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Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 20-07-2020, 10:17
Replies: 20
Views: 2,565
Posted By Coquina
Re: Is the liveaboard life in a marina alive and well or near dead on life support in

I pay by the size of the slip and it is up to me what size boat I feel like putting there :wink:
Forum: Marine Electronics 17-07-2020, 08:46
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By Coquina
DIY KISS HF ground

At my home shack I needed to test something and threw 25 feet of CAT5 out the door on damp ground for a temporary counterpoise. I stripped all the wires and crimped them all into one fitting at the...
Forum: Navigation 17-07-2020, 08:43
Replies: 36
Views: 3,255
Posted By Coquina
Re: Advice on passage from Chesapeake to New York

The C&D to Cape May is going to be one long day, there are no real stopping points. Definitely wait for the tide! It is also a horrible bash if you are into a stiff wind from the south. This time of...
Forum: Marine Electronics 08-07-2020, 13:15
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Coquina
Re: Winlink Digital Mode Performance Comparisons

I guess it was too much to expect WIN-link to work on anything but Windows :rolleyes:
Forum: Marine Electronics 08-07-2020, 06:15
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Coquina
Re: Winlink Digital Mode Performance Comparisons

If only there was a Linux version of this stuff :( Is there? So far all I have found is using VARA with Wine.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 02-07-2020, 13:13
Replies: 30
Views: 3,021
Posted By Coquina
Re: Do you utilize a Hanging Locker?

I use my hanging locker as intended, for clothes/jackets on hangars. It has shelves outboard of the hanging area I use for storage and room on the bottom under the clothes for storage. I would miss...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 02-07-2020, 10:19
Replies: 18
Views: 1,551
Posted By Coquina
Re: Cheap, liveaboard- and work-friendly marina in Annapolis

Honestly I would anchor out if leaving in November and save a ton of cash. The shower facilities and dinghy docks make Annapolis a very friendly place for this. Most marinas charge BIG $$$$ for a...
Forum: OpenCPN 01-07-2020, 08:07
Replies: 16
Views: 742
Posted By Coquina
Re: Help needed: Auto follow won’t

I thought it was broken but it wasn't, the way it works has changed. RTFM helps too.
Here is my post from my thread:
Thanks - it wasn't that though. The new version has a feature where if you pan...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 01-07-2020, 07:47
Replies: 18
Views: 1,551
Posted By Coquina
Re: Cheap, liveaboard- and work-friendly marina in Annapolis

Cheap and Annapolis do not go together. Look elsewhere. Also note you will make a lot of enemies if your sanding and painting carry over to the boats downwind of you.
Castle Harbor Marina on Kent...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 20-06-2020, 05:57
Replies: 34
Views: 3,912
Posted By Coquina
Re: Mooring Rode Cut, Help remedying

Trying to use an anchor as a mooring is NOT good practice in the least. You need a REAL mooring anchor like a mushroom or helix. You need all chain to the mooring buoy and you need the kind of buoy...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 19-06-2020, 10:01
Replies: 64
Views: 4,649
Posted By Coquina
Re: Atomic 4 for sailboat on the Great Loop?

Yes and no. I have an Atomic 4 and am very familiar with them. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with them, they have powered 10s of thousands of boats over many decades and the design is slightly...
Forum: OpenCPN 18-06-2020, 09:14
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By Coquina
Re: Touch screen: Night navigation monochromatic red

The key sequence seems to be a Windows only thing, it changes EVERYTHING, not just OpenCPN. I'll try it on my Mint computer next time I get to the boat, but I am guessing it won't work.
I use the...
Forum: OpenCPN 17-06-2020, 05:57
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By Coquina
Re: Touch screen: Night navigation monochromatic red

A couple questions:
1. Does CTRL+G work if you plug a keyboard into the Pi?
2. Have you tried the various night modes you can get from clicking/touching the menu?
Forum: OpenCPN 11-06-2020, 15:27
Replies: 12
Views: 664
Posted By Coquina
Re: Depth sounder and openCPN

If you can find a Standard Horizon DS41, it will fit in that same hole, looks about the same, and has NMEA out. I am feeding my chartplotter with it and OpenCPN can read it just fine too.
Forum: Marine Electronics 11-06-2020, 15:23
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By Coquina
DSC issue GX1500 and HX890

I just got a HX890 and my installed radio is a GX1500.
DSC Call and Test work both ways. I can do a position poll from the GX1500 to the HX890 and it works. It even shows up on my plotters :biggrin:...
Forum: OpenCPN 26-05-2020, 14:19
Replies: 3
Views: 259
Posted By Coquina
Re: OpenCPN too bright at night

Thanks! I was trying to figure this out underway, so I didn't have a ton of time to devote to it unless I wanted to be a danger to navigation. Now it seems so obvious :facepalm:
Forum: OpenCPN 26-05-2020, 13:57
Replies: 3
Views: 259
Posted By Coquina
OpenCPN too bright at night

Last night I discovered that the menu bar at the top does not go into night mode along with the rest of the display. This photo was in the morning, but you can see the bar I am talking about.
I...
Forum: Marine Electronics 26-05-2020, 13:48
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

I have or maybe make just the 70cm part and use a splitter (duplexer?) and keep the VHF antenna I have. Come to think of it, the marine antenna I use now is a vertical dipole inside the tube and is...
Forum: Marine Electronics 23-05-2020, 14:08
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

I do want it for ham bands, but there very much is a marine UHF band. It is used for intra-ship comms. If you see a couple deckhands on a tanker talking to each other or the bridge, odds are it is...
Forum: Marine Electronics 23-05-2020, 04:52
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

I am going to second the notion re the SDR dongles. There are very good SDR radios available, but they are not the cheap ones. I have a cheap one and it does not approach being as a good as a "real"...
Forum: Marine Electronics 23-05-2020, 04:45
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

Good suggestion, thanks! I wonder if some ferrites would replace those little radials? AFAIK they are more to decouple the feed line than to be a ground plane, they aren't really big enough for that.
Forum: Marine Electronics 22-05-2020, 17:47
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

Digressing a bit, but almost no one uses an untuned 1/4 wave HF antenna on a boat. My HF antenna works from 1.8 to 30 MHz. Absent a tuner, it would resonate on about 5.5 Mhz.
Forum: Marine Electronics 22-05-2020, 17:36
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

It will be on an 8 foot fiberglass extension mast. I think I found something on FleaBay :thumb:...
Forum: Marine Electronics 22-05-2020, 17:19
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

It will be on a fiberglass mast - no metal.
Forum: Marine Electronics 22-05-2020, 16:49
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Coquina
Re: Dual band marine antenna

No they aren't. Most of them are designed to be mounted on a flat metal surface that acts as a groundplane. If I thought a car antenna would work I would have bought one already :facepalm:
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