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NAUTICOTM3

VHF MARINE RADIO

OWNER'S MANUAL

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

2

Introduction

3

Important Notice, FCC Licensing

4

LCD Display

5

Controls

5

Battery Installation

6

Installing the Belt Clip

6

Charging the Optional Battery Pack

7

Operating Your Radio

7 - 12

External Speaker/Microphone Jack

12

Troubleshooting Guide

13

Use and Care

13

Specifications and Frequency Charts

14 -16

Warranty Information

17

MIDLAND Family Products

18

Accessories

18

Accessories Order Form

19

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Welcome to the world of Midland electronics

Congratulations on your purchase of a high quality MIDLAND product. Your 2-way radio represents the state-of-the-art in high-tech engineering. Designed for VHF Marine Service operation, this compact package is big on performance. It is a quality piece of electronic equipment, skillfully constructed with the finest components. The circuitry is all solid-state and mounted on a rugged printed circuit board. Your 2-way radio is designed to give you reliable and trouble-free performance for years to come.

Features

-Marine Channels: 57 USA / 61 Canada / 57 International (grouped by area)

-eVOX

-Selectable CALL Alert

-NOAA Weather Radio

-NOAA Weather Alert

-SCAN Function

-MONITOR Function

-Roger Beep Tone

-Keypad Lock

-Power High / Power Low Settings

-Speaker / Microphone Jacks

-Battery Indicator

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device does not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this radio must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation.

To maintain compliance with FCC's RF exposure guidelines, for body-worn operation, this radio has been tested and meets the FCC RF exposure guidelines when used with Midland Radio Corp. accessories supplied or designated for this product. Use of other accessories may not ensure compliance with FCC RF exposure guidelines.

The NAUTICO3 operates on VHF Marine Radio Service frequencies, in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements. Recreational boaters are not currently required to have a Ship Radio License. The USCG recommends that the boat's registration number and state be used for the radio call sign.

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FCC LICENSE

A ship station license is not required for any vessel traveling in U.S. waters which is less than 20 meters in length. However, any vessel required to carry an HF SSB radiotelephone or marine satellite terminal is required to have a ship station license. FCC license forms can be downloaded at www.fcc.gov/forms. You may also obtain a form from the FCC by calling (888) 225-5322.

Exposure To Radio Frequency Energy

Your Midland radio is designed to comply with the following national and international standards and guidelines regarding exposure of human being to radio frequency electromagnetic energy:

-United States Federal Communications Commission, Code of Federal Regulations: 47 CFR part 2 sub-part J

-American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) C95. 1-1992

-Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) C95. 1-1999 Edition

-National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) of the United States, Report 86, 1986

-International Commission on Non-lonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) 1998

To control your exposure and ensure compliance with the general population or uncontrolled environment exposure limits, transmit no more than 50% of the time. The radio generates measurable RF energy exposure only when transmitting.

IMPORTANT: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by MIDLAND RADIO CORP. could void your right to operate this unit. Your radio is set up to transmit a regulated signal on an assigned frequency. It is against the law to alter or adjust the settings inside the COMMUNICATOR to exceed those limitations. Any adjustment to your radio must be made by qualified technicians.

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LCD DISPLAY

 

1. VOX ICON - Indicates when eVOX

 

 

 

mode is active.

 

 

 

2. TRANSMIT (TX) ICON - Indicates

1

 

5

radio is transmitting a signal.

 

3. LOW BATTERY ICON - Indicates

2

INT USA CAN

6

battery level is low.

4. CHANNEL NUMBER - Changes from

 

 

TX VOX

7

1~88a on VHF Marine band (1~10 on

3

WX band).

 

 

8

5. USA/CAN/INT CHANNEL ICONS

 

 

6. KEY LOCK ICON - Indicates KEY

 

RX LO

9

LOCK mode is on.

4

7. WX BAND ICON - Indicates when the

 

 

 

 

radio is in Weather Band mode

8. TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL (Hi / LO) ICON - Indicates TX Power setting.

9. RECEIVE (RX) ICON - Indicates radio is receiving a transmission.

CONTROLS

10

15

 

11

16

TX VOX

 

INT USA CAN

 

17

12

RX LO

18

 

13

19

14

10.POWER/VOLUME KNOB - Turn clock wise to turn the power on and increase the volume level. Turn counter-clockwise to decrease the volume level and turn the power off.

11.PTT Button - Press and hold to transmit voice communication. Press twice quickly to send a call alert.

