October 2008 New Electronics

Furuno FI50 Precision Instrument Series, The Shakespeare Galaxy Style 5248 Wi-Fi Antenna, Lowrance's LHR-80 VHF/GPS handheld marine radio

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Plug and Play
Furuno has announced six new displays in the FI50 Precision Instrument Series. Included are: two wind displays, the FI501 and FI502; the FI503 Digital, which displays depth, speed, temperature and weather data in a three-way split-screen format; the FI504 Multi, which monitors all network data on a three-way split-screen that rotates at three-second intervals; the FI505 Course Plot; and the FI506 Rudder, for use with autopilots. All are NMEA 2000 equipped for plug-and-play with the NavNet 3-D network, as well as other NMEA 2000 systems. Ultralow power consumption, an automatic backlighting adjustment and white Formula 1-style faces provide ready viewing and maximum contrast in all conditions. All are priced at $595; 360.834.9300; furunousa.com.

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Stay Connected**
Shakespeare helps extend the range of portable computers - or any Wi-Fi enabled device that's fitted with an external antenna port - with the Galaxy Style 5248 Wi-Fi Antenna. At the dock or cruising the coastline, the convenience of staying Internet connected doesn't have to be left behind. This 2-foot white antenna incorporates PCB copper elements and includes an N-type connector. The 5248 antenna's 1-inch, 14-thread stainless sleevecollar ferrule accepts larger diameter coaxial cables. When necessary, the antenna can be removed or replaced without pulling the cable. Compatible with Shakespeare 4187 and 5187 mounts, it carries a fi ve-year limited warranty. $239.95; 803.227.1590; shakespeare-marine.com .

All in Hand

Lowrance's newest addition to its VHF product line is the LHR-80 VHF/GPS handheld marine radio. Enhanced with a GPS, it's a fl oating, handheld unit that incorporates a simple plotter and Great Circle waypoint navigation, Man Overboard functionality and storage for up to 500 waypoints. The 128 x 128 pixel LCD has adjustable contrast settings and backlighting for daytime and nighttime use. The GPS sensor and DSC feature allow boaters to pinpoint and display the location of other vessels using position polling and the Navico Track-Your-Buddy feature. Operational options include 5W to 1W transmission power; latitude, longitude and time display; a distresscall button with hinged door; and the ability to select and program up to three channels on a dedicated key. Battery reserve is 10 hours under GPS function. $219; 800.324.1356; lowrance.com.