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Broadband Radar

By Ben Ellison | 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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Lowrance HDS Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

When Lowrance announced its all-new HDS Series in October, there seemed to be several valid rationales for the letters, which stand for “High Definition System.” All the plotter/...

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Si-Tex T-900 Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

Not all boaters, not even techy ones, enthusiastically embrace multifunction navigation electronics, let alone new-fangled solid-state radar. The conservative bullet points are,...

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Maretron SIM & RIM

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

Maretron’s new Switch and Run Indicator modules—the $375 SIM100 and the $299 RIM100—are at the expanding frontier of NMEA 2000. Each plain black box can convert a variety of...

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FLIR M-Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

FLIR’s methodical two-year entry into the recreational marine world has been a thing to behold. Both its products, the popular entry-level Navigators and powerful Voyagers, and...

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Fusion Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by Fusion MarineNow I just need the boat. When I first wrote about the Fusion Marine Stereo system in my column last July, I not only saw a lot to like but had already...

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KVH TracVision M1

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by KVHThe competition for world's smallest stabilized satellite TV antenna has come down to definitions. KVH's new M1 is a 12.5-inch dish that only weighs 7.5 pounds...

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Intellian Technologies k6

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by IntellianWhen DirectTV decided to migrate its HD programming—now 130 channels strong—from Ku to trickier-to-lock-onto Ka-band satellites, it was a bummer for...

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MySiMON

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by Palladium TechnologiesWhile Fusion's super safe iPod dock is reassuring (see main story), there are increasing reasons to risk carrying one around on deck. On top...

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King Controls VuQube

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by King ControlsLast year King Controls introduced a clever portable satellite TV dish called the VuQube, and some boaters began enjoying its ability to tune in...

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Here Comes Class B, Part 2!

By Ben Ellison | 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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Simrad AI50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photos courtesy of SimradSimrad's AI50 is the most feature-packed Class B transponder available. Most obvious is the four-inch display with its world base map. It can serve as a...

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Furuno FA-50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo courtesy of FurunoFuruno's FA-50 is also an unusual Class B AIS transponder. While every other model mentioned in this column, including the two Simrads, is based on a...

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