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Old 17 January 2010, 05:30   #1
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What price to get excited about AIS?

NASA Have just relaunched their budget-priced AIS engine, now in version three.

Given that this is sold for around 100 quid, versus the 400-600 price tag of the big names... And a second VHF antenna can be added for less than 30 quid - has this technology reached the point where it is "silly not to"?
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Old 17 January 2010, 06:36   #2
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At that price you could surely organise a bulk buy!
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NASA Have just relaunched their budget-priced AIS engine, now in version three.

Given that this is sold for around 100 quid, versus the 400-600 price tag of the big names... And a second VHF antenna can be added for less than 30 quid - has this technology reached the point where it is "silly not to"?
I don't think this is just a price point argument. It depends where you 'sail' and in what conditions etc. If you sail in quiet, out the way places then you won't see much on the AIS. If you are generally a daylight and good weather boater then there is probably also little benefit of AIS.

If you sail in shipping lanes at night or in poor vis then it makes much more sense; in your situation it would probably be silly not to. For others it could be a waste of cash that would be better spent elsewhere.
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Polwart,

I think I would be a little more generous towards it than that.
I find AIS adds hugely to my enjoyment of driving.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a ship, asking each other what it is (esp. if it is a strange looking ship) and then having to dissolve into mild disappointment when nobody knows the answer or can only guess at it.
What delight (or what passes for relative delight!) in being able to name the ship, its type and destination-to name but a few of its characteristics.
A couple of hundred of your English pounds well spent I think.

But there you go. I get a massive amount of enjoyment as I go along playing with the plotter and listening to the VHF as well.
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I think I would be a little more generous towards it than that.
I find AIS adds hugely to my enjoyment of driving.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a ship, asking each other what it is (esp. if it is a strange looking ship) and then having to dissolve into mild disappointment when nobody knows the answer or can only guess at it.
What delight (or what passes for relative delight!) in being able to name the ship, its type and destination-to name but a few of its characteristics.
A couple of hundred of your English pounds well spent I think.

But there you go. I get a massive amount of enjoyment as I go along playing with the plotter and listening to the VHF as well.


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a transponder makes more sence than a receiver only .
Where we can find well peiced tranponders?
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a transponder makes more sence than a receiver only .
Where we can find well peiced tranponders?
At the moment I would say Comar have the market with their CSB200, priced at around 400 pounds.

But the radio manufacturers are finally catching onto AIS and I think ultimately their packages will be the most cost effective.

Odd how they missed the DSC boat the first time it came around and then missed the AIS one too.
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they don't get much excitement on the IoM!

Brian - I see your point, personally that is interesting rather than valuable - but you also possibly see more ships or traffic than others - which fits with my original point. If you don't see any ships then knowing who they are and where they might be going is irrelevant.
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What delight (or what passes for relative delight!) in being able to name the ship, its type and destination-to name but a few of its characteristics.
We have a little diversion here that you might like in that case... If a vessel on AIS does not have a photo in the Marine Traffic database then we have been known to dash about taking photos and then racing to upload them.

Sad, yes I know. It is like competitive train spotting but with a boat.
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