12.CH 16 Button - Press to switch immediately to emergency channel 16. Press and hold to switch to Channel 9.

13.MENU Button - Press to access MENU mode. Press and hold to go to WX Band Receiver mode.

14.MIC - Built-in microphone.

15.ANTENNA.

16.EXTERNAL SPEAKER/MIC JACK.

17.MONITOR/SCAN Button - Press to enter SCAN mode. Press and hold to enter MONITOR mode.

18.UP/DOWN Button - Make adjustments in MENU mode.

19.SPEAKER - Built-in speaker.

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on the radio and push up place. Replace the belt
BATTERY COVER
BATTERY COVER LATCH

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BATTERY INSTALLATION

Your NAUTICO3 radio operates with either 4 AA alkaline batteries or an optional NiMH battery pack. The belt clip should be removed (see below) to ease installation or removal of the batteries.

To install the batteries:

1. With the back of the radio facing you, remove the belt clip (see diagram below) for easy access, then remove the Battery Cover by pulling down the Battery Cover Latch and lifting up the Battery Cover from the radio.

2. Insert 4 AA batteries observing the polarity as shown. Installing the batteries incorrectly will prevent the radio from operating or may damage the radio.

3. Return the Battery Cover by sliding it up the Battery Cover Latch until it locks into clip, making sure it locks into place.

One Battery inserted in this slot

BATTERY

COMPARTMENT

BELT CLIP

LOCK TAB

INSTALLING THE BELT CLIP

To install the BELT CLIP, slide the clip down into the slot on the back of the radio until the BELT CLIP LATCH clicks. To remove the BELT CLIP, press the LOCK TAB up, then gently pull the belt clip up toward the top of the radio.

BELT CLIP

LATCH

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CHARGING THE OPTIONAL BATTERY PACK

Your NAUTICO3 is equipped for using an optional rechargeable NiMH battery pack which can be recharged using an AC or DC charger (included). Initial charge time is 24 hours with a charge time of 8-12 hours thereafter. For maximum battery life, we recommend charging the NAUTICO3 when the low battery indicator comes on. Remove the radio from the charger when the charge time expires.

To Charge Using Optional AC or DC Charger:

1.Place the rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack into the radio.

2.Connect the AC adapter into an AC wall outlet .

3.Insert the AC adapter plug (or DC Cigarette Lighter adapter if charging in vehicle) into the charging jack on the side of the radio.

!1. Only use our NiMH battery pack.

2.Do not attempt to charge alkaline batteries or any batteries or battery packs other than the one indicated in the manual. This may cause leakage and damage to the radio.

3.For long term storage of the radio, turn the radio OFF and remove the batteries from the radio.

OPERATING YOUR RADIO

POWER ON/OFF AND VOLUME

Rotate the POWER/VOLUME knob clockwise to turn the radio on and increase the volume level. Rotate the control counter-clockwise to reduce the volume level and to turn the radio off. During Power On, the radio will beep 3 times with different tones, the LCD will display a "self-test" message for 1 second and the LCD display will indicate the last selected channel.

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TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING

1.To transmit a call, hold the radio 2 to 3 inches from your mouth.

2.Press and hold the PTT button and speak in a normal voice into the microphone. The TX icon will appear continuously on the LCD display while transmitting.

3.To receive a call, release the PTT button. The RX icon will appear on the display when your radio is receiving.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

If your vessel requires assistance, contact other vessels and the Coast Guard by sending a distress call on Channel 16.

USING CHANNEL 16

DISTRESS CALL PROCEDURE

1.“MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY.”

2.“THIS IS .........................” (name of vessel)

3.Your call sign or other indication of the vessel.

4.“LOCATED AT ................” (your position)

5.The nature of the distress and assistance required.

6.Any other information which might facilitate the rescue.

ABOUT RANGE

Your NAUTICO3 radio is designed to give you maximum range under optimum conditions.

Optimum Conditions are:

Over water

Open rural areas without obstructions

Flat areas where you can see the other person

To ensure you get maximum range:

Be sure to use fresh or fully charged batteries - low batteries will cause low power conditions

Be sure to set your radio to use Hi power.

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NAUTICO3 QUICK REFERENCE CHART

MENU Channel Power eVOX Keylock Roger Beep Call Tone CHANNEL SELECTION

Press & hold Menu button

* /

Hi/Lo

oF/1/2

On/Off

On/Off

1~3

INT/USA/CAN

WX Channel

 

WX Alert

* depends on CHANNEL SELECTION

 

 

 

 

1~10 On/Off

MONITOR

Pressing and holding the MONITOR button for 1 second will let you hear noise so you can adjust the volume level of the radio when not receiving a signal. This should be used to check activity on your current channel before transmitting. Press and release the MONITOR button for 1 second to get out of MONITOR mode.

