"The really new, and surprising, info about Class B is illustrated in the slide below. The USCG has decided that B transponders should not
transmit boat names
, as in many cases they are not official or data-based. Instead of a name, that field will be filled with “US#” and the boat’s state registration
or federal documentation
number. This idea wasn’t discussed much in the meeting, but later on a number of people were grumbling about it. A lot of AIS
users really appreciate the ability to hail other vessels by name, or just see who else it out there. I can see how the scheme is more orderly, and will distinguish Class A and B transponders well. But will it reduce the usefulness of AIS
, or will we adapt to it? What do you think?"
I think I'm not going to hear my NUMBER called. I think there will be a lot of confusion when everybody in the area starts calling back with questions like "was that call for SV Patagonia?" or "Did you say seven one six or seven Oh Exe"
I also think this idea is pretty darn stupid.