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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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The Road to the Future

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted May 2007

GPS technology has been the major force in bringing marine route planning into the 21st century. The Navstar GPS satellite network that made its way to us after the 1986...

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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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ACR ResQFix

By | Posted May 2007

ACR's ResQFix Personal Locator Beacon is 35 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its previous AquaFix model and yet purportedly performs better. This is not so trivial when...

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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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Perfect Picks?

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

I had two strong reactions to the idea of picking ideal marine-electronics systems for three different styles of boats. The first went something like, “Yikes, there’s a fast way...

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McMurdo SmartFind

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

Similar to ACR’s ResQFix PLB, McMurdo has introduced a GEPIRB (GPS-equipped Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) that's smaller yet supposedly performs better. The $849, 1....

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Garmin 5000 Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Just as the flagship 4000 series covered in the February issue was enjoying its U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show, Garmin upped the ante by showing prototypes of its...

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Universal Aggravation

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Craig Wallace DaleYes!” was the almost universal response to my idea of opening this column about universal remotes with a soul-satisfying photograph of one being smashed to...

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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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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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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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Carlisle & Finch NightFinder 200

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Combining a 15 million candlepower Xenon spotlight with a 320x240 pixel thermal camera yields more than just the efficiency of shared casing, cabling, and pan/tilt controllers....

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