Intel 150SX User Manual

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Operations Manual

THANK YOU

Thank you for choosing Humminbird, America’s #1 name in fishfinders. Humminbird has built its reputation by designing and manufacturing top-quality, thoroughly reliable marine equipment. Your Humminbird is designed for trouble-free use in even the harshest marine environment.

In the unlikely event that your Humminbird does require repairs, we offer an exclusive Service Guarantee - free of charge during the first year after purchase, and available at a reasonable rate after the one-year period. Complete details are included at the end of this manual.

We encourage you to read this operations manual carefully in order to get full benefit from all the features and uses of your Humminbird product. Also, to register your purchase and help us learn more about you, please fill out the warranty registration card at the back of this manual.

WARNING! This device should not be used as a navigational aid to prevent collision, grounding, boat damage, or personal injury. When the boat is moving, water depth may change too quickly to allow time for you to react. Always operate the boat at very slow speeds if you suspect shallow water or submerged objects.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INSTALLATION PREPARATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Parts Supplied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Alternative Transducers and Mounting Methods. . . . . . 4

Transducer Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

USING THE 150SX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

How Sonar Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Simulator Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

What You See On Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Control Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Menu Functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

ADVANCED FEATURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Using Diagnostic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Customer Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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INSTALLATION PREPARATION

PARTS SUPPLIED

PARTS SUPPLIED

Before installing your 150SX, please ensure the following parts are included in the box:

• 150sx fish finder

• 6 ft (2m) power cable

• transducer with 20ft (6m) of cable

• operations manual

• transducer mounting hardware kit

• installation sheet

• mounting system and mounting

• publications kit

hardware kit

 

If any of these items is missing, contact your local distributor.

ACCESSORIES

Humminbird offers a wide assortment of accessories that complement and expand the capability of your new 150SX. These accessories are designed with the same high standards and are backed by the same one-year warranty. The Humminbird Accessory catalog included with your unit contains descriptions of the many accessories available and ordering information. All Humminbird accessories are available through your fullservice Humminbird dealer or factory direct through our number listed in the Customer Support section.

INSTALLATION OVERVIEW

The 150SX consists of two primary components to install: the control head and the transducer.

The control head contains the sonar transmit and receive circuitry, as well as the user controls and display. It should be installed in a location that provides access to the controls and visibility while in use. The control head mounts on a quick disconnect mounting system that swivels and tilts providing flexibility for viewing from almost anywhere on the boat.

The transducer converts electrical energy from the transmitter into mechanical pulses or sound waves. The transducer also receives the reflected sound waves and converts them back into electrical signals for display on the control head. It should be installed in contact with the

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INSTALLATION OVERVIEW

surface of the water in an area that has smooth water flow - usually on the transom of the boat. There are several mounting options for the transducer. Review the following section to determine the method that works for you and your boat.

Determining How to Mount the Transducer

The 150SX includes a model XHS-6-24 transducer. This transducer can be mounted on the transom of the boat, or

bonded to the inside of a fiberglass hull boat.

The transom installation, which is the most widely used, places the transducer

on the outside of the boat hull. This technique produces the least signal loss, and provides a way to adjust the transducer after installation. The mounting hardware included is designed

to protect both the boat and the transducer should the boat strike debris

in the water or when trailering.

Transom Mounted Transducer

As an alternative to transom mounting, it is possible on many fiberglasshulled boats to glue the transducer on the inside of the boat hull. Since fiberglass has similar sonar characteristics as water, the sonar signal can

pass through the boat hull with minimal loss. The hull of the boat must be single layer construction (not double-hulled). Also, any air trapped in the lamination of the fiberglass would prevent the sonar

signal from passing through.

For additional details reference the TRANSDUCER INSTALLATION section of the enclosed Installation Sheet.

Inside the Hull Mounted Transducer

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ALTERNATE TRANSDUCERS AND MOUNTING METHODS

Inside the hull installations require no holes be drilled into the boat and through experimentation, high-speed operation comparable to transom mounting can be achieved. Two part, slow cure epoxy is required to glue the transducer in place.

