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Old 15 December 2010, 15:20   #21
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Thanks for the link; it's exactly what I'm after. I like the way RM describes the problem as a "horizontal scroll issue". The sounder stops working without warning and at the most inconvenient of times, that's the blo*dy issue. Anyway, I'm too terrified to upload the software myself. My boat's coming out in February, I'll get an engineer to do it for me. Incidently, I make video diaries for Mrs GJ0KYZ nowadays; she's who I was talking to in the Mont St. Michel clip. She refuses to go there anymore as she finds it 'boring'.
I've done mine, it's easy really. No drama
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Old 15 December 2010, 15:46   #22
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Ah well, not to worry, at least that's the rat sitter sorted, eh?
She actually did clean all 45 of them out tonight so I mustn't compain too much I suppose. And Pikey: I'll have a look at the instructions tomorrow; I haven't a disk drive on my laptop that will accept the card so I may just hang on for now.
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Old 15 December 2010, 16:57   #24
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That's a kind offer Keith, I'll see what's required exactly.
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Old 16 December 2010, 04:04   #25
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How does this AIS thing connect? is it a simple thing?

Thinking about getting one but need it to be SIMPLE for me to install it and i dont really want to use the same electrician who did the work on the boat recently!

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Old 16 December 2010, 04:18   #26
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How does this AIS thing connect? is it a simple thing?

Thinking about getting one but need it to be SIMPLE for me to install it and i dont really want to use the same electrician who did the work on the boat recently!

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AIS is usually over fast NMEA0183, depending on what you have already got connected to your plotter & how many NMEA ports it has, it could be a simple connection job. If you already have NMEA gear connected, you might need a multiplexer. Either way it's not rocket science. Some of the more recent AIS models have NMEA2000 connections which can make things easier.
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Old 16 December 2010, 04:41   #27
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I didn't install mine it was done when the boat was rigged but my understanding is that the AIS200 also does multiplexing with 1 other input i.e. you can feed an input from something else into it and it merges the signal and feeds it to the plotter. I've not figured out if it works with my Icom VHF yet for DSC stuff as I don't use DSC, but given the AIS function wasn't set up at all when it arrived I'm doubtful that it does but I think it's an Icom issue rather than with the AIS unit.
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Old 05 January 2011, 19:25   #28
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I have been using INAVX on my Iphone as a chart plotter and just realized that there is a web-service that provides AIS via cellphone connection free of charge!
Check it out:
http://www.gpsnavx.com/iNavX/help/siitech.htm
It works perfectly here in Southern California and gets me relevant info for crossing the shipping lane (I usually still have reception there)
It's not as sweet as a marinized version, but already owning an Iphone, I spent $50 for the app and $20 for a waterproof case.
Pretty cheap for a chartplotter and AIS.
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Old 06 January 2011, 03:53   #29
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I have been using INAVX on my Iphone as a chart plotter
Sadly US only!
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Old 06 January 2011, 04:10   #30
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Sadly US only!
Aye, but MemoryMap have a deal going at the mo that is basically the entire UK charts for 40, liceneced to run on 1 PC & 1 "mobile device". For another 20 or so they'll sell you an Iphone App.
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