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Old 01-15-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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External monitors on GPS / plotters

Are any of you making use of the VGA output from your chart-plotter to drive a bigger or remote monitor?

A freind is wanting to add a larger monitor to his new helm latout an as well have a "remote" monitor at the upper bridge. His plotter has a VGA output available and I have plugged in a second display to try things and it works* fine so it is a possibility. In his case all he really uses the plotter for is to locate himself and to reference his position to the paper charts. His plotter does not have a touch screen and he really does not need access to the front panelcontrols on the plotter because in his case the system is totally a "monitor" fuction and he does not wnt the expence of two new plotters.

Just wondering if anyone has done this and if so was there any problem.


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Old 01-16-2012, 06:21 AM   #2
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RE: External monitors on GPS / plotters


Happy New Year. On my Furuno NN3s* there*are VGA out*connectors too. According to the manual it will work with a standard monitor. Easy enough to try. I feed two monitors from my Nobeltec laptop. Without a shielded cable the monitor nearest the helm sometimes shows clutter lines.

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Old 01-16-2012, 07:44 AM   #3
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RE: External monitors on GPS / plotters

I located the computer, plotting software and charts in a lower office and had a special cable made to go the distance to the pilot house. *Shielding is important and as I recall, the cable was around $150 or so. *The monitor is a Big Bay, which I like very much as it is visible from angles wherever you are in the P/H. *Big Bay made up the cable.
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