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Category: Communications

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Winegard Connect marine WiFi and cell internet connection, simple and functional

While the Connect all-in-one WiFi and cellular get-online system — with the cell service included — is Winegard’s first entry into the marine internet market, they’ve been at it in the RV world for quite some time and the rock-solid RF performance is pretty impressive even if the interface seemed rather bare-bones to me.

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Inmarsat partners with Europe’s biggest leisure boat manufacturer to offer Fleet One for Groupe Beneteau Lagoon brand

Inmarsat has announced a new partnership with Lagoon from Groupe Beneteau that enables its superior Fleet One connectivity solution to be available as a line-fit and retro-fit option on all Lagoon catamarans… the unique offer provides boat owners with a cost-effective, two-year package that features unlimited satellite communication as required, plus shoreside GSM 3G/4G (including 5Go/month broadband) in more than 100 countries and Wi-Fi connectivity within 10km.

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Hella Marine – EMI dangers from LED lights can be prevented

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently published an alert detailing the effect of Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) caused by some LED products, and the potential for electronic communication interference. Simple testing can identify whether there’s a problem, but the situation can be avoided if owners choose products that are certified to international standards.

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USCG warns about LED lights interfering with VHF & AIS, wants test results

The USCG recently issued a Safety Alert about how LED lighting near VHF antennas can cause poor reception on attached radios, which of course includes AIS and DSC reception along with regular marine VHF audio channels. I’m surprised because I remember such problems coming up and being solved a decade ago, which was very early in the evolution of LED lighting…but…

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Standard Horizon GX6000 bad and good news, plus new HX890 and HX40

What the heck? An AIS transceiver with a decent antenna up reasonably high can see other AIS transceivers fairly far away, but not 3,508 nautical miles! What’s actually illustrated here was a Standard Horizon GX6000 mistranslating AIS target positions into NMEA 2000, as strongly suggested by the photo below. But as bad as that glitch was, there’s already a firmware fix and the way the update operation works has further benefits.

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Talk Anywhere Onboard: Raymarine’s New Wireless Ready Ray90 and Ray91 VHF

WILSONVILLE, OR (August 15, 2018) – Traditional marine VHF radios keep you confined to the helm with their short handset coil-cords that limit your ability to move about. Raymarine’s new Ray90 and Ray91 modular VHF radios give you the freedom to roam and communicate from anywhere onboard using optional wireless handset stations…

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Using a WiFi Bridge to connect your boat to the internet, interfaces compared

There are a lot of WiFi bridges that can connect your boat to the Internet, though as I mentioned in my article on marine internet, depending on WiFi for connectivity while travelling can be hit and miss.  But, without a WiFi bridge the chances of a usable connection decline dramatically…

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mazu SportFishing Brings Revolutionary Features to Salt Water Anglers

Reston, Va. – mazu, a leading technology and satellite communications company, announced today the launch of the mazu SportFishing app. Giving anglers vital weather and sea state information, and providing powerful communications capabilities via satellite, mazu SportFishing creates a more strategic and productive offshore experience…

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KVH enters the cellular Internet market

KVH announced they’ve entered the cellular internet market with the TracPhone LTE-1.  Their marketing materials say it can deliver “Double the coverage and 10x faster speed at sea.”  KVH is providing the hardware and the cellular service and promises to deliver an all-in-one, end-to-end, no hassle, simple service.  If this announcement weren’t from KVH and it didn’t have some of the pretty bold claims KVH makes it might look like just a ho-hum, me too announcement.  But, KVH says they can do more faster and easier than the existing products so, I for one, am looking forward to seeing if this, generally pretty conservative, engineer driven company, can back them up.