The transmitter can be used to recommend a general purpose locate frequency for the intended locate task by measuring the impedance of the target cable or pipe.
SideStepauto™ helps to improve locate accuracy by determining the best signal. SideStepauto can also help to prolong battery life.
SideStepauto operates only in Direct Connection mode.
To enable SideStepauto:
Connect the transmitter to the target utility, then
NOTE: SideStepauto has to be enabled for each Direct Connection using the START option. At any time the user may manually change the frequency using thekey.
The transmitter supports several power output modes to help you select the optimal settings for your requirements whilst helping to prolong battery life.
To adjust the power output:
Boost allows the Tx-10 transmitter to output its maximum output power. Boost mode can be set to operate for a specified period of time.
To configure boost:
To enable boost:
To disable boost:
When using alkaline D-Cells in Tx-5 and Tx-10 transmitter models you can extend the effective use of the batteries by enabling Eco mode.
In Eco mode the power output of the transmitter reduces when the batteries can no longer provide the required output power.
When Eco mode is active and the power output has been reduced, the display alternates between ‘POWER‘ and the current output power level.
The transmitter will emit three beeps every time the power is reduced. It will then continue emitting two beeps each minute whilst it operates at a reduced power level.
To enable or disable Eco mode
Select NORM and press the key to disable Eco mode.
5. Press the key to exit the menu
On high impedance applications such as small diameter cables, tracer wires, etc, sometimes it can be difficult to get a signal to flow when using the direct connection method. Increasing the output voltage of the transmitter can maximize the amount of signal coupled onto the utility.
The transmitter can operate in either low voltage (30V) or in high voltage (90V). In normal operating mode the transmitter will operate in low voltage mode.
Warning: When operating the transmitter in high voltage mode, always make sure that the transmitter is switched off when connecting or disconnecting direct connection leads.
To set maximum output voltage to 90 volts:
When in high voltage mode the transmitter will display a high voltage warning triangle.
Each time the transmitter is switched off the transmitter will revert back to the default low voltage setting.
The transmitter has the capability of providing impedance measurements by determining the resultant impedance across the crocodile clips of the Direct Connection lead while connected to the utility. These measurements can be useful when assessing sheath fault severity. It is also possible to measure potential voltage that may be present on utilities to warn of potentially dangerous or harmful voltages present.
In measure mode the measurement is derived from an AC signal applied to the utility from the transmitter
4. To exit MEAS mode hold down the key until the display reverts back to the normal operating screen.