Our proAIS2 software for configuring and checking our latest generation of AIS transponders is a useful tool, but only being Windows and Mac compatible, it does have its limitations.
With this in mind, we have developed an Android App that allows you to do pretty much everything that proAIS2 does, but wirelessly from your Android Smart Phone or Tablet. AISConfig is a free app, available on the Google Play Store, that works with our AIT1500 (NMEA0183 version), AIT2000 and AIT3000.
Being wireless, you will need a WLN10HS or AIS WiFi Server if using our AIT1500 or AIT2000, but this is a popular combination, so there should be many customers out there that will benefit from this new App and of course our “top of the range” AIT3000 has WiFi built-in so AISConfig is the perfect app for it.
Using AISConfig you can do all of the initial configuration, including programming of the MMSI number and then once setup, you can use AISConfig to monitor the status of the transponder, repeat the LED status (useful if the transponder is behind a panel) and to turn OFF/ON the Silent Mode, avoiding the need for a physical switch.
If AISConfig proves popular, then we will certainly consider producing an Apple iOS version, but for now AISConfig is only available for Android.
Its always good to have a few weeks at boat shows and listen to customer questions. Differences between models always crop up as Digital Yacht have a big selection of Class B AIS transponders on offer. We hope this document helps you decide which is best for your installation. All units share a common technology platform so will give excellent performance and importantly have future proof SatTrak technology built in.
All AIS transponders require their own dedicate internal GPS (you can’t use a NMEA feed from an existing GPS). The AIT1500 series has a super sensitive internal antenna which cuts down on the need for another external antenna. It will work well even below decks on GRP vessels but steel or wood will attenuate the signal too much. The AIT1500 series is therefore great for RIBs, Center Consoles and GRP sail boats. With many larger sail boats now fitting multi function displays in the cockpit, it can be unobtrusively installed in a location adjacent to the MFD and the same for flybridge motor boats.
The AIT1500 comes in two versions – one for NMEA 0183 based systems and one for NMEA 2000 systems. The later is also self powered from the NMEA 2000 bus so installation really is plug ‘n play. Both models have a USB interface for PC & MAC for programming and PC plotting.
Has dual NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 interfaces plus USB and ships with a dedicated external GPS antenna. Its a great solution for wooden and steel vessels that require an external GPS antenna
Appropriately called “Nucleus” as it forms a hub in any marine electronics system. It features our patented ZeroLoss VHF antenna splitter technology so the main VHF antenna can be shared with VHF and AIS which means no need for another VHF antenna and sophisticated connectivity including not just NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 but also WiFi for iPad and tablet interfacing. Up to 7 wifi connected devices can be attached and neat NMEA interfacing allows instrument, AIS and GPS data to be used by hundreds of compatible apps. There’s also a FM radio antenna outlet.
Here’s a 5 minute guide on Youtube and of course we’re standing by on email and phone to answer any queries. Digital Yacht – for your biggest and best choice in Class B AIS.
Our AIT2000 and AIT3000 Class B transponders are supplied with a GPS antenna that has a 10m cable terminated in an FME connector (right hand connector in the above image).
These connectors are very slim, not much larger than the coax cable and are much easier to route through the boat. We also supply an FME to TNC adaptor for connecting the cable to the transponder (left hand connector in the above image).
Today we were reminded of the importance of ensuring this adaptor is firmly screwed on to the cable, when a US customer reported that their AIT2000 had stopped getting a GPS fix. After using the proAIS2 software to confirm that the GPS signals were very low, we asked the customer to check the GPS antenna connections to the AIT2000 and sure enough found that the FME connector had become loose and was no longer making a good connection.
A quick tighten of the FME connector in to the adaptor and the AIT2000 started to get a GPS fix again and the customer could continue their cruise.
