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WAAS I have a F. GP 32 GPS/DGPS unit and have found that dispite what is discribed at P,34 of owners manuel I cannot select in WAAS/DGPS set up any setting other than GPS oppisite mode. I run NObeltec with a ComNav Commander Autopilot. I cannot get the boat to follow the route track. It is usually 50 feet to 100 yds. parallel to the route. Is my GPS setting correct? Perhaps it should be set to WAAS. I also have it set to, after WAAS search, Auto 134; and opposite connection, Data 02 and opposite station, Auto. My question is: Why can't I set it to WAAS? and Where should it be set? Also I have a Furuno 1834C-BB Radar Nav Net VX2. When I have depth displayed, there is no large depth number displayed on the lower right corner, but it does display, in a box on Radar Mode. How do I get it displayed on Depth Mode?

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Sounds like the problem is with the pilot. You may be expecting too much from nav mode you should check the antenna connector on the WAAS issue
on VX2, are you marking a good bottom on the sonar screen, but have no digital overlaid? never seen it, must be a BB thing

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