Ben Ellison Archive

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Simrad NSE Autopilot, hand’s on #1
Posted on August 31st 2010 - Ben Ellison
A couple of weeks ago I replaced Gizmo's older Simrad autopilot with the latest generation, which turned out to be easy even though I've never ...

AIS users CT to NC, head’s up!
Posted on August 30th 2010 - Ben Ellison
Oops:  "Between July 27 and August 19, 2010, while conducting development testing of its Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), the Coast Guard inadvertently tele-commanded most ...

Furuno GP-33 GPS, hand’s on
Posted on August 30th 2010 - Ben Ellison
At the risk of sounding mean, what excites me most about Furuno's new GP-33 GPS sensor and display is what it means regarding the coming ...

ACR Aqualink View & 406Link, hand’s on
Posted on August 27th 2010 - Ben Ellison
The first time was the best. I was tootling down the Bay in May when I tested the ACR AquaLink View PLB. I'd ...

Raymarine SeaTalk-SeaTalkNG converter, nice
Posted on August 24th 2010 - Ben Ellison
What's yellow, white, and blue, and will help a lot of boats integrate older Raymarine SeaTalk1 instruments and sensors into SeaTalkNG/NMEA 2000 networks?  Well, check ...

New iThing charting apps, EarthNC & eSeaChart
Posted on August 23rd 2010 - Ben Ellison
Not one but two iPhone NOAA raster charting apps debuted last week, and I had had a little Beta time with each.  EarthNC for iPhone ...

Oblivious anchor dragging, & Camden chart update
Posted on August 20th 2010 - Ben Ellison
I'm generally quite reluctant to fault fellow boaters when things go wrong, because I've made about every mistake possible myself at some point, and probably ...

Comar AIS-2-2000 receiver, & N2K firmware updates
Posted on August 18th 2010 - Ben Ellison
Sweet.  Comar's new little dual band AIS receiver not only outputs NMEA 2000 but is powered off it. Could there be a simpler install?  In ...

Inmarsat Isatphone Pro, hand’s on & thumb’s up
Posted on August 17th 2010 - Ben Ellison
Maybe I'm missing something, but the Isatphone Pro seems every bit like the game changer Inmarsat claimed it would be.  I've made calls from the ...

MFD comparisons #3, chart plotting in 3D part 1
Posted on August 14th 2010 - Ben Ellison
If I can miss major ways that MFDs display currents and tides, lord only knows how much I might mess up a comparison of 3D ...