Kees

Kees

  • Commented on Navionics charts, really fresh data & lots of it
    We sail in -very- shallow sandy shifty waters as our home waters, and Freshest Data is indeed nothing less than astoundingly great. Lovely, lovely. My HDS 4.1 update shows UGC, but over here I haven't seen much more than harbour...
  • Commented on Anyone know if Simrad is planning an AP28 upgrade soon?
    Garmin with its "better User Interface" doesn't have a No Drift steering function. Neither does Raymarine FWIW. Although the AP24 display is monochrome it does work very well and uses very little power (1W). Having a dedicated Turn button as...
  • Commented on Fusion Marine Stereo 700 series, holy mackerel!
    Patrick wrote: > Since there is no information on a SDK, I'll also publish the PGN list and data > format for the SonicHub which I already have captures for, and the format > for the IP700 once I have...
  • Commented on USHarbors, a new crowd source player?
    Ben, I have upgraded my Navionics SD card with their Freshest Data program, and installed NOS 4.1 on my Lowrance HDS, and I now have the crowd sourced data on my chart plotter. How cool is that! The information for...
  • Commented on Solar Panel Calculation
    Andre, Quite simple. The worksheet doesn't factor in MPPT, but normal chargers. A normal solar charger does normal DC regulation and can only shave off the extra voltage (16.86 V-> 13.2 V or whatever the charge voltage is). This is...
  • Commented on SSB Question
    I don't have time to search for things that are advertised, but the reference that Ben put up won't do it as it is only suited for the 27 MHz band (=CB). Whilst it may offer AM and SSB modulation...
  • Commented on The N2K WiFi gateway issue, is NMEA stifling innovation?
    Hi Ben, As you know I'm one of the first developers that started working with the Actisense NGT-1, which is the only practical NMEA 2000 gateway as of now. One of the things that Actisense did early on before...
  • Commented on The N2K WiFi gateway issue, is NMEA stifling innovation?
    Developers that want to develop a commercial product based on NMEA, in my opinion, should become a member of the NMEA and buy the necessary documentation from them. The only thing holding back commercial developers is cost -- there is...
  • Commented on Simrad Broadband Radar 4G, hand's-on #1
    Ben, In my experience BR isn't that much different in terms of obstructions compared to normal radar when faced with a big obstruction like a close by mast. Neither seem to care about smaller ones such as rigging. Then again...
  • Commented on SmartPlug shore power system, has its time come?
    Well nearly -- single cycle power in the UK and EU is 230 V, 50 HZ AC. This is an EU standard. UK used to be 240 V, continent was 220 V so they met in the middle. Only breaking...
  • Commented on METS 2011, a Kees Verruijt report
    Henning, Glad you enjoyed three days at the show, I had to do it in just one! Dan, The picture above is from Offshore Systems, there is no link with an iThing for those; they are pure NMEA 2000....
  • Commented on Simrad autopilot with NavNetvx2
    Fernando, I don't think a remote display on the flybridge will be very good, how will you control the MFD and the auto pilot? For $3000 you are better off getting an extra MFD. Navnet 2 is nice, but outdated....
  • Commented on AIS SART plotting, & NMEA 2000 AIS problems
    Ben, As of two weeks ago there was no software update for the Navico AIS-300 either, so it doesn't send anything but the Simrad-specific Class B PGNs out over NMEA 2000. There is a small bug in that in that...
  • Commented on DC System monitors (NMEA2K)
    Mastervolt has a NMEA 2000 interface as well. This (like the Victron unit) makes sense mostly if you're going to run one-brand inverters/charge monitoring/chargers, then use one small interface to go to/from NMEA 2000. The Mastervolt interface is reasonably priced,...
  • Commented on Anything new about Airmar PB200?
    If you are able to use Airmar's Weathercaster program you can disable anything that you want, so get the PB200 and a PC/N2K interface compatible with Weathercaster. The Actisense device is you best option as it is compatible with a...
  • Commented on Garmin GHP 12 autopilot, hello sailors!
