Ben Ellison

Inmarsat, Iridium, & Globalstar…the horse race
Competitive heat is really building in the portable global sat phone/messenger sector, and once it gets sorted, it's got to be good news for those of ...
DSC VHF channel changing SAFETY ALERT, depressing!
Sorry, but I'm going to start off this week with depressing news:  The U.S. Coast Guard -- which I've always thought of as a major proponent ...
Azek PVC board, great for electronics panels?
At first I was just going to replace the electronics panel at Gizmo's lower helm, but I got carried away.  And at this point I've got ...
Minn Kota’s i-Pilot robot, & Geonav for real
The Miami demo of Minn Kota's new i-Pilot technology got somewhat humorous.  After some time with that trolling motor head turning this way and ...
AIS on fire worldwide, & hello AIS MOB tech
Turkey is mandating some 25,000 commercial vessels to carry the unusual Class B AIS transponders seen above, which function like conventional ones but with some special ...
Distributed Power over N2K, and goodbye E-Plex?
This HDS-10 is showing off Lowrance's new relationship with Digital Switching System's distributed power system.  While the interface is NMEA 2000, I think DSS uses ...
eLoran deader, GPS wounded
How horribly ironic!  The screen above is grabbed from a USCG video showing the demolition of Alaska's tallest structure, a Loran tower that might ...
ON AGAIN!  Garmin makes offer for Raymarine
Amazing!  Garmin just announced a very public and serious offer for Raymarine.  The Wall Street Journal has the 30 page (!) announcement here, but this ...
BEP CZone #1, “distributed power”?
I've been looking through a lot of material on BEP's new CZone system, and finding it impressive. But its descriptive subtitle -- "Networked Control and Monitoring ...
DY NMEA 0183 to USB, looks handy
That's Digital Yacht's just announced NMEA 0183 to USB adapter, all of it, and it's just $49.  Wire it to a multiplexer, AIS, or some other ...