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DY AIS200N2K, even better than it looks!

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Jul 26, 2010
Digital_Yacht_AIS200_n2k.jpg

The picture tells a lot: Digital Yacht's new AIS200N2K is the first AIS receiver I know of with NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, and USB outputs. But get this: it can also multiplex 0183 input and gateway it to N2K, "so that traditional data such as depth, position, speed and wind, which is available in NMEA 0183 format, can be converted to N2K within the unit."  All for $519!  The press release doesn't say what's coming out of the USB port, but I suspect it's an 0183 mix of AIS target data and 0183 inputs.  Maybe someone from Digital Yacht or its US and EU retail arm Cactus Marine can elaborate in comments, because I may lose my Internet connection any moment now...

I'm aboard Gizmo just off beautiful Isle au Haute island on the outer edge of the Maine Coast.  A lot of systems have been working great, a credit somewhat to months of learning and updating, but cell and WiFi connectivity not so much.  Though maybe I shouldn't complain as right now I'm online with speed thanks to the Wave Comet and some kind person with an open AP named "linksys" (got to love it).  At any rate, I will be back at HQ briefly during this week but then out again until about August 8th.  Entries may be quite erratic, but product research will be intense ;-).
   Digital Yacht, incidentally, introduced a second AIS receiver today, the "value" oriented $229 AIS 100.  It's true dual channel -- not a single receiver trying to switch AIS frequencies and always missing some messages -- and I suspect it contains a circuit board made by SRT.  I recently tried out an SRT reference receiver that's about this tiny size and can tell you that it seemed quite sensitive and used under .1 amps of 12v.  Small can be beautiful.  Now to hike a long, high island.

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Comments

This is Paul from Digital Yacht.....I can confirm that the NMEA0183 and USB outputs will both output (at 38,400 baud) a mixture of Received AIS data, plus all multiplexed NMEA0183 sentences received on the AIS200N2K's input (4800 baud). Only NMEA0183 sentences with a valid checksum are passed through the multiplexer.

The NMEA2000 output will also output everything that the other two ports output, BUT only if a valid equivalent PGN is supported. Most of the popular PGNs will be supported (including the latest AIS ones) and a complete list will be published before we start to ship product.

Posted by: sumps.myopenid.com at July 26, 2010 9:55 AM | Reply

Thanks, Paul. I think this device will solve a number of install issues on certain boats. When will it ship? And how about a Class B transponder with the same I/O versatility? ;-)

Posted by: Ben at July 27, 2010 6:37 AM | Reply

Hi Ben, we are aiming to have stock for the Southampton Boatshow in September. We have a few more weeks of testing but are on target and just kitting components for the first production batch now.

A Class B with an N2K interface would be nice.....but that is another story !

Posted by: sumps.myopenid.com at July 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Reply

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