Electronic Chart/Navigation programs - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 04-27-2006
MHRitter's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Northeast Wisconsin
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
MHRitter is on a distinguished road
I am working on a GPS Seminar using Power Point. I am adapting what I got from the Miles River Squadron. It is great fun, with lots of animation and over 200 slides. We are focusing on the Garim GPSMAP 76, hand held chart plotter. We will have it in Green Bay, WI on May 13th, 2006. If you want more details see our Sampler Power Point Presentation with links at end to registration form. It is great fun. Judy and I used Chart View and two GPS-12's along with Raster charts from Digital Ocean and Maptech on our Great River Loop in 1999-2000. Now we teach the free version of the Chart Navigator from Maptech. The idea is that the GPS's better be loaded before you leave the doc. I find the raster chart much more interesting than the vector charts.

http://www.markusritter.users.greenb...oc/Sampler.pps
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 04-28-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Traveller.ny is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by dannyss
My only problem right now is how to get the depth to show in feet instead on meters and the wind speed to show in knots.
The problem with Raster charts is that they are nothing more than a scan of a paper chart ... whatever was on the paper is all you get on the Raster. Depth measurements will be only what they were, with no way to change it. Of course, I'm pretty sure the ENC charts can't change their measurements either.
As for wind speed ... have I missed something? Winds don't show on my charts ...
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 04-29-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
One thing I would highly recommend... if you're going to depend on the electronic charts... MAKE PRINTOUTS of the most important ones for your cruising area... that way if you should get hit with a virus, or drop you computer... you'll still have some way of navigating... Caveman techniques are generally the best backups, as they are the simplest and often the most reliable.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 05-02-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
salty_dog_68 is on a distinguished road
you have never heard of rasta charts. they are charts of jamaica and the caymans that are printed on the back of a huge "bamboo" rolling paper. and you call yourself a sailor...
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #15  
Old 05-02-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
The Judy Ann is on a distinguished road
Fugawi No GPS fix

I just bought the Fugawi Marine version navigation software on CD with ENC electronic charts. I can't get my Garmin 12 handheld or Garmin 165 handheld to input their GPS fix information to my HP laptop USB Com port. I get a "GPS No fix' indicator. I contacted their tech service and got some email instructions; basically the same instructions I followed for GPS menu NMEA settings from their manual. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #16  
Old 05-02-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
Posts: 562
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
Irwin32 is on a distinguished road
Is the GPS a serial port type?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #17  
Old 05-03-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
dannyss is on a distinguished road
Traveller.ny
I'm talking about the data (picked-up through the NMEA messages sent by my Signet Smartpak system) shown by Seaclear on the display panel, not the water depth numbers shown on the raster chart.
Background info: my electronics are Signet Smartpak. It has an rs-232 output port that I connected to the laptop. The GPS NMEA data is first sent to the Smartpak system and thus becomes part of the NMEA data running through the system. Seaclear picks up both GPS data and the Smartpak data, from which it gets depth, wind speed, wind direction, bearing, etc.
Thus Seaclear shows depth info from my depth sounder, thats the one thta Seaclear shows in meters instead of feet.

Danny
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #18  
Old 05-03-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Long Is.
Posts: 329
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
gc1111 is on a distinguished road
RE Fugawi and Garmin

Since the Garmin specs call for a NMEA 0183 output, I am assuming it has a 9-pin serial port output. How is it connected to your PC? Are you using a USB-Serial converter?
Look at the Device manager (MyComputer->(Rt. Click)Properties->Hardware->Device manager) and make sure the serial port you think you are using is actually there and functioning. Then try using Hyperterminal (Start->Programs->Accessories->Communicator->HyperTerminal) to monitor what is coming in over the Com Port. It will be some lines of text, usually starting with some alphabetic letters specifying what kind of data, followed by numbers and letters giving the data. The data depends on what sentence it is but is not important for this. If you see bursts of data coming in the com port, you have that much correct. Then it is a Fugawi problem. If you see nothing, there is a problem connecting the GPS to the PC.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #19  
Old 05-03-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
BTW, I believe that NMEA 0183 is actually a RS-422 data feed, rather than RS-232.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #20  
Old 05-04-2006
gc gc is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 63
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
gc is on a distinguished road
Right, but fortunately they are compatible at this level. RS-422 enhances the noise immunity and distance limitations of RS-232, but the basic signaling specs are pretty much unchanged.

But I really miss serial ports on modern laptops. Most of my laptop use is for controlling equipment, namely navigation and ham radios. For that you need serial interfaces, which now seems to mean extra equipment (USB->Serial converters). And you really have to look hard to find reasonably priced converters - which are really simple pieces of equipment.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GPS and electronic charts question? Jhooley General Discussion (sailing related) 3 04-28-2006 10:06 AM
GPS and electronic charts? Jhooley Gear & Maintenance 4 03-18-2004 05:52 AM
Electronic Charts for Trade/Barter svGandalf General Discussion (sailing related) 1 12-11-2003 02:06 AM
Most important electronic equipment alanporter General Discussion (sailing related) 19 04-22-2002 02:48 PM
Electronic Wind Instruments concerto Gear & Maintenance 3 05-15-2001 06:27 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:11 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.