Hi, Yes it is absolutely a right choice to do it as You told. My solution is more or less "hacking" the AIS unit with OS-level commands which need some expertice to be used correctly. You cannot execute them by the ProAIS software, You need to connect into the AIS with another software with correct settings to use them.
ProAIS software is kind of a set of trusted OS-level sentences with nice graphical UI You can use to configure the AIS unit, set it to silent mode, etc. But at the proprietary OS-level there are a lot of commands the manufacturer of the AIS does not want You to use. Using them is hacking the unit and makes You a hacker. You propably could increase the transmission
power and time of the unit and suddenly You have a AIS Class A unit in your hands instead of the original Class B. This is just a wild quess, but propably possible and propably needs some hacking of the physical parts
of it too. I haven't ivestigated it. I've only adjusted some less known and legally adjustable parameters of the unit to make it more suitable to my own use.
This SRT board is widely used and marketed among different wellknown brands (Raymarine, Transas, ...).
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