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AIS: Class "B" Finally approved

Related Link - One of my favorite sites: Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog: Class B AIS, finally the FCC Order

Finally, the FCC has approved Class "B" transmitters...
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Amazing how many are already in use in Europe, nearly every fishing boat seems to have fitted Class B (if not A) and a surprising number of pleasure craft as well. My own experience is that it is a really useful tool. The only snag seems to be that few Class B receivers transmit ship's name, just their MMSI number, whereas all Class A do.

Now what we need is a proper Radar/AIS/ECDIS/Chartplotter/GNDSS radio integration with click icon to initiate an MMSI radio call.
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Shinemicro has a unit that has the GPS and the transponder in a single antenna that will be easy to install - just plug into a USB port. They say it is ready to go - only waiting for approval.
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Shinemicro has a unit that has the GPS and the transponder in a single antenna that will be easy to install - just plug into a USB port. They say it is ready to go - only waiting for approval.
Does it have a separate power input? -as USB does not carry much power
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