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Humminbird ID Sixty User Manual

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  There are two main components to an ID Sixty installation: The transducer, which you will install 
on the transom or inside the hull, and the ID Sixty unit, which mounts in the dash or console. The 
transducer and ID Sixty communicate by means of a cable, and are powered by your boat’s 12-
volt DC battery. 
  The transducer and ID Sixty use the basic principles of sonar to reveal objects beneath the 
water’s surface. The ID Sixty continuously sends electronic signals to the transducer, which 
converts them to ultrasonic signals that it aims toward the bottom, then immediately echoes back 
to the transducer. As the transducer receives these signals, it converts them back too electronic 
signals for display on the ID Sixty dial.  


  The ID Sixty uses the returned information to generate signals that are displayed on a dial. The 
information is constantly updated as you travel across the water. The ID Sixty unit measures the 
amount of time it takes the signal to travel from the transducer to the reflecting object and back 
again. This time is then converted into feet and the number of feet to the object is indicated on the 
calibrated dial with the spinning lamp. The lamp revolves around the dial once for each sixty-foot 




  Before installing your new ID Sixty please ensure that the following parts are included in the 
product box: 
Item                                                                                                  Part No. 
ID Sixty depthsounder………………………………………………….N/A 
Transducer with 20 foot cable………………………………………….XHS-6-24 
4” power cable…………………………………………………………SAID-10 
Mounting bracket……………………………………………………...400988-1 
OFF-SENS control knob………………………………………………401944-2 
OFF-SENS label………………………………………………………540024-2 
  If any of these items are missing, please see your local Hummingbird distributor for a 
replacement product or contact Hummingbird at our toll-free Customer Support Hotline, listed 
inside the back cover. 
  If your ID Sixty came already installed on your Tracker boat, skip to Section Four, using the ID 


  In addition to the parts supplied with your ID Sixty, you will need the following for installation and 


A drill and drill bits 


Phillips-head screwdriver 


Ruler or measuring tape 


Pencil or pen 


12-volt DC power source (your boat’s battery) 


1-amp fuse and fuse holder 



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  The ID Sixty comes with a high-speed, 24-degree transducer as standard equipment. This 
transducer can be mounted on the transom or inside the hull, as described in section Two later in 
this manual. You should familiarize yourself with this material before actually beginning 
transducer installation.  
  If you find the standard transducer doesn’t meet your needs, you can exchange it, unused, for 
one of he following models by returning it to your local distributor, or by calling Hummingbird’s 
Customer Support Hotline  


  For installation on a larger boat where the transducer is located well away from the ID Sixty, 
Hummingbird offers a 10-foot x 20 foot extension cable for the transducer.  
  For more information on accessories contact your local Hummingbird dealer or call our toll-free 
Customer Support Hotline 
Item                                                   Part No.                                         Use 
10 foot cable                                   EC-6                                                 Extends transducer 
20 foot cable                                   EC-6-20                                            Extends transducer 


  Before mounting the ID Sixty control head, gather the parts you need: ID Sixty, mounting 
hardware kit, power cable, and transducer cable. If the transducer cable is not long enough for 
your installation, see “Accessories” earlier in this manual for information on the EC-6-10 foot 
extension cable. 
  Next, consider where to mount the ID Sixty. To choose the best location, consider the following: 


The mounting area should allow at least 2” clearance around the back of the unit for 
connection, air flow, and ease of removal. 



Any VHF radio you have may incur some degree of interference with the depth sounder. 
Hummingbird depth sounders are designed to minimize this interference, although it is best to 
route the transducer cable and antenna cable as far away from each other as possible, for 
example, on opposite sides of the boat. 

After you have determined the best location for your ID Sixty, pr0ceed with the following 
1.  Drill a 3.5’ hole to accommodate the control head. 
NOTE: 3.5” hole saws are readily available at most hardware stores. If you do not want to but a 
saw for this purpose, tool rental stores or marine dealers may be another source. 
2.  From the front, place the unit into the 3.5” hole. 


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NOTE: Be sure that the unit’s orientation reads properly before continuing. 
3.  From behind the console, install the “U” bracket over the rear of the  unit and align the 

mounting holes in the bracket with the two bolts. Install the flat washer and wing nut and 
tighten. Due to the console or dash thickness the bracket may not fit onto the two bolts. If this 
occurs, the bracket can be easily shortened to fit. Use pliers to bend and break the bracket 
tabs (see illustration). The bracket may be broken at several points. Shorten the bracket one 
tab at a time until it fits.   



