New Navigation System From Odin Electronics

—Literature Available Odin Electronics, Huntsville, Texas, recently announced a new electronic navigation system. The NCD-39 is a high-quality computer that stores charts digitally in nonvolatile computer memory, then presents them at any scale on a bright monochrome CRT display.

Loran or satnav position track can be viewed on the chart in real time.

According to the manufacturer, there's virtually no limit to the uses for the NCD-39 system. For coastal cruising, the automatic chart stringing feature brings up the adjacent chart as soon as the vessel's position reaches the edge of the chart in use.

For sport or commercial fishermen, charts can be personalized with wrecks, hangs, shoals or any other data of interest. Electronic overlays of loran or lat/lon grids, depth data, aids to navigation, etc. can be selected.

In fact, the NCD-39 provides a password security system to protect private chart data. It offers unlimited waypoints, calibration of lat/ Ion input to a known geographic position, and it supports multiple CRT displays.

Odin's NCD-39 is easy to use, consisting of just three units: the computer for data storage and system control; the keyboard for user interface; and the CRT video display.

All system operations are controlled by the three pushbutton switches on the computer unit and the typewriter-like keyboard. The system uses two types of memory— a very high-capacity bubble memory that acts as a scratch pad and stores user-generated data, and the ROM for permanent storage of purchased charts and charts designed by the user with the keyboard and optional digitizer unit.

The NCD-39 is simple to use, compact, rugged and affordable. For further information and free literature on the NCD-39, Circle 45 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Aug 15, 1985

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