Originally Posted by millhouse_44
Unfortunately I hate to admit this but the information on this link is over my head! I have contacted COMAR and they have replied and sent me some software.
There seem to be at least three versions of proAIS out there: The end user version, the borked end user version Raymarine supply which doesn't allow you to control GPS
output, and the "dealer" version which I believe allows you to reset the unit so that a new MMSI can be input.
It seems that proAIS communicates with the AIS unit by exchanging "proprietary" NMEA 0183
sentences i.e. messages in NMEA-0183 format but defined by the manufacturer for use with their products: In this case the manufacturer is SRT who supplied comer, raymarine and others with the guts of their AIS units.
Bottom line is you don't need the proAIS software to do this: hook up a serial
line to your laptop
, configure the serial port appropriately (38400 baud, 8 bits, no parity, one stop bit) and you can send the AIS unit the relevant commands (as documented in Kees's blog, apparently from monitoring exchanges using the dealer version of proAIS). You could use a terminal emulator (e.g. hyperterminal, screen
or minicom) and type in commands directly or any other method (a judicious combination of stty, cat and subshells with redirected i/o for *nix users perhaps: sorry my windows serial-fu is sadly lacking).
...but if they're sending you the software to do it then that is undoubtedly the best tool to use :-)