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Suggestions on Winlink Position Reports

Posted on Sat 14 January 2012 in articles • Tagged with Amateur Radio, Navigation, Systems - Communications, Vessel Documentation

This is for all you Maritime Mobiles who are probably not really active in HAM Radio, but are using Winlink for email and position reports. Here are few operating suggestions:

Sending Position Reports

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  • When you send a position report, ALWAYS but your vessel name in beginning of the comment fields …

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Actisense NGW-1-ISO Firmware Upgraded fixes incorrect Position passed to Icom M504

Posted on Thu 08 December 2011 in articles • Tagged with Nav Station, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Communications, VHF

I have been noticing a problem with the position displayed in my Icom M504 VHF. My current latitude is 24°09.200N. But the VHF was displaying 2°49.200. The GPS data is fed to my VHF and my SCS PTC-IIUSB modem from the NMEA 2000 network via the …


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NMEA Data Sharing Across Applications and Platforms

Posted on Fri 23 September 2011 in articles • Tagged with Coastal Explorer, Geek, Maretron, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

With a Maretron USB100 NMEA-0183 Gateway and an Actisense NGT-1 NMEA 2000 gateway I was struggling to get the NMEA data to all the applications on my PC, iPAD and iPhone. Many applications can not only connect to the an NMEA data source but also share the data on another …


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AIS is worth it !

Posted on Mon 11 July 2011 in articles • Tagged with Gear, Navigation, Systems - Electronics

This has been our first time out with AIS on the boat and I must say it is absolutely worth it. Being able to see exactly where that tug is headed and it’s speed is very useful. Even more useful is when you want to cutoff the shipping traffic …


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12V DC Ship’s Computer by Aleutia

Posted on Thu 17 March 2011 in articles • Tagged with Buying Guide, Gear, Geek, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

I just ordered the PC which will become the heart of our navigation systems--the Aleutia P1 Marine PC (@Aleutia).

I have probably spent 4 the equivalent of four full days mostly late at night looking into fanless PCs that either designed to be run on 12V DC power or happen …


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Using Coastal Explorer to it fullest

Posted on Thu 10 March 2011 in articles • Tagged with Coastal Explorer, Navigation

I like Coastal Explorer because it's UI is easy to use and has a similiar look and feel to Microsoft Office. I believe the Rosepoint Devs are a bunch of former Microsoft folks (me too) so that makes sense. Here are a couple of handy tips to use Coastal Explorer …


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Finally...a cool Android app...

Posted on Wed 02 February 2011 in articles • Tagged with Geek, Navigation

Panbo has a pointer to an android App that shows tidal currents... it looks pretty good.

Finally...a cool Android app....


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RADAR Options Greatly Simplified

Posted on Wed 29 December 2010 in articles • Tagged with Gear, Navigation, Systems - Electronics

I think I should have be reincarnated as a search engine; I love to look things up. And in that vein I’ve ben doing all kinds of research on RADARs and PC Navigation Software packages and as a slight backup plan by looking into Chartplotters. That was a really …


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Thinking about data

Posted on Tue 06 July 2010 in articles • Tagged with Geek, Navigation, Systems - Electronics

I’ve been thinking about the blog, sailing reports, weather reports and all kinds of information I’d like to collect and share. Principally, I’ve been thinking about the data that will soon be running around my NMEA 2000 network. Some of the data will include course, speed, depth …


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Rose Point Navigation Coastal Explorer

Posted on Mon 10 May 2010 in articles • Tagged with Classes and Workshops, Geek, Navigation

Last week I went to a talk on Rose Point Navigation Coastal Explorer (CE) which was hosted by Armchair Sailor here in Seattle, WA. The crowd was about 60 strong and there were a handful of folks in the under 50 crew.

The talk was lead by Jeff Hummel who …


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