Ben

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  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    Thanks again, EMS. I tape connectors too, and sometimes push or pull cables with this fiberglass rod set: https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Fiberglass-Wire-Pull-Rods/dp/B005LW4CFG/ It's bendier than you might think, though I have broken sections. Also, while LMR-400 coax looks huge, I've often found it...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Anon, what I hear is that Axioms will be shipping in quantity very soon, and I saw early 7- and 9-inch builds working well in Florida week before last. However, it seems that Axiom development has not gone as quickly...
  • Commented on AMEC Camino 701 Class A AIS, first with a nearly complete NMEA 2000 interface
    Definitely odd! Google Shopping prices range from $2,723 to $732, and this is not the sort of electronics that gets rapidly outdated. In fact, this model was new for ACR in 2015... https://goo.gl/T30zPv ...and, SteveD, it is indeed built by...
  • Commented on BEP CZone Signal Interface, a NMEA 2000 winner
    Czoneonline looks like a great resource for anyone using CZone. Latest configuration software, well written "how to" tips, they're all there. It also seems possible for anyone, including DIY folks, to purchase CZone gear there; they ship international and use...
  • Commented on Garmin GMI 20, hand's on, surprises found
    Hi Evan, I don't have exhaust gas temp on Gizmo but I notice on page 10 of the TMP100 manual that Maretron apparently had to use a proprietary high range temp PGN to handle exhaust gas. I'd suggest asking Garmin...
  • Commented on MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared
    James and Jennifer are making transatlantic progress but do check out -- http://mvdirona.com/2017/05/alarms-at-115am/ -- a scary high bilge alarm situation at night in a gale. Reliable alarms are important! (And I'm pretty sure that both their sensor and audio alarm...
  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    It's worth noting that what I'd call "midline" Digital Antenna models with fixed coax cables terminate with mini UHF connectors that are easier to fish, and include an adaptor to PL-259. But then there's the question of antenna quality versus...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Somewhat entertaining: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/184136-active-captain-acquired-by-garmin/ And let's note that "Capt Smithie" apparently could not back up his opinions....
  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    Thanks, Eric, valuable info! I found this somewhat funky video about Scotch 2242 self amalgamating tape... https://youtu.be/fJPOYCDH8wE ...but watching how well it wraps and sticks made me buy some: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004WCCK/ Also, I notice that sell coax and connectors at Farallon:...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Capt Smithie, what are the changes I should be seeing in Garmin inReach programs? Also, what is your evidence that ActiveCaptain allowed advertisers to remove negative comments?...
  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    Thanks, Enric. Those look like a smart combination of Shakespeare's QuickConnect and Glomex's use of FME connectors. In fact, I'd guess that both companies got some inspiration from Pacific Aerials. However, I think that their antennas, mounts, etc. would be...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    POO! I just saw recent email from Standard Horizon about "GX6500/GX6000 availability" that reads, "Unfortunately, they have been delayed a couple more months..." Oddly I just learned that the similarly high-end ICOM M605 (except AIS receive only as option) is...
  • Commented on VHF radio recalls, not to worry?
    Cruisers, do what Joe suggests! But this may be a quicker link... https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-122&sort=date_disseminated,DESC ...and use "Express" on the left side to submit a simple text message like this if you agree: "I strongly support a waiver so ICOM USA can...
  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    So in answer to the question about using 3rd party FME connectors and cables with the Glomeasy antennas, Chris Catoe answered: "You could use third party coax, but to maintain the waterproof integrity, I would suggest using ours. We can...
  • Commented on Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems
    Hi Ted and sorry to be confusing. What I meant was that once a length of Glomex FME RG-8X is out of the antenna I think it's fine to switch up to a different grade of coax. So if your...
  • Posted Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Recently I struggled installing a typical marine antenna with its included cable and annoying 0.71-inch (18 mm) diameter PL-259 connector. I could have cut the coax, run the cable, and attached a new PL-259, but I'm not sure that any human can install a cable connector as well as a machine, and certainly not me. That's why it's nice that Glomex now offers a variety of antennas and machine-made cables that use 0.35-inch (9mm) FME connectors. But for U.S. boaters, the Glomex news is better still...

  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Thanks, Joe, but let's acknowledge that business models change and that Garmin has opened its system to third party developers in some areas like watches and handhelds. Some of their apps also come in Android versions. For instance, I use...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Sorry you're having trouble, Richard, but I recently registered an inReach without problem and, more important, my self proclaimed "Luddite" friend Charlie Doane did it from France just before setting sail for home (though annoying Apple would not let him...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Hi Hartley, I fear that the most uncertain thing about ActiveCaptain's future is the relationship with C-Map, simply because things are so frosty between Garmin and Navico. Frankly, though, C-Map's initial implementation was a bit minimal, like no download updates,...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Thanks, Chris. I'm really curious how you got your tracks onto Navionics web map. Is this a new feature I missed: http://followescape.com/navionics/ By the way, I've seen places where Navionics Community Edits were more valuable than the ActiveCaptain data for...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Thanks for the update, Tim, and congratulations on TeamSurv success. I was particularly interested to see that you're about to launch a Kickstarter campaign for an affordable gateway to make bathy data collection easier. http://www.teamsurv.com/ This bit of your news...
  • Commented on Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?
    Rick R, I have not heard back from Garmin yet, but my guess is that the data will remain free and widely accessible. It just seems like good business sense on many levels. The more users, the richer the resource,...
  • Posted Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what? to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    This morning Garmin purchased ActiveCaptain and I have no idea if that will turn out to be good news or otherwise. Will this large and growing database of crowdsourced cruising information change now that it belongs to a major electronics brand? I have no bold opinions but I do have lots of questions I hope to discuss...

  • Commented on What is a good source for
    Dan, I don't know of a "comprehensive source" but I think the story is fairly straightforward. Simrad once used SimNet cabling and connector system (which did not have field attachable connectors) and also used to offer dual SimNet ports on...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    I tested the solid state radars in mixed rain conditions this weekend and all could see fine through light rain, even without using the rain filters. The Furuno NXT was also able to see heavier rain 8-12 miles away, but...
  • Commented on MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared
    M/V Dirona got underway early this morning for Cork, Ireland, and we can watch the passage in great detail here: http://mvdirona.com/maps/ Meanwhile I'm watching my friend Charlie Doane ( http://www.wavetrain.net/ ) coming the other way on his new Boreal 47,...
  • Commented on NMEA2K to SeaTalk NG
    In a word: NO. Power is passed through the STNG-to-N2K adaptor cable (though I suspect that the Mercury Gateway is powered on the SmartCraft side and won't need what it sees on the N2K side). It sounds to me like...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Thank you, Gregy. I fixed the mistake in the entry, and I too am surprised since so many new electronics can run on 24 as well as 12 volt systems. I'm not shocked, though. The vast majority of boat helms...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon HX870, handheld VHF/GPS/DSC powerhouse
    A handheld DSC/GPS/VHF and knowledge of how to place a Distress Call would have also helped a solo kayaker in Maine last Sunday, but fortunately he did have a VHF to call for help plus a PLB that the USCG...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    CZone news highlight: "Software Release 10...includes support for control of Dometic HVAC systems and Sea Recovery Watermakers. A user friendly Commissioning Wizard will also help guide installers through the commissioning process." http://mailchi.mp/70c2717ee50b/welcome-to-the-new-look-czone?e=993bcbcc95...
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