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Ben Ellison
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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.

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RE: Revamping internet access for my boat.

Hi Skip, A Wave WiFi Rogue Reach dual band is working well for me and I think that the company will be sticking around: Don, Wave Wifi also offers various boat routers -- dual sim included, I think -...

In forum Network Your Boat

3 weeks ago
RE: Best Package for 85' World Cruiser

Quite a boat, Nick! I don't think that you can go too far wrong with any of the major brand nav systems, but personally I'd be thinking of Furuno TZT3 displays with dual Doppler radars and DFF3D mult...

In forum General Marine Electronics

2 months ago
RE: DeviceNet Multi-Port Box as N2K Backbone

Hi Rick, I've been running two of those Turck multi-ports on Gizmo since I wrote that entry and have seen no problems.

In forum General Marine Electronics

4 months ago
RE: New ICOM VHF fixed & handheld

Found out that the M510 only accepts AIS data via NMEA 2000.

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
RE: Communication for a noisy environment

Larry, I suspect that David Clark is your best bet, but Ben Stein did review Eartec and Sena headsets for less noisy environments

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
RE: New ICOM VHF fixed & handheld

@bwpirate Tom, I like the reverse idea. Assuming that many boats with a premium VHF like this also have an AIS transponder and are probably feeding target data MFDs over N2K, so run the 0183 HS output...

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
RE: New ICOM VHF fixed & handheld

Rory, what you're linking to at Defender is Icom's M510TR Class B AIS transponder with its own target screen, not the new M510 VHF. I guess the similar names are because they are sort of in the same c...

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
RE: New ICOM VHF fixed & handheld

@wkearney99 I share your concerns, Bill, but I just got off the phone with Ray Novak of IcomAmerica and one thing I learned is that the M510 can join a boat WiFi network instead of creating its own.

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
RE: Adding AIS to a mature vessel

Chris, does the Si-Tex AIS have a NMEA 2000 port? If so, I think that the Actisense W2K-1 is an excellent WiFi gateway: If the output is only NMEA 0183 -- besides for the USB -- you might consider th...

In forum General Marine Electronics

5 months ago
A basic NMEA 2000 network is not exactly simple

You have to build a NMEA 2000 network, Harvey, even for just two devices. It has to be powered and it has to be terminated. This Ancor kit should do the job for you:

In forum Network Your Boat

6 months ago
RE: New ICOM VHF fixed & handheld

Thanks, Tom! I don't know why ICOM has not made a big deal about it yet, but the M510 is much more than a beautiful color screen in a smaller format: www.icomamerica.com/en/products/marine/mountedvh...

In forum General Marine Electronics

6 months ago
RE: Capture & Compare data from two sensors

Dan, only read the title, but in my book Maretron is best at, say, showing the depth from one sensor alongside the depth from another. Navico second. It's definitely possible within the N2K standard b...

In forum Network Your Boat

7 months ago
RE: Garmin GPSMap 923 vs. Garmin GPSMap 1022

Ted, I doubt that you'll have any trouble with a touchscreen on a GB 32 in Maine. But you do, Garmin's wireless remote is an easy add:

In forum General Marine Electronics

7 months ago
RE: Calypso Wind Sensor Question

Hi Jon, I am testing a Calypso Ultrasonic with the HighEnd version of their NMEA 0183/2000 gateway, but I've only tried the Bluetooth output with their app along with the gateway's slim N2K stream. Le...

In forum Network Your Boat

7 months ago
RE: Vesper Cortex Questions

@newfd90 Well, I'm a big FloatHub, but it works exceptionally well with a Vesper XB8000 because, despite the limitations, Vesper multiplexes more N2K info into its 0183HS (and WiFi) output than any ot...

In forum Network Your Boat

8 months ago
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