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#11 wild violet

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:37 AM

Thanks for that vhf worked well around stewart island and fiordland this year so i guess its ok,thinking about getting proper splitter now it makes sense.Im just a bit of a tight arse,would rather be cruising than working.
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#12 Knot Me... maybe

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:48 AM

.Im just a bit of a tight arse

I'm a yachtie.

 

Two sentences that mean the exact same thing :)


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#13 wheels

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

What about a separate aerial? If the VHF Antennae is not really the right tuning for AIS, would a proper Aerial be better and surely you would not even have to mount it anywhere. It could just fit in the back of a locker or behind a wall or ceiling lining.


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#14 marinheiro

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:03 AM

Vesper sell a the aerial (I think made by Pacific Aerials) which is said be designed to work up to the band's used by AIS.
I purchased and installed one when I had the mast out, have not had an AIS transmitter on it yet, but receives AIS signals ok.
I will need a splitter if I install a tranceiver
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:28 PM

The Vesper marine ais antennas are made specifically for them, not certain by whom. They do 2 main ones, a dedicated AIS one, and a combination VHF/AIS one as MH says.
Wheels, antenna height helps range, so generally higher is better.
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#16 wild violet

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:19 PM

I bit the bullet and bought the vesper splitter box and gps aerial hooked it all up plugged in mmsi no and yee ha it all works great.Im not used to having anything flash so its quite exciting,will help me sleep while sailing
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#17 PeteG

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:00 PM

Dont assume everyone has them though. You still need a proper lookout. We had a classic example off Gisborne heading north in June. Ellen on watch said this guys really close. I checked AIS , fishing boat 1 mile away -no drama. She said no he is really close. This debate of course went on for a bit. Poked head up companionway, to see a different fishing boat with net behind about 3 swells away! Lesson of course rely on eyeballs not just all our wizzy electronics. Still rate our new AIS as one of our best bits of kit on board -especially at night to figure out ships and courses. My 2 cents worth.
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#18 wild violet

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 04:34 PM

Cheers pete agree totally cant beat mk 1 eyeball I mainly sail solo anything that reduces the chances of me being run down has to be good eh.
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#19 PeteG

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:49 PM

We have also found the ships to be really good. A quick call on vhf, and usually they say yes we have you and just hold your course and we will go around you.
It is the fishing boats that tend to like being invisable.
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#20 lateral

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:42 PM

If you have neither, AIS or radar?

My vote is for radar.


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