Father’s Day Gift Guide – 2018

Cool Tools, Electronics, Fun & Games, Gift Guides
June 12, 2018 No Comments

You still have time to get your dad a gift for Father’s Day.  Check out my gift guide for ideas at any one of these ABC stations website: Los Angeles/KABC, San Francisco/KGO, Houston/KTRK, Fresno/KFSN, New York/WABC, Chicago/WLS, Philadelphia/WPVI and Raleigh-Durham/WTVD.

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Part II: Custom NMEA 2000 2″ Round LCD Multifunction Display Gauge for Boat

DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods, Videos
February 17, 2018 No Comments

(This is a continuation of Part 1…)

The gauge has now been installed since late July 2017 and it’s functioning well.  I was concerned that the sun and heat (and the winter cold) would cause some issues but so far things are working great.   The installation of the display in the  gauge cluster was a bit rough due to the 4d systems screen module is none circular.  I had to design the casing in two parts screen/bezel and rear PCB housing.  Where the two meet up was a weak point and required a few tries.  I’m looking to possible using a new LCD module in my next version as 4d System is discontinuing the ULCD-220RD :).

Here’s a video of the gauge functioning in the boat:

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Mavromatic’s Technology Gift Guide – 2017

Cool Tools, Electronics, Fun & Games, Gift Guides
November 29, 2017 No Comments

What a great year it’s been for new gadgets and keeping with my holiday tradition, I compiled the most worthy to make your holiday shopping a bit easier.  As I have said before, It’s not Oprah’s “My favorite things” but definitely in the top 10 😉.  Available now at ESPN and the following ABC Local Stations Websites: KABC (Los Angeles), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), KFSN (Fresno), WABC (New York), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia) and WTVD (Raleigh Durham) — Enjoy!

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VIDEO: Unboxing, Install & Review Clarion MW6

Electronics, Videos
August 17, 2017 No Comments

That was quick! Just posted about the Clarion MW6 NMEA 2000 interface module and here is an unboxing, install and review video of it.   !!Spoiler alert!! It seems to be working good except I’m not getting any metadata via Bluetooth, iPod and Pandora sources — this could be normal. I do like the easy access to mute — very useful when docking and the audio system auto-power down when you turn off the Lowrance HDS unit is a time saver when leaving the boat.

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Clarion MW6 Audio NMEA 2000 Remote Interface

Electronics
August 9, 2017 No Comments

As you probably have guessed I’m obsessed with automation and technology enhancements for my boat, given that my house has already been fully automated for almost a decade now.

I’ve added GPS, Temperature, water level — you name it — sensors to my NMEA 2000 bus that all display nicely on my Lowrance HDS multifunction display and now on my own display.

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Part I: Custom NMEA 2000 2″ Round LCD Multifunction Display Gauge for Boat

DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods
July 15, 2017 No Comments

The Backstory

I recently purchased a 2013 model year boat and in style of Mavromatic, I wanted to “hack/mod” the onboard electronics ASAP.   The previous owner had installed a Lowrance HDS 7 Gen 3 GPS/Chartplotter and added a NMEA 2000 backbone to use a Lowrance EP-60R fuel flow sensor (that I later found was clogged, a simple back-flush blow of compressed air fixed it).

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