Panbo fun at the NMEA/RTCM Conference

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Ted says:

    I would say that white thing is a railing of some sort. It’s the same diameter tubing as the railing. I’m just a USCG Boatswain mate from 1980. No idea why they needed a railing there.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks, Ted, but our tour guide did seem sure that it’s an antenna, but didn’t know for what.

      • Ted says:

        I’ll be sure not to comment on anything any more since you are sure about everything. I didn’t say you were wrong. But I bet a six pack of good stuff he was.

        • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

          Geez, Ted, I’m sure about very little, and less as I get older. In fact, your comment made me realize that I should have mentioned what the Boatswain said in the entry, because most of us on the tour thought it was some sort of odd railing at first.

  2. Grant Jenkins says:

    … or, was politely feigning ignorance…(cue Twilight Zone music…)

  3. Dan Corcoran Dan Corcoran says:

    In the AIS conversation, any discussion of what could be done to take advantage of integrated AIS & VHF products like Vesper, such as (i) indicating to any AIS user more information about the AIS target, for example, if they are configured/enabled to receive a DSC call, (ii) show the VHF channel they are listening on, (iii) something else?

    Any one discuss ideas of making use of those extra VHF channels a product like Vesper has? Transmit augmented AIS information or queries on another channel?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      No, Dan, none that I heard. I read your comments on the Cortex entry and would be happy to discuss them, but let’s take the discussion to the Panbo Forum. Please post a list of the AIS/VHF improvements you envision there, and let’s let these entries be about what they’re about. Thanks.

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