Ben E

Ben E

  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Testing new old Forum while logged...
  • Commented on Unsafe AIS oversight
    Phil, Navico has confirmed the bug you found! Here's what they've found so far: "Regarding the possible new issue with NAIS-500, here is a quick overview of our findings; Situation occurs like this;. - Boat A has an NAIS-500 -...
  • Commented on Unsafe AIS oversight
    Hi Coquina. Yes, it would be good if you looked for stopped AIS targets that don't appear on your Standard Horizon CP180, but this odd little issue does seem to involve a combination of certain AIS transceivers made by Alltech...
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Yeah, but this creaky old forum will get 'frozen' soon. New Ben is at work on new one that seems to integrate nicely with the new site....
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    You have me confused, Hartley. Your latest comment on the new site starts, "Hmm – well, OK – while my earlier registration survived, my status didn’t 🙂 One micro-note: I’m running Firefox, and..." posted 2018/03/30 at 3:03 pm Your 2nd...
  • Commented on Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    Navico says that there's no meaning to the RS-35 being out of stock except that it's out of stock....
  • Commented on AIS issues: Garmin, Navico, McMurdo, AMEC and SRT
    Thanks, Jim, but let's note that the AMEC B600 is a Class B SOTDMA transceiver, quite different from the CS technology most of us are familiar with and the type discussed in this entry. https://www.milltechmarine.com/AMEC-WideLink-B600-Class-B-SOTDMA-AIS-Transponder_p_392.html https://www.panbo.com/archives/2015/06/sotdma_class_b_ais_the_new_middle_way.html...
  • Commented on Nautic-On, Brunswick's smart take on boat monitoring
    Hartley, I don't think Nautic-On is specific about the wireless protocol they're using, but I'd guess DECT. I have an Ooma wireless home phone and security system that has shown me that DECT 6.0 can have amazing range. I have...
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Break away, Hartley! I'm particularly interested in what you think of new search engine and display of older entries. (I do know that backlinks go to old Panbo, but if they work now, they will apparently work with migrated entries...
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    I'm betting it's the picture, Hartley. But actually I can see all three comments in the admin queue, all marked "Awaiting spam check" and I should leave them be as this is new Ben's project (such sweet words)....
  • Commented on Nautic-On, Brunswick's smart take on boat monitoring
    I think it's a big deal that Brunswick -- possibly the biggest recreational marine company? -- has gone into the boat monitoring business. And I too was impressed with the system explanations we heard in Miami, but Ben S and...
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Thanks, Hartley. So the "Register" button at bottom of left column did not take you a WordPress branded registration dialog, or the latter did not work? Also, many of the images on the new site are larger than on the...
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Ben Stein's latest entry was separately posted on the new site and includes some image galleries that may or may not be cool? https://staging.panbo.com/nautic-on-brunswicks-smart-take-on-smart-monitoring/...
  • Commented on Bought a used chartplotter
    Dave, an MFD shouldn't need a chart card to work, though typically only a large area base map will be available on the chart plotting screen. The G12 was a nice machine in its time: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2009/09/geonav_g12_another_new_mfd.html...
  • Commented on Sonar wars flare: Humminbird Mega, Garmin UHD, Lowrance FishReveal & more
    Sure enough, Simrad just put up their NOS 59 update, very similar to Lowrance's: https://www.simrad-yachting.com/help--support/Software-Upgrade/ I'm especially excited about trying both C-Map and Navionics auto-routing on NSS evo2, but I also have the gear for FishReveal too....
  • Commented on NMEA OneNet 2013, already ahead of the curve?
    NMEA has posted the OneNet presentation given at METS last November: http://www.nmea.org/Assets/20171114%20mets%20trade%20onenet%20update.pptx...
  • Commented on Unsafe AIS oversight
    Thanks, Phil. This looks like carefully done research well explained, and hopefully some boaters with the relevant equipment can check it out. Incidentally, what does invalid COG look like? Is it expressed as dashes or 360? (I've seen both from...
  • Commented on Sonar wars flare: Humminbird Mega, Garmin UHD, Lowrance FishReveal & more
    Hi, Tom. Of course the manufacturers pick above average screenshots, but I've enjoyed using Simrad StructureScan for many years, mostly in coastal waters but sometimes offshore. I do usually use it in 455 kHz mode, switching to the more detailed...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured
    It's nice to see that PolarNavy's position is evolving, but it would be better still to see their announcement clarified. It's linked to from several discussion groups like Facebook's AC group and still causing consternation....
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Hi Hartley, Readers will have to again register or sign in with FB or similar, but once done I hope commenting will be improved and also subscriptions. Unfortunately, my talented webmaster launched his boat yesterday, but I've been pounding away...
  • Posted Sonar wars flare: Humminbird Mega, Garmin UHD, Lowrance FishReveal & more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub
    This week both Garmin and Lowrance made major fishfinding announcements, but the overall Sonar Wars context most definitely includes the sharp Humminbird Mega high-frequency side imaging seen above. There's also some good news for cruisers in the Navico MFD...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured
    Thanks, Jim, but can't a partial direct quote be quite misleading? Also Polar Navy wrote this conclusion... "Based on this notice, ActiveCaptain data will no longer be available for download after May 23, 2018." ...which is simply not true according...
  • Commented on DSM410, TMP100 and Raymarine
    Nice find, Steve, and it looks like those adaptors are easy to find: https://www.amazon.com/Water-Temperature-Sensor-Radiator-Adapter/dp/B0714KJPDC PS Have you also looked at Maretron's CLM100? https://www.maretron.com/products/clm100.php It's capable of monitoring temperature and many other things, using supposedly easy-to-source 4-20ma current loop sensors, more...
  • Commented on DSM410, TMP100 and Raymarine
    Steve, I do have a TMP100 ring sensor on Gizmo's engine block, and find an alert based on that value very useful, but I also used Actisense's EMU1 to get analog engine gauge values into NMEA 2000: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/10/actisense_emu-1_analog_engine_gauges_to_nmea_2000_happiness.html Belt and...
  • Commented on Lowrance MotorGuide Xi5 SmartSteer trolling control, life changing
    Lowrance is out with a NOS59 software update for many of their MFDs: https://www.lowrance.com/help-and-support/software-upgrade-nos59/ FishReveal is the major (and unique) new feature, but there are many others, some of which will soon come to Simrad and B&G MFDs....
  • Commented on New Panbo website: what's good, what's bad?
    Thanks, Dan (and Hartley). Have you checked the preview site recently? We didn't go for the idea of moving the nav bar, but did make some changes that hopefully emphasize the "cool feature" of 3 center column content choices. Please...
  • Commented on DSM410, TMP100 and Raymarine
    Hi Steve, that was me talking about putting a TMP100 on my boat's shaft seal (as part of my entry about the boiler install). The job is done but I won't be back to the boat until April to see...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured
    Polar Navy insists its announcement is correct, despite a customer request: http://support.polarnavy.com/forum/read.php?1,2379...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured
    Ken, Don't you think that Polar Navy also deserves some blame for the fake news that Garmin was simply dropping AC support to 3rd party developers? After all, they only published the portion of the notice discontinuing the current API,...
  • Commented on ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured
    HenryD, I totally agree that discontinuing BCM was a confusing move. I've also come to realize that people like me who can get "free" charts on the new ActiveCaptain app (because I already have Garmin plotters with the charts) are...
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