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Old 08-01-2020, 13:37   #1
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I plan to transit the canals of Germany and France and will need an ATIS-capable VHF. My fairly new Standard Horizon 2150 apparently does not have ATIS capability. Can anyone recommend an ATIS-capable VHF?
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Re: ATIS-capable VHF

Godshalk, do you mean ATIS (Automatic terminal information service) which is the recording air pilots listen to before contacting Air Traffic Control, or do you mean AIS?
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tkeithlu, thank you for asking. Inland Waterways of Germany says, "All radios must be equipped with an ATIS function..." Wikipedia says, "The Automatic Transmitter Identification System (ATIS) is a marine VHF radio system used and mandated on navigable inland waterways in Europe for identifying the ship or vessel that made a radio transmission. The identity of the vessel is sent digitally immediately after the ship's radio operator has finished talking and releases their transceiver's push-to-talk button. This contrasts to the Automatic identification system(AIS) used globally on ships that transmit continuously. A short post-transmission message is sent by the radio with the vessel identity and is in the form of an encoded call sign or Maritime Mobile Service Identity, starting with number "9" and the three country-specific maritime identification digits.

ATIS use on the Trans-European Inland Waterway network and connecting waterways is mandated by the Regional Arrangement Concerning the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways (RAINWAT) agreements, which also prohibit the use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) where ATIS is required, except in some near-coastal areas, or in sea-like areas of The Netherlands.

The database of ATIS vessel identities is maintained by the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (fr) (nl)[1].

The ATIS signalling protocol is based on that used for Digital Selective Calling (DSC); with the ATIS transmissions having the format specifier field set to a value of 121.[2]:44 While DSC transmissions take place exclusively on Channel 70, the ATIS digital signal is transmitted on the same VHF channel as the voice transmission: it lasts for 285 milliseconds after the PTT button has been released, using frequency modulation frequency-shift keying (FSK) between the frequencies of 1,300 Hz and 2,100 Hz at 1,200 baud.[3]:150 The core part of the message is transmitted using 10-bit codes; each code being formed of a 7-bit symbol followed by a 3-bit count of the number of zeros in that symbol.[2]"
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Re: ATIS-capable VHF

Pretty much all of the current Icom line are ATIS capable although depending on where purchased it may take dealer programming/update in order to expose that capability.

https://icomuk.co.uk/ATIS-Upgrade-fo...-VHF/3995/167/
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Dsandruril, VERY helpful, thank you!
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Re: ATIS-capable VHF

And thank you, Godshalk, for your very informative reply. We've got too many acronyms out there. Now there are even computer based acronym generators:

https://www.cs.uoregon.edu/research/paraducks/anym/
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Re: ATIS-capable VHF

Just because someone on another thread posted a screen shot of their Standard Horizon GX2200 with ATIS enabled...

The GX2200 manual says nothing about ATIS (at least the versions I could find) and yet the Standard Horizons UK website says this:

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User-Programmable ATIS mode for use on Inland European Waterways under RAINWAT agreement (Requires ATIS number from appropriate regulatory body).
The 2150 is not listed in the UK, but both the 2000 and 2200 show up as ATIS capable, so may be worth a call to SH to see if there is some hidden capability not shown in the US manual or if a firmware update might allow the capability.

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Here's a link to the SH manual for the 2000/2100 that has ATIS setup on page 112. If you haven't already broken out your wallet I'd say definitely worth a conversation with SH to see if a software change to your existing radio would do the trick.
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Dsandruril, very kind of you to do this research. I notice that your link actually goes to the manual for GX2000E whereas my manual is for GX2000 and GX2150. I suspect the appended "E" might mean "Europe." I bought this radio in Denmark so it is a mystery why I don't seem to have ATIS. There is no topic in the owner's manual between Waypoints and CMP30 RAM MIC operation. I did send an inquiry to SH about this without reply - I will try again as you may well be correct about a software change. Thanks again.
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