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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.
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.
WideLink B600 is an SOTDMA (Self-Organizing Time Division Multiple Access) AIS class B - the next evolution of AIS technology. Its 5W transmit power, higher reporting rate and professional-grade time division management make B600 an overall more advanced product compared to AIS class B based on CSTDMA (Carrier-Sense Time Division Multiple Access) scheme.
This globally-approved transponder contains 1 VHF transmitter, 2 AIS receivers on 2 VHF channels and 1 MCU with cutting edge software defined radio technology. Its internal GNSS receiver with 50 channels is able to process signals from GPS, Gallieo, Beitou and Glonass with differential capability. It receives DSC, time-sharing with AIS receivers.
The B600 also supports the transmission of AIS message 27 for enabling enhanced long-range AIS reception by satellites equipped with AIS receiving systems, such as Orbcomm. While this allows for the potential for a satellite to pick up your AIS transmission, it does not guarantee you will be seen continuously by an AIS satellite. This option can be turned on or off in the AMEC AIS Configuration utility.
Its enhanced housing with IPx7 waterproof and shock and temperature robustness is ideal to survive harsh marine environments. A chartplotter and PC can be easily integrated using its NMEA2000, NMEA0183 and waterproof USB port. Note the USB port uses a baud rate of 115,200bps. Its built-in data logger can record AIS data on micro SD card. This product includes a portable "puck" GPS antenna. If you require an external marine-grade GPS, please add our optional MA-700 GPS antenna to your shopping cart.
The B600W Wi-Fi wireless model includes everything in the base model and adds the ability for client devices such as iPads or other mobile devices to connect wirelessly to the B600 and receive AIS, GPS and multiplexed NMEA data for use in mobile apps such as Navionics, iNavX, SeaIQ, iSailor and more. See our guide to iPad navigation apps here.
Note: Milltech Marine bundles the AMEC Portable GPS Antenna with the B600.
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.