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February 2015 
AMEC and Milltech Marine will be at the Miami International Boat Show 
Come visit Alltek Marine Electronics (AMEC) and Milltech Marine at booth 1741 D Lobby at the Miami Beach Convention Center February 12-16.

February 2015 
Did you miss us at the Seattle Boat Show? 
We did two packed talks at the Seattle Boat Show this year. If you missed the sessions and want to view the slides you can get them here:
Using Your iPad Aboard
An Update on AIS Solutions for Boaters

DSC: More Than Just an Emergency Solution (from last year's show)

January 2015
US Coast Guard announces new rules for AIS
On January 30 2015, the US Coast Guard published their long-anticipated new rules for AIS which go into effect on March 2 2015. For more information, see our resource page here.

April 2014
Want to connect Coastal Explorer and an AIS Matrix radio together?
Check out our blog articles with step-by-step instructions for the GX2150 and GX2200 on how to use our USB Breakout Cable to easily tie these together.

March 2014
New AIS transponders from AMEC
AMEC has released two new Class B transponders – including one with Wi-Fi support and one new Class A transponder – with integrated color screen. Check out the new CAMINO-108 models and the CAMINO-701.

July 2013
AMEC CYPHO-150 now available!
We now have the AMEC CYPHO-150 in stock. This full featured dual-channel AIS receiver is less than $200 and has receive range that goes beyond most other receivers. More info can be found here.

April 2013
Milltech Marine opens a retail store!
We are happy to announce we now have a retail store in Port Orchard. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hi. More info can be found here.

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AMEC CAMINO-108 Class B AIS Transponder
AMEC CAMINO-108 Class B AIS Transponder
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Our newest Class B AIS transponder

Product Overview

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.

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.

The CAMINO-108 is AMEC´s next generation Class B AIS transponder allowing you to broadcast your data to other AIS-equipped vessels and receive their data by viewing on a dedicated chart plotter or PC – the essential way to improve collision avoidance on the water.

CAMINO-108 is designed to deliver a high-performance AIS transponder solution. The optimized receive and transmit capability is now brought into a compact and robust housing which is less than half the size of its previous generation.

The dual-channel receivers enable AIS vessel monitoring of all AIS signals including Class A, Class B, AtoN, SART. Its NMEA2000, NMEA0183 and waterproof USB* port ensure simple integration with chart plotters and PCs. Built-in SD card slot makes data logging of AIS data easier than ever.

Key Features

  • Next generation high performance AIS Class B transponder
  • NMEA2000, NMEA0183, and USB connectivity  
  • Optional Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to connect up to 2 iPads or PCs wirelessly 
  • Supports SD data logger card slot
  • Built in high-sensitivity GPS receiver (requires optional external antenna)
  • Optional silent mode (Tx off) operation
  • Low power consumption, 12 / 24V DC input
  • Compact and stylish housing design
  • Supplied with AIS Viewer and Configuration software for PC

Interface Options

Model Name




SD Card


















IEC 62287-1 Ed. 2, 2010

IEC 61108-1 Ed. 1, 2003

IEC 61162-1 Ed. 3, 2007

IEC 60945 Ed. 4, 2002

IEC 61162-2 Ed. 1, 1998

ITU-R M.1371-4, 2010


Frequency Range

156.025 MHz ~ 162.025 MHz

Channel Bandwidth

25 KHz



Data Rate

9,600 bps

Number of AIS Transmitter


Number of AIS Receiver

2 (one time-shared between AIS and DSC)

Number of DSC Receiver

1 (time-shared between AIS and DSC)

AIS Channel 1

CH 87B (161.975 MHz)

AIS Channel 2

CH 88B (162.025 MHz)

Tx Power Output

2 Watt (33 dBm ± 1.5 dB)

Rx Sensitivity

< -107 dBm @ 20% PER

Rx Message Format

AIS Class A & B messages



1,300 Hz / 2,100 Hz FSK

Data Rate

1,200 bps ± 30 ppm

Spurious Response Rejection

70 dB for signal @ -104 dBm; BER 1 %


84 dB for signal @ -104 dBm; BER 1 %

GPS RECEIVER (integrated)

Receiving Channels

50 channels


SBIEC 61108-1 compliant

Output Rate

1 Hz


Operating Conditions

IEC 60945 “protected” category

Operating Temperature

-15°C ~ +55°C (+5°F ~ +130°F)




Power (green)

System power on / off

Error (red)

MMSI not set / BIIT error

Rx (green)

Receiving AIS data

Tx/Silent (green/red)

Transmitting AIS data / Silent mode

SD (green)

Accessing SD card


GPS Antenna Connector

TNC (Female)

VHF Antenna Connector

PL-259 (Female)


Standard connector

NMEA 0183 (RS-422)

Supports two NMEA0183 interfaces
Baud rate configurable (default 38,400 bps)
Separate Tx/Rx baud rate
Standard IEC 61162-1 / IEC 61162-2 sentences

Silent Mode Setting

Set by dedicated pins in NMEA0183 connector


Mini type, waterproof


Supply Voltage

12V / 24V DC

Power Consumption

Typically less than 3W average @ 12V DC



128 mm (5.51 inch)


36 mm (1.97 inch)

Depth (include connectors)

88 mm (7.87 inch) (exclude connector)


250 g


AMEC AIS Configuration

PC configuration utility


AIS Viewer for PC


CAMINO-108 Product Brochure
Mac drivers are included with Mac OS X - no download needed

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.

 Customer Reviews Average Rating review  
Excellent product
  This is a very well designed product and the documentation is very well written (note that there are a few errors in the printed version that came with the product but the online version is corrected). Thanks to the comfort provided by the AIS transponder I have now removed the radar from my boat (I am not suggesting that to other boaters).
  Reviewed by:  Bernard Debbasch from Southern California. on 6/17/2014
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