Hope the following may be of some help.
Recently, my wife bought the new model Garmin
. We had a good play with it at home but when we took it to the boat and installed it and connected it up to the aerial, the plotter would run for between 3 and 6 minutes and then switch inself off. At first I suspected the power supply might be no good - faulty wiring
, dud fuse etc but my multimeter indicated that everything was O.K. After many phone
calls to the supplier and finally returning it for testing, the problem was found to be this WAAS. As far as I understand, WAAS is only operational in America and Europe
, but the Garmin
292 comes with WAAS software
installed and enabled by default. The handbook says that if WAAS is available, the plotter will locate the stations and use it, if its not available, then it will derive a position by satellites only.
What the handbook doesn't say is that for this model, if WAAS is enabled on the plotter but there are no stations within range, then the plotter will search, wont find any and then turn itself off. Disabling WAAS on the plotter solved
the problem. The Garmin 292 is new on the market here in NZ and the suppliers are adding an addendum to the handbook about this.