Electronics

Sunny Days

By | Posted July 2009

In this enviro-conscious age, everybody’s aware that the sun is a great source of free, clean energy. Which is why there are scads of handy chargers out there, from small multi-...

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ICOM IC-M36

By | Posted June 2009

The latest addition to Icom’s lineup of handheld VHFs is the IC-M36, a waterproof, floating radio with a couple of extra features specifically intended to minimize the effect of...

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Hazardous to Your Health?

By | Posted June 2009

Garmin pulsed radarThe microwaves that reheat your coffee are very much the same as those transmitted by marine radars, so it isn’t too far-fetched to believe that they could “...

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Water-Ready

By | Posted June 2009

Ask anyone who’s ever dropped their cellphone in the drink: Water and electronics do not mix. But before you’re forced to replace yet another waterlogged gizmo, take a gander at...

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Garmin VHFs

By | Posted May 2009

Long known for its navigational electronics, Garmin is now about to enter the VHF market with two fixed-mount radios. Pre-release information describes the VHF100 as an entry-...

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The End of the GPS Monopoly?

By | Posted May 2009

Russian technicians fit a cluster of three Glonass satellites to a booster rocket.Sometime in the last few years of the 20th century, a new term was added to the everyday...

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Search and Rescue

By | Posted May 2009

In January, thieves ran PWCs up to a 35-foot Fountain that was docked in Fort Lauderdale, cut her lines, and quickly towed her away. Within seconds, the boat’s owner received a...

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Customizable Monitoring

By | Posted May 2009

Nauticomp glass-bridge displays give a great aesthetic to this yacht’s bridge.Few will argue that the iPhone doesn’t represent a giant leap in digital technology. Its LCD...

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Automatic Autopilot

By | Posted May 2009

John Redmond of Redmond Marine Electronics in Destin, Florida, does some pre-assembly in Betty Jane’s saloon.Hand-steering my 1988 Grand Banks 32 Betty Jane for hundreds of miles...

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Radio Days

By | Posted April 2009

Everyone understands the importance of a VHF radio. A fixed-mount unit provides a key communications link to other boaters, the Coast Guard, and local police. If you travel...

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AIS Transceiver

By | Posted March 2009

Q: I’m installing a new AIS transceiver, and it has a built-in antenna splitter. How can I attach my AIS receiver, VHF radio, and FM stereo to the antenna?A: Built-in antenna...

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Broadband Radar

By | 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 | 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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