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Connected Cruising

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Picture a spring evening that's so clear and calm you've jumped out from Charleston, South Carolina, planning to chug through the night to Beaufort, North Carolina, and thus skip...

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Icom M34

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

Icom's new handheld VHF is its first without an aluminum chassis, but it's purportedly still "military rugged," and it actually floats, a combination that fuels the company’s "...

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VHF 101

By Bill Springer | Posted May 2007

When it comes to communicating on a marine VHF radio, there are no "good buddies" and no "breaker 19s." Smokey and the Bandit may have made CB radio jargon hip for a time, but a...

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Cobra 425

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

The big consumer electronics company Cobra has gotten serious about marine VHF, introducing both this feature-packed handheld and a Class D DSC fixed radio. For instance, the $170...

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Northstar 6100i Sirius Weather

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Also at Miami, Northstar demonstrated how the powerful soft-key interface on its 6100i multifunction displays (MFDs) can now enable users to easily mix and view all the real-time...

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Ray218 VHF

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Raymarine has started an impressive new VHF line with the $569 Ray218. It’s a Class D DSC set that purportedly offers the best audio specifications—like receiving...

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Furono FA30 AIS Receiver

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

The Furuno FA30’s Ethernet port means it can plug right into a NavNet vx2 network, but it also offers standard NMEA AIS output and comes with a PC AIS plotting program able to use...

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Last Call VHF Repeater

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Last Call is the good idea of a professional skipper in Puget Sound, Washington. Superficially it is simply an improved speaker for your VHF, but inside is a chip that constantly...

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Charles IMcharger

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Charles’ new battery charger is a good example of how old-time electrical manufacturers are getting into microprocessors, info screens, and boat networking—and hence into your...

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Here Comes Class B

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

Thanks to Software Radio's all-in-one PCB, firms like Comar coan easily produce Class B AIS units-once they are approved.That printed circuit board (PCB) at right may not look...

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Port Network WiFi

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2006

Port Network’s approach to maximized marine WiFi is to minimize coax loss, packing a high-powered radio and 5.5-dB antenna into a waterproof box for deployment on deck whenever...

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Now Can You Hear Me?

By | Posted July 2006

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Can You Hear Me Now?

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2004

Lying handsets, wireless wireless, and other marine cellular shenanigans.

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