February 4, 2015

New AISnode is the perfect NMEA2000 AIS Receiver

Digital Yacht’s new AISnode is the perfect low cost AIS Receiver for the latest generation of small chart plotters that just have an NMEA2000 interface. The diagram above shows how our AISnode would connect to Raymarine’s popular entry level A65 Multi-Function Display (MFD), the first of this new breed of […]
May 9, 2014

Connecting our AIS units to Simrad/B&G/Lowrance Chart Plotters

Last week we visited Navico UK and carried out some tests of our AIS units connected to the latest Navico chart plotters. Navico are the largest marine electronics manufacturer whose product brands include; Simrad, B&G and Lowrance produce some of the most popular chart plotters and multi-function displays (MFDs) on the […]
April 16, 2014

Help my mouse has gone crazy !

If you have ever taken a PC onboard a boat and connected it up to a GPS via a serial or USB port then the chances are that you will probably have seen the occasional “crazy mouse” behaviour that seems to affect so many marine PCs. The cursor will suddenly […]
March 14, 2014
Replacing a defective GPS antenna

Replacing a defective GPS antenna

  Unfortunately, for boat owners the “Joys of Spring” are often tempered with discoveries of equipment failure as you power up your electronics for the first time, after a winter layup. It is usually the sensors and aerials that suffer the most, as they are permanently located outside in a […]
June 18, 2013

Connecting our HSC100 Compass Sensor to Furuno Equipment

  Our HSC100 High Speed Compass Sensor is a very popular product for getting 10Hz heading data in to Chart Plotters and Radars, where the high update rate provides smooth chart rotation or radar overlay. Most customers connect up the HSC100 using NMEA0183, but a number of Furuno owners have […]
September 11, 2012

Class B Static Data on NMEA2000

Occasionally technological progress can create unforeseen incompatibilities and unfortunately this has recently proved to be the case with some NMEA2000 chart plotters displaying AIS data.  A recent “name and shame” article on Panbo, the leading Marine Electronics Blog, highlighted a very important issue with some popular chart plotters from major manufacturers […]