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  • Commented on Navico writer's event 2014: B&G, Simrad & Lowrance product highlights
    Ben, I have been watching for the Simrad NSO evo2 Dual 16 Bundles since seeing them at the Miami show. I have spoke with several dealers who are giving me expected ship dates of "end of April" thru " late...
  • Commented on Miami 2014 comms #1: WiFi, Cellular, and V-SAT advances
    Bill, I have two antennas I am going to try. I just recieved a TerraWave M3060070O10006OSS - cellular phone / Wi-Fi antenna from Tessco. And am in conversation with Wilson Electronics for the correct adapter from my UML295 to the...
  • Commented on Miami 2014 comms #2: VHF, AIS & the app connection
    Ben, I agree with rxc's sentiment. I do not understand why any wire less than 18ga is used for any of the connections. There are still vendors who say they are NMEA2000 but have a proprietary cable such as connecting...
  • Commented on Miami 2014 comms #1: WiFi, Cellular, and V-SAT advances
    Bill and Ben, I have my Cradlepoint router and Verizon Aircard in the pilothouse approximately 15' off the water. I can put an external antenna on the mast or pilothouse roof and gain another 5-10'. I am hoping just the...
  • Commented on Miami 2014 comms #1: WiFi, Cellular, and V-SAT advances
    I am very interested in connecting an external antenna to my Verizon AirCard (which is connected to my Cradlepoint Router, in hopes of pulling in a stronger signal. I looked the Digital Antenna 1273 and see the 1285 mentioned above....
  • Commented on Miami 2014, glass bridge everywhere
    Ben, I went to Miami looking to learn about the Icom 506 radio and to compare the Simrad/Furuno/Garmin product lines. I was surprised by Icom's responses, and by the booths for Furuno and Garmin. The Simrad NSO evo2 is very...
  • Commented on 3M Scotchloks, is my love so wrong?
    http://crimpsupply.com/20-16-ga-clear-crimp-style-wire-nuts.html?gclid=CM2Sz6OSubwCFW1nOgodxRQAAg...
  • Commented on 3M Scotchloks, is my love so wrong?
    What are the thoughts about using the clear crimp-style wire nuts? I was watching a AV installer crimp many 24ga wires using them and it seems like they crimp very similar to the traditional butt splice....
  • Commented on Monitor cost vs Quality - real or perceived
    Bo, I am doing the exact same spreadsheet. My new helm has some space constraints so I am looking at 15" and 17" monitors. I have also looked at Planar, 3M, Elo and a few "custom" kiosk monitors. I have...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 & Actisense
    I have not used the Actisense EMU-1s but have two of the Maretron EMS100s. I used the Maretron N2KAnalyzer to configure the instance on each EMS100. Then in N2Kview when I display my Tach values, I have to select which...
  • Commented on Icom M506, five models of goodness
    I called Icom last week to ask some questions about this radio and the salesperson I spoke with did not have information on it. I mentioned that there were already magazine ads out with the disclaimer that the FCC had...
  • Commented on Maretron N2KView: prices slashed, architecture improved, and BNWAS
    Ben, When other software developers role out new features or licensing changes, usually they try to at least make things even for their exisiting customers. I was thinking from your first post that my N2Kview would now have Alerts, Fuel,...
  • Commented on Maretron N2KView: prices slashed, architecture improved, and BNWAS
    Ben, I am trying to figure this out. I spoke to Mark and since I am using the very 1980s model of a USB dongle license, his comment was "nothing changes". I have not purchased the Video or Alerts module...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Certification, in the Panbo crossfire
    Bo and Ben, I am very interested in this discussion, as I am replacing all electronics at the helm within the next 4 months, with a hope of sorting it out at the Miami boat show. Just because a device...
  • Commented on 3M Scotchloks, is my love so wrong?
    John, Does the Posi-Tite have a product that will do 22-24ga wire? I am moving my Autopilot and several gauges which are really fine wire. I got clear butt splices that are the right size but my crimp tool will...
