Monthly Archive: April 2008

Lowrance XOG, first impressions 0

Lowrance XOG, first impressions


I’ve actually been testing Lowrance’s XOG for months now, and have become quite a fan. Primarily it’s a touch screen car navigator with voice directions and two gigs worth of Navteq street maps (U.S. and Canada) and three plus million POI’s built-in. But it’s also splash proof and can display all sorts of Lowrance and Navionics cartography on preprogrammed SD cards, or

Garmin video, & a KVH TracVision M3 deal 3

Garmin video, & a KVH TracVision M3 deal


We interrupt Panbo’s regular NMEA 2000 programming for some video side experiments. Seen above is what you get if you plug a DVD player into a Garmin 5212’s RCA “video in” port. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a multifunction display that could show video truly full screen, but neither have I seen one that used quite as little of the available screen as this. On the other hand…

Enough already! Think summer in Maine. 3

Enough already! Think summer in Maine.


Check out the sensor array outside the lab. That’s not today—though it’s snowing just north of me now, raining cold and mean here—but it was taken recently, and the gear was similarly abused often during this most memorable Maine winter. Tactick, Maretron, Airmar, and ACR all get credit for standing up to harsh elements, even working OK in conditions like this. And note…