    Ben, I've been told by a Garmin employee that their drives are actually made by Jefa......
  • Commented on Help with Lowrance LCX & AIS VHF!
    http://www.lowrance.com/upload/Lowrance/Documents/Manuals/LCX113-112-38-37-28-27_0151-511_12-08-06.pdf http://www.standardhorizon.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=6195&FileCatID=86&FileName=GX2000%5FGX2100%5FOwner%27s%20Manual%20r2.pdf&FileContentType=application%2Fpdf You want NMEA out from Lowrance to flow to the GX2100 NMEA in. So you go to page 32 of the Lowrance manual, find that Yellow is NMEA out + and Shield (bare wire) is NMEA ground. Then...
  • Commented on Simrad NSS series, touch sensible?
    Ben, A friend of mine already did the work of delving into the documentation, advertised power consumption for HDS/NSS/NSE is: HDS 7 10.4 W - - NSS 7 10.4 W HDS 8 11.7 W NSE 8 21.6 W NSS 8...
  • Commented on Simrad NSS series, touch sensible?
    Cool. Seems like this is a nice place in the middle of the Navico range, slotted between HDS and NSE. Can you check what the relative processor speed & power consumption is vis-à-vis HDS and NSE?...
  • Commented on What wind instrument?
    Ben, the Airmar triducer not only accepts boat speed calibration, it even allows for linearization of the paddle by setting up to 25 different calibration points. See the manual on page 23, PGN 126720 (Calibrate Speed). I don't know which...
  • Commented on What wind instrument?
    My earlier email where I cut & paste a bit of log from my instrument data was truncated, so it didn't show what I meant to show. Here it is again but this time readable, hopefully: ... 2 36 255...
  • Commented on What wind instrument?
    John says: When your PB200 calculates True Wind from the speed input from the hull sensor and its own Apparent Wind, how is that broadcast on the network? I don't believe there is a PGN for that? Yes there is...
  • Commented on What wind instrument?
    There is only one "wind" PGN, but it contains a field stating what the reference plane is. For instance, on my own boat's network with a Simrad wind sensor (as well as a PB200) I get the following in a...
  • Commented on Wreck of the Lady Mary, so many lessons
    Ben 1 - Birdman 0 Actually, make that: Ben 5 - Birdman 0 Although I welcome an informed different opinion, I for one don't appreciate the kind of outright uninformed and opiniated slamming of AIS that Birdman seems to think...
  • Commented on Chetco SeaSmart.Net modules, wide open N2K-to-Ethernet?
    Ben, Q1) Is this HTML technique limited to browser displays -- like Chetco is showing off online -- or can it feed nav data to apps like iNavX and Navionics Mobile or whatever? A1) No, AJAX implies that other apps...
  • Commented on Mast rotation, a multi-manufacturer solution?
    1) KISS -- sure that travels across the Atlantic, the first "serious" app that I wrote when I was 14 years young was called KISS. 2) As to write cycles in the microcontroller that's in the wind instrument, we can't...
  • Commented on Mast rotation, a multi-manufacturer solution?
    Well, that is the method that Dan suggested as well, but he was suggesting a PB200. It will work with most any windset, I guess. My reservations as to life of the flash memory still stand. How about the following...
  • Commented on Mast rotation, a multi-manufacturer solution?
    Adding a computation function like this to my suite of software would not be hard. In fact it would be a piece of cake on a Linux system, I've been doing filtering in just a simple UNIX pipe. Adding this...
  • Commented on Digital Yacht BOATraNET, something truly different?
    Cool, I wasn't aware of that. I still don't think that this product uses it, as it says "any HTML5 client" will be usable. On a boat the geolocation API won't work unless there is a GPS in the client....
  • Commented on Garmin's wireless VHF mic, Simrad's too
    Chris, your assessment is right. The 'real' Simrad wireless remote is the WR20 that connects to standard Simrad RS8x VHF radio systems (as well as a remote control for autopilots, IS series displays and a Bluetooth handsfree audioset talking to...
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