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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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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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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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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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Icom MXA-5000

By Ben Ellison | 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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Digital Yacht SPL250

By Ben Ellison | 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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Planar LX Mariner

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Ben EllisonPlanar LX MarinerThe global display company Planar has entered the little marine world with quite a splash. Its three new LX Mariner touchscreen PC monitors—eight-, 12...

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ACR GlobalFix iPro

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of ACR ACR GlobalFix iProACR's new iPro GPS EPIRB earns its "next generation" marketing tag on three counts, the most obvious one being the reassuring and...

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Cellranger STIX

By Ben Ellison | 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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Autopilot Garminized

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Garmin's new pilot head is as stylishly informative as its multifunction instruments.The 50-foot custom Wesmac Kathleen might have been a real autopilot challenge, what with her...

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iNavX

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of iNavXYou may have heard that Apple's new 3G iPhone includes a GPS but did you know that someone has already developed a good $50 marine navigation program for it?...

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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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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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