FROM 1-18. Betwixt Madeira and Morocco

Aug 24, 2005 - 0900hrs UTC

0900hrs 24 Aug 2005 UTC 42’59”N 010’25”W Ref 309

DB: days run 113 nm = +23nm.

Fine sunny day – very big NW swell, about 8 – 10 metres – must have been something happening up there. Light breeze here, nowt else to report.

Mal, are you the owner of Little Red Rocket yet? How does it feel?

[Ed: the electronic stuff seems to be understood, if not exactly sorted.  Thanks to Marc Robinson]

From Marc Robinson

Morning Alex, sounds like you have a real SOB on board!

If this problem occurs only when the HF starts transmitting, it is most likely that RF energy is being picked up by the wiring in the boat that is connected to the particular serial port that is botching everything up. It’s probably a long cable run from a GPS receiver or the like. Do you have any spare clip-on ferrites that you could wrap the cable through a couple of times within a foot or so of the serial port?

I’ll not waste your daily email limit.
Happy sailing

Thanks Marc- this might be the answer – the usb port in question is the one that feeds converted vhf signals from other vessels’ AIS systems to the SoB system and there’s a little vhf aerial on the pushpit that picks them up and coax cable  to the AIS engine next to the nav table. I don’t have any spare ferrites and anyway don’t want to mess with something that is working so will leave it all disconnected. Interestingly, sailmail transmitted on 6 megs but when I changed to 10, the usb serial multi died. It began transmitting and failed a few seconds later, so it all adds up. I thought it was the change via the application that was going wrong.

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