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Old 17-02-2019, 11:39   #1
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Furuno DRS4W wireless radar with CPN and AIS on an iPad. Possible?

Well, my 30 year old Furuno 1720 radar packed it in. Nobody around here has the test equipment or knowledge to diagnose or fix it anymore. Speculation is, based on the symptoms, that itís the magnetron Ė and thatís expensive to replace. Besides, new radars have many new features and take far less power than the old girls Ė so time to look for one.

Iím thinking of getting a Furuno (I REALLY like the brand. Most small commercial boats around here have them) DRS4W Wireless unit that works using WiFi to connect with an iPad. As well as price, a BIG advantage as far as Iím concerned is not having to run a new cable through the deckhead and up the mast. Iím pretty sure I could open up the old 1720 cable, locate a couple of big (power) wires, and use them Ė rather than having to run a new one.

Otherwise Iím pretty well starting from scratch. I currently use CPN on a couple of Windows laptops and am quite happy with it. I donít have AIS yet but would love to get it. I realize Iíll have to get a couple of iPads for the radar and Iím fine with that. Does anyone know if itís possible to overlay a CPN chart on an iPad with a DRS4W radar image and, hopefully, an AIS display as well? If so, how would I best go about it?

Iíve found some other threads on here about the DRS4W radar, but nothing recent that provides the answers Iím looking for. If anyone can help Iíd be deeply appreciative. Thank you.
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