Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    I can’t comment on the AIS “Radar”, but I do have their AIS Engine, soon to be interfaced to Rose Point Coastal Explorer, which includes AIS functionality in their base release. I’ve found the Engine to be quite a bargain at a bit over $210USD.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Dave. I hope you’ll report on results. I sense that there’s a lot of interest in AIS listeners.

  3. B ADAMS says:

    would the AIS system automaticaly pick up boats fitted with dsc vhf radios or only vessels fitted with an AIS engine. also could the gps signal required be taken from the same signal that goes to the dsc vhf radio from the gps unit.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    An AIS receiver will only hear signals from AIS transponders. DSC is sort of similar–digital VHF–but unrelated. Yes, the same GPS can feed several devices but you may need a multiplexer for more than a couple as the GPS may not put out a strong enough data stream.

  5. Paul says:

    I have recently bought an AIS radar from NASA fitted on my sailboat with a VHF DSN and a GPS Furuno. It seems very efficient since from Boulogne I can see all the ships in the traffic lanes of the Strait of Dover and even from Boulogne I receive the beacon of Dover as a shore station. Unfortunately from time to time the message “GPS missing” appears on the screen of the AIS and of course I loss my position. Is it a current issue of the Nasa AIS radar ?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I try to get an answer to the question if the AIS receiver can be connected to my PC on which i run MaxSea, but am getting confusing answers.

  7. Roy McBride says:

    We had two single handers leave from Hout Bay, Cape Town They both had Nasa AIS, they headed for western Austraila and arrived safely, the AIS system was proven by both boats, one talked to thirteen ships, two who had not seen him, AIS is recommended and Nasa equipment is proven to work well, I can copy the full letter from the yachts to anyone who wants it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have just fitted Nasa radar ais it comes up gps missing and my chart plotter still says no ais can any one assist please

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