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International Space Station (ISS) Keeps Watch on World's Sea Traffic

Posted by Doug Miller on 4/2/2012 to AIS News
As the International Space Station circles Earth, it has been tracking individual ships crossing the seas beneath. An investigation hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) in its Columbus module has been testing the viability of monitoring global maritime traffic from the station's orbit hundreds of miles (kilometers) above since June 2010.

AMEC CAMINO-101 and Standard Horizon GX2000: a great combo for AIS and VHF

Posted by Doug Miller on 3/29/2012 to Configuration Examples
We have had a number of customers come to us and ask for a low cost solution that combines a Class B AIS transponder, a DSC-enabled VHF radio and a basic AIS display with as few components as possible. One way to do this is to build the solution with the AMEC CAMINO 101 Class B transponder and the Standard Horizon Matrix GX2000 VHF radio with AIS display.

Using an external GPS with an AIS transponder

Posted by Doug Miller on 1/1/2012 to Configuration Examples
One question we get asked a lot when customers are looking to buy an AIS Class B transponder is: "can I use my existing GPS instead of needing to install yet another GPS antenna on my rail"?

AIS on the iPad

Posted by Doug Miller on 11/27/2011 to Products & Technology
We have been getting a lot of requests for ways to get AIS data to an iPad. This post outlines one method that worked very well plus allowed my other devices to also use the same AIS data.

GPS Tips for AIS Class B Transponders and AIS Receivers

Posted by Doug Miller on 9/26/2011 to Configuration Examples
This article discusses how GPS antennas and receivers work with AIS transponders and receivers.

Where's my boat? A troubleshooting guide for Class B AIS

Posted by Doug Miller on 6/2/2011 to Products & Technology
One of the most common questions we get from customers is "I've set up my new transponder but no one can see me". In virtually every case the transponder is working fine so here are some things to keep in mind when installing and testing a Class B AIS transponder.

Antenna splitters - good idea or not?

Posted by Doug Miller on 4/29/2011 to Products & Technology
We get asked fairly often whether using a VHF antenna splitter to share a single antenna with a VHF radio and an AIS device is a good idea or not. This post gives our point of view which will hopefully help you decide what right is for you.
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