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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.

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  1. Hey Ben,
    I hate pulling up anyone with your sort of knowledge, but the following comment is yours, and I don’t get it…”Well, it’s still going to take some time to get complete transponders to market.” What vacuum are you living in ? Complete transponders are selling all over the world right now, just not in the USA. How long does it take to setup product delivery in a true democracy such as yours ? NO TIME is the answer. Sit back and watch the market work, but please don’t tell us it’ll “take some time”. Spare me.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Of course I meant in the U.S., CrystalBlues. And the problem is not shipping; that could be done tomorrow. The problem is that the FCC now has to certify waiting devices to the rule that it just wrote. Part of that is just making sure they meet the IEC standard (which they’ve all met in lab testing I believe), but the other part is the new label and new requirement that MMSI numbers and other static data be input by the vendor or a “qualified” professional. The label is easy, but the input procedure is vague. Vendors seem to think it will all be worked out by November or so, but they’re not positive.

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