The nut on the FME connector is 8mm (AF) and the TNC adaptor has two flat indents that are 9.5mm (AF). You can tighten the two connectors quite tightly but avoid using too much force which could damage the connector and cause a different set of problems. The image below shows the FME fully tightened in to the adaptor and there should be about a 1.5mm gap between the FME nut and the collar of the adaptor when properly tightened.
Our GV30 combo GPS and VHF antenna also uses FME connectors and is supplied with a TNC and BNC adaptor, which should also be tightened in the same way.
With the recent release of our new AIT1500 and AIT3000 Class B Transponders, we now have three Class B Transponder models in our 2015 product range.
Traditionally, we supply our Class B transponders with a printed Quick Start Guide that provides basic information on installation and operation and for many people this is all the information they need. However, for dealers and customers that want to have more details of using, configuring, installing and fault finding our transponders we have now released a combined Full User Manual for the three units.
To download a copy of the AIT1500/2000/3000 Full User Manual V1.00, please click here.
Classic Yacht “Misty” has undergone a $0.5m transformation by A&R Way Boat Builders and the results are stunning. Classic Boat magazine have a fantastic feature on the restoration in this month’s issue. She was originally constructed back in 1964 by Lallows. She’s 37ft 6in (11.5m) LOA – a couple of feet longer than Cheverton’s 1958-designed Danegeld that won everything in sight a year after. She was in fact designed to beat Danegeld, but ended up as test and demo boat for her original owners – Ratsey and Lapthorn Sailmakers.
But even a classic yacht deserves some hi-tech navigation and she’s equipped with a Digital Yacht AIT2000 Class B transponder and SPL2000 VHF-AIS antenna splitter to minimise antenna clutter. This is integrated with a NavLink NMEA to WiFi server so data can be displayed on iPads and tablets through the vessel or in the cockpit leaving a beautiful classic finish but boasting the best in navigation! Find out more about the NavLink server from HERE
We’ve decided to publish our dealer training presentations on line so that the whole boating community can benefit. Paul Sumpner, Digital Yacht’s CTO, was at the CA Clase distributor training event this week and presented a great overview on some of our core technologies including:
AIS – Hints and tips on transponder operation, programming and antenna selection
Wireless NMEA – differences between TCP/IP and UDP connections and app integration
GPS antennas and interfacing
Wireless internet and routers including common problems with accessing marina hotspots
Most importantly he covered lots of installation issues with hints and tips and important product selection advice. Of course, reading a presentation on line is not as good as hearing the real thing so if you do have questions, feel free to contact us.
You can download the presentation from HERE or click the picture below
Many users are put off installing a Class B AIS transponder because of the requirement for additional antennas on their space strapped pushpit rail or radar arch.
A Class B AIS transponder must have its own internal (built in) dedicated GPS receiver so this requires a dedicated antenna. It also needs a dedicated VHF antenna (ideally tuned to 162MHz) or connection to a specialist VHF-AIS antenna splitter if you want to share the main VHF antenna with the AIS and VHF. Our SPL2000 splitter is a great choice here but this technology is relatively expensive.
Digital Yacht now have a great new solution – the compact GV30 combination GPS and VHF antenna, tuned specifically for 162MHz AIS frequencies. Physically its around 75mm in diameter and has a compact helical stub antenna fitted to the top. Two (10m) cables exit the unit (for GPS and AIS) with low profile connectors to make running the cable through the boat easy. Adaptors are supplied for connection direct to our AIT2000 transponder. Despite the compact stub antenna, performance is actually very good and it makes for a rapid installation. Of course, range is slightly limited (typically 5-8 NM) but range isn’t everything – actually too much range can cause too many targets to be received and overcrowd the plotter display!
Note that the GV30 is shown here fitted to a 1″ standard deck base (stainless steel) which isn’t supplied. The GV30 has the industry standard 1″ female thread to fit a wide variety of 3rd party rail, deck and pole adaptors.
It will of course work with other AIS transponders but there’s some good reasons here to choose our brilliant AIT2000 Class B transponder