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Old 25 January 2016, 17:40   #1
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Lowrance elite Help

Hello all
Please bare with me with the following questions regarding getting started with my lowrance but I'm a complete novice and need some help.
I've just bought the lowrance elite 4 hdi which came with an navionics small gold card which I have sucsesfully managed to register and download tenby to exmouth.
Question 1, the unit is is only showing american land and I cannot get any joy with setting time or date or gps. Do I need to be out on the water for the gps to find me or should it pick me up in my house.
Question 2, does the transducer need to be pluged in for the gps to find me or is the gps in the unit.
Any help or tips would be grate or a breif explian what to do to get started.
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Old 26 January 2016, 03:07   #2
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The GPS is in the unit. It should find you wherever you are but it can take a few minutes to register all the relevant satellites. It probably won't work indoors...
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Old 26 January 2016, 03:29   #3
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I think these units might ship with a very crude USA basemap and that is what you're seeing. As Chris says these units will rarely pick up a GPS lock indoors so at the moment it is showing some random USA location until it gets sufficient signal to know where it is.

I have to put my similar spec Garmin right by the window if using in the home and even then satellite reception is variable.
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i have the elite 7 pabs set mine up outside chris is right might struggle in the house.you dont need the transducer to work the GPS it has an internal antenna.
select chart data it will be in us mode out of the box, the operation manual is very light on info but i just played with mine soon got sorted.

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Use the cursor to scroll across the Atlantic to the area that you have bought the gold chart for, you should see the chart & be able to zoom in.
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Use the cursor to scroll across the Atlantic to the area that you have bought the gold chart for, you should see the chart & be able to zoom in.
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also you can go into GPS simulator to learn more.
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Unless you're right next to a window with a clear view of a large area of sky I'd be more surprised to get a GPS fix than not as the signal is very effectively blocked by the building. Even next to a window my handheld isn't happy, 10 yards away up the garden it's fine.
The better the sky view the more satellites the GPS can 'see' and that will give a faster and more accurate fix.
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Even with a GPS fix, unless you are actually inside the chart area that you have bought, all you will see is the basemap. You will still have to scroll to see the purchased chartlet.
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Thank you all for your replies, its good to know if you can't get info on youtube or google at least you guys can help out.
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No Worries, the other option would be to read the manual ;-)
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