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Recent Ockam Instruments Blog Entries

Make your own polar?

Make your own polar?

If I log and plot my boatspeed, why can’t I make my own polar? Issues Most of the time you aren’t performing optimally. Most of your logs include eating lunch and other stuff that pollutes the data. Note taking showing the good spots is very hard to

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Tag List

Tag List If you are here, you are a true geek. This page shows the identifying characters used by the Ockam bus to define what the data refers to. Function Char hex dec 005 card Interfaces 1=Vs 2=Va 3=Ms,3a=3d 4=GPS 5=Polar Notes[1] separate items on 007, alternating

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Tweaking AutoCal

Did you ever notice how some boats seem to have strange instrument readings only in certain conditions? Like having boatspeed be off by a half knot only when going between 4 and 6 knots, or the wind readings being off only at certain apparent wind angles? A

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Connecting new computers to your instruments

As many of you may have noticed, most laptops (and even desktops!) don’t come with a DB9 connector for RS-232 serial anymore. That’s a problem, since so many pieces of electronic equipment use RS-232 as means of communicating with a computer. USB has pretty much supplanted RS-232

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Ockam mobile web page

Every been stuck out at the boat trying to figure out what what’s gone wrong with your instrument system? Or looking for the phone number for your local dealer? Or forget what the command was to set the mast height in your instrument system? We have a

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KWRW 2008

Key West Race Week 2008 is rapidly approaching. Unfortunately, I will not be in attendance, but Alan McGlashan (our new VP of Sales), and several dealers will be there. Paul Roell and Jeff Udell will be available to assist boats encountering problems with electronics in Key West;

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Broken Glass

Every once and a while, I get a Matryx display with a broken lens. It usually happens when someone puts a knee into the glass to brace themselves while pulling on a winch. I’ve even done it. The way I figure, each crew member will only do

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Internet Access from the Rail

This is an early paper by Dan about onboard ethernet. I’ve taken the liberty of including it in his blog. Dick McCurdy Introduction Knowledge and planning have always been key factors in all forms of sailing, from the Polynesian catamarans to Nelson’s victory at the Battle of

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