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  • Commented on Can I update NMEA2000 device firmware using a Raymarine MFD?
    The Airmar DST200/800 devices can be upgraded only by use of Airmar's WeatherCaster software running on a PC with a (supported) N2K interface. Either Airmar's own or an Actisense NGT-1. I have used the latter many times to update my...
  • Commented on B&G Analog Wind Speed on N2k Network
    Have you seen the H5000 analogue displays: https://bandg.com/product/h5000-analogue-displays/...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    I'd say the easiest way to explain this is that the GO9 XSE is able to 'read' and 'control' a network radar (which all Navico radars are). Multiple devices can 'read' and 'control' the same radar, whether multiple GO9s or...
  • Commented on LED headlamp beanie, your boat may need one
    Keeping the light on instantly disqualifies you as a threat to flight safety, I guess. You could even use it to advantage maybe :-)...
  • Commented on Furuno radar scanner compatable with Raymarine E-series
    Yes that is definite....
  • Commented on Anode on Rudder
    What material is the hull? What material is the rudder itself?...
  • Commented on Furuno radar scanner compatable with Raymarine E-series
    You will have to buy a Raymarine radome. Be careful which models are compatible with the E140w, probably not the newest ones....
  • Commented on Panbo News+ design discussion please
    I had to search the internet for that TPM reference -- Ben is referring to http://talkingpointsmemo.com...
  • Commented on Panbo News+ design discussion please
    I think one Ben's reasons is that the main Panbo blog is syndicated by various sites that may not want to cover just-news-releases....
  • Commented on Autopilot crasches every 24 hours ?
    The last or one-but-last update did increase the 'ping timeout' between AP and AC, so that it doesn't show 'no autopilot computer' when a ping did not get through because the bus was busy. If you have multiple devices from...
  • Commented on Isolation Transformers
    1) There is no such thing as DC ground, there is DC negative. Any charger connecting the two is not worthy of being on your boat. That said there will be crap out there that does this. I'd stick to...
  • Commented on Autopilot crasches every 24 hours ?
    Have you updated to the latest firmware in all devices? Nowadays the simplest way to check is to connect your MFD to the internet and let it verify automatically with Navico. My own MFD is connected permanently and sometimes I...
  • Commented on Networking B&G Zeus3
    Yes. You can share map cards between all non-entry Navico MFDs, e.g. Zeus/NSS/HDS. They don't need to be same brand or version. So a Zeus 3 will share with a Simrad NSO, for instance. Sharing is done over Ethernet via...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    A short update on the DX900+, I've been testing one and off. At the moment I'm waiting for Airmar to ship me a new one. Whilst not ready yet (some real-life snags were hit) it is definitely coming. I guess...
  • Commented on Isolation Transformers
    Dan, An alternative is to not distribute the AC shore power directly, but only have a (modern power switching) charger connected to the shore power, and connect all on-board AC consumers to an inverter only....
  • Commented on B&G mix and match
    And finally, yes, you should run NMEA 2000 to all plotters as your sensor data is not rebroadcast onto Ethernet (there is a JSON service, but the plotters only transmit this but do not 'consume' it again.)...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    > Also why separate AIS and VHF transmit antennas are better even if quite close together horizontally; at least the AIS transmissions have some chance of getting out. You also have a chance of blowing the AIS receiver hardware whilst...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    > And I'm still curious about the technical reason Class B AIS transponders require dedicated GPS antennas. The AIS method of operation requires all transmitters to know exactly when they are going to transmit, in order to avoid clashes. In...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    > But then again, aren't racers a lot more sensitive about weight and windage aloft? IMO recreational sailors should care about weight just as well. Every kilo at the mast top negates many more kilos in the keel, making the...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Ben, You may not be surprised that Merrimac has Ecoflex 10, which has 4.8 db/100m loss at 144 Mhz, very similar to LMR400, up its mast all the way. If you intend participating in a World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    @Dan, I wouldn't use all that complication. I'd stick them in the boat's lifejackets. I don't allow crew to use their own as I have better ones than their own (mine are all Spinlock or Secumar 275N)....
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Adding Signal K message to cover these types of alarms certainly makes sense. Signal K is able to accommodate more data attributes than possible in AIS messages, such as names and other stuff set in the app. Right now I'm...
  • Commented on Simrad 4G radar offshore performances issues?
    Hi Salmon, 1) Plugin. Sounds as if you are still using v1.3. In v2.0 you can have separate PPI windows for both radar ranges on screen simultaneously. Only one range can be overlayed over the chart though. It is way...
  • Commented on Simrad 4G radar offshore performances issues?
    Hello Swede & Cia, You haven't said but googling for Ketch Siri, I think your boat is a Roberts 44 CC Offshore, 44ft? Halo is not a FMCW (BroadBand) radar, it is a fully electronic (no microwave) pulse compression radar,...
  • Commented on Simrad 4G radar offshore performances issues?
    Hi Salmon, I have sailed about 15000 miles at sea with the 4G installed, about 25% with the radar on (that's what you get when developing the OpenCPN plugin and without a microwave that has a limited lifespan there is...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Hi Abbor, the IS42/AP44/Triton2 is running the same (Linux) OS as the MFD, the download is probably 50+ MByte instead of <1 MByte for the earlier IS40/IS20 devices. Like MFDs the IS42/AP44/Triton2 series cannot be updated remotely. Unlike MFDs the...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Jeffrey, the ST900/950 may be what you're after. I have no price information on that yet, maybe it is cheaper than the DX900+. It is speed (S) and temperature (T) only....
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Just heard back, if you have a CMAP card with ActiveCaptain data the Navico plotters will display it just fine. Updates to the data come with the chart updates....
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Dan, you're right. I shouldn't answer in the middle of the night. With the DX900+ the measured boat speed relative to the water becomes a vector in a plane with the leeway defined as the orthogonal vector to fore/aft speed,...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Hi Dan, Sorry I missed your questions -- I only get emails regarding comments once I write a comment on an issue myself. There is a "Set & Drift, Rapid Update" PGN 129291 in NMEA2000, and is in Signal K...
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