SCAN

Your NAUTICO3 can scan all channels for activity. To enter, quickly press the SCAN button. Repeat the same procedure to exit. Your radio will rapidly scan each of the channels and stop on any active channel for 5 seconds before resuming scan. When you press the PTT button to transmit on an active channel, the scanning function will stop and remain on the active channel. To resume scanning, quickly press the

/ button.

INSTANT CHANNEL 16/9

Channel 16 (Distress Channel) is used for calling other stations or for distress alerting. You must monitor Channel 16 while standing by. Channel 16 is only to be used in emergency situations. You can also switch to Channel 9, the leisure-use call channel, without changing your normal channel by pressing and holding the CH16 Button for 1 second. Pressing the CH16 button again returns the radio to the normal channel setting.

CALL ALERT

Your NAUTICO3 can transmit a call alert for a fixed length of time. To send a call alert, press the PTT button twice within ½ second. The TX icon will appear while transmitting a call alert and a tone can be heard on the speaker for confirmation.

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KEYPAD LOCK

To avoid accidentally changing the radio setting, press the MENU button 4 times then press an up/down button to choose ON. The KEY LOCK icon will appear on the display. PTT and CH16 will still be active. To unlock the keypad, press the MENU button once, then press the / button to choose OF.

DISPLAY ILLUMINATION

During Power on, the display illumination will activate for approx. 7 seconds. The display illumination can also be activated when the MENU button is pressed.

CHANNEL SELECTION

Press the MENU button once, and then the / buttons to select one of the channels. To confirm the selection, press the PTT button or press MENU again to move to the next feature setting.

TRANSMIT (TX) POWER LEVEL SELECTION

The NAUTICO3 has 2 transmit power level settings. To select the power level on channels press the MENU button two times, a "Pr" icon will appear blinking on the display. Then press the / button to select TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL icon (Hi / LO). The TX icon will be blank when Hi setting is selected. To confirm, press the PTT button or press MENU again to move to the next feature setting.

eVOX (Hands-free Transmission)

Your NAUTICO3 has 2 eVOX level settings: (oF/1/2). To set eVOX, press the MENU button three times. The display shows "eVOX" blinking while on the right of the CHANNEL NUMBER display, an "oF" icon appears. Select "1" or "2" by pressing the / buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU again to move to the next feature setting.

eVOX will be more sensitive on the "2" setting than on the "1" setting.

To turn eVOX off, press the MENU button three times. The display shows "VOX" blinking. Select "oF" by pressing the / buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU to move to the next feature setting.

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ROGER BEEP (end of transmission) TONE

When the PTT button is released, the radio will beep to confirm to other users that your transmission has finished. To turn the ROGER BEEP tone on, press the MENU button until the display shows an "rb" icon while on the right of the "rb" display, an "oF" icon appears. Select "on" by pressing the / buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU to move to the next feature setting.

To turn the ROGER BEEP tone off, press the MENU button until the display shows an "rb" icon while on the right of the "rb" display, an "on" icon appears. Select "oF" by pressing the / buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU to move to the next feature setting.

USA/CAN/INT CHANNEL SELECTION

The NAUTICO3 channel selection can be changed to follow rules of USA, Canada, or international rules. Press the MENU button until the current channel icon (USA, CAN, INT) flashes. Select a different channel list by pressing the / buttons until the desired icon appears. Press the PTT key or press MENU to confirm

CALL ALERT SELECTION

Your NAUTICO3 has 3 user-selectable CALL ALERTS. To select, press the MENU button six times, so a "CA" icon appears and to the right of the "CA" icon the current CALL ALERT setting is displayed. Then press the / buttons to make the CALL ALERT selections, the radio will emit a corresponding tone for each selection. To confirm, press the PTT button or press MENU to move to the next feature setting.

WEATHER (WX) BAND RECEIVER

Your NAUTICO3 has a WEATHER (WX) BAND RECEIVER function, to enable user to receive weather alert/reports from designated NOAA stations. To turn the WEATHER (WX) RECEIVER on, press and hold the MENU button for 3 seconds. The current WX CHANNEL and WX BAND icon will appear on the display. Press the MENU button and the / buttons to select one of the 10 WX BAND channels. To confirm, press the PTT button or press MENU to move to the next feature setting.

