AIS B in the USA, depressing
Honestly, what the hell is wrong with the FCC? Today some one who knows how these things work pointed out to me that the Commission only listed Docket
In the mean time, I’m not sure there’s another nation on earth which either has not approved Class B AIS or doesn’t care. I’m reminded of some amazing recent screen shots sent in by Panbo correspondent Terry Sargent, an AIS early adopter. The one above shows his sloop Valhalla in the Singapore Straits with (see bottom line) freaking 446 AIS targets in range of his NASA receiver! Some of those may well be Class B targets as Singapore has had an interest in the technology for some time. (More Valhalla AIS adventures here.) And finally, not only are we still waiting for Class B AIS in the States, reasons unknown, but there’s a growing chorus of Class B negativity. Unfounded, I think, but that’s an entry for another day. Depressing.