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#11933005 - 11/14/16 06:52 AM Humminbird on the Bench
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Will it damage a sonar to run it on a bench with no transducer attached. I have a new Helix and want to go through the menus and familiarize myself with it's operation before putting it into use.
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#11933036 - 11/14/16 07:19 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
ScottCook Offline
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You can turn the sonar off.

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#11933113 - 11/14/16 08:12 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
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May have answered my own question. The HB manual states that if te unit is turned on with no TD plugged it it will default to demo mode. Wouldn't that indicate that it wold be safe as long as you don't force it into normal operating mode. This is the first time I have ever run one on the bench with a power supply so I just want to be sure..
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#11933213 - 11/14/16 09:02 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
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Turn off Demonstration mode and start the unit up in SIMULATOR. Your settings will be saved and you can do unit software updates, view snapshots, playback recordings, and waypoint management in that mode.

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#11933431 - 11/14/16 10:50 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
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Listen to Wayne P because he's an expert and %99 correct. Oop's there it is.

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#11933494 - 11/14/16 11:21 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
ScottCook Offline
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So this leads to another question...

When on plane, the HDSI transducer is out of the water.

When on plane or not, the shoot through transducer is out of the water.

Is this going to cause problems?

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#11933501 - 11/14/16 11:26 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
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No, the "load" of the transducer is still recognized by the unit and it will not default to demo mode.
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#11933534 - 11/14/16 11:40 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: ScottCook]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Originally Posted By: ScottCook
So this leads to another question...

When on plane, the HDSI transducer is out of the water.

When on plane or not, the shoot through transducer is out of the water.

Is this going to cause problems?


"the shoot through transducer is out of the water" ?????????????????
That is only possible if the shoot-thru was installed by an idiot.
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#11933564 - 11/14/16 11:56 AM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
ScottCook Offline
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My shoot through is in the bilge area. Mine stays dry for the most part.

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#11933612 - 11/14/16 12:17 PM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: ScottCook]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Originally Posted By: ScottCook
My shoot through is in the bilge area. Mine stays dry for the most part.


The shoot-thru transducer has water contact through the hull. That is why you have a shoot-thru.
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#11933662 - 11/14/16 12:41 PM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
ScottCook Offline
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Got it. What about the hdsi transducer on plane. It's up out of the water.

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#11933681 - 11/14/16 12:48 PM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Jones Trolling Motor]
Allan W Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Jones Trolling Motor
No, the "load" of the transducer is still recognized by the unit and it will not default to demo mode.

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#11933711 - 11/14/16 01:02 PM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: Bob Landry]
Ranger481 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/16
Posts: 56
Loc: Seguin Texas
Thanks for asking Bob, I had the same question.

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#11933867 - 11/14/16 02:28 PM Re: Humminbird on the Bench [Re: ScottCook]
TCK73 Offline
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Registered: 03/26/15
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Loc: Jack County
Originally Posted By: ScottCook
Got it. What about the hdsi transducer on plane. It's up out of the water.


The shoot thru you previously mentioned? If so where the heck is it mounted?

If it is transom mounted, lower it some. You will get a small rooster tail but you will get depth readings. Mine is mounted that way and I get on plane readings at 48 MPH, which is top end in my CC.
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