To turn the WEATHER (WX) RECEIVER off, press and hold the MENU button for 3 seconds. The current radio setting will be displayed and the WX BAND icon will go off.

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WEATHER (WX) ALERT

Your NAUTICO3 has a WEATHER (WX) ALERT function, to enable user to automatically receive weather alert from designated NOAA stations. To turn the WEATHER (WX) ALERT on, press the MENU button twice while in WX Band. The display shows "AL", while on the right an "oF" icon appears blinking. Select "on" by pressing the / buttons. To confirm, press the PTT button or press MENU. The radio will return to WX BAND and the WX BAND icon will continue blinking. If the radio receives a WX ALERT signal from a designated NOAA station while on MARINE Band, the radio will beep for 10 seconds while an "AL" and "In" icon appear on the display, after which will automatically go to WX BAND. If any button is pressed during beeping while on MARINE Band, the radio will automatically go to WX BAND.

To turn the WEATHER (WX) ALERT off, press the MENU button twice while in WX Band. The display shows "AL", while on the right an "on" icon appears blinking. Select "oF" by pressing the / buttons. To confirm, press the PTT button or press MENU."

EXTERNAL SPEAKER/MICROPHONE JACK

Your NAUTICO3 Series can be used with an optional external speaker /microphone or headset, freeing your hands for other tasks. To use an optional speaker / microphone or

headset:

Insert the plug(s) into the SPK/MIC jacks

Place the earbud into your ear, and adjust the mic into your desired position.

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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

 

PROBLEM

SOLUTION

 

No Power

- Check battery installation and/or replace batteries

 

 

 

 

Cannot Receive

- Confirm the radios have the same channel.

 

Messages

- Make sure that you are within range of the other

 

 

transceivers.

 

 

- Buildings and other structures may interfere with

 

 

your communication.

 

 

(See ABOUT RANGE on Page 8)

 

 

 

 

Radio is not responding

- Make sure key lock is not on. See "Keypad Lock"

 

to button presses

(Page 10).

 

 

- Radio might need to be reset. Turn radio off then

 

 

on.

 

 

 

 

Display is dim

- Recharge or replace batteries.

 

 

 

 

Charger not functioning

- Ensure the outlet where the charger is plugged

 

 

into is functioning properly.

 

 

- Check that the battery pack is installed in the

 

 

radio properly.

 

 

 

USE AND CARE

1.Use a soft damp cloth to clean the radio

2.Do not use alcohol or cleaning solutions to clean the radio.

3.Do not immerse the radio in water.

4.Dry the radio with dry lint-free cloth should it get wet.

5.Turn off the radio and remove the batteries during long-term storage.

If you have a problem which you believe requires service, please call first and speak with a service technician. Many problems can be remedied over the phone without returning the unit for service.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Channels 57 US, 61 CAN, 57 INT

10 NOAA Weather (WX) Band Channels

Operating Frequency VHF 156.025 ~ 162.550 MHz

Power Source 4 AAA Alkaline or 6.0V Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack

MARINE RADIO FREQUENCY CHART (MHz)

CHANNEL NUMBER

FREQUENCY (MHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT

CAN

US

TX

RX

MODE

NOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01

01

 

156.050

160.650

D

 

 

 

01A

156.050

156.050

S

 

02

02

 

156.100

160.700

D

 

03

03

 

156.150

160.750

D

 

04

 

 

156.200

160.800

D

 

 

04A

 

156.200

156.200

S

 

05

 

 

156.250

160.850

D

 

 

05A

05A

156.250

156.250

S

 

06

06

06

156.300

156.300

S

 

07

 

 

156.350

160.950

D

 

 

07A

07A

156.350

156.350

S

 

08

08

08

156.400

156.400

S

 

09

09

09

156.450

156.450

S

 

10

10

10

156.500

156.500

S

 

11

11

11

156.550

156.550

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

12

12

156.600

156.600

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

13

13

156.650

156.650

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

14

14

156.700

156.700

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

15

 

156.750

156.750

S

*

 

 

15

 

156.750

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

16

16

156.800

156.800

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

17

17

156.850

156.850

S

*

18

 

 

156.900

161.500

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18A

18A

156.900

156.900

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

156.950

161.550

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHANNEL NUMBER

FREQUENCY (MHz)

 

 

INT

CAN

US

TX

RX

MODE

NOTE

 

19A

19A

156.950

156.950

S

 

