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  1. It took a long time for the part to get...

    It took a long time for the part to get here...but the upgrade chip arrived yesterday. This morning I installed the chip and took the instrument back to the boat, hooked up the antenna, GPS feed, and...
  2. I ordered the new firmware chip today...$23.34...

    I ordered the new firmware chip today...$23.34 for the chip and airmail shipping. We'll see if this fixes the problem.
  3. Thanks Brian for your thoughts. As far as I know...

    Thanks Brian for your thoughts. As far as I know the NASA AIS Radar unit has no internal batteries...the owner's manual, my experience over the past 8 years, and NASA's service rep have not...
  4. Bob, I did as much trouble shooting as I knew how...

    Bob, I did as much trouble shooting as I knew how to do: hooked my VHF up to my AIS antenna just to confirm that the antenna was working...all worked fine; cleaned all of the contact points and...
  5. I installed mine in May of 2007 and it worked...

    I installed mine in May of 2007 and it worked great until a year or two ago. I haven't done much ocean sailing since it started to have problems but decided that this is the year to either get it...
  6. NASA AIS Radar problem and firmware update

    I have enjoyed the benefits of my NASA AIS receiver and display for several years. I especially enjoy the fact that it is a low AH user and that it is a stand alone device, needing only GPS input.
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    As one, at least, who could not make it to the...

    As one, at least, who could not make it to the Presidio today, I want to say that Bill’s contributions to the SSS, his generosity of time and spirit, and his willingness to help others fully realize...
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    Skip, your commentary on using the Redcrest...

    Skip, your commentary on using the Redcrest rekindled some memories. A few years back when in the Channel Islands I used my Redcrest as a tool for anchoring and exploring. I can report that on this...
  9. I am glad that my cruise log is of value to...

    I am glad that my cruise log is of value to others. I had a great time during my visit and I hope that you will too. Unfortunately I will not be able to join you this trip...but I do have a cruise...
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    Glenn, I sail a Pearson 323. I added a solent...

    Glenn,

    I sail a Pearson 323. I added a solent stay for downwind twins (and storm jib) and sail downwind with either a 95 or a 120 jib on my roller furler and fly a hank-on 115 on my solent stay....
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    Thanks Adrian! I have sent emails to both Em-trak...

    Thanks Adrian! I have sent emails to both Em-trak and Icom asking for good overall energy budget numbers for their AIS transceivers (rather than the specs which show standby and transmit numbers but...
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    I have heard of the Em-trak combined with the...

    I have heard of the Em-trak combined with the Vesper WatchMate display for a way to use a transponder and receiver without the need to run a computer or chartplotter. But like other manufacturer...
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    AIS Class B Transponder Questions

    This is a good time of year to be ruminating over boat improvements. My own experience, as well as anecdotal info from others, suggests that shipping traffic does not always maintain a radar watch....
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    Hi Skip, it was great to see you on the Bay...

    Hi Skip, it was great to see you on the Bay today! My wife Anne took these photos...

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    Thanks Skip...very helpful! I recognize those...

    Thanks Skip...very helpful! I recognize those little friction clamps; they look like the ones used to hold my cockpit table to the binnacle guard. I didn't realize that your panel swivelled with the...
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    Many thanks Skip for the very engaging account of...

    Many thanks Skip for the very engaging account of your adventures with your new Wildflower. I've been following your reports all summer and it is some of the best armchair sailing I have done in a...
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    Bill, thanks for the link. As you said, a very...

    Bill, thanks for the link. As you said, a very interesting recap of how quickly things can turn ugly.

    I was impressed by the combined challenge posed by wind, current, and "square" waves on those...
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    Thanks Bob! What did you mean when you...

    Thanks Bob!

    What did you mean when you indicated that the COAMPS gribs were "only available a few hours ahead"?
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    Any news on posting of Stan's slides?? I...

    Any news on posting of Stan's slides??

    I really liked his discussion of weather models and their use in generating GRIB files for near offshore conditions. What were the two weather models that he...
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    Many thanks Matt for the update. Any details of...

    Many thanks Matt for the update. Any details of wind and sea state for the boat(s) in the outer wind zone?
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    John, Thanks for the help with the transponder...

    John,

    Thanks for the help with the transponder tracking page...I am not familiar with the PacCup system.

    Can you provide some additional detail? It appears that the track is delayed by about 8...
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    Jonathan, You may have missed my point: On my...

    Jonathan,

    You may have missed my point: On my BlackBerry it is IMPOSSIBLE TO TYPE THE NUMBERS if all I have for numbers are SAIL SSS. I need the REAL NUMBERS (not letters).
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    Sailing Instructions

    I want to offer a suggestion to the Board for future Sailing Instructions...for those amended at the last minute as well as for the those published for each race at the beginning of the season.
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    Wanted - MOB Pole

    Looking for a MOB pole with flag, drogue, etc. to meet SSS doublehanded requirements. I have the Lifesling and horseshoe. I'll probably add a strobe to the MOB setup. Looking for lightly used gear...
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    [QUOTE=tiger beetle;1864] OK...this has taken...

    OK...this has taken longer than I thought but here is what I have found. It's a pretty long answer. Please do not shoot the messenger!

    I spent a lot of time searching the internet and I spoke...
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