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Watch won't read heart rate

I put on the heart rate monitoring strap and turn the watch to the exercise mode and NOTHING. I keep adjusting the strap, nothing...it is so annoying that now I don't use it. Any suggestions?

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  • robinlwolfe Feb 13, 2009

    I have the next up model, the F7 and am having the same problem. I "just" bought it, but want to figure it out to make sure that it isn't human error before I return it. Did you ever figure out how to get it to work?!!?

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It could be the battery on the strap is not good. However just to be sure make sure you are wetting the strap and it is around chest, front should sit right about on the bottom of pectoral or chest, if you are female make sure it is under your sports bra the bra band will be over it. I would start warming up then hit the start button it should work.

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