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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    I did a litlte web shopping and it looks like the ACR/Nauticast non-SOLAS is a couple hundred dollars less than the Furuno FA-150. It has no graphical display as far as I can tell, and course the FA-150’s graphical display is pretty modest.
    Here’s a basic question, what is an ECDIS interface? I know what ECDIS is, but didn’t realize they had their own interface. Furuno lists the same thing, IEC 61162. How does this work in terms of interoperability with NMEA 183 or 2K? Require a separate cabling and port scheme?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m not really sure what the ECDIS interface is, Russ, but have seen plenty of FA-150’s and Nauticasts feeding NMEA 0183 to regular charting programs like Nobeltec and Coastal Explorer. Note the new link I added to the ACR GlobalWatch, which was actually a Nauticast. There’s a software demo still available that shows how good it is at data entry and messaging, even if it doesn’t do a graphic target display.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Furuno FA150 ecdis port is simply a NMEA 38k speed output (there are also more outputs)

  4. IEC 61162 is just like NMEA 0183 except that it runs at 38.4kbps. The sentences are all ASCII and look like NMEA 0183 –
    !AIVDM,1,1,,B,15MqvC0Oh:G?qj0K?Vp@di4B0@5>,0*44
    So yes, it will require a different port than your standard 4800bps NMEA-0183 devices.

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