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  1. Zeus2 vs Zeus3?? What are the upgrades??

    WHK - that's a brilliant circuit diagram. What CAD tool did you use? (I am stuck with PowerPoint which is a pain to use) BB
  2. Thanks for the suggestion. We already that a reasonably good solution for race course management. The waypoints for the race are exported from Expedition into our Nexus NX2 navigator and drive the Garmin/Nexus system from there. This take seconds only. What we cannot do is export the race route from PC to our current B&G Zeus Touch plotter which, although only two years old, is dead from a software enhancement point of view. . I was going to swop the Zeus for a Raymarine eS plotter - at least Lighthouse is a living, extending set of software supporting several sets/generations of MFD hardware .But similarly to B&G, Raymarine have taken the (slightly) easier software path and stuck with micro SD card import - presumably this is fine if you have a huge power boat that spends all its time in a marina, no use 10 minutes before a sail race starts! And they haven't bothered to implement Nmea 2000 PGN 129285 wp/route import that Nick needs to for Expedition! BB
  3. I researched this some more and ... The need: Importing Routes and Sets of waypoints into Raymarine lighthouse MFDs directly from a PC is needed as a robust alternative to loading from a file on a uSD card. This is specially the case when a race route is only known 5 or 10 minutes from the start. Raymarine Support advocated using the tablet version of the Navionics HD planner and wifi; however this itself does not allow import of waypoints from an external source such as a pc file. So it does not work. State of the art race software such as Expedition can manage the import to various system and normally makes use of Nmea2000 PGN 129285 - Navigation - Route/WP information; when tested Expedition seemed to send this information to a raymarine ES78 MFD but there was no response – it turns out that Lighthouse only supports SEND from the MFD, but not RECEIVE into the MFD of this PGN. Raymarine have already greatly enhanced the Lighthouse series of MFDs with the addition of laylines and smart screens similar to “sailsteer”, but there would be much more value if waypoints could be loaded externally. They should: 1) Support import of PGN 129285 route and waypoints into their MFDs , and/or 2) Create a small windows based utility program to import and export waypoints and routes in GPX format into their MFDs Thanks
  4. I am considering buying a Raymarine ES97 MFD/plotter - mainly for racing. I want to be able to send routes and waypoints from my pc into the MFD ( without having to mess around with microSD cards ) The main source of routes and waypoints in the pc will be Expedition . It appears that the standard N2K PGN is only supported on Raymarine for reading but not for writing to MFD? has anybody succeeded in this please. BB 129285 Navigation - Route/WP information
  5. I took my NX2 server into Garmin Europe at Hounsdown Southampton this morning for testing. They have confirmed that the analog log input is not working and will replace it under warranty. ) Interestingly when I disconnected the server from the boat I checked which instrument still worked via the GND10 which was still in the circuit. Almost everything seemed ok. The NMEA2000 Garmin GNX120s and the Zeus-Touch MFD displayed the depth and speed from the N2K triducer as well as GPS info. They also displayed compass and wind info from the FDX connected nWind race and the HPC compass. The NX2 and NXR displays showed all the above except speed and depth. The NX2 navigator didn't seem to be working so well but I ran out of time to try reconfiguring it. Does anybody really know what calculates what and needs which data from where in a mixed Garmin / Nexus setup with intelligent Wind and Compass transducers. These plus the server and GND10 all have intelligence. Where and how is TWS and TWD computed? BB
  6. rgeek Thanks for that info. When you say " Airmar ST300 and 800 quite a bit harder" it would be helpful you be a bit more specific is electronics terms . Do you mean you need a lower resistance 12v supply? or a different kind of input circuits to read the log input ? or ? thanks Bob
  7. WHK: I tried most of this stuff Wednesday. Reconnected the old tacktick triducer to the NX2 server pics and spun the paddle, The lights on the server board flashe but no speed on the displays or on the PC. Have have two possible theories: 1) the NX2 server is faulty (unlikely as only a year old), or 2) the output of the hall sensor on the DST800 is higher impedance )ie less drive capability), than the standard Nexus TH52 sensors. any suggestions
  8. thanks. I have the GPS input solved (n2K feed from the Zeus MFD gps via the GND10 to Nexis fdx) and the compass works fine from the NXrace FDX . regards BB
  9. Hi Allen Would be interest in your advice re tacktick senors, See new topicin gear Forum. BB
  10. I want to re-use a Tacktick Raymarine Triducer (DST800 t910) with my Nexus NX2 system. Mechanically it is a direct swop for the Garmin Nmea2000 Triducer I have fitted at present. Part Number: 010-11051-00 The tacktick and the nexus paddles have the same Airmar circuit diagram with a hall sensor, a diode, a resistor and a capacitor though the part numbers and values might be different. They both have a 3 wire interface - common, supply, sensor. This is an experiment to see if it fixes problems I am having with the Nexus nRace calc of TWS/TWD; which may be due to the use of boat speed data from the Garmin Nmea2000 Triducer via the GND10 rather than the usual Nexus/Airmar TH52 paddle wheel connected directly to the NX2 server log input. If necessary I can refurbish the old paddle wheel with a repair kit. If this works i will also need to make the sounder work with the NX2 server. I think they are both 200Hz but I dont know the respective drive loads and powers needed? any advice from anyone with experience of something similar welcome.
  11. Nexus NX systems

