There are two versions
KS200A, this is the box of tricks that receives AIS transmissions for other vessels giving you their COG, SOG, Position and MMSI etc details. At the same time it will be sending your same information to all other AIS equipped boats within range. It is a completely self contained unit and just needs p0wer, GPS and AIS antennas to function. This posting refers to this version.
KS200A SART, this is the same device but with the addition of a button on the unit that when pressed will send out a distress message to all AIS vessels within range.
AIS equipped vessels are shown overlaid onto your chart
Vessels on the River Thames near Tilbury using Onwa K-chart2. The curser has been placed over one and as a result its details can be seen
AIS ‘Radar’ screen showing an alarm alert as seen on an Onwa plotter, even one without its own AIS built in. Note: Other make plotters may not present this information as clearly if they lack the built in AIS Radar screen feature that exists in every model Onwa plotter.
AIS ‘radar screen with alarm active – the red boxes are normally empty until an alarm is triggered, they then show details of the vessel that is on a collision course. The vessel also shows as red on the ‘radar’ screen
Programming the KS200A with a vessel’s AIS details:
AIS details (MMSI etc) must be set into both the KS200A and 200A/SART
Setting up the KS200A with your vessels’ AIS details (MMSI, name etc) requires some technical knowledge and additional hardware in the form of an NMEA/Serial to USB interface is required. We do this for you at no cost before dispatch. Should you ever change your boat – no problem, just return the 200A and we will amend your boat details to match the new boat. No cost apart from return postage.
- Class B+ SO-TDMA AIS ‘Black Boxes’ built for the UK market comply to E.U CE legislation and have Radio Equipment Directive certification (RED), this is available on request.
- Warranty on this product is 24 months (return to UK base)
GPS external aerial with 10 metres cable
Glomex RA111AIS aerial
Note that KS200A devices available on the internet that are built for use outside of the E.U may not conform to EU regulations. ‘Grey Imports’ are not supported by Onwa in the UK and must be returned to the supplier in the event of a warranty claim .