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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. Douglas says:

    Got a copy of the Charts DVD (chartsdvd.com) to use with my CapN program. It does in fact contain all the NOAA RNC (BSB charts), but they are not organized by the more familar Maptech regions instead by chart number groups..
    Group_1: Chart Numbers: 11006 – 11420
    Group_2: Chart Numbers: 11424 – 12206
    Group_3: Chart Numbers: 12207 – 12378
    Group_4: Chart Numbers: 12401 – 14786
    Group_5: Chart Numbers: 14788 – 14969
    Group_6: Chart Numbers: 14970 – 16475
    Group_7: Chart Numbers: 16476 – 17320
    Group_8: Chart Numbers: 17321 – 18471
    Group_9: Chart Numbers: 18473 – 18754
    Group_10: Chart Numbers: 18755 – 26194 (and 50 – 5161)
    Group_11: Chart Numbers: 81004 – 83637
    The charts are in zip files adding yet another step to getting at the charts I need. The whole point of the DVD was to avoid having to download and extract the charts.
    While the $29.95 price is a good deal, the extra savings will be eaten up by having to hunt down and unzip the charts I need.

  2. GPSNavX says:

    I discovered something interesting today about several of the NOAA RNC’s. Several are lacking calibration information making them unusable..
    (I did not have this problem with the same Maptech ones).
    BSB_ROOT\11324\11324_2.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\11326\11326_7.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\11451\11451_16.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\11451\11451_17.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\11541\11541_6.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12205\12205_13.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12285\12285_18.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12285\12285_19.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12352\12352_8.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12364\12364_24.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\12372\12372_19.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\13221\13221_2.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\13229\13229_15.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_79.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_80.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_81.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_82.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_83.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_84.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_85.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_86.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_87.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14786\14786_88.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_45.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_46.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_47.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_48.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_49.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_50.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14842\14842_51.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_39.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_40.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_41.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_42.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_43.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14846\14846_44.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_48.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_49.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_50.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_51.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_52.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_53.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14853\14853_54.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14886\14886_15.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14886\14886_16.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14886\14886_17.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14886\14886_18.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14886\14886_19.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_37.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_38.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_39.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_40.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_41.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_42.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14916\14916_43.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14926\14926_33.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14926\14926_34.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14926\14926_35.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14926\14926_36.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\14926\14926_37.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\18423\18423_19.KAP
    BSB_ROOT\18445\18445_17.KAP
    Has anyone else experienced trouble using any of the above NOAA RNCs?

  3. GPSNavX says:

    Maptech has provided clarification on the above charts. They are not charts, but informational graphics that do not have calibration information. I will add support for these to GPSNavX and MacENC.

  4. Jack Connick says:

    Downloads directly from NOAA are easy, especially if you know the chart numbers. They have a check-box type text download page: BSB Raster Chart downloads. I found their graphical interface a bit wanting – the above is easier. I checked off charts from Vancouver through Oregon and it was a 140MB download, not all that long with DSL. Files come zipped so are easy to use with either Mac or PC.
    Really why spend money on the entire US waterway DVD? How far can you cruise??
    I couldn’t get “Free Nautical Charts” to work at all and it was a very complex sign-on system/email confirmation/error message/approval loop. Forget it and go directly to NOAA.
    Also not widely reported is that NOAA also has .pdf version of the Coast Pilot available. What’s nice is that these are separated into chapters and usually one or two chapters is all you need.
    Poking around in the Office of Coast Survey is fun, they have lots of historic charts and a lot more free!
    Jack

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