. The following is a brief description of the main navigational pages. By pressing the PAGE/ESC Button, each of these pages will be displayed.

Main Navigational Pages

1.Satellite Page

2.Map Page

3.

Trip Page

Satellite Page

 

Map Page

 

 

 

4.

Compass Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Page

 

Compass Page

The Galileohas a horizontal or vertical screen viewing option. If you would like to change the orientation of the display, simply press and hold the Page Button.See 15-A and 15-B.

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Map Page

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Map Page

The Map Page displays your current position, coordinates and zoom in/out level in miles. The Galileowill show major highways, cities and coastlines. More detailed maps of cities, streets, and POI’s will be displayed with the optional(standard on Galileo Elitemodel) Whistler MapSoftware CD(also available in the GalileoGPS Accessory Pack). The pointer represents your location and direction on the map.See 16-A. When the pointer is solid, this indicates a good signal. When the pointer is clear, this indicates a weak signal, no signal or the unit’s in simulation mode.See 16-B. The circle surrounding the pointer represents the accuracy of your location. Move the Direction Button in any one of the four directions and a curser like arrow is displayed. Detailed information is shown when this arrow is pointed to a road or POI on the map.See 16-C. Moving this arrow to any edge of the display moves the map so you can see what is around you.

In the lower right corner of the map screen is a viewing information center. This center displays the zoom level of the map (.1 to 200 miles), viewing area location vs. ma(a “You are here” view), and POI’s longitude and latitude. To turn on/off the Information center press and hold the Zoom In(+) button for 2 seconds.

Map Page

16-A

16-B

16-C

Map Scale On

Map Scale Off

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GALILEOGPS Display Information

Display

Information

Display Icons

Hide or

View Icons

Display - Hide Points

Display - Hide Roads

Display Information

The POI’s shown on the Map Page are represented by Icons. These Icons can be turned on or off along with roads and Interstates to allow for easier viewing of the map. To see what the Icons mean, or to customize your screen by turning all or some of them on or off, follow the steps below.

Hide or View Icons

1.From the Map Page, press the MENU Button.

2.With the Direction Button, move to “Display Icons” option and press the OK Button.

3.To understand the meaning of the icons, move the

Direction Button to the “?” box and press the OK Button.

4.Move the Direction Button to an Icon and press the OK Button to hide that Icon.

5.Repeat step 4 for additional Icons.

6.To hide a group of Icons press the Menu Button – Move the Direction Button to the “Hide All”,“Hide Points” or“Hide Roads” and press Direction Button.

7.To show a group Icons press the Menu Button --Move the Direction Button to the“Show All”,“Show Points” or“Show Roads” and press Direction Button.

Note: Steps 6 and 7 may have a mix of“Hide” and“Show” options displayed depending on the options you chose.

8.When finished, either move the Direction Button to the “X” and press the OK Button or simply press the PAGE/ESC button to save changes and exit.

Note: On the Display Icons Page, the“Check” mark icon means accept, the“X” means escape.

Quick tip! If you only want to hide or view the roads simply press and hold the Zoom Out Button. This could be beneficial when hiking and using the track logs(bread crumb) feature.

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Points of Interests

GALILEOGPS

 

 

Points Of Interests Information

(Only available with the Whistler Mapsoftware provided with the Galileo Eliteor with the GalileoGPS Accessory Pack)

1.Move Direction Button to a POI or road on the map.

2.Press MENU Button.

3.Select “Show MapInfo” and press the OK Button.

An Info screen will display the POI’s name, county, country, distance from last known GPS location and

(if available) its phone number. See18-A.

Note: The arrow must be on a road or POI, otherwise the“Show MapInfo” option will be grayed out and not available.

Measuring Distances

While displaying the Map Page you can measure the mileage between points or multiple points. Up to five “point to point” measurements can be made. The mileage for point to point is shown on the screen.

To Measure Distances

1.From the Map Page, press the Menu Button.

2.With the Direction Button move to “Show Dist On” option and press the OK Button.See 18-B.

3.Move the Direction Button to where you want to start measuring from. Press the OK Button again “0 ft” will be displayed.See 18-C.

4.Move the Direction Button to where you want to start measuring to. As you move the Direction Button the mileage (or Kilometers – if selected) is shown along with a dotted line.See 18-D.

5.To measure another point, simply press the OK Button and the total mileage for the first point is displayed and a new measurement starts. See 18-D.

Points of

Interests

18-A

18-B

18-C

18-D

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