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 IT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THE AMEC CAMINO-108.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.
With the CAMINO-101 you not only
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 FEATURESSilent 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.
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.
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 StandardsIEC62287-1 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.
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.
|Frequency Range||156.025 MHz~162.025 MHz|
|Channel Bandwidth||25 KHz|
|Number of RF Channels||2 Receivers (one time-shared between AIS and DSC) / 1 Transmitter|
|Channel 1||CH 87B (161.975 MHz)|
|Channel 2||CH 88B (162.025 MHz)|
|DSC||CH 70 (156.525 MHz)|
|Number of DSC Channels||1|
|Power Output||2 Watt (33 dBm 1.5 dB)|
|Data Rate||9600 bps|
|Modulation Spectrum||Per IEC 62287|
|Message Format||AIS Class A & B messages|
|Data Rate||9,600 bps / per channel|
|Max. Usable Sensitivity||-107 dBm|
|Modulation||1,300 Hz / 2,100 Hz FSK|
|Data Rate||1,200 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%|
|Receiving Channels||12 channels|
|Acquisition Sensitivity||-140 dBm|
|Tracking Sensitivity||-150 dBm|
|Position Accuracy||CEP (50%) 5m without SA|
|Output Rate||1 Hz|
|Supply Voltage||12V / 24V DC|
|Power Consumption||Less than 10W|
|Power Status Indicator||1|
|NMEA 0183||1.5 meter cable with bare leads|
|RS-232||1.2 meter cable w/D-SUB9 female|
|GPS Antenna||Female TNC|
|Humidity Operation||0~95% RH at 40C|
|Standard Magnetic Compass Safe Distance||0.45 m|
|Steering Magnetic Compass Safe Distance||0.30 m|
|GPS ANTENNA PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS|
|Dimensions||90.5 mm (diameter) 108.5 mm (H)|
|Ground Size||74 mm (diameter)|
|Weight||150 grams (without cable)|
|Cable||10 meter, RG-58 cable included|
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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.