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Category: AIS

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Vesper SmartAIS MOB simulation, a little known & nifty test tool

I often use and deeply appreciate the bundle of clever features that Vesper Marine calls SmartAIS, but darned if I didn’t miss one. While the WatchMate app screen above shows some aspects of the Vesper collision avoidance intelligence that makes this my favorite real-world AIS plotting tool (among many choices), it is actually a built-in simulation with significant benefits…

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Hella Marine – EMI dangers from LED lights can be prevented

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently published an alert detailing the effect of Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) caused by some LED products, and the potential for electronic communication interference. Simple testing can identify whether there’s a problem, but the situation can be avoided if owners choose products that are certified to international standards.

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USCG warns about LED lights interfering with VHF & AIS, wants test results

The USCG recently issued a Safety Alert about how LED lighting near VHF antennas can cause poor reception on attached radios, which of course includes AIS and DSC reception along with regular marine VHF audio channels. I’m surprised because I remember such problems coming up and being solved a decade ago, which was very early in the evolution of LED lighting…but…

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Standard Horizon GX6000 bad and good news, plus new HX890 and HX40

What the heck? An AIS transceiver with a decent antenna up reasonably high can see other AIS transceivers fairly far away, but not 3,508 nautical miles! What’s actually illustrated here was a Standard Horizon GX6000 mistranslating AIS target positions into NMEA 2000, as strongly suggested by the photo below. But as bad as that glitch was, there’s already a firmware fix and the way the update operation works has further benefits.

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Orolia Announces North American Approval for the World’s First Four-Frequency Maritime Emergency Beacon

July 11th 2018, Lanham, MD- The global leader in emergency readiness and response, Orolia, is pleased to announce U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada approval of its revolutionary and award-winning McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)…

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Easy Marine Traffic AIS sharing from your boat, FloatHub is first

The screen above may look like an app running exclusively on the boat, but actually all that data was being easily uploaded to my private data cloud thanks to Gizmo’s FloatHub monitoring system, plus the AIS target info was being automatically shared with the public via Marine Traffic. There are many benefits to sharing the AIS data your boat receives, and FloatHub has other recent improvements with more coming…

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SRT launces new generation of AIS transceiver OEM products

SRT Marine Systems is pleased announce the availability of its new range of next generation AIS transceiver OEM product solutions. The range covers all AIS product segments from Class A to Class B and SART, including both standard (2W-CSTDMA) and high powered (5W-SOTDMA) AIS Class B and as standard all are certified water proof and manufactured to the highest standards using the finest materials for long term reliability.