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Old 07-10-2010, 14:53   #1
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Question Can You Get Radar & AIS Overlay on Laptop ? AIS Transceiver Recommendations ?

Our chartplotter is a Garmin GPS Map 4212 & radar is Garmin HD. We'd like the laptop to be our backup. We have Maptech charts and a USB/GPS antenna. Can our radar and AIS info be repeated on the laptop? And if so, how?

Any recommendations for a reasonably priced AIS transceiver with built in VHF splitter? We're hoping to spend around $650. Seperate components add up to around $850. Garmin's AIS600 combined unit is $1100+. Have not found side by side specs and reviews online. Thanx.
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Not too many companies offer radar that can be repeated on PC/laptop.

Euronav offer a PC radar interface on their SeaPro chatplotting software which works with Koden radar

I believe Raymarine also offer an Ethernet based solution allowing sharing of charts with radar overlay on their Raytech RNS software, when used in conjunction with E series MFD.

Both suggestions will display AIS data with suitable feed. Try the NASA AIS receiver.
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There's no solution if you are using garmin equipment unfortunately. Yes for raymarine and furuno

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There's no solution if you are using garmin equipment unfortunately. Yes for raymarine and furuno

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What is the solution for raymarine and Furuno. I have a circa 1996 furuno radar and would like to put it on my laptop but I didn't think there was anyway to do it. Is there a way?
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Don't know about Furuno but read this for info on using latest Raymarine RNS v6.2 PC software. Select Features tab.
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When you choose your RADAR\Chartplotter combination you are also choosing the PC Based Navigation Software you can (or can not) use with that RADAR.

Garmin does not have a PC based navigation package that allows you to do live navigation and RADAR overlay. They do have a SW package for planning and then uploading to the Chartplotter.

As for your AIS questions. I would look on Panbo and read through the AIS posts.
Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog: AIS

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very good ais software is available for use on a laptop - for example (and my favourite) ShipPlotter
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very good ais software is available for use on a laptop - for example (and my favourite) ShipPlotter
This software still requires you either have a dedicated AIS Receiver or a general purpose scanner type receiver which can interfaced with your PC.

This program does not overlay in your chartplotter or your PC Navigation SW, it is a seperate application.

Nothing wrong with either of those things, but just wanted to point them out.
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I have been meaning to work on a matrix showing different software packages and their features. Here's a first crack... PC Navigation Software Comparison.xlsx - Microsoft Excel Web App

It should help you see what packages have both RADAR and AIS. Errors are likely, send me any upates.

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You will get an AIS receiver with splitter for that kind of money but have not come across a transceiver as cheap as $650.
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This program does not overlay in your chartplotter or your PC Navigation SW,
But it does provide NMEA output that can be sent to your chartplotter and probably to another charting application on the same laptop via virtual com ports.

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You will get an AIS receiver with splitter for that kind of money but have not come across a transceiver as cheap as $650.
Well The transas Class B transponder can be got this side of teh pond for 399 pounds inc VAT, thats less then $650 ex VAT.

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What is the solution for raymarine and Furuno. I have a circa 1996 furuno radar and would like to put it on my laptop but I didn't think there was anyway to do it. Is there a way?
RayMARINE RNS software for Raymarines ( only HSB compatible equip) and MaxSea ( Furuno version) for Navnet2d and 3d. Nothing for older furuno sorry

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I put a milltech ais reciever aboard 2 years ago with garmin 4208. Works fine I think it was about $149. Heres what I like I can see the ships name. So if Im up about ambrose chanell Im not some dork broadcasting the big ship headed right at me bearing x come in please. Now Im hey big ship named x come in please and x says yes this is big ship x about to run you over. i say thank you x i will change course to z will this save me. Big ship says yes you live another day. This all because I have an extra antenaa now and this little black box. Im not broadcasting but I sure see them. I like that.So checked to see what has become of the product line. heres the under $500 box that transmits. maybe that helps. AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder Kit
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if fitting anything new these days get a transponder, receivers are only a passing fad once the price reduces enough.

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Recently found Garmin's video cable with VGS that's about a 18" long. t replicates all that's seen on the chartplotter screen so we can see view from inside while cooking or on really cold night sails.

Thanks for all your suggestions on AIS. We're still looking for the Garmin AIS600 price to drop, or the right alternate to hit us on the head.
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