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by Tim Bartlett

PMY Electronics Editor:
Based out of the U.K., Tim has a lifetime of experience running and writing about boats. For more than ten years, he served as the technical editor of Motor Boat and Yachting—the UK’s leading powerboat magazine. Since leaving that position in 1997, he has penned articles for various boating publications, including Power & Motoryacht’s sister magazine, SAIL Magazine. Read more here...

Comar AIS-2-2000

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

Comar Systems’ affordable AIS receivers. Comar AIS: This receive-only black box helps you stay safe in high-traffic areas.

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Simrad Broadband 3G

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

Simrad engineers have increased the peak transmitter power of the Broadband 3G from 100 milliwatts to 165 milliwatts...

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Spot Connect

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

The latest addition to the growing line-up of Spot’s pocket satcoms is called Spot Connect,it turns your smartphone into a satellite communicator...

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Rescue 21

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

It’s been a long time coming, but the U.S. Coast Guard’s new communication system is up and running.

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Gyrocompasses

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

If a gyro starts spinning with its axle pointing toward a star that is rising over the eastern horizon, it will try to tilt upwards as the star rises...

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GPS Compasses

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

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 | Add a Comment

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 complexity and expense of satellites in the first place. Why not just use good ol’ traditional land-based radio and television signals?

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Intellian s6HD DirecTV Dish

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

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 may be America's most popular satellite TV service, but how

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Comar AIS CSA 300

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

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 product and its first Class A unit. Although intended primarily for commercial vessels and fully approved by the

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What does FCC approval mean?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

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 that regulates cell phone companies, deals with complaints about TV, and issues radio operator’s licenses to commercial captains. But buy almost any

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