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Software Version 2.0 or above
© 1997 GARMIN Corporation, 1200 E. 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062 USA
Tel: 913-397-8200 Fax: 913-397-8282
GARMIN (Europe) Ltd., Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Abbey Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9AQ UK
Tel: 011-44-1794-519944 Fax: 011-44-1794-519222
GARMIN (Asia) Corp., 4th Fl., No.1, Lane 45, Pao-Hsing Road, Hsin Tien, Taiwan R.O.C.
Tel: 011-886-02-917-3773 Fax: 011-886-02-917-1758
Web Site Address: www.garmin.com
All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means including
photocopying and recording, for any purpose without the express written permission of GARMIN.
Information in this document is subject to change without notice. GARMIN reserves the right to change or improve its
products and to make changes in the content without obligation to notify any person or organization of such changes.
GARMIN, GPS III, Personal Navigator, AutoLocate, TracBack, and PhaseTrac12 are all trademarks of GARMIN
Corporation and may not be used without the expressed permission of GARMIN.
August 1997 Part # 190-00128-00 Rev. A Printed in Taiwan.
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Thank you for choosing the GARMIN GPS III —the smallest, easiest-to-use GPS navigator for marine, auto-
motive and outdoor use! The GPS III represents GARMIN’s continuing commitment to provide quality naviga-
tion information in a versatile and user-friendly flexible design you’ll enjoy for years. To get the most from your
new GPS, take the time to read through the owner’s manual in order to understand the operating features of the
GPS III. This manual is organized into three sections for your convenience:
Section One(Getting Started) introduces you to the basic features of the unit and provides a quick-start
orientation to the GPS III.
Section Two(Simulator Tour) provides a step-by-step lesson in how your new GPS III would operate in
the real world by utilizing the built-in simulator mode.
Section Three(Reference) provides details about the advanced features and operations of the GPS III by
Before getting started with your GPS, check to see that your GARMIN GPS III package includes the
following items. If you are missing any parts, please contact your dealer immediately.
• GPS III Unit with Detachable Antenna
• Wrist Strap
• GPS III Owner’s Manual
• Quick Reference Card
• Velcro Mount
About This Manual
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CAUTION:The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the government of the United States,
which is solely responsible for its accuracy and maintenance. The system is subject to changes which could
affect the accuracy and performance of all GPS equipment. Although the GPS III is a precision electronic
NAVigation AID (NAVAID), any NAVAID can be misused or misinterpreted and, therefore, become unsafe.
WARNING:For vehicular applications, it’s the sole responsibility of the owner/operator of the GPS III to
secure the GPS unit so that it will not cause damage or personal injury in the event of an accident. Do not mount
the GPS III over airbag panels or in a place where the driver or passengers are likely to have an impact with it
in an accident or collision. The mounting hardware provided by GARMIN is not warranted against collision
damage or the consequences thereof.
WARNING:For vehicular operations, it is the sole responsibility of the operator of the vehicle to operate
his or her vehicle in a safe manner, maintain full surveillance of all driving conditions at all times, and never
become distracted by the GPS III to the exclusion of safe operating practices. It is unsafe to operate the GPS III
while you are driving. Failure by the operator of a vehicle equipped with a GPS III to pay full attention to oper-
ating the vehicle and road conditions while the vehicle is in motion could result in an accident or collision with
property damage and personal injury.
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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC limits for Class B digital devices. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
There is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to other equipment, which can be determined by turning the affected equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by relocating the equipment or connecting
the equipment to a different circuit than the affected equipment.
Consult an authorized dealer or other qualified service technician for additional help if these remedies do
not correct the problem. Operation is subject to the following conditions: (1) This device cannot cause harm-
ful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
The GPS III does not contain any user-serviceable parts. Repairs should only be made by an authorized
GARMIN service center. Unauthorized repairs or modifications could void your warranty and your authority to
operate this device under Part 15 regulations.
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