Ray ST70, hand’s on #1

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.

6 Responses

  1. Dan (b393capt) says:

    How is the brightness and readability at a distance ?

  2. Dan (b393capt) says:

    e.g. 10 feet away ?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I haven’t had it outside yet, Dan (snowing again here), but my sense is that the ST70 will be most satisfying if it’s within arm’s reach, both visually and in terms of changing pages in different circumstances.

  4. What am I missing here? WHAT min and max values are being set/displayed? Wind direction? The wind speed is a digital readout and the wind direction dial, in analogue form, is the only thing that points to those dots … white and red. The white dot is at 90 (degrees port) and the red dot is at 160 (degrees port). What about on the starboard side? And what happens when the min or max value is reached … an alarm? I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far but am confused.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Yes, it marks max/min apparent wind angle, Terry. The white and red dots show how much AWA varied since the last min/max reset. In real life, of course, that would represent some combination of actual wind variation and course steered variation. At any rate, the feature seems to apply to several dial displays, like boat speed and heading.
    Please note, by the way, how well the lab ghosts along in really light air 😉

  6. Bryan Hennessy says:

    One problem with the ST70 is it will not allow you to scale the water speed PGN, and the Airmar transducer will not accept calibration values. This makes the water speed way off in my ST70/DST100 system.

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