Ask PYS: AIS

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Does PYS Offer Consulting Services?, on Aug 16, 2016 asked:

I have seen your YouTube videos of the boat show classes. Nice work! You are knowledgeable. Since I am in San Diego, I cannot come in and see you, but am wondering if you are available for hire as a consultant? My wife and I are having a 53 foot offshore sailing catamaran built that we plan to circumnavigate. I specified B&G over Raymarine, since I have heard from multiple sources that Raymarine’s quality was low over the past few years, but is now improving under FLIR. However, I hear B&G is still good quality, fewer repairs. In addition, B&G has a plant in Ensenada, Mexico which is 70 miles away. I am not an engineer, therefore my trade-off is to have less bells and whistles and/or “technical” systems in exchange for fewer repairs and quality construction since we are going to be in remote places and I don’t want to deal with repairs in or out of civilization. The builder will install the chosen system and space is available for any size. Can I hire you for your advice? -Bryan

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AIS Receiver vs Radar Reflector – Ken, on Jul 02, 2015 asked:

I would like to add an AIS transceiver. I have been tossing around getting a radar reflector and thought that if I had an AIS transceiver, it would be much more reliable than a radar reflector. What is your opinion on this? What is entailed in getting the AIS set up? You did set us up to receive AIS locations (which is great), but not to send out a signal.

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Gerard, on Jan 31, 2013 asked:

Hi, I have a Garmin VHF 300i AIS radio that only operates on international frequencies. Are you able to activate the Canadian frequencies and reset the MMSI number? Is any added hardware required?

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Paul, on Jun 13, 2012 asked:

Can I use an Em-trak R100 AIS receiver with my Raymarine E120 chartplotter?

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Mark, on Sep 21, 2011 asked:

I recently had an AIS transceiver added to my existing Raymarine C Series chartplotter on my boat. I noticed that the little AIS icon at the top right of the screen has changed to a Red "X", even though the AIS seems to be working fine. What does the "X" mean?

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Cory, on Sep 14, 2011 asked:

I have a Raymarine chartplotter with a NMEA 0183 GPS. I would like to add an AIS receiver and weather station, which are both also NMEA 0183, but my chartplotter does not have enough NMEA 0183 ports. How can I make this work?

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Grant, on Dec 17, 2008 asked:

Any suggestions on how to have AIS information on my Garmin 3210 display even though Garmin doesn't have an AIS device?

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