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Garmin in talks to buy Britain’s Raymarine

I know these rumours have been going on for some time – see my post last year – when Raymarines share price started moving…well checkout this Reuters article by by Purwa Naveen Raman and Savio D’Souza

…”Raymarine, which makes fishfinders, autopilots, marine radar and GPS systems for leisure boats, and rivals like Garmin and Norway’s privately held Navico are struggling to chart a course in a weak economy that has crimped demand for discretionary consumer goods they offer. “Raymarine gives Garmin the all-important original equipment manufacturer (OEM) footprint,” Panmure Gordon analyst Oliver Wynne-James said upgrading

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RC400 – listen up all you “diehards”

Following correspondence with one of the readers here I thought I would highlight this item in case you are one of the diehards who keep on using the ill fated RC400 handheld GPS/ Chartplotter abandoned by Raymarine….

The reader was having trouble getting his RC400 to boot past the usual globe picture and the warning message.

So I advised : 1. The usual reset procedure 2. Using the uprated NiMH batteries … Click here for the full description…

But what the reader found was that the Raychart 400 Software Upgrade v01.03.00

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Taking the ‘search’ out of Search and Rescue

A bit late in the day I have been researching replacements for my Class B 121.5Mhz EPIRB which will be relegated to the grab bag and used as a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) in an emergency. Cospas-Sarsat ceased satellite processing of 121.5/243 MHz beacons 1 February 2009. These beacons will only be able to be detected by ground-based receivers and aircraft for example actually engaged in a SAR operation that had been initiated using the new systems.

A bit of internet research reminded me that the old analog system was accurate to around 20km (10.8nm) and that a SAR

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Naval Oceanography, Google Share Information on the World’s Oceans

The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products and services for geophysical data describing the solid earth, marine, and solar-terrestrial environment, as well as earth observations from space. It is their work on the marine geophysical data or bathymetry that is of interest to me. Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth of the ocean floors. A bathymetric map or chart usually shows floor relief or terrain as contour lines (called depth contours or isobaths), and may additionally provide surface navigational information.

It is this information often shown in 3D that many

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Is it time we did not have to depend on the “Grace and Favour” of the US Coast Guard and Dep of Defence?

It is just over a year ago that, thanks to the feedback of the cruising community around the world, the future of HF radio services was saved!

You may recall that the U.S. Coast Guard’s issued a notice dated April 18, 2007, soliciting public comment on the need to continue providing high frequency (HF) radio broadcasts of weather forecasts and warnings via:

(1) Radiofacsimile; (2) voice; and, (3) Simplex Teletype Over Radio (SITOR)

This was issued by C.S. Johnson, JR.,Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting

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