20

20*

20

157.000

161.600

D

 

21

 

 

157.050

161.650

D

 

 

21A

21A

157.050

157.050

S

 

 

21B

 

 

161.650

R

 

22

 

 

157.100

161.700

D

 

 

22A

22A

157.100

157.100

S

 

23

23

 

157.150

161.750

D

 

 

 

23A

157.150

157.150

S

 

24

24

24

157.200

161.800

D

 

25

25

25

157.250

161.850

D

 

26

26

26

157.300

161.900

D

 

27

27

27

157.350

161.950

D

 

28

28

28

157.400

162.000

D

 

60

60

 

156.025

160.625

D

 

61

 

 

156.075

160.675

D

 

 

61A

 

156.075

156.075

S

 

62

 

 

156.125

160.725

D

 

 

62A

 

156.125

156.125

S

 

63

 

 

156.175

160.775

D

 

 

 

63A

156.175

156.175

S

 

64

64

 

156.225

160.825

D

 

 

64A

 

156.225

156.225

S

 

65

 

 

156.275

160.875

D

 

 

65A

65A

156.275

156.275

S

 

66

 

 

156.325

160.925

D

 

 

66A*

66A

156.325

156.325

S

 

67

67

67

156.375

156.375

S

 

68

68

68

156.425

156.425

S

 

69

69

69

156.475

156.475

S

 

70

70

70

 

156.525

R

**

71

71

71

156.575

156.575

S

 

72

72

72

156.625

156.625

S

 

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CHANNEL NUMBER

FREQUENCY (MHz)

 

 

INT

CAN

US

TX

RX

MODE

NOTE

73

73

73

156.675

156.675

S

 

74

74

74

156.725

156.725

S

 

75

 

 

156.775

156.775

S

*

76

 

 

156.825

156.825

S

*

77

77*

77*

156.875

156.875

S

 

78

 

 

156.925

161.525

D

 

 

78A

78A

156.925

156.925

S

 

79

 

 

156.975

161.575

D

 

 

79A

79A

156.975

156.975

S

 

80

 

 

157.025

161.625

D

 

 

80A

80A

157.025

157.025

S

 

81

 

 

157.075

161.675

D

 

 

81A

81A

157.075

157.075

S

 

82

 

 

157.125

161.725

D

 

 

82A

82A

157.125

157.125

S

 

83

83

 

157.175

161.775

D

 

 

83A

83A

157.175

157.175

S

 

84

84

84

157.225

161.825

D

 

85

85

85

157.275

161.875

D

 

86

86

86

157.325

161.925

D

 

 

87

 

157.375

161.975

D

 

87

 

 

157.375

157.375

S

 

 

88

 

157.425

162.025

D

 

88

 

88A

157.425

157.425

S

 

S = Simplex ; D = Duplex ; * = obligatory low transmission power of 1 Watt ** = classified to DSC communications

NOAA WEATHER (WX) RADIO FREQUENCY CHART (MHz)

CH. No

CH. Freq.

CH. No

CH. Freq.

1

162.550

6

162.500

2

162.400

7

162.525

3

162.475

8

161.650

4

162.425

9

161.775

5

162.450

10

163.275

* Channel 8,9 and 10 are designated Canadian Marine Frequencies

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LIMITED WARRANTY

Midland Radio Corporation will repair or replace, at its option without charge, any Midland VHF MARINE transceiver which fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within Three Years following the initial consumer purchase. This warranty does not apply to water damage, battery leak or abuse.

Accessories have a 90 day warranty from date of purchase, including any antennas, chargers, or earphones. This warranty does not include the cost of labor for removal or re-installation of the product in a vehicle or other mounting. Performance of any obligation under this warranty may be obtained by returning the warranted product, prepaid freight, along with proof of purchase to:

Midland Radio Corporation

Warranty Service Department

5900 Parretta Drive

Kansas City, MO 64120

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.

Note : The above warranty applies only to merchandise purchased in the United States of America or any of the territories or possessions thereof, or from a U.S. Military exchange.

Midland Radio Corporation 5900 Parretta Drive Kansas City, MO 64120 Tel: (816) 241-8500

E-mail: mail@midlandradio.com URL: www.midlandradio.com

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MIDLAND RADIO CORPORATION

5900 Parretta Drive

Kansas City, MO 64120

Call 816.241.8500

visit us at http://www.midlandradio.com

Note: Features & Specifications are subject to change without notice. MIDLAND is not responsible for unintentional errors or omissions on its packaging.