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Shine Micro RadarPlus AIS-BX

By Ben Ellison | 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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The Skinny on SSB

By Marti Brown | 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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Down to the Wire

By Ben Ellison | 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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WxWorx XM Receiver

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

WxWorx hard- and software packages let you monitor XM Satellite Weather with your onboard PC, and its latest receiver makes installation easier than ever. Exchangeable modules...

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Digital Antenna DA 2330

By | Posted April 2008

Digital Antenna DA 2330Subscribing to XM weather via WxWorx entitles you to a great rate on XM's multichannel-audio goodness, but you'll have to run yet another antenna to your...

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VSAT vs. Fleet Broadband

By Ben Ellison | 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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OrSat AL-7103 MKII

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

OrSat AL-7103 MKIIAccording to Orbit Technology, this 1.15-meter (45-inch) Ku-band marine-stabilized antenna is the first of its size range to be type approved by Eutelsat and...

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MatsyOnBoard SMART9522

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

MatsyOnBoard SMART9522 MatysOnBoard is a little like Spot, as it uses a satphone system's SMS facilities—in this case, Iridium's—to send one-button-push distress...

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Simrad GB40

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad GB40Given the NX series and other new gear noted above, plus the big-yacht Glass Bridge GB60 system introduced last year, the networked, blackbox GB40 neatly fills the...

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Hello, Spot

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Spot measures about 4 1⁄4" x 2 3⁄4".As an innovative satellite messenger, Spot is hot, but in terms of marketing, Spot should be shot. And, thankfully, those are all the easy Spot...

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PulseTech Xtreme Charger

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

PulseTech Xtreme ChargerWhat with the lab and a fleet of small craft, I use and abuse a lot of 12-volt batteries. Wasn't I tickled with how well the $100 Xtreme "five-stage...

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Black Box Wideband Receivers

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

The seven-inch Alden AE-3300 alongside the Icom R2500 with its second, non-PC control head.Wideband is not broadband. If you boat far from civilization, you'll still find even a...

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KVH FleetBroadband

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

KVH FleetBroadbandThe good news is that the advent of Inmarsat's FleetBroadband in November means that a yacht cruising almost anywhere from the U.S. West Coast eastward to...

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