Originally Posted by edsailing
I am trying to find out about portable AIS systems. As a delivery skipper
, I would like to have a unit I can take with me from boat to boat and which will interface with my laptop navigation
I would welcome any feedback on units, sources of supply, prices and, of course, experiences (good or bad) that you may have had.
Lots of possibilities and any one that can connect to laptop should be suitable (either usb or serial
output via a RS232
to USB converter ~ $30?) Still you will need a switchover with the VHF antenna
or perhaps a dedicated portable antenna - the best being a 'J' pole that is readily mounted on pushpit -naturally with a range limitation that comes with low height.
For what its wotrth I recently purchased a NASA engine
-from UK -only about 90GBP + minimal postage and works well into my netbook. It has a message received LED which I intend to connect into to use as a poor mans AIS alarm
without the netbook running.
Update: or buy a VHF radio
with inbuilt AIS