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AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder

AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder

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Retail Price:$549.00
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Part Number:AMEC-CAMINO-101-036

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WE NO LONGER SELL THIS PRODUCT. IT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THE AMEC CAMINO-108.

The AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder sets a new standard for quality, performance and price. It delivers a versatile, low-cost and high-quality AIS transponder that integrates easily with existing systems. It is an excellent choice for both recreational and professional use.

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Free Class B AIS Programming

FCC regulations require Class B AIS units to be programmed with MMSI and vessel information before shipping to US addresses. Milltech Marine provides this service free of charge.

Common Questions About MMSI

To make it more convenient for you to provide vessel information, we have prepared this quick and easy online form. Please complete and submit at time of order.

If you prefer to not use the online form, you can download the Vessel Static Information form and fax (425-484-6218) or email.

We are required to have proof of valid MMSI, so please also send a copy of the issuing document.

If you do not have a copy of your MMSI assignment, contact the issuing authority or organization. To search the
FCC licensing database, click here. For BoatUS information, click here.

Go here if you do not have an FCC Ships Station License and MMSI and wish to obtain one.


If you are an international customer, and the ship-to address is outside of the US, you are not required to have the Class B AIS transponder programmed before shipping, but we are happy to perform this service for you.
receive AIS broadcasts from surrounding vessels, but can transmit AIS information to be "seen" by surrounding traffic. This puts you in direct communication with other AIS vessels so you can avoid situations that might endanger your vessel and crew.
  • A dual parallel AIS receiver, AIS transmitter
  • NMEA 0183 (RS-422) & RS-232 serial outputs
  • Easy installation with PC, chartplotter or dedicated display
  • Built-in 12-channel GPS receiver which also acts as back-up GPS. [NOTE: the internal GPS does not have an internal GPS antenna therefore does not work unless an optional GPS antenna is attached]
  • Also supports using an external GPS source via a NMEA connection as an alternative to using the internal GPS and optional GPS antenna.
  • Two models of GPS antennas are available as options: an external traditional marine-grade "mushroom-style" antenna and an internal small magnetic-mount antenna.
  • GPS sends standard NMEA output sentences: GPGSV, GPGSA, GPGGA, GPRMC
  • The inbound NMEA connection can use the following NMEA sentences: RMC, GGA, GSA, HDT
  • Excellent Windows-based AMEC AIS Viewer program with Chart & Alphanumeric views included at no extra charge
  • Rugged anodized aluminum housing for durability and RF shielding
  • Splash-proof connectors and front-&-back-panel gaskets for extra protection from elements (IPX5)
  • External power switch on back panel
  • Runs on 12v or 24v DC power
  • Requires an optional VHF antenna or appropriate antenna splitter

A Versatile AIS Solution

The CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder can also be used as a dual-channel AIS receiver and GPS receiver. This allows you to connect the unit to computers and chartplotters and use the transponder's GPS and AIS information from other nearby vessels to display your position and other vessels on AIS-capable applications and devices. In other words, this device can function as an AIS Class B transponder, a GPS receiver and a dual channel AIS receiver all at the same time.

KEY FEATURES

Silent Mode & SRM
These functions are easily enabled in software to start/stop transmitting position or send a Safety Related Message (SRM). A Silent Mode / SRM switch box is also now available as an extra cost option.

Water Resistant
Rugged hard-anodized aluminum case with sealed connectors and front and back-panel gaskets for water resistance and a longer lifetime in harsh marine environments.

Easy Connection to Computer

The RS-232 interface allows serial cable connection to computers (or use optional USB-Serial adapter for a USB connection).

NMEA Standard Interface
The CAMINO-101 Class B is designed to be compatible with all modern chartplotters and PC's. The NMEA 0183 RS422 interface is the standard in marine connections and ensures simple installation.

Should I get the optional GPS antenna?
The simple answer is YES. While the CAMINO-101 supports using an external GPS NMEA data source, connecting the NMEA wires from your GPS or chartplotter requires technical knowledge on its NMEA output wiring and configuring output formats and baud rates. In addition, some older GPS units (e.g. Furuno GP32) will not work. Unless you are 100% sure you know how to do this, it is recommended you check the box for the optional GPS antenna that was designed to be used with the CAMINO-101.
We also have a portable magnet-mount GPS antenna available that works well under most decks. This antenna is $10 when purchased with a CAMINO-101.
Ability to use an external GPS source instead of the internal GPS system
The CAMINO-101 can now use an external NMEA GPS data feed instead of using its internal GPS. This allows the user to interface the CAMINO to a standard chartplotter or NMEA GPS and use the GPS signal from the external device. Simply connect the NMEA output from the other GPS device to the NMEA input on the CAMINO and make sure both devices are set to use the same baud rate. An external antenna must not be connected when the CAMINO is powered up in order to use the external GPS function. For more information see our blog post here.
 
