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About: Ben Ellison

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Ben Ellison is electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group, specifically Yachting and Cruising World. He previously was electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and SAIL, as well as a writer for Ocean Navigator. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.Panbo.com, which has 80,000 monthly readers worldwide.
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Lowrance DSI , & Navionics goes MicroSD (Raymarine included)
Posted on July 19, 2010.
Last week Lowrance announced the Elite-5 DSI and some related fishfinder/plotters, and while they're unabashedly aimed at freshwater fishermen, there's at least two things of interest to others.  DSI stands ...
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SimNet network testing, & more NSE goodies
Posted on July 16, 2010.
Years ago I gave Simrad grief for developing its own NMEA 2000 cable and connector system, called SimNet, instead of going with the DeviceNet standard as NMEA wanted.  When NMEA ...
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SRT mini AIS modules, & trouble from the East?
Posted on July 14, 2010.
I mentioned SRT's amazingly miniaturized Class B and SART AIS modules back in May, but seeing is believing. In that aluminum EMI enclosure at left is a Cobalt Class ...
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Camden NOAA chart changes, the questions
Posted on July 12, 2010.
So I've done more research into the various small issues I've noticed regarding recent NOAA chart changes to Camden Harbor (discussed most recently here).  Let me emphasize small, and also ...
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RMC Island 40, off the grid house boating
Posted on July 11, 2010.
That somewhat odd looking "waterborne structure" is Robinhood Marine Center's first Island 40, designed to give renters who may only have small boat skills a wicked nice Maine cruising harbor experience, as in ...
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Garmin 7000 and AIS 600, some install details
Posted on July 8, 2010.
Today I checked out some just-received Garmin gear prior to installation on Gizmo, and I noticed some nice little changes.  For instance, this AIS 600 has an automotive blade fuse ...
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Paneltronics AC load shedding, smarter power
Posted on July 7, 2010.
Paneltronics new load shedding system is somewhat related to my battery/monitor/charger travails.  Boaters of all sorts are struggling to manage their electrical appetites, and the line between electrical and electronic ...
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Gizmo 12v power issues, dumb questions?
Posted on July 6, 2010.
There's no such thing as a stupid question, right?  Please?  Above is the only label on each of Gizmo's main bank 8D batteries, and though it says AGM in big ...
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Panbo logo, & Gizmo lit for the 4th
Posted on July 2, 2010.
It's just a draft  -- artist I'm not -- but maybe someone out there in Panbo land can craft this into something fun for a hat and business card?  The ...
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Maretron DSM250, N2K ups & downs
Posted on July 1, 2010.
There's a lot to say about this screen and how the values got there, or didn't, but what I like the most is how Maretron's DSM250 is displaying the outputs ...
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