    Of course there is a way, but GND10 is not helpfull in that. You need to make your own converter reading the NEXUS bus and then outputting TBS to some commonly known format. Unfortunately neither the Race Box nor the server outputs TBS as NMEA0183. Thus you need to read the FDX data between the boxes or the NEXUS bus between the server and the instruments. In my current boat I have my own "Racebox" in a Raymarine system. It calculates and outputs TBS percentage to Advancea NMEA0183 display as odometer distance. I have no experience in NMEA2000. Does it have a packet containing target speed? It is a very closed system, thus not easy for a hobbyist to work with like NMEA0183. In my earlier boat I had my own "Racebox" with NX2 setup, thus I needed no PC for calculating targets or saving all instrument data. In fact the NX2 Racebox (or RP4N) was developed more or less based on my system (made in 2008, thus many years before the NX2 Racebox). Joakim, thanks for the info. I read your thread on the r4pn before I bought the racebox. It was the least expensive way to get polar data onto my instruments. it's a great system. When the displays die, if I can't get the data onto a different display, I guess it will be time to buy Expedition TBS and Nmea 2000 Ryley - if you read some of the correspondence concerning Expedition and TBS or polar boat speed with Nmea2K displays you will see that it is not all easy. I cannot get Exp to output target speed to my Nx2/ B&G zeus 8 system. A friend with a B&G3000 + Zeus 9 + Expedition system can get target speed onto the Zeus with Nick's help by pretending it is n2k engine rpm. Another friend with a NKE + Raymarine plotter + Expedition can get data onto the plotter using raymarine's private N2K extensions. My advice - talk to Nick carefully about what you want to do before you spend any money! Bob
  12. Nexus NX systems

    Mogle Your solution of a B&G ZG100 and a garmin GND10 will work. Cost in UK about £200 + £125. But it is a very expensive roundabout way to solve the problem with your gps aerial (unless you also need the built in compass?). My Nexus NX2 server worked quite happily with a standard NMEA 0183 serial input from all sorts of GPS sensors. All you need is for example a garmin gps 19 or a a DIGITAL YACHT GPS150 DUALNAV GPS/GLONASS SENSOR (both about £125 from Cactus. It will plug straight into your server or your nx2 navigator. My current system uses a NX2 server & various other NX2 bits and I have a GND10 as I need to interface to 2 wonderful garmin GNX120 mast displays * and a B&G Zeus plotter. The gps feed to the NX2 server happens to come from the Zeus via the gnd10 and this seems to work ok. (I am having some problems with the GWD on the GND10/nx2 server setup but this is a different issue.) If and when you replace the NX2 stuff please give me a ring, I need some spare NX2 / NXR bits. Bob gbr97L Lymington (not all garmin stuff is crap, they just don't seems to know about sailing without a 40 knot power boat:)
  13. Nexus NXR XLR - update file and lead

    I have something similar with a GND10 to some garmin stuff. Works really well with Expedition - specially the download of race waypoints into the Nx2 navigator. Nexus/FDX stuff: NX2 GPS navigator NX2 Multi Control, NXR Multi NX2 FDX Server HPC Compass, NWind race, Nema200 stuff via GND10 garmin GNX120 * 2, DST800 Log+echo+temp B&G Zeus 8 gps/plotter Am having problems with the TWD and TWS - inaccurate and unstable - think this may have something to do with using the N2K triducer Speed and Depth from the GND10 rather than from the old Nx2 S & Depth interfaces?? I don't think one can update the NX2 instruments - certainly have never seem a way to do this in NX Race software. regards Bob GBR97L
  14. Nexus NXR XLR - update file and lead

    thanks for the information re possible suppliers. THE NEXUS SWEDEN WWW SITE SEEMS TO HAVE DIED (Even tho kit is still referenced by garmin support) But I managed to get copies of the following NXR instrument files: NXR MULTI CONTROL FIRMWARE 10.NXA NXR MULTI CONTROL SETTINGS 10.NXI NXR XL20 FIRMWARE 7.NXA NXR XL20 SETTINGS 7.NXI NXR XL30 FIRMWARE 7.NXA NXR XL30 SETTINGS 7.NXI iF anyone has later versions please let me know. If anyone wants a copy of these files just ask. BB
  15. I still have a Nexus NX2/NXR system on my J/97 interfaced to garmin gnx120 displays via a GND10. I found a "as new" 2nd hand NXR XLR (XL30) display on Ebay this week and I am testing & installing it. The software version is very old. 1. Does anybody have access to a new version of the firmware I can use to update it please. 2. Anybody know of a spare nxr network connector please? 3. Still looking for nx2 and nxr spares parts to buy. Bob GBR97L