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  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Excellent news: There is now a Furuno DRS6A-NXT open array radar with all the features of the NXT radome plus higher resolution and longer range: http://www.furuno.com/special/en/radar/drs4d-nxt/#Specifications...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Cool! “Weems & Plath has been named the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of CrewWatcher, a system of beacon and app that is an affordable crew overboard alarm & locator. We are very excited about this new product. We will feature...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Hi Hartley, Lighthouse 3 for "select" LH2 MFDs is expected in November, maybe early that month as in the big Lauderdale show. Lots of good info about the road map here: http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/faqs/...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Lighthouse 3.2 for Axiom is out and looking good: http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Hi Carl, the pro on the capsized catamaran was the charmed and charming Charles Nethersole, "lessons learned" details in the second half of this entry: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/12/mcmurdo_smartfind_g8_ais_epirb_first_of_many_plbs_too_.html...
  • Commented on Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels
    Good to hear from you again, Dave, but sorry I don't know where Raymarine is at with Doppler radar development. I imagine that all the big brands are working on it, with Furuno NXT motion highlighting and ARPA performance the...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Thanks, Serenity; I agree that the VRM portal looks great, but that's why I linked to this Victron entry in the Pico discussion above: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/04/news_victron_venus_cruzpro_sog2_dy_windsense_vaavud_ultrasonic_panbo_news.html Also note that none of these services is truly free if they only work with...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Thanks, Patrick! And very timely as Sirius Signal has come up with an interesting new daytime visual distress device that may help with the "locate" part of the equation: https://siriussignal.com/sirius-signal-demonstrate-new-daytime-visual-distress-signal-annapolis-sailboat-boat-show/ Yes, it sounds sort of like a helium filled mylar...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    The new G012 and GO7 MFDs are now up at Simrad... http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Products/GO-series/ ... and it's interesting how they specify the Ethernet connection: "Ethernet: 1 x 5 pin yellow connector x 1 Mbit. Radar and Sirius (USA only) connectivity only (unless...
  • Commented on Old Engines New Tech
    Hi Orlando, I believe that Chetco has lots of experience in this area (though the company has been quiet in recent years) and I'm hopeful that the G2 will work for you: http://www.digitalmarinegauges.com/products/sensor-interface-units/pro-sensor-interface-unit.html Please let us know. And sorry I...
  • Commented on Actisense EMU-1, analog engine gauges to NMEA 2000 happiness
    Here's a very belated thank you, Gary. I did try an early version of the Alba Combi but got frustrated with bugs. I'm glad to hear that you've had success with the updated software (and what sounds like some patient...
  • Commented on VHF NMEA 2000 Advantages?
    Hi Barry, I don't think that NMEA 0183 is really a choice for you because the Axioms do not support it and therefore you'd also need a bridge to use 0183. Besides, not only will a N2K VHF/AISrx radio send...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    Neat that this just came up because it looks like there will soon be a GO12 and a new model GO7 that both support radar: https://youtu.be/eAW9BkG8Z2s...
  • Commented on SRT acquires Class B AIS patent, consequences uncertain
    I think the Class B AIS patent is dead. The paperwork has piled up and just maybe another appeal is possible, but on 8/24/17 three judges on the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board affirmed the Examiner's prior rejection of...
  • Commented on Garmin Wins
    The "winner" is still very much up in the air: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/09/11/garmin-ordered-to-pay-38-million-in-ongoing-patent.html There are two separate battles going on here. One is about the validity of Navico's patents, and Garmin seems to have won that one in June. But the other...
  • Commented on Panbo comment problems 9/2017
    Good news: my somewhat tongue-lashed webmaster worked late on a Saturday night to fix the commenting situation. So things may work fine for registered and anonymous posters, but I can't easily test the fix myself as I did a lot...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    Sound good, Charles, but please clarify where the 4G radar is attached on the Ethernet network. Also, for clarity to other readers the B&G T12 is better known as the original B&G Zeus 12 while the S2009 is a discontinued...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Hi all: I am so sorry if you are having trouble leaving a comment! Panbo security settings were recently changed and regular site visitors must clear their browser cache of site data in order to make registered or even anonymous...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Thanks, RC; I'm hoping your questions will spark more discussion with Simarine and others here. I'm also happy to see your work on your new website, particularly this very relevant entry: https://marinehowto.com/programming-a-battery-monitor/...
  • Posted Panbo comment problems 9/2017 to Panbo Forum
    Sorry, dear commenters, I have bad news. My webmaster changed Panbo to a more secure site last week -- apparently Google will soon insist -- and the change broke commenting for registered users or even anonymous commenters who have browsed...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    I am so sorry if you are having trouble leaving a comment! Panbo security settings were recently changed and regular site visitors must clear their browser cache of site data in order to make registered or even anonymous comments. The...
  • Commented on Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR's DSC feature especially
    Thanks, Xavier. The MMSI starting "970" means that actually was an AIS SART (Search and Rescue Transmitter) being tested. AIS MOB devices start "972" and EPIRB-AIS beacons start "974": https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=mtMmsi#format SARTs are essentially bigger, commercial versions of personal AIS beacons,...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Hi Grant. I could have phrased it better and just tried, but I was thinking of some lead acid comments put up on Panbo when I first thought about replacing Gizmo's house bank, like: "The key to longevity is minimizing...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Great research, Pat! And the spreadsheet is an excellent start at trying to figure out who supports what, though it's depressing that there's even an issue at this point. It's hard to believe, for instance, that Garmin still doesn't support...
  • Commented on Boat US MMSI, just do it!
    Don't know who issued your MMSI #? The USCG can help: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/MMSI_Allotments.pdf...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Thanks, Walter, but you missed the fact that the big Pico shunts "precisely monitor battery voltage on 12V and 24V systems, battery temperature and continuous currents" at 300 or 500 amps....
  • Posted Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Simarine_Pico+_battery_monitoring_sleep_screen_aPanbo.jpgWhile this boat's main battery bank is at 73% state of charge (SOC) -- a near minimum for the long term health of many battery types -- the lightning icon and blue up-arrow indicate that the charging sources exceed the loads and, in fact, a 100% SOC is expected in 9.5 hours at current rates. The 3.5-inch touchscreen is also displaying time and barometric pressure with trend, and this is just the sleep screen of what seems to be a very modern family of reasonable-cost monitoring products. Say hello to Simarine...

  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Every little bit helps department: Weems & Plath is offering a $10 rebate regardless of where you purchase a SOS Distress Light, as long as the receipt is dated before Oct. 15: https://system.na2.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=267534&c=449809&h=9300385525c039de226f...
  • Commented on Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR's DSC feature especially
    Thanks, Chriggel, and kudos to Standard Horizon. Now I notice that they advertise AIS SART display right near the top of the feature list: http://www.standardhorizon.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&DivisionID=3&ProdCatID=83&ProdID=1769 Moreover the manual indicates that the GX2200 supports AIS MOB beacons and EPIRBs too, and...
  • Commented on Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR's DSC feature especially
    Thanks, Richard, great points except I disagree about the optical programming. It might be unfamiliar, but it was just as easy as a wired connection, I thought, and a lot more waterproof. I notice that Spinlock sells a deck vest...
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