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GPS Compasses

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011

Swinging-card compasses have developed quite a bit over the past 500 years but they do not “always point truly”...

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How satellite domes work

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Using satellites for communicating or watching TV is great and worth delving into, but before we take the top off a satellite dome, let’s take a look at why we go to the...

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Navionics App for iPad & iPhone

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2011

Navionics App for iPad...

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An Alternative to the iphone

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted June 2011

Apple AlternativeThe halo effect of the iPod aside, not every smartphone shopper winds up with another iconic device from the bushel in Cupertino. There’s another technology...

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Intellian s6HD DirecTV Dish

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Intellian s6HD: It can receive all three DirecTV satellite clusters. ($9,995)Intellian s6HD DirecTV DishIntellian’s new antenna that can look in three directions at once.DirecTV...

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Smart Phone Apps for Your Boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2011

Nav Tricks for the iPhoneTaking the boat out this weekend? Bring along the smartest of smartphones!I wasn’t a giant fan of the iPhone at first. The gizmo seemed cumbersome...

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Comar AIS CSA 300

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Comar CSA-300: A more affordable yet still full-feature AIS.Comar AIS CSA 300Comar Systems has two new affordable AIS transponders and receivers.The CSA300 is Comar’s new flagship...

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How to pick the perfect VHF antenna for your boat

By Kevin Koenig | Posted June 2011

How to pick the perfect VHF antenna for your boat, and your price point. >As any boat owner knows, there is a wealth of options when choosing a new VHF antenna.

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What does FCC approval mean?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Red Tape or Real Benefit?FCC approval costs everyone time and money.What do we boaters get in return?Lots of us think of the FCC (Federal Communications Comission) as the body...

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The Reason for Different GPS Positiions for the Same Location

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2011

You Gotta Be Kiddin’Can your chart (or Google Earth) give you one position and your GPS another?Some while ago I received a letter from William P. Carter, an observant...

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GPS Interference

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Photos Courtesy of BoeingTechnicians at Boeing put the finishing touches on the LightSquared satellite, ready for its launch in November last year.Intentional InterferenceAs GPS...

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Standard Horizon CPN MFDs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2011

Standard Horizon CPN MFDsCPN1010i AND 700i PLOTTERSBlurring the tenuous line between navigation instruments and computers even further, Standard Horizon’s CPN1010i and 700i...

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Icom MA-500TR

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2011

Icom MA-500TRClass B AIS TransceiverIcom’s MA-500TR—the company’s first (and only) Class B AIS transceiver—broadcasts position, track, and speed data derived from its own internal...

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