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Lowrance AirMap 600C won't lock on satellites

Lowrance AirMap 600C won't lock on satellites (on clear view), even after very long periods of time trying

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Reset the AirMap 600:

1. Turn unit off
2. Press and hold PAGES and PWR until you get the "warning, do not rely..." message and then release the buttons.

If it still won't acquire position, install the latest update from http://www.lowrance.com/en/Products/Aviation/AirMap-600C/Downloads/AirMap-600C-Software-Update/.

If it still won't acquire, and it has a clear, unobstructed view of the sky, and the batteries are good, there is a malfunction and it will require service or replacement.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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My navigation icon is dark and do not work .what can be the problem and where can I download the maps


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  • If your device does not have full view of the sky while placed in the car, it may not acquire satellites properly. For best satellite acquisition, mount the device on the windshield or dashboard.
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  • If you have just finished updating the software in your device or you have performed a master reset, your device may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your device has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the device receiving signal, your device may need an external antenna in order to acquire satellites.
    • If you suspect this to be an issue, try taking the device outside of the vehicle with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes so that the device can acquire satellites. If your device loses satellites once moved back into your vehicle, you will most likely need an external antenna

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I have a ifinder hunt GPS, it will not locate any satellites, it then prompts me to stop searching or continue to search for satellites. I have been trying this device over the last 10 months, mostly on...


With a normal GPS device, when you first switch it on, it needs some time to locate enough satelites. Most of the time it needs at least 5 satelites. Some time should be like minutes and not hours. After the GPS device fond enough satelites, it knows where it is and can when it is switched on again work faster. When you try to let the GPS search for satelites indoors, or without a free view to the sky, it is possible the receiver never can find satelites at all.
I don't know if any test of the Lowrance iFINDER Hunt GPS was placed on the net, but that is where you can check how long it should take for the GPS to find enough satelites.

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Go to LEI Extra and pay US $49 plus $20 or $30 and then the availability ceases in July 2011.

Navico/Lowrance are leaving everyone without support. So much for supporting the undergod and trying to encourage competition.

I will say that I have had 3 Lowrance Airmaps and found them much more suitable to my needs than the Garmin handheld although I have 2 x Garmin 430 GPS in my aircraft.

Finally, for me in Australia a one time Lowrance SD card upgrade will cost not only US $49 but I think another US$50 postage. Carrying a Lowrance SD card is about two times more expensive than two hard drives.

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  • If your unit is trying to acquire satellites for the first time, it may take longer than normal to establish an initial position. If the unit is powered on and outdoors with a clear view of the sky this should not take more than 3-5 minutes.
  • If your unit has not been used for an extended period of time (more then a month), it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.
  • If your unit is indoors, it may not acquire satellites. Even standing next to a window indoors will block a majority of the sky which is needed for a device to locate and lock onto a satellite signal.
  • If you have just finished updating the software in your unit or you have performed a master reset, your unit may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your unit has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the unit receiving signal, your unit may need an external antenna* in order to acquire satellites.
    • If you suspect this to be an issue, try taking the unit outside of the vehicle with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes so that the unit can acquire satellites. If your unit loses satellites once moved back into your vehicle you will most likely need an external antenna*.
If your unit is still having trouble acquiring satellites, please ensure that it has the latest version of operating software by using our WebUpdater program. Once your unit is updated please allow the unit to acquire satellites outdoors in a stationary position with a clear view of the sky.

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  • If your unit is trying to acquire satellites for the first time, it may take longer than normal to establish an initial position. If the unit is powered on and outdoors with a clear view of the sky this should not take more than 3-5 minutes.
  • If your unit has not been used for an extended period of time (more then a month), it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.
  • If your unit is indoors, it may not acquire satellites. Even standing next to a window indoors will block a majority of the sky which is needed for a device to locate and lock onto a satellite signal.
  • If you have just finished updating the software in your unit or you have performed a master reset, your unit may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your unit has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the unit receiving signal, your unit may need an external antenna* in order to acquire satellites.
    • If you suspect this to be an issue, try taking the unit outside of the vehicle with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes so that the unit can acquire satellites. If your unit loses satellites once moved back into your vehicle you will most likely need an external antenna*.
If your unit is still having trouble acquiring satellites, please ensure that it has the latest version of operating software by using our WebUpdater program. Once your unit is updated please allow the unit to acquire satellites outdoors in a stationary position with a clear view of the sky.
Good Luck

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You cannot use a chip from the AirMap 500 in an AirMap 100. The AirMap 100 is not compatible with the mapping used with the AirMap 500 and the AirMap 100 does not have a memory card slot.

I suggest you use the AirMap 100 while you think about getting the AirMap 2000 or some other newer aviation GPS unit.

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Long wait to pick up satalites


Hello ebadaloni,

In order for your GPS to pick up satellites it needs a clear view of the sky. Obstructions such as tall buildings, trees and local terrain such as mountains and hills can affect your receiver's ability to "see" the sky. This is also true of GPS's used indoors or inside of a vehicle.

A GPS receiver without a clear view of the sky can take a long time to get a fix on its own location. The process can also take additional time if the GPS has been powered off for an extended period of time or if you have traveled a long distance (greater then 500 miles) since it was last turned on.

If the GPS is taking longer then five minutes to achieve a satellite lock when used outdoors in a clear area this could be a sign that the GPS needs service. If you are using the GPS indoors or inside of a vehicle with no external antenna then the GPS could take a long time to acquire a satellite lock or could fail to achieve a lock.

Hope this helps!
Ken
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