Automatic Identification System information shows you where boats are in relation to your position. It can be used on its own but most often it is an overlay on your boat's chartplotter. Since AIS information is transmitted over VHF frequencies, it is not affected by mountains or islands. And, unlike radar, AIS can "see" around corners. Learn how to apply for an MMSI number and why hailing a particular ship over VHF can be simplified. Jeff Cote, author of the monthly "Tech Talk" column in Pacific Yachting Magazine, will discuss how adding AIS to your existing electronics set up may not be as difficult as you think.
Jeff is a systems design engineer, avid boater, entrepreneur, the author of the monthly column "Tech Talk" in Pacific Yachting Magazine and a regular yacht club and Power Squadron presenter. His company, Pacific Yacht Systems Inc., provides boaters with easy to use, reliable solutions for marine electrical and electronics. Jeff’s presentations are designed for beginners, tech-savvy, and DIY experts alike.