This is a feature that I’m still trying to understand. I believe it is an AIS message, and possibly a distress message, but have not been able to figure out what it means. I get the same result whether I push Show or Close, in that the alarm dialog closes and no cursor is selected.
I have a GARMIN AIS™ 300 Blackbox Receiver connected to my NMEA 2k network, and assume that it generated the message on the local network and the B&G is just displaying it. Because I don’t have an AIS transmitter, I don’t believe it’s a directed message to me. I’m not broadcasting any ID, and my radio isn’t hooked to the GPS, so isn’t configured to be able to broadcast distress signals. (One more item in my to-do-list)
The only annoyance I have with this type of message has been when I left the instruments running while i was away from the boat and returned to find the alarm beeping and a similar message displayed. I don’t like that the beeping may have been annoying my neighbors for days.
I’ve been extremely happy with my new chartplotter when I’m actively using it. I’ve been frustrated by some of the features.
I wish it would automatically start recording a new track every time it was turned on. It seems that this should be an option in the settings, but I’ve not been able to find such an option.
The bigger issue is that it seems to reduce the size of stored tracks. This may be related to whatever it’s doing to synchronize with the online map, but the behavior is extremely annoying as it means I don’t have the true logged data of where I visited on my two week trip to the San Juan Islands over July 4th.
The image above shows the track that had been running from my leaving of Odlin County Park on Lopez Island on July 5th, going north to Orcas Island, then sailing south to Mackaye Bay on Lopez Island on July 6th, and finally motoring south to Shilshole on July 7th, arriving a little past 3pm.
The second image was taken on July 22nd. You can see that the number of points for the Leave ODLIN track has reduced from 16063 to 178. Even stranger is that the Spencer Spit log has increased from 124 points to 134, and Deer Harbor has increased from 56 to 61.
I had the plotter set to automatically synchronize settings with the mobile app and the web site, but have disabled it as of today to see if future logs will not be truncated. The auto synchronization was a very nice thing initially because I was able to create a series of places at my desktop using the full keyboard and mouse, and then the next time I turned on my chart plotter they appeared on the plotter with my intervention.
I realized that the waypoints I’d created all had the default icon. I went in and changed the icon on the chart plotter for each if the locations and something also truncated the names. I don’t know if it was the synchronization with the online service, or the chartplotter itself, but losing data is never a good thing.
Another feature that would be extremely nice would be if the time at the top of the screen included the date and UTC offset or timezone.
Tuesday July 20th I had a shock after upgrading my iPhone with the latest iOS.
I went digging around in my email for records of apple communications. I’d cancelled Apple TV+ before I had to start paying for it on July 1st. I was hoping that I’d not mistakenly cancelled multiple subscriptions. I know that I’d purchased my iPhone about two years ago, but knowing Apple’s release schedule, wouldn’t have bought it until after September.
I found the email invoice from June 20th, 2021, paying for the monthly update, as well as the 20th of each month, going back until I had initiated AppleCare on December 20th, 2019.
I had a conversation with a friend via texts about AppleCare in which he checked the situation on his sons iPad and recognized that it would end coverage at 24 months fairly soon. My conclusion was that I’d probably purchased my phone 90 days before I purchased the AppleCare subscription. I didn’t like the fact that it was currently showing coverage expired in the phone, but didn’t want to deal with apple to find out what was going on, hoping that this was simply a bug in the interface on the monthly renewal date.
At nearly 8:30pm on July 21st I got an invoice for the next month’s AppleCare in my email, and went and checked the about box. Now it’s correctly showing my coverage. I’m glad that it resolved itself without my intervention, but I think it’s a bad bug in the system that shows coverage expired on the regular monthly renewal date. I wonder what would happen if I were to lose my phone on the 20th of any particular month?
One of the things that’s still unknown is if I’ll be able to maintain this coverage past the 24 month period. AppleCare can be purchased up front as a fixed cost, or spread over monthly fees. One of the benefits of the monthly mode is that you can cancel at any time. The small print makes it slightly ambiguous if the recurring cost will continue indefinitely, or if it will automatically end after 24 months of phone ownership. I’m hoping for the former, because I’ve usually kept my phones for three years instead of two. I’ve never needed to use the phone insurance, but liked the idea of dealing directly with Apple if I needed to get anything fixed with the phone.
I recently installed a Zeus™ 3S 9 chartplotter on my sailboat, and am generally happy with it. I’ve been running into a few problems and am still trying to figure out what’s going on. This is probably only the first post that I’ll write about issues I’m having.
The manual says it can read memory cards larger than 32GB if they are formatted NTFS. I found the smallest flash card in my regular collection of cards was a 32GB card. I put it into the chart plotter because I wanted to copy the screen captures to my computer, but it was not recognized.
Today I found a 16GB card that had been used in a raspberry pi project and reformatted it in windows 10, then took both it and the larger card to the boat.
I did a couple of tests and the 16GB card was readable from either slot, while the 32GB card doesn’t show up.
You can see that I put the 32 GB card in the top slot and the 16 GB card in the bottom.
The second picture shows the memory cards fully inserted. At that point I was able to see the 16GB card in the chartplotter, but the 32GB card does not appear.
After I returned home I looked at the filesystem properties on each of the cards.
The larger of the two cards had defaulted to the exFAT format, while the smaller was FAT32. I was able to reformat the larger drive as FAT32 and may test if it can be read by the chartplotter in the future. I don’t like buying small memory cards. I have found the fast (Ultra High Speed Class 3 = 30 MBit/second) 128GB cards are the right ones to buy for my drone and camera usage.
As I read through this post you can see that the 16GB card is listed as UHS-3 while the 32GB card is UHS-1. I don’t think that should make a difference in this usage.