Originally Posted by PamlicoTraveler
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