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Old 02-01-2014, 19:45   #1
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Garmin 24 HDR crapping out in the cold

I happen to be up here in Maine during some of the coldest days of the year. The captain I handed my job/boat off to texted me to tell me he was stressing because his radar had crapped out. It's about -1F with a windchill of about -17F, there's a lot of sea smoke out today so he really needs it. I was a friend enough to come down and have a look at it. I was able to barely manipulate an allen key enough with my frozen hands to take the lid off of the unit. When he fired it up it barely rotated once, stopped, and then gave an error code 6, which I believe is a power supply code.

Any of you cold weather sailors had similar problems with this unit? I am kind of wondering if maybe whatever lubricant was on there congealed in the cold weather and was stopping the unit from spinning. Are Garmin units not rated for sub zero temps?
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:18   #2
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Re: Garmin 24 HDR crapping out in the cold

Can I bump this?
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Re: Garmin 24 HDR crapping out in the cold

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... It's about -1F with a windchill of about -17F ... Are Garmin units not rated for sub zero temps?
No.
GMR 18/18 HD / GMR 24/24 HD
Operating Temperature Range:
-15° C (5° F) to 60° C (140° F), and a relative humidity up to
95% at 35° C (95° F)
http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/GM...Install_EN.pdf
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Re: Garmin 24 HDR crapping out in the cold

I don’t know if a small enclosure heater would help?
DIN Rail Enclosure Heater
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I don’t know if a small enclosure heater would help?
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Thanks Gord! I think it might. It also might help to check the specs before making such a purchase!
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