  • Commented on Maretron N2KView: prices slashed, architecture improved, and BNWAS
    Ben and Adam, I upgraded my N2Kview last night to version 4.x via the built-in sync functionality. When I tried to open N2KView, it would not connect back to the USB100. I called Maretron (Mark) today but I was at...
  • Commented on Maretron N2KView: prices slashed, architecture improved, and BNWAS
    Ben, I do not see any of this information on the Maretron site or under their press releases. Do you know how this will play out for those of us who are already Maretron users? Will the additional modules become...
  • Commented on Fusion Marine Stereo 2013, great but confusing!
    Ben, Are you running Sirius radio across your Fusion? I have Sirius in my auto and like the channels without the commercials. Cruising this weekend in the Chesapeake we lost several FM stations so the Admiral has asked why I...
  • Commented on Fusion Marine Stereo 2013, great but confusing!
    Xavier, I had the same problem with the IP 700 turning itself on at random times, which really bothered the Admiral in the middle of the night. I contacted Fusion's support who responded very quickly to my question. Their response...
  • Commented on Maretron SMS100, advanced NMEA 2000 monitoring via cell texts
    Ben, The DSM displays or the N2K Analyzer require something to send the SMS messages and if you are using the SMS100, after the cost of the unit, you then need a separate SIM card/account with a repeating monthly service....
  • Commented on Maretron SMS100, advanced NMEA 2000 monitoring via cell texts
    Ben, Thank you for the posting. I looked hard at Siren Marine at the Annapolis Boat show but their product would not interface with NMEA2000 sensors. The N2KView Alerts module is just too expensive for me. Most boats that have...
  • Commented on MIBS CZone tour, enabling the car-like boat
    Ben, In 2009, Apple, Nokia, Samsung, and most of the major vendors did agree on the micro-USB. Why Apple did not follow through is probably well documented. http://www.gizmag.com/standard-micro-usb-charger-europe/12108/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10274953-94.html As far as the questions concerning the distributed power vs the...
  • Commented on MIBS CZone tour, enabling the car-like boat
    Ben, Thank you for posting this topic. I am interested in the distributed power but wonder where the tipping point is for installing this on an existing boat. How does this new model for wiring a boat compare with the...
  • Commented on Maretron DCR100 partial install, lights on & Labels up
    Ben, The DCR100 is not new is it? When I figured the cost of the DCR100 ($350), the cable T for my backbone ($25), the NMEA2000 cable to the DCR100 ($100) AND that I needed 6 other switches and cabling,...
  • Commented on Radar on your PC, laptop or tablet
    Steve, I totally agree. I have been rebuilding the electronics on my boat with Coastal Explorer as the chartplotter. When I asked Navico last year at the Miami boatshow about it working with CE, they pointed out that there was...
  • Commented on Anyone Actually Use Bluetooth With their Phones?
    Chuck, I have tried probably a dozen BT headsets - Jawbones, Plantronics, Motorola, etc. I love the low price Motorola - both my wife and I use them. It is illegal to use the phone with your hand while driving...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Chukulubu I have been trying to write a SMS app of N2K values as alarm/alerts. Is your code open?...
  • Posted Navico / Simrad Broadband Radar and PC Chartplotter to Panbo Forum
    Hello, I am running Coastal Explorer for my chartplotter and have been watching to see if Navico / Simrad would offer a PC compatible version of the broadband radar. I recently found that Navico has a software development kit (SDK)...
  • Commented on The N2K WiFi gateway issue, is NMEA stifling innovation?
    Ben, I have been reading this thread not as a developer or a start-up but as a boater interested in where the marine electronics industry is going. I have been in the technology business for over 30 yrs and after...
  • Commented on Vessel Vanguard, world's largest boat systems database?
    John, I am using the same approach. PDFs, photos, spreadsheets stored local and online....
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