iLOC is a standard feature of all RD8000 Marker locator models. iLOC lets you control a Bluetooth transmitter (Tx-5B or Tx-10B models) remotely using your RD8000 locator. With iLOC you can adjust the output frequency, power settings and use SideStep. iLOC commands are sent over a Bluetooth module that can operate at distances of up to 300m / 100ft in direct line of sight.
To use iLOC, the transmitter and locator must be paired.
NOTE: Operating in built up areas and in areas with high electromagnetic interference may reduce iLOC’s performance.
Locator and transmitter need to be switched ON and paired to use iLOC.
For optimum performance:
NOTE: If any iLOC commands fail, move closer to the transmitter and repeat the process.
Once the transmitter and the locator are paired, you can change the transmitter’s output frequency remotely using the locator:
If the process fails, you may be out of range or there may be an error in the connection. Move closer to the transmitter and retry the procedure. If the connection continues to fail, return to the transmitter and reset the connection.
NOTE: If you are locating a sonde frequency, an iLOC command to a paired transmitter will automatically set that transmitter to standby to eliminate interference from the transmitter.
iLOC lets you adjust the transmitter’s power output remotely; you can also put the transmitter into standby mode and then wake it remotely.
To adjust the power output:
4. Once you have selected the mode you want, press the key to confirm.
5. Press and hold the key to select the new setting and exit the menu.
6. Press the key once to send the settings to the transmitter.
NOTE: Once you have stored the transmitter power setting in the locator, the locator will change the transmitter to that setting when you change the frequency with the locator.
Sleep / wake the transmitter
To help you prolong battery life you can put the transmitter in standby mode (sleep), and reactivate it again, using the locator.
To put the transmitter into standby mode, set the TXOUT menu on the locator to STDBY using the “Changing transmitter power output” procedure as described above.
This will disable the transmitter output.
To re-activate the transmitter output, select any power mode from LOW to BOOST using the same procedure.
If you are using a preferred locate frequency and having difficulty locating the utility, interference could be affecting the locate signal. SideStep allows the locator to change the locate frequency by several Hertz. This ‘new’ locate frequency can be sent via the Bluetooth connection to the transmitter and will automatically change the transmitter frequency to match the ‘new’ locate frequency.
To step the frequency:
If an error occurs when attempting to perform any Bluetooth command using the locator to the transmitter the LCD will display a code to help you resolve the problem on the locator.
The codes are as follows: