I've been on the mailling list for a year or so, but this is my first post.
Onboard my 2006 Bavaria
46 Cruiser I've installed a Camino 108 AIS
Class B transponder. This transponder is connected to an AMEC GPS antenna
as well as a Pacific VHF antenna
. The AIS is also connected to my NMEA 2000
bus as well as power.
When I plug
this setup to a computer using the software
which came by the Camino, all indicators are good: Power is on, no error codes, MMSI is valid, external power ok, GPS
position is fixed, the AIS has indeed received a position report and the AIS has transmitted a position report. Messages are received as well as transpitted on both channel A and B.
At this point, I also see my vessel on Marinetraffic. I now that this website in itself is not a true witness to whether your AIS transmits or not, but in this case it is relevant.
Having transitted and being received on marinetraffic, however, after a short while it stops transmitting. This happens regardless of whether I disconnect the computer or just let it be plugged in.
I should add that I so far have used the app BoatBeacon rather successfully, but this only works whenever I've got a mobile signal.
The past weeks I've crossed the North Sea, the Caledonian Canal
, and at time of writing I'm in harbor at the Outer Hebrides. On our way back to Norway
, I would have loved for the AIS to work
All this being said, I would very much appreciate good advice from you!