NOTE: Do not over tighten the hex nuts as this may cause damage to the unit. 
NOTE: Do not apply thread locking compounds to the unit or bracket as this may cause damage 
to the unit. 
6. The OFF-SENS control of your unit requires a 3/8” hole. Drill this hole within 18” of the ID Sixty. 
7. Peel the backing from the OFF-SENS label to expose the adhesive. Place the label on the 
mounting surface aligning with the 3/8” hole.   
8. Place the first hex nut on the threads so that sufficient threads are exposed on the font of the 
dash or console. Install the OFF-SENS control from the rear and install the second hex nut from 
the front and tighten. Place the control knob onto the control shaft. 
9. To connect the power cable to the 12-volt DC power source, wire the ID Sixty through your 
fuse panel with a 1-amp fuse (not included). 


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If your boat does not have a fuse panel, you can wire the power cable to the battery with an in-
line 1-amp fuse and fuse holder (not included) in the positive wire, as shown in the battery 
illustration. Do not connect directly to the battery without a fuse. Attach the black lead to the 
negative (-) terminal, and wire the red lead through the fuse to the positive (+) terminal. 


NOTE: Do not use any power cable other than the one provided with your ID Sixty. You may 
lengthen the cable with 18-gauge wire. 
10. Connect the transducer and power cables to the back of the ID Sixty. 


  This section provides complete information on operating the ID Sixty. You are encouraged to 
read this information completely as you first learn to use your depth sounder. Doing so will ensure 
that you fully understand the ID Sixty display.  
  To begin using your ID Sixty turn the OFF-SENS control clockwise just until you hear a click. 
The OFF-SENS control is also used to adjust sensitivity and will be discussed in this section.  


  The ID Sixty displays information about moving objects (fish), ground cover, and depth. To 
distinguish between the information displayed on the dial, anchor the boat and watch for signals 
that change position along the dial. A changing signal is an indication of one or more fish. The 
variance in ground cover is displayed by the length of the depth signal, for example, a short 
uninterrupted depth signal indicates a rocky ground cover. 
  Examples of underwater conditions with corresponding dial readings are shown next. Studying 
these examples will increase your understanding of the information displayed on your ID Sixty. 


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This dial indicates a rocky bottom with a depth of 30 FT, as shown in the illustration. Notice the 
short uninterrupted depth signal at 30 FT. 


A hard clay, sand, and gravel bottom at 35 FT is represented on this dial. 


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A flat muddy bottom is indicated at 35 FT. Notice that the depth signal is uninterrupted and has 
increased in length. 


This dial indicates a soft bottom with vegetation as shown in the illustration. The depth is 
indicated at 50 FT with an uninterrupted signal. Vegetation is indicated with consistently 
appearing flashes before 50 FT. 


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The above dial indicates a steep rocky ledge with a depth reading at 50 FT. The short 
uninterrupted signal at 50 FT indicates a rocky ground cover, knowing this enables you to 
interpret the flashes just before as a rocky ledge. 
Small fish over an underwater cliff are indicated in this dial. Fish are moving targets shown as 
flashes that change position along the dial. 


This dial shows flashes at 6 FT indicating small fish and longer flashes at 26 FT indicating large 


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  When operating the Hummingbird ID Sixty depth sounder in water deeper than 60 feet the flash 
will continue past zero, and at this point the inside dial should be read. The inside dial reads up to 
120 feet. For depths greater than 120 feet (two complete turns around the dial) add 120 feet to 
outer dial reading. The following illustrations show examples of depth readings over 60 feet. 


  The dial on the left begins with a flash at “O”. Each time the dial passes 60 feet a flash appears. 
This indicates a depth of 60 FT. 
  The dial on the right begins with a flash at “O”, one complete turn is made and the dial continues 
without flashing. At 100 FT (inside dial reading) a flash appears, indicating your current depth. 


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  The dial in this example shows a beginning flash at “O”. Fish signals appear at 15 FT and 28 FT 
(outside dial reading). One complete turn is made at 110 FT (inside dial reading). 
NOTE: You may read depths deeper than 120. If the dial passes 120 FT (inside dial reading), 
adding the outside reading to 120 FT will give you your current depth. 
  To adjust the OFF-SENS control move your boat to a depth reading of 5-10 feet. Turn off the 
boat motor and any other electronic device that may cause interference. Turn the OFF-SENS 
control just past the click. The dial should signal at “O” feet, dial 1. 
  Turn the control clockwise as needed to get a good lake bottom signal at the water depth, dial 2. 
Turning the control farther clockwise will cause echoes to appear, adjust the sensitivity clockwise 
until you see the second echo, dial 3. The returns that you see will change depending  on the 
ground cover and depth of the water. To obtain an accurate reading adjust the sensitivity control 
to a low level of sensitivity for shallow water (1 to 5 feet) and a high level of sensitivity for deep 
water (30 to 40 feet).