[pskmail] Re: Sailing with AIS and PSKmail

  • From: Christian F8DZE <f8dze@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:06:09 +0200

I Per,
A MX3310 can use a SD card instead of a HDD. As a result, it consume only
400mA. I swich the LCD display off when not used and have added a small audio
amplifier (LM386) to get the Opencpn alrms alive. We have a 70Watts solar cell
dedicated to the fridge and two 30 Watts for electronics and ligths. Of course
I have replaced all the light bulbs by LEDs. Since we are totaly autonomus ;-)
Opencpn is now available on Android with good results . . .
Best 73s, Chris see details on qrz.com
From: per@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [pskmail] Re: Sailing with AIS and PSKmail
To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:50:37 +0200

Thanks Christian,

Your ebox should be more than capable of this.

I have no PC's on the boat (besides a laptop). What power I have
from the 50 watt solar panel is quickly used by the refrigerator,
TV, stereo, lamps, water pump, lanterns, VHF etc. so I'm looking
into low power solutions. Also, tablets and phones like power too

73, Per

Den 2015-09-23 kl. 12:57, skrev
Christian F8DZE:

Hi Per,
I am also sailing during 2 month at summer time. We often
go from French Britany to Spain
I use OpenCpn on a MX3310 e-box also managing Jpskmail 2
connected to a FT-100.
Sure a box or a piece of software able to convert APRS
messages to "AIS" would be great as any modern marine display
could display both AIS and APRS.
Good idea, Per,
Best 73s,
Christian de F8DZE

> To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

> From: per@xxxxxxxxxxxx

> Subject: [pskmail] Sailing with AIS and PSKmail

> Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:43:20 +0200


> Hi all,


> Sailing season has ended for me, next week my boat is
on land and I'll

> prepare it for winter.

> So, now begins the "silly sailing season" when I get to
prepare for next

> years sailing.


> This year we had some semi long trips with legs of up
to 80-100 nm and a

> few weeks at sea. While sailing I have my plotter right
at the wheel and

> at the moment I lack AIS information there. We did
cross the bigger

> shipping lanes and of course had to keep a sharp
lookout, as always.

> I will connect an AIS receiver to be able to see the
other ships

> earlier/better. The bigger ferries do 30 knots so in a
few narrow

> passages I would have liked to see where they were
going earlier. But, I

> would also like to see other boats that use aprs on my
plotter and of

> course I would like to have pskmail integrated too. So,
I built an aprs

> to ais gateway. That way I can have both AIS, APRS and
PSKmail tracks on

> my plotter. It converts APRS pos messages into NMEA

> Payload containing AIS message type 1 (Position report
class A) which

> any AIS capable plotter must handle. I intend to add
type 5 also to get

> some more data across. I have it on a PC now but that
won't do on the

> boat, I'm thinking arduino to save power and size.

> So, I just wonder if that kind of thing could be
interesting for others

> with boats? A small box that lets you connect AIS and
APRS sources to a

> dedicated plotter or software (OpenCPN for PC or
android works fine btw).


> 73, Per

> sm0rwo






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