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Old 06-12-2011, 16:22   #16
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Re: My New Handheld AIS Receiver . . . WOW !

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Wow your skull knows the call sign and mmsi too wow
Don't need them 99% of the time. Bigger than me and I stay out of their way. The ones you have to worry about aren't the ones with working AIS anyway. But, go ahead and spend your own money any way you wish. Carry on...
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Re: My New Handheld AIS Receiver . . . WOW !

With iNavX you can interface an onboard AIS receiver using a WiFi multiplexer such as the Brookhouse iMux or use the free SiiTech AIS service ..

Siitech AIS NMEA Data Server
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Tx. That is brilliant.

I hope Siitech will extend there coverage to Singapore / Malacca straights.
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Actually I just checked out Siitech's VTSLive site on the web. They do cover Singapore!

Would you be able to connect that (plus the Malacca Straits) to the iNavx server pls?
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The data on those web sites is provided by volunteers like myself who upload the data to them. I have an AIS monitoring station in Annapolis, MD and receive live AIS transmissions out to about 20 miles. I upload to both Marinetraffic.com and the SiiTech site.

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Re: My New Handheld AIS Receiver . . . WOW !

All these iphone, android etc websites are great. Just perfect...as long as you are within about 5 or 10 miles of shore and have a good 3G connection. Who needs AIS then anyway?

So maybe sometime soon there will really be a handheld AIS that works over VHF. Just not for this Christmas as far as I know.
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The data on those web sites is provided by volunteers like myself who upload the data to them. I have an AIS monitoring station in Annapolis, MD and receive live AIS transmissions out to about 20 miles. I upload to both Marinetraffic.com and the SiiTech site.

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Eric, how involved is setting up an AIS site for feeding MarineTraffic? Could you also be an ARC site for SeaTow timeshared with the same gear?
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Either I was doing it wrong yesterday or gpsnavx sorted it overnight but I now have AIS in the Singapore Straits on my Navonics charts via iNavx on my iphone.

It's awesome.
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Re: My New Handheld AIS Receiver . . . WOW !

You guys are nuts if you are relying on web based AIS data for navigation safety instead of having your own dedicated receiver. From the Marinetraffic.com website: "Notice: Vessel positions may be up to one hour old or incomplete. Data is provided for informational reasons only and is not related by any means to the safety of navigation", and from the SiiTech site: "Although the information provided to you on this site is obtained or compiled from sources we believe to be reliable, SiiTech cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, validity, timeliness or completeness of any information or data made available to you for any particular purpose."

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Eric, how involved is setting up an AIS site for feeding MarineTraffic? Could you also be an ARC site for SeaTow timeshared with the same gear?
It's very simple. All you need to know is here. I had already been using a program called Shipplotter which allows you to upload from it. I was using an Icom M502 for the AIS receiver but now using a furuno FA50 (no cost to me). If your in an area that has no coverage, if you contact SiiTech, they may be willing to lend you an AIS receiver and will give you a login for their Web VTS Professional Plus Live service.

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Don't need them 99% of the time. Bigger than me and I stay out of their way. The ones you have to worry about aren't the ones with working AIS anyway. But, go ahead and spend your own money any way you wish. Carry on...
On ICW by the time you see them it may be too late. You're only option may be to 180 and flee before the doublewide until you get to a wide enough spot to pass. Much easier to 1. get advance notice on AIS up to 20 miles away, 2. DSC call the Captain of the tow, and 3. discuss a good passing spot miles before you reach there.
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All these iphone, android etc websites are great. Just perfect...as long as you are within about 5 or 10 miles of shore and have a good 3G connection. Who needs AIS then anyway?

So maybe sometime soon there will really be a handheld AIS that works over VHF. Just not for this Christmas as far as I know.
if a handheld has a NMEA output you can feed it to a laptop.
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if a handheld has a NMEA output you can feed it to a laptop.
What would it be feeding the laptop? As far as I know there is no handheld AIS receiver.
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Kettlewell, I guess everyone stays in there Pilot Houses , and looks at electronics these days and eyes and ears are just out dated !! My Gosh how will we ever get home safe ?? LOL Bob and Connie
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What would it be feeding the laptop? As far as I know there is no handheld AIS receiver.
You got me. If there WAS such a thing thats what I would do, but...

It just occured to me a handheld AIS would have little use, as when you register one you are supposed to detail exactly the position and height of the transmitting AIS antenna on your boat so the receiver can calibrate exact distance to closest point of approach.

That would be hard to do with a handheld device.
Not that it would be a big deal on a 20ft sailboat, but AIS was designed for the big ships, were depending on antenna location you may have just hit it or missed by a 100 yards.

There are small < 1ft square devices that mount conveniently under a panel that can NMEA to a chartplotter, and cost under $500.00.

I wonder if it would feed my handheld GPS?
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