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Recent Ockam Instruments Blog Entries

Lightning Damage

I wrote the following letter to the editor in response to the article titled “Keep Your Insurance Paid Up” in Scuttlebutt 2747: A lightning strike contains an impressive amount of energy. Temperatures in a lightning bolt can easily exceed those found on the surface of the sun,

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051L LANBridge

We have a new product here at Ockam, as you may have noticed on our main web site. It’s called the LANBridge, model number 051L. What does this product do? It attaches to the Ockam bus with the standard BNC connector, and provides all the data available

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What is upwash?

Here’s a term that is bandied about in sailing, but is commonly misunderstood: upwash. Many people think they understand what it is, but are wrong by 90 degrees. What do I mean by that? Most people hear the term upwash and take it for face value. It

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Detecting wind shear with your eyes

Wind shear… it’s that mysterious quality of the wind that can make or break your strategy in a race. Many people refuse to believe in the existence of wind shear, never mind its effects on sail trim. Much has been written on wind shear, especially here at

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Calibrating with DeWiggler

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The Ockam Knowledge Base

We have created a knowledge base for our user community. It is a place to ask questions, get answers and simply discuss use of the instrument system. The questions and answers will be kept accessible for future reference, so as we cover topics there, we will be

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Web Store Shipping

The web store software has been updated to allow use of shipping by the United States Postal Service. We can now ship by Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail Services, or Priority Mail Services. The software is still a little buggy, and may not allow processing of these

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Winter Hibernation

Putting the boat away for the winter…It’s a sad time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. Unless you’re one of those die-hard few that keeps sailing your big boat in the winter, it’s time to put away the big toy until next spring. Most people are very

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On-board noise

There are many sources of noise on board a boat. Once the motor is off and the boat is under sail, things quiet down. Most of us don’t actively think of noises on the boat unless they become worrisome or annoying. The crew can be the most

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Too long has passed

It’s been quite a while since anything was written in this blog. It’s not for lack of subject matter – far from it. We’ve been working hard on making some new products, and they are finally coming closer to completion. One product is the new DeWiggler –

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