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Old 02-20-2015, 03:18 PM
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https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...prod62133.html

Is there any replacement to this or was it just not popular enough?

If so any comparative products available without paying a monthly fee for XM?
Old 02-22-2015, 02:52 PM
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Probably discontinued because you can just look up the weather on your cellphone for free.

XM is such a rip off these days. $600 for an antenna and $30/month for the subscription... ridiculous.

The product works great and I guess there are enough people who will pay that. I'm spoiled due to aviation.. $500 compact and portable receiver gets you great weather info delivered to your ipad with no subscription fees.

If they happen to put a few of these ADSB transmitters on existing towers around the coast we could all have free weather info about 40-50 miles out. It would also help airplanes coming in from bahamas etc..

If anyone wants to get creative I bet this technology could get passed on inexpensively to the USCG. The government already has the network and frequencies to distribute the weather, and the private sector has already developed inexpensive receivers. All it would take is for the FAA to put transmitters on the towers already used by the coast guard for their coastal VHF network. Sounds easy but getting two government agencies to cooperate is probably as tough as a two dollar steak.

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http://www.bluefinengineering.com/pr.../marineweather

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That was one of the dumbest ideas Garmin ever came up with.
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I really liked it as the weather was overlayed on your plotter, making it easy to track avoid or outrun the weather...

Thought it was great.
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Originally Posted by dell30rb View Post
Probably discontinued because you can just look up the weather on your cellphone for free.

XM is such a rip off these days. $600 for an antenna and $30/month for the subscription... ridiculous.

The product works great and I guess there are enough people who will pay that. I'm spoiled due to aviation.. $500 compact and portable receiver gets you great weather info delivered to your ipad with no subscription fees.

If they happen to put a few of these ADSB transmitters on existing towers around the coast we could all have free weather info about 40-50 miles out. It would also help airplanes coming in from bahamas etc..

If anyone wants to get creative I bet this technology could get passed on inexpensively to the USCG. The government already has the network and frequencies to distribute the weather, and the private sector has already developed inexpensive receivers. All it would take is for the FAA to put transmitters on the towers already used by the coast guard for their coastal VHF network. Sounds easy but getting two government agencies to cooperate is probably as tough as a two dollar steak.
That is why GDL 40 was advantageous, $5 a day when you needed it and voila! Weather service without monthly fees.

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