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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.

5 Responses

  1. Tim Flanagan says:

    The lab coat gives you that all-important credibility mojo. Without the lab coat, you’re just some guy writing about electronics. With it, suddenly you’re conducting “clinical studies”. 🙂

  2. Sandy says:

    Dilemma: One mast, one masthead vhf antenna; Where do I mount the AIS antenna if I want the best advance warning? I suppose the Class A antennae are more than 100′ above the water, and the class B’s are only 2 watts, so they are probably not going to be readable more than what, 5 miles? Somebody think this through for me!

  3. del says:

    This is a perennial problem and not easy to solve. I’m not even sure how I’m going to solve it on my sailing cat yet. It’s a choice of installing an arch on the stern and putting it on that, or just clamping it to the pushpit rail. I did toy with putting it up on one of the spreaders for a while, but decided that was too complicated. I didn’t ant to put it on the mast as I want an independent system – if (in extremis) I lose the mast in heavy weather, I still want some other means of communication.
    As to the range of Class B, see my other comments in various topics for details, but 5nm is usually enough for me – the exception possibly being the fast cats that do the Poole – Cherbourg run in the summer at 40knots – that would only give them only 7 minutes or so to see me.

  4. Dave says:

    Kato is a good bet in Annapolis for an arch.
    Wells is also a good choice, but futher away.
    I have an 8′ antenna pole with two arms (with 5 mounts total) on the starboard stern of my sailboat and someday when I have infinite time will add AIS and WiFi antennas. The AIS antenna can act as a backup VHF antenna if needed. The pole also has a swingable engine lift / MOB arm.

  5. del says:

    hmmm… now let me see, Annapolis (USA) to Poole (UK)… must be over 2000nm… bit far for me!!!!
    Just another thought – I’m considering putting a set of davits on the back for the inflatable (yes, sigh, I know I should really de-flate it and stow it away, but it’s such a pain to go through all that, and the new dinghy doesn’t roll up as neatly as the old one…), so I was wondering if the AIS / reserve antenna (good point, that!) could be bolted onto one of them?

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