FA-50 just went non-functional after 4 years of glitch-free performance. First the system stopped transmitting ownship static data, then it stopped displaying targets on my Furuno
The Furuno forum says ownship static data may have been lost- how? I don't find any mention of an on-board battery
in the manual. The orange "receive" LED blinks as usual, indicating(?) that it is acquiring signal, but it is not appearing on the plotter. I have visually checked the ethernet cable connecting to the plotter, it is visually okay, but it appears something special may be required to check the electrical
integrity of that cable. The impedance to the AIS GPS
antennae reads 489 ohms, apparently within acceptable limits. I have swapped the receive VHF
anntena input with that of my VHF radio
which has worked almost as well in the past as the AIS
VHF anntenna; no change.
Since the vendor entered static ship data into the system at time of purchase
, I have no experience of that. Though the manual gives a step-by-step procedure for updating such data by PC connected via ethernet, the computer options resemble in no way the steps and options called for in the manual. Thus no access.
I'm at a loss about what to do next. Service
Techs are two hours away, and by the time I pay for four hours drive time plus a minimum two service
call, I'm getting close to what I paid for the unit new- and they won't bench-test.
Where do I turn? What do I do?
Need Help from Texas