ALTERNATE TRANSDUCERS AND MOUNTING METHODS

The 150SX comes with everything necessary for installation and operation on most boats. However, there are several situations which may require a different type of transducer. Inboard boats, wood or metal hulls, and sail boats create unique transducer mounting needs. Alternate transducers and mounting methods are detailed below.

Portable Mounting

The standard transducer can be adapted for portable installations using part number MHXPT2. This accessory adapts your transducer to a suction cup mount for temporary installation on the boat hull or other surface.

Trolling Motor Mounting

The standard transducer can also be adapted to mount on most trolling motors using part number AD-STM-7. This accessory includes a bracket and hose clamp that allows mounting the transducer to the body of most trolling motors.

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TRANSDUCER EXCHANGE

TRANSDUCER EXCHANGE

Other transducers are available as replacements for the standard transducer. You may exchange your new and unassembled transducer for another type by returning it to the address listed in Customer Support. Some transducers may have additional costs. Refer to the Accessory catalog or call Customer Support for information.

BEGINNING INSTALLATION

Now that you have determined the transducer mounting method, you can begin installation of the 150SX. The fold out installation guide included provides detailed step by step instructions for installation of the control head and transducer. For transom mount transducer installations, you will need the mounting template at the back of this manual.

In addition to the parts included you need the following for installation and operation:

A powered hand drill and various drill bits

Phillips and flat-head screw drivers

A ruler or measuring tape

Pen or pencil

12 volt power source (your boat’s battery)

A 1-amp fuse

A fuse holder (if you are wiring directly to the boat’s battery)

Silicone sealant (for sealing drilled holes)

2-part, slow-cure epoxy (for inside the hull transducer installations)

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HOW SONAR WORKS

HOW SONAR WORKS

Your Humminbird unit uses sonar to locate and define underwater objects, define the bottom terrain, as well as determine distance.

Sonar technology is based on sound waves. Your Humminbird unit sends out a sound wave signal. With this signal it determines distance by measuring the time between the transmission of the sound wave and when the sound wave is reflected off an object. Your Humminbird uses the reflected signal to interpret location, size and composition of an object.

Sonar is very fast. A sound wave can travel from the surface to a depth of 240' (70m) and back again in less than ¹⁄ of a second. It is unlikely that your boat can "outrun" this sonar signal.

The 150SX is a 200 kHz, single-beam fishfinder. The 200 kHz frequency provides excellent sonar resolution (the ability to distinguish small returns or returns which are close to the bottom), while providing depth capabilities to 600’ (185m). The shape of the sonar beam is symmetrical and covers an area of approximately 24 degrees side to side and front to rear.

Actual depth capability depends on factors such as bottom hardness, water conditions, and transducer installation. Units will typically read to deeper depths in fresh water than in salt water

SIMULATOR OPERATION

The 150SX contains a simulator that allows you to use the unit as if you are on the water. The simulator is invaluable for learning how to operate the 150SX.

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SIMULATOR OPERATION

There are two ways to start the simulator. If the unit is powered off, press and hold the POWER button for approximately three

seconds until you hear a continuous chirp.

The simulator can also be started by selecting the Simulator option on the start- up screen after you power-up the unit. When this screen is shown, simply press the DOWN ARROW until “Simulator” is highlighted. When the screen times out, the unit will be in simulator mode.

When in simulator operation, the 150SX responds to control inputs as if it is in actual operation, so feel free to experiment, or to customize the unit for your particular operation.

To exit Simulator mode, power the unit off.

When in simulator mode, the word “simulator” occasionally scrolls across the display indicating the information on-screen is not real sonar data.

FEATURE MEMORY

If your 150SX is installed with a transducer connected, any changes you make to the set-up or User Options (see Control Functions) while in Simulator are retained in the unit’s memory. This allows you to use simulator to experiment with the various set-up options, and retain your selected settings for normal operation.

If you are using the 150SX in Simulator when no transducer is connected, any selected options are lost when the unit is powered off. The 150SX will return to Factory Settings, or options selected when last used with a transducer, if no transducer is connected.

IMPORTANT: A transducer must be connected to the 150SX in order to retain user settings selected when in simulator mode. If no transducer is detected, the unit defaults to pre-selected options when powered off.

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