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.
Earlier this week, a customer asked us if we had a video that showed how to use our proAIS2 Configuration and Diagnostics Software that we supply with our latest Class B AIS Transponders. Rather embarrassingly we had to say that we did not, but we promised to create one and here it is.
Digital Yacht are not the only company that supply proAIS2 with transponders, but to our knowledge, we are the only company to produce a video showing how to configure and diagnose Class B transponders with it. So we hope that not only Digital Yacht users but owners of other brands will benefit from this video.
The video is hosted and can be found on YouTube, but you might prefer to watch this video and others, on our Digital Yacht TV site…
After many years of faithful service our old service department CRT Oscilloscope finally “went off to the great white laboratory in the sky”. Although we have other more modern scopes and test equipment at our office, we wanted a cheap, portable scope for service and field work and in our search came across the Hantek 6022BE a USB based Digital Storage Scope that retails online for £50 (inc VAT).
This seemed like a too good to be true price, but we read a few reviews, “bit the bullet” and ordered one from Amazon. It turned up the next day and after installing the drivers and software on an old WindowsXP netbook, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it did exactly what it said on the tin.
There are some limitations, namely;
It can only read voltages up to 5v so you need to make sure the probes (you get two included in the price) are set to x10 attenuation, allowing you to measure up to 50v.
No AC Coupling so if you are measuring RF or noise on a DC voltage, make sure you have a small capacitor in series (I found 1nF worked quite well).
The software is OK but has some limitations, but check out the latest release of Open6022BE (currently PR18 14/05/2014) which has been developed by RichardK and has lots of improvements and added features.
The unit’s ground is not isolated (connected to USB ground) so unless you are using this in a workshop where the bench PSU and the laptop’s mains adaptor are plugged in to the same mains supply, it is best to run the 6022BE on a laptop that is running just on battery power (not connected to a mains adaptor)
I would definitely recommend this scope to any of our dealers that would like to have a Digital Storage Scope in their tool kit that they can connect up to an old laptop/notebook whilst on a boat and measure NMEA data (see image below), supply voltage noise, VHF/AIS transmissions, etc. For £50 it represents excellent value and as long as you are aware of the limitations, it really does work and will be a useful addition to your tool kit.