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by andynormancx
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

The accuracy of GPS fixes does vary, basically depending on how many satellites the receiver is getting a good signal from. We are rather spoilt with modern dedicated GPS and the GPS in our phones. They can get very quick GPS fixes (especially phones), because they maintain data on what satellites t...
by andynormancx
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Is vhf course needed

The course is run by the RYA, but I wouldn't say it was aimed at yachts and powerboats. It is aimed at: - how to effectively use a two way radio (I wonder how many people who just buy a radio know how to use their squelch control) - how to communicate effectively (it is surprising how much you learn...
by andynormancx
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Is vhf course needed

I think maybe the rule of not divulging information obtained when listening on other people’s transmissions has been mixed up a bit here.

I’m not aware of any rule about not using a name in a transmission.
by andynormancx
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

Unlikely, PLBs only turn on their GPS and get a fix when they are triggered, so it wouldn't have an existing last known position to use. The 9 km is suspiciously close to the quoted 5 mile non GPS PLB typical maximum accuracy... Of course maybe it wasn't a PLB at all, if it was a Spot/inReach then i...
by andynormancx
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

There are some big improvements coming to the PLB space in the near future. The EU funded GPS compatible Galileo satellites are bringing new functionality to the system soon. One side if it is a confirmation that you distress signal has been received: https://www.oroliamaritime.com/2019/07/08/return...
by andynormancx
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 13
Views: 462

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

GPS doesn't always work in the hills as you may be shielded from the satellites that are circling over the equator. The GPS satellites don't circle over the equator, they are at a 55% degree inclination, which takes then a long way north and south, well away from the equator. https://youtu.be/PZAki...
by andynormancx
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

You can use whatever terms you like, but as a software developer for the last 30 years I can tell you that most users (me included), most of the time, don't read the text you put on screen to describe/explain things. This example is a good case, the SafeTrx app provides a full on essay to explain th...
by andynormancx
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

It probably was iOS 13 there were changes around this area. With “always” on iOS 13 will prompt you after a few days, reminding you that an app can track you, it also shows the locations you’ve been and gives you an option to turn “always” off. Which can be a bit annoying when it is an app you reall...
by andynormancx
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

If your other half has an iPhone, you could always use "Find My" (friends) to share your location instead of SafeTrx. Apple engineered "Find My" in such a way that only your OH would have access to the location, Apple themselves wouldn't for example.
by andynormancx
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Yes, 'while using the app' does mean while the app is on the screen. If you have 'while using the app' selected, there is no way for the SafeTrx to track your route when the app isn't active and on screen. So it will only be able to log the bits of the route when you've unlocked your phone and looke...
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Have you spoken to Typhoon about it ? They do offer a 3 year warranty on that suit.
by andynormancx
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 13
Views: 1395

Re: Video editing for GoPro

The excellent DaVinci Resolve is completely free if you don't need the extra advanced features.

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/pro ... ciresolve/
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1422

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

The theoretical extra range is two miles, from 16 miles to 18 miles. This is based on the height of the Coast Guard antenna being 30 metres, the height your handheld normal is of 0.5 metres and the height with the Galaxy of 2 metres. I used this line of sight distance calculator https://www.qsl.net/...
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1422

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

My ICOM in comparison did not, though I believe they did an adapter for it to get a BNC out.
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1422

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

The antenna on my Standard Horizon attaches with an SMA connector so there are definitely some handhelds this could connect to.
by andynormancx
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

The socks on my Typhoon are still dry after a couple of years of frequent use.
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Fusion for Sale!
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Pyranha Fusion for Sale!

They come in different sizes, people will probably need to know which size it is.
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Etrex
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Old Etrex

Does the old Etrex actually work, given the GPS bugs that had to be patched over the last few years ?
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 3057

Re: Gloves

A similar issue cropped up a few weeks ago. try an extra layer of thermals. it might help keep your central body core temp up a weee bit. also some sort of headcover, a thin neoprene hood or a buff works great and keeps 40% of the heat in The “you lose 40% of you heat through your head” stuff is a ...
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: First aid kit contents

I carry one in my BA now, very slimmed down. It has: One Israeli style trauma dressing A couple of individual dressings A roll of electrical tape (thinking of replacing with self amalgamating tape) Pair of surgical gloves A face shield (all in a very small dry bag that just fits in my BA pocket) I a...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping power pack
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: Camping power pack

I recommend Anker for general power banks. I’ve also got a NOCO jump starter pack, which is ok too.
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Thanks for raising this issue as I think it is important to check the antenna before each trip and not sure many people do it I'm not sure unwinding the antenna before every trip is a good plan. Mine already has a small crease in it from some clumsy unwinding, I don't think it is really designed fo...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Mine lives in my BA pocket, without any extra protection. It gets regular dunks in sea water.

I give it a good soak in fresh water after any sea water dunk. I pull the antenna out occasional to check it, there are no signs yet (after ~2 years) of it getting any harder to deploy.
by andynormancx
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

It is true that it is harder to estimate the remaining charge in lithium cells than some other battery chemistries. The problem is that the discharge curve is much flatter, in other chemistries the voltage drops much more as the battery depletes. In devices like laptops and phone the remaining charg...
by andynormancx
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV
Replies: 0
Views: 288

WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV

Wanted, a used Tiderace Xtra HV.
by andynormancx
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1737

Re: Towing eyes

On my Subaru Impreza I use the screw in eye to tie down the front of my sea boat, rather than the under-body ones. The reason I use the screw in one is that it means you don't have to run the strap over the body work. On all the cars I've ever owned, to secure a boat from the under-body loop, you'd ...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1737

Re: Towing eyes

You are talking about two different things. One of you is talking about the tie down loops under the body work that are there to stop vehicles moving about when they are being shipped (and on some vehicles at least are not designed for towing the vehicle with). The other one is talking about the tow...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: charts, paper or download?

Charts for the whole UK, £25. Print any area you like. https://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps/marine/2019-memory-map-marine-charts Thanks, that looks good, although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only) And the Mac version is bloody awful, especially the printing. Which is wh...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: charts, paper or download?

I’ve played this with a few of the chart apps so far (on iPhone and iPad). None of them that I’ve tried have built in printing support. The best you can do with them is take screenshots and print those.
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3021

Re: VHF and training

Even better if everything was wirelessly chargable - no charging socket to fail, and again one charger does all. If you were on expedition, relying on a powerbank, you definitely wouldn't want all your devices wirelessly (inductive) charging. At best inductive charging is only 80% efficient, in pra...