Designed to Internationally-recognized Standards
  • IEC62287-1 Class B, IEC61162-1, EC61162-2
  • This Class B transponder is approved for use in the USA by the US Coast Guard and the FCC.
  • The AMEC CAMINO-101 provides:

    • Automatic transmission of vessel's own position, speed and heading to other vessels within VHF range.
    • A method of monitoring the position, speed and heading of other vessels within VHF range.
    • The ability to plot the progress, changes in heading and speed of other vessels on a computer (using included software) or a chartplotter.
    • A vessel's name, call sign and MMSI number to call the target vessel on a DSC radio.


    INSTALLATION NOTES:
    IF AN EXTERNAL GPS ANTENNA IS USED WITH THE CAMINO-101 IT MUST BE RATED FOR 3.3V. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU USE A 5V GPS ANTENNA IT WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND VOID YOUR WARRANTY. FOR BEST RESULTS, IF YOU NEED TO USE THE INTERNAL GPS SYSTEM ON THE CAMINO-101 USE A GPS ANTENNA THAT IS AVAILABLE AS AN OPTION WITH THE CAMINO-101.


    All sales of Class B Transponders are final. Once programmed with the vessel MMSI, these units cannot be returned.


    SPECIFICATIONS

    VHF CHANNELS
    Frequency Range156.025 MHz~162.025 MHz
    Channel Bandwidth25 KHz
    Number of RF Channels2 Receivers (one time-shared between AIS and DSC) / 1 Transmitter
    Channel 1CH 87B (161.975 MHz)
    Channel 2CH 88B (162.025 MHz)
    DSCCH 70 (156.525 MHz)
    Number of DSC Channels1
    VHF TRANSMITTER
    Power Output2 Watt (33 dBm 1.5 dB)
    ModulationGMSK/FM
    Data Rate9600 bps
    Modulation SpectrumPer IEC 62287
    VHF RECEIVER
    Message FormatAIS Class A & B messages
    Data Rate9,600 bps / per channel
    Max. Usable Sensitivity-107 dBm
    DSC RECEIVER
    Modulation1,300 Hz / 2,100 Hz FSK
    Data Rate1,200 bps 30 ppm
    Frequency Stability< 3 ppm
    Spurious Response Rejection= 70 dB for signal@ -104 dBm; BER 1%
    Blocking= 84 dB for signal@ -104 dBm; BER 1%
    GPS RECEIVER
    Receiving Channels12 channels
    Acquisition Sensitivity-140 dBm
    Tracking Sensitivity-150 dBm
    Position AccuracyCEP (50%) 5m without SA
    Output Rate1 Hz
    POWER SUPPLY
    Supply Voltage12V / 24V DC
    Power ConsumptionLess than 10W
    LED INDICATIONS
    Power Status Indicator1
    Channel Indicators2
    INTERFACES
    NMEA 01831.5 meter cable with bare leads
    RS-2321.2 meter cable w/D-SUB9 female
    GPS AntennaFemale TNC
    VHF AntennaSO239
    ENVIRONMENT
    Operating Temperature-15C~55C
    Storage Temperature-25C~70C
    Humidity Operation0~95% RH at 40C
    VibrationIEC 60945
    WaterproofIPX5
    Standard Magnetic Compass Safe Distance0.45 m
    Steering Magnetic Compass Safe Distance0.30 m
    GPS ANTENNA PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
    Dimensions90.5 mm (diameter) 108.5 mm (H)
    Ground Size74 mm (diameter)
    Weight150 grams (without cable)
    ConnectorTNC female
    Cable10 meter, RG-58 cable included

    Downloads

    AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Viewer program -contact us

    About AMEC
     
    Founded in 2006, Alltek Marine Electronics Corp., also known as AMEC, is a ISO9001:2000 certified company that designs and manufactures marine electronic equipment. More than half of the company's engineering talent has over 10 years of hands-on experience, including extensive experience with military projects. AMEC products are known for excellent build-quality, reliability, performance and value. Milltech Marine is the US distributor for AMEC marine products.
     
