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AMEC CAMINO-108 Class B AIS Transponder

AMEC CAMINO-108 Class B AIS Transponder

On sale$479.00
Retail Price:$549.00
Your Savings:$70.00(13%)
Part Number:AMEC-CAMINO-108

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Standard model
With integrated splitter [+$170.00]

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Product Overview

Quick & Easy Online Form

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.

We now offer the the CAMINO-108 with or without an integrated VHF antenna splitter. The CAMINO-108S is slightly bigger than the CAMINO-108 and includes an output connector that goes to your antenna input for your VHF radio. The unit saves space and includes technology to recover the loss from sharing your single VHF antenna with your AIS transponder and VHF radio. To purchase the CAMINO-108S model, simply select that version above when you add the item to your shopping cart.

Note, we now ship the CAMINO-108 with a portable GPS antenna. If you need an external GPS antenna or a combo AIS/GPS antenna, see our selection at the bottom of the page.

Key Features

  • Next generation high performance AIS Class B transponder
  • NMEA2000, NMEA0183, and USB connectivity  
  • 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




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


Latest CAMINO-108 downloads 
Mac drivers are included with Mac OS X - no download needed
Having issues getting the USB Driver installed on Windows? Check out our video here.

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
Capt and owner
Added this to my sailboat for the Marion to Bermuda Race. Unit works great, and was easy to install. Would recommend. The folks at Milltech Marine were helpful with delivery and follow up. Will do business with them again.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Boston MA. on 7/13/2015
5 Stars
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).
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Southern California. on 6/17/2014
5 Stars
AIS Camino 108 is GREAT
I just finished my install of this AIS transponder Camino 108 and it is a fantastic unit. I have been using the SR 161 AIS receiver since 2007, and when I saw this unit at the Annapolis Boat show 2015, I had to buy it, What I like most about this unit is that it will talk to NMEA 183, NMEA 2000 and USB which means this unit will connect to multiple outputs and it will allow me to connect this to my future nav screen when ever I buy one. Right now, I am using the USB output into a laptop and running the free OpenCPN nav software to see the targets. This is the same way I used the SR 161 since 2007. I also added a simple $10 GPS puck and I placed this under the deck on a bracket inside the below decks nav station. IT gets 14+ satellites below deck, so no need for me to tap back into my existing NMEA Raymarine GPS stream. Over all, I think this AIS is outstanding, and this company is great to work with. I recommend this unit 100%. If you want to see photos of my install, see my forum post in the IPYOA dot com slash forum
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Vero Beach, FL. on 11/30/2015
5 Stars
WORKS GREAT AND CAME ALREADY CONFIGURED!!! I liked it. Plug and chug. I am waaay too busy working on OTHER items that need my REAL attention. I do not need to be playing with configurations. Milltech Marine did it for me and sent me a unit ready to go, out of the box. Plug and chug. Fast install, no brain time required.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Two Rivers. on 4/24/2017
5 Stars
Great item, price, and service from the company.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Port Angeles. on 3/22/2017
5 Stars
I love AMEC AIS products. Simple, effective and priced right. This is my second AMEC AIS transponder and it works great!!! Ready to go right out of the box. Works seamlessly with NMEA200.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Groton, CT. on 7/5/2016
5 Stars
Very easy setup. Works Great and at a Great Price
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Virginia. on 5/4/2016
5 Stars
Excellent product. Can see Class B AIS signals at 40 nm with the top of the mast Metz 3' antenna (60 ft). Very easy to install and monitor with the provided software.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Krabi, Thailand. on 11/7/2015

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