Been tracking my folks boat as the head
up the coast of NZ. They have just fitted a normal class B AIS
. I am finding that marine
traffic seems to show them up fairly regularly via satelite even when they are well away from a base station as long as I zoom in to the aproximate area.
Often the updates are 40 or more minutes out of date, but even so this still seems pretty good.
I dont have confirmation its is them, it just tells me it is a pleasure boat, since I don't have the premium account for $20 per month. But if its going to work this well I might subscribe if they, or someone else I am watching heads offshore
. It seems like a cheaper and easier way to get regular position updates than satcomms.
This satellite service
seems like it could really justify having a AIS
transmitter onboard even offshore
areas. I assume in the event of an emergency
or search authorities could access this data?
Anyway the point of this post is a heads up if you didnt know about it, and also to find out more about how reliable it is if any of you have been using it, and if there is anyway to help improve your signal to get better sat coverage?