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Ben Ellison
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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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Electric outboard - DIY super charger

Like many who have one, I love my "T-brand" electric outboard. I had a 1003 for three years and earlier this year upgraded to a 1103C. This new model is nearing perfection for my use case - quick runs...

In forum Projects

3 months ago
Samsung SmartThings on board

I have found the Smart Home devices also work well on my boat. You can control door access and many other devices if you have a Wifi connection. Even without an on board SmartThings Hub and Wifi yo...

In forum Network Your Boat

5 months ago
RE: Balmar SG-200 and Solar System

Hi, Chris from Balmar here. Some suggestions if I may. You need the power lead (red with fuse holder) from the SG200 to be connected directly to your battery. I am not sure of the distances in the dra...

In forum General Marine Electronics

3 months ago
RE: Where is Vesper's SOTDMA?

An e-mail to their sales department got a response of "Thanks for your interest in the XB8000 transponder. We are definitely monitoring new technologies in our field (SOTDMA being one of them) and ke...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
RE: Any input on MoFi4500-4GXELTE-Sim4?

I've used a couple of MoFi products, and they are pretty nice, but their UI is a mess. If you're going to have your customer use it, and they are not technical, I would be careful. The folks over at ...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
RE: Choosing a chart plotter & radar

Thanks for the quick update, Ben. Definitely looking forward to more data when you have good weather! We have lots of windstorms this time of the year, so I haven't been off the dock in over a month, ...

In forum Projects

2 years ago
RE: Getting Two B&G Zeus MFD's to Share Charts

Well, there kinda is a larger and faster NEP device. The NEP is nothing more than a marinized Ethernet switch. And it's got a bit of a tubbish chassis. We've done numerous installs with Netgear 12v...

In forum Network Your Boat

2 years ago
RE: NMEA SIMNET bus just died

I'm back with an update on my repairs. We've been in Harbour Towne Marina being repaired. Its been 2 months. Hopefully done in a couple of weeks. Replacements include: communication gear, navigati...

In forum Projects

2 years ago
RE: Getting Two B&G Zeus MFD's to Share Charts

It is not mentioned if by any chance one of the MFD's Ethernet is cabled through a Wifi1 GoFree device. Some installers do this as it looks like it is designed to do so - the GoFree has two network p...

In forum Network Your Boat

2 years ago
RE: Blank Slate

I believe the core and most important issue in selecting modern marine electronics is your comfort with the system. The capabilities of all the current systems is very high. Honestly, it's probably ...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
RE: Furuno MFD12 to Raymarine EV-400 pilot issues after software upgrade

Hi Ben, The PGN's that the Furuno MFD was sending didn't change, but I believe the later versions of the Raymarine Software required Variation to be present where earlier ones did not. Raymarine Techn...

In forum Network Your Boat

2 years ago
RE: AIS transponder - SOTDMA vs CTDMA

Regarding SOTDMA vs CTMDA, just a data point here. I've got a Vesper 8000 connected to Vesper's active splitter, which feeds 30' of LMR-240UF within the boat and then 75' of LMR-400UF going up the mas...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
RE: Samsung S9, the smartphone for boat owners?

I actually have a second day job (or third?) testing phones out for a review company, and have the S9, plus the Pixel 2, Essential Phone, and about 5 others of the Android persuasion. My go to phone i...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
Samsung S9, the smartphone for boat owners?

In reviews for the Samsung S9, in the two articles below, it looks like the display has 700 nits of brightness in normal mode, and 1130 nits in "high brightness mode" / Adaptive Sunlight Mode. That i...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
AIS transponder - SOTDMA vs CTDMA

After some FOG experience few weeks ago on our way to Catalina. I am looking to add an AIS transponder/receiver to our Catalina 36. Today I see some new system using SOTDMA, they look like a modern ch...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 years ago
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