Communication

AIS Transceiver

By | Posted March 2009

Q: I’m installing a new AIS transceiver, and it has a built-in antenna splitter. How can I attach my AIS receiver, VHF radio, and FM stereo to the antenna?A: Built-in antenna...

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Broadband Radar

By | Posted February 2009

It’s long past time that the magnetron was consigned to the dust bin of maritime history,” enthused Larry Brandt, a commenter on my electronics blog who is both a professional...

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Digital Yacht SPL250

By | Posted December 2008

Photo by Ben EllisonDigital Yacht is a substantial U.K.-based marine electronics manufacturer/distributor that is expanding to the United States in a timely manner, given its...

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Icom MXA-5000

By | Posted December 2008

Photo courtesy of Icom AmericaIs Icom a Johnny come lately for introducing the MXA-5000 AIS receiver just as Class B transceivers finally hit the market? I don't think so. Not...

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Here Comes Class B, Part 2!

By | Posted December 2008

Photo by Ben EllisonNow Class B-equipped Gizmo shows up on ship AIS displays and Web viewers like this. I've never been more pleased to write this column. If you read the original...

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Cellranger STIX

By | Posted November 2008

Ben EllisonCellranger STIXThe Cellranger Stix is a portable and affordable cellphone booster that I can recommend but only with certain caveats. The seductive claim is that its...

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Standard BH-2

By | Posted October 2008

How about a wireless Bluetooth headset designed expressly for marine VHF? Standard Horizon’s BH-2 works with either the company’s new HX760S handheld or as an add-on to certain of...

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Cobra MR F300 BT

By | Posted October 2008

Cobra MR F300 BTThe short-range Bluetooth wireless standard, commonly used for cellphone headsets, is now usefully making its way onto boats. So while Cobra’s new MR F300 BT may...

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Callpod Dragon V2

By | Posted October 2008

Callpod's Dragon V2 headsetsWhen does an everyday Bluetooth cellphone headset become a desirable boating accessory? When a pair of them can also provide a captain and mate hands-...

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Shine Micro RadarPlus AIS-BX

By | Posted August 2008

Shine Micro RadarPlus AIS-BXIt's been almost 18 months since the U.S. Coast Guard approved a variety of yacht-size Class B AIS transponders, and the FCC still hasn't added its...

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Down to the Wire

By | Posted May 2008

A feature about data networking wires and related minutia? I can almost feel fingers flipping the page. But wait! If you're looking at new boats or are about to upgrade your...

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The Skinny on SSB

By | Posted May 2008

Cruisers who enjoy spending time away from crowded harbors and anchorages need a radio that will keep them in touch with friends and receive information from many different...

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VSAT vs. Fleet Broadband

By | Posted April 2008

With a solar cell wingspan of 145 feet, Inmarsat's new I-4 birds promise reliable, global coverage.I was annoyed! I'd found a cozy corner at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a...

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