The FC4000GP40 machine is protected by easily accessible high speed semiconductor fuses and all low voltage control systems are protected by a 20 mm fuse.
The controls are a STOP button to isolate both poles of the incoming generator supply. A START button is provided to prepare the machine for fishing after the anode and cathode have been deployed under the water. The voltage output range should then be selected on the control box and for this it is preferable to start with a lower setting in order to check the volts/amps relation which will depend on the water conductivity. A voltmeter scaled 0 to 400 volts reading the output DC voltage from the unit and an ammeter scaled 0 to 25 amps AC reading the generator input current are fitted. A power control potentiometer is fitted to vary the output power. The output can be set anywhere between 10% and 100% of the output voltage range selected using the power control knob. When selecting a new range of output it is always best to return the output control to minimum before increasing the output as appropriate to the desired level. "POWER ON" and "FISHING ON" LED indicator lamps are fitted to indicate the controller state.
The six voltage ranges enable the user to select the appropriate range for the waters being fished. Lower voltage ranges will be necessary for high conductivity waters whereas the higher voltage ranges will be selected for lower conductivity waters. This unit has been designed from a blank sheet of paper using new more efficient soft start up circuits, contactors and printed circuit boards to ensure very high reliability and quality. All units are tested on full load at all possible settings and given extensive vibration testing before passing final quality control checks. The output is Pulsed DC which has been the most popular method for catching freshwater fish. This method does not harm fish and merely stops them swimming and attracts them to the anode head to enable them to be netted easily from the water. Other outputs including Smooth DC outputs can be supplied as well as other voltage ranges suitable for lower or higher conductivities. One new machine has been developed which switches automatically between Pulsed and Smooth DC and is under constant development as part of our research and development programme.
The transformer is mounted in a strong, easily portable waterproof plastic case with carrying handles and has one lead with 7 pin waterproof red plug to fit the red socket mounted on the control box, see below.
A Honda generator is supplied rated at 4000 Watts. The generator is modified in accordance with safety and international regulations for electric fishing operations.
There are 4 sockets mounted on the box viz: A blue waterproof 3 pin and a white waterproof 3 pin socket. The blue and white sockets are for connection to the anode. A yellow waterproof 3 pin socket is for the cathode. A red 7 pin socket is for the single cable connection to the transformer.
The anode is supplied and is 2 metres long and fitted with a 400 mm stainless steel ring with M8 bolt and spanner supplied. Other sized anodes can be supplied if required with the length of pole specified, the length of cable and the position of the safety switch on the anode pole as well as the stainless steel anode conductor ring size. A bolt and spanner are supplied for ease of fitting the anode head.
A suitable cathode is supplied and has 16 metres of cable with 8 metres of heavy duty tinned copper braiding.
A 3 year warranty is given with each machine and this is valid except in cases of misuse or accidental damage. The warranty is a 'return to base' warranty. This means that the customer must return the suspect unit back to our works whereupon the item will be assessed, the repair will be carried out quickly and the unit returned to the customer at our expense. This is subject to the warranty being approved for free repair under our terms and conditions. Repairs will always take precedence over production and we are very pleased to operate this policy, since it supports our constant attention and devotion to improving the design, reliability and serviceability of our products, as well as assuring all customers of our unwavering attention to service and detail.
INSTRUCTIONS AND SPARES:
A full set of instructions is provided with every machine giving details of training contacts for those users new to electric fishing. Also a full set of spare fuses is provided.
An air operated foot switch control may be fitted to enable the unit to be operated as a boom boat machine. In this case the foot switch will turn the output power on and off in place of the anode pole switch. Long cable anodes may be supplied at any length up to 100 metres although in practice 50 metres is the longest and most practical length used by most operators. Also 3 metre long anodes can be supplied if required. Continental plugs and sockets can be fitted as required for the generator/control box connections.
This machine has 6 voltage output ranges selected by means of a switch on the controller: Output 1: 0 to 160 volts DC Output 2: 0 to 200 volts DC Output 3: 0 to 260 volts DC Output 4: 0 to 300 volts DC Output 5: 0 to 360 volts DC Output 6: 0 to 400 volts DC
WEIGHT AND SIZE OF CONTROL BOX: Weight: 10 Kg Height: 480mm Width: 280mm Depth: 230mm
WEIGHT AND SIZE OF TRANSFORMER: Weight: 40 Kg Height: 400mm Width: 400mm Depth: 300mm
Electrafish Limited, Registered Office: 48 Warstones Drive, Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 4PR, England. Registered in England No. 7393208