PCMx System Overview

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PCMx Receiver Features

1. Keypad.
2. LCD with auto backlight.
3. Speaker.
4. Lithium-Ion battery pack.
5. Removable magnetometer foot. Used to detect the 4Hz mapping signal.
6. Connector for magnetometer foot
7. Accessory connector.
8. Headphone connector.
9. Bluetooth® module antenna.
10. USB port (inside battery compartment).

Receiver Keypad 

11. Power key.
12. Frequency key.
13. Up and down arrows.
14. Antenna key.
15. Survey key.
16. Transmitter key.

Receiver Screen icons


17. Signal strength bar graph with peak marker.
18. Signal strength readout.
19. Null / Proportional Guidance arrows.
20. Battery level.
21. Sensitivity readout / Log number.
22. Volume level.
23. Current Direction or Fault Find arrows.
24. Radio Mode icon.
25. Power Mode icon.
26. Accessory / Measurement icon.
27. CD Mode icon.
28. A-Frame icon.
29. Frequency / current / menu readout.
30. Bluetooth status icon: Flashing icon means pairing is in progress. Solid icon indicates a connection is active.
31. Antenna mode icon: Indicates antenna mode selection: Peak / Peak+ / Null / Broad Peak / Guidance.
32. Sonde icon: Indicates that a sonde signal source is selected.
33. Line icon: Indicates that a line signal source is selected.
34. Compass: Shows the orientation of the located cable or sonde relative to the receiver.
35. Transmitter communication status – confirms successful iLOC™ communication. (Tx-1,Tx-5, Tx-10 only).
36. Transmitter standby indicator. (Tx-1,Tx-5, Tx-10 only).
37. Depth readout.
38. GPS Status.
39. GPS Signal quality

 Direction Arrows

NOTE! Different industry conventions have developed for Current Direction arrows and this is reflected in the different modes of use. In pipeline surveying the arrows indicate the return path to earth. The utility locating industry use the arrows to indicate the path of the signal as it transmitted away from the transmitter.
When the PCMx has the magnetometer foot attached, a reverse arrow, (pointing towards the Tx), on the receiver screen indicates that the user is following the correct cable or pipeline.

With the foot removed, a forward arrow, (pointing away from the Tx), indicates the user is locating the correct cable or pipeline.