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Category: AIS

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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.

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Vesper Marine Launches WatchMate Vision2

Introducing the Evolution of the World’s Only Touchscreen Class B AIS Transponder Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the evolution of the world’s first...

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New in safety: Exposure OLAS Float-On, Vesper smartAIS deckWatch, and Digital Yacht Nomad portable AIS

Exposure_OLAS_Float-On_aPanbo.jpgThe Exposure OLAS Float-On is one hell of a flashlight (or “torch” in Brit speak). That’s because it’s also an automatic water-activated MOB strobe light and a Bluetooth MOB alerting device that can network with smartphone apps and more familiarly styled MOB tags. Details follow, along with several other interesting new safety products that also got the attention of the DAME Award judges at METS…

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AIS issues: Garmin, Navico, McMurdo, AMEC and SRT

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I like to write about marine electronics that facilitate safer, more enjoyable boating, especially new developments that seem headed in that direction. It’s been gratifying, for instance, to see the infant Class B AIS that Panbo began covering in 2005 grow into a highly appreciated tool for cruisers, racers and fishermen. AIS is a huge success on many levels, but today the subject is two issues that may concern some Class B AIS users…

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Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR’s DSC feature especially

testing_four_AIS_MOB_beacons_cPanbo.jpgGiven my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, putting up the distinct safety message that I should have seen during “the incident” and that every owner of an AIS MOB should be familiar with. Potential beacon users should also understand the specific activation, test, and deactivation controls on their device, plus I have two newer beacons with special features worth examining in detail…