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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...

What goes on inside your LCD screen.

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Screen Test     New displays look great in both sun and shade. Here’s why.   We all spend hours looking at LCDs at home and at work as well as on our boats. But how many of us know how they work or—more importantly—how to choose a good one? Equipment manufacturers bombard us with snippets of information, but what does it all mean? Is a QVGA better or worse than WXGA? Just

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LCD Screen Jargon explained

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Jargon Buster

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Review of night imaging products

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Night MovesThere's more than one way to see in the dark.RAYMARINE CAM100 is a low-light video camera with built-in infrared lighting. $700You wouldn’t think much of a piece of boat gear that stopped working or whose performance was severely reduced for half of the time. But in the case of our

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Side-Scanning Sonar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

The Latest, But Is It The Greatest?Side-scan sonar can find structure, but can it find fish?Teamwork in action: Using side-scan, down-scan, and regular sonar to help pinpoint a wreck and ultimately find the fish.Half a century ago, Carl Lowrance revolutionized fishing by producing the first

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Navico’s whispering sonar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted December 2010 | Add a Comment

Why shout when you can whisper?How Navico’s new breed of whispering sonar promises clearer pictures at greater depths.Three years ago, Navico introduced something that it described as a “Broadband Sounder.” Depending on which of the Navico brands you preferred, it came in either a gray (Lowrance) or black (Simrad) box that was wired in between the sonar transducer

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Sept 2010 Electronics Column

By Tim Bartlett | Posted September 2010 | Add a Comment

Finding Your PlaceAn upgrade for GPS and a real-world test for AISThe first of the line: a Block 2F satellite being prepared for launch at Boeing.The first of a new generation of GPS satellites known as “Block 2F” was launched from Cape Canaveral at the end of May and should be “set healthy” as you

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Inmarsat phone

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2010 | Add a Comment

Inmarsat, the granddaddy of satellite communication services, has launched a truly portable satellite phone. The company says that the new phone is "targeted primarily at professional users in the government, media, aid, oil and gas, mining and construction sectors," but its $699 list price and pay-as-you-go airtime at about $1 per minute are likely to win it

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My Anchor Watch

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2010 | Add a Comment

Anchor Watch. There are more than 150,000 apps for the iPhone, ranging from the puerile and pointless (such as iBeer, that turns your $300 phone into a virtual beer glass) to the almost indispensable (Google Earth, a guitar tuner, and a virtual spirit

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Wireless On The Water?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2010 | Add a Comment

Wireless On The Water?We have wireless networks in our homes and offices. Why not on our boats, too?I can’t remember the last time I used a phone that had a wire attaching its handset to its base, but the fact that I have a hard-wired computer network at home apparently qualifies me as one of the last of the dinosaurs. And given the

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What’s a Navico?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2010 | Add a Comment

What’s a Navico?Deconstructing and defining an emerging marine electronics giant.When I was first introduced to Simrad’s new NSE displays last fall, I just had to ask a company rep what the letters NSE stand for. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told that it means “Northstar Edition.”Like many of you, the fate of Northstar has been a

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