    5 Stars
    Owner Lake Breez Air
    Purchased the 101 and it installed quickly and easily. The customer is currently using the transponder in the Bahamas with much greater safety and comfort.
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    Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Fort Pierce. on 2/16/2014
    5/5
    4 Stars
    Good product
    Have had an SR-161 for a couple of years and decided to upgrade. It was a trivial exercise to pull out the SR-161 and install the Camino-101 with its built in GPS. Had it up and running in no time. Works well with OpenCPN and a PC. Found the included software a bit basic, but not all that necessary unless I alter the dimensions of the boat! Sold the SR-161 to a friend. Not being able to edit the MMSI could be an issue if I was to do something similar with the Camino further down the track.
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    Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Hobart. on 10/23/2013
    4/5
    5 Stars
    Excellent
    I bought this unit back in late July and configured it while at home... 200 miles from the sea...a simple operation. Arrived back on my boat the other day... attached GPS and VHF ants.. a temporary install with both just lying under the cockpit dodger at the moment. By the time I had powered up and opened the viewer she was up and away. Started by using a Dell Netbook.... now using XP/VMware Fusion on the dark side of a Macbook Pro. About 300 metres to seaward of my boat is an island maybe 100 metres high...but I am 'seeing' a freighter beyond the island at 8 miles distance... very impressed... very happy
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    Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Puerto Montt, Chile. on 10/13/2013
    5/5
    5 Stars
    MR
    Hi I have just finished installing the Amec Camino-101 class B AIS transponder.I used a Pacific AIS antenna,which I have mounted on the arch at the stern.I have interfaced the Amec to my Standard Horizion chart plotter.There is so many AIS units on the market.What sold me on this unit was Milltech Marines excellent web site,with all the answers plus easy to understand instructions for all chart plotters. The unit is working perfectly here in the marina.I have ships on my plotter screen out to 30nm. Thankyou for a excellent product at a great price. David
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    Reviewed by:  from Mooloolaba Queensland Australia. on 3/14/2013
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Great Product
    Purchased Aug 2012 installation was completed without any problem. It worked fine during our vacation to the Thousand Islands, Today we went out on a trip to the middle of Lake Ontario and when I checked the screen there were 27 transmissions targets showing, many of them over 50 miles away and one Base station near Rochester New York which was over 72 Miles away. It’s a great product and I am very happy with it, and would recommend it to anyone considering to install AIS on their boat.
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    Reviewed by:  from Newcastle Ontario Canada. on 9/1/2012
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Navigator
    Excellent product and excellent support. Easy install and works as claimed. Using the antenna splitter and the VHF antenna on mast and the USB serial adpater. Range up to 70NM. No issues!
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    Reviewed by:  from Toronto. on 8/28/2012
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Finally installed - Working great!
    Purchased this last year and finally got it installed. Reception and sensitivity is excellent. I have this interfaced to a Raymarine C80 via Brookhouse multiplexer. Ships are showing up so well. It will make navigating the exits and approaches to LA Harbor much easier (especially at night and in the fog). Customer service has been excellent. I am really glad I selected this unit from Milltech Marine.
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    Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles, CA. on 8/12/2012
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Outstanding
    The transponder and antenna switch arrived very quickly after I placed the order. All interface cables and connectors were included. The unit was completely programmed. Installation time was about 20 minutes. All equipment interfaced with my existing chart plotter/ radio seamlessly. Everything worked like it should have. I have already recommended this product to my friends as a excellent choice.
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    Reviewed by:  from Kenosha Wisconsin. on 7/13/2012
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Pleasrure boat
    Great product, easy to install. I went with the recommended GPS antenna, the USB serial adapter, and a Metz VHF antenna. Displaying on a Dell laptop (XP). Transponder displays with its own SW or delkivers data to show on other navigation packages, such as TIKI. However, data presented on TIKI is limited, probably driven by TIKI. However, only one SW application can receive data from the transponder at the same time, i.e. I have to exit the AMEC application if I want to see AIS on TIKI.
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    Reviewed by:  from Rhode Island. on 7/4/2012
    5/5
    5 Stars
    Quick service, product quality seems good, great support
    Installed with dedicated AIS antenna and used external GPS antenna and connected to Watchmate. Worked fine from first bootup. Find watchmate screen hard to read in sun so decided to add a laptop chartplotter with the USB serial adapter. This took an email to Milltech to sort out, as the serial port connection (after transponder cable and laptop cable) has to be the last in the sequence. This done, it all works fine.
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    Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles, CA. on 6/11/2012
    5/5

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