Automatic Identification System - AIS

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Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by Root » Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:16 pm

Everyone, I know most of you are aware of the AIS system and its benefits for navigation safety, avoiding collisions, and homeland security. However, did you ever wonder where in the world your relatives were on their cruise? Well, this site will allow you to do that too. Automated Identification System (AIS) information on ships worldwide: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by philiprmcgovern » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:36 pm

Root:

Very cool...thanks for sharing.

BTW, I consider my little $200.00 AIS receiver one of my better investments for the boat. So far, it only inputs to the notebook, but connecting it to the chartplotter is pretty high on my list. Best wishes.

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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by Page 83 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:22 am

I too was very impressed with what the $200 SR 161 could do, and bought the ACR AIS B this year. Since I have Garmin Chart plotters it was a piece of cake to set up. I can now see an increasing number of AIS equipped vessels and track them well beyond the range of my radar, and know precisely how close a threat they pose. If anyone is interested, AIS is a frequent topic at my favorite techy site, www.panbo.com For the NMEA-phobics among us, Garmin is introducing a VHF radio that does DSC and AIS and just plugs into any recent Garmin Chartplotter. Its gonna be a boat unit or more. But you will be able to pick a target on the chartplotter and the radio will dial its mmsi number. It will be like clicking on someone's picture and being immediately connected to them on your phone.
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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by philiprmcgovern » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:21 pm

Sandy:

I fiddled with the teeny-weeney little NEMA wires between the AIS receiver and the Garmin 545S for a few minutes but, so far, no joy.

Same deal when I tried to connect my new DSC Standard Horizon VHF and the chartplotter. I definitely qualify as a NEMA-phobic but can't spend a whole boat unit on another VHF just to get "plug and play."

When I get back to the boat in the fall I'll give it another shot, but I may well be begging you to help me get these wonderful devices to talk to one another. Meanwhile, I'll take a look at panbo.

Thanks.

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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by Page 83 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:06 pm

Drop me a note with the exact models and I'll give you the cookbook approach (if I can get to the manuals on line), along with a short shopping list of tools to do it the easy way. I promise its easy.
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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by philiprmcgovern » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:45 pm

Thanks, Sandy. I will definitely take advantage of your kind offer.

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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by Page 83 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:56 am

My AIS plotted a target 22.5 NM away last Saturday. My AIS antenna is 14' above the water.
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Re: Automatic Identification System - AIS

Post by ThomKat » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:05 am

Have gotten targets on AIS from over 220 mi. - no doubt with a little help from atmospheric skip.

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