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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...

A Fatal Error

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Photo by USCGThe ill-fated fishing vessel Lady Mary, docked at her home port of Cape May, New Jersey, before the incident.EPIRB manufacturers around the world are urging owners to make sure their distress beacons are properly registered. The warning follows the loss of the scallop dredger

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Intellian D-Series

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2009 | Add a Comment

When DirecTV announced earlier this year that all of its high-definition programming would be broadcast from its Ka-band satellites only, boaters who wanted to receive it and DirecTV’s standard-definition programming (broadcast on the Ku band) had to buy an expensive, complex dual-antenna system. No more. Intellian has unveiled its new

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Hazardous to Your Health?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2009 | Add a Comment

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 “cook” anyone who gets in their way. And we all know that some types of radiation can produce deformities in unborn children or trigger the

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Garmin VHFs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2009 | Add a Comment

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-level radio, but at $250, it’s definitely full-featured. It’s waterproof, has a large 3.2-inch screen and straightforward controls, and can handle NOAA weather alerts as well as the usual

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The End of the GPS Monopoly?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2009 | Add a Comment

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 vocabulary of ordinary Americans: GPS moved from James Bond movies to the dashboards of cars and trucks, the handlebars of motorcycles, and the backpacks of

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