What is an AIS transponder
An AIS transponder on your boat automatically receives information broadcast by other
AIS-equipped vessels and base stations, all while your own vessel's static and dynamic
information is being transmitted. AIS signals may reach where radar cannot, showing
AIS-equpped vessels that might otherwise be hidden, such as on the other side of an
island or behind a larger vessel. SOLAS commercial vessels are already required to carry a
Class A AIS transponder, so your position will be known by nearby large vessels. The MA-500TR
increases your safety at sea.
Class B AIS transponder
The MA-500TR is a Class B AIS transponder for Non-SOLAS vessels such as pleasure craft,
work-boat and small vessels. Your vessels information will automatically be transmitted
at fixed intervals or under base station control. The MA-500TR receives dual AIS channels
(Ch. 87B and Ch. 88B) simultaneously and receives both Class A and Class B AIS information.
Transmitted information by MA-500TR is:
- MMSI code
- Vessel name
- Call sign
- Type of ship
- GPS antenna position
- Ship's position
- SOG (Speed over ground)
- COG (Course over ground)
- UTC date and time
- GPS antenna type
- PA (Position Accuracy)
The Plotter display looks like a marine radar display.
North-up, course-up and range zoom from 0.125 NM to 24 NM are
supported. The Target list display shows all detected AIS equipped
vessels and targets. The Danger list display shows a list of
vessels that are within 6 NM CPA and 60 minutes TCPA from your
vessel. The Danger list can be sorted by CPA or TCPA order. In
addition to these display types, the Detail screen shows various
information about the selected AIS target.
CPA and TCPA for collision-risk management
When a vessel comes into the CPA and TCPA range, the vessel
icon blinks on the Plotter display and emits a beep sound. When connected to external audio equipment installed on
the deck tower, the collision alarm function will alert you even when you are away from
the AIS transponder.
Individual DSC call*
When connected to a compatible Icom VHF radio. It's easy to make an individual DSC
call. Select a vessel using the MA-500TR's cursor keys and then push the "DSC" button on
the MA-500TR. It is not required to input an MMSI number manually.
100 Waypoints memory
Up to 100 waypoints can be stored on the waypoint list. The "MOB" button allows you
to set a waypoint on your current position instantly.
When the MA-500TR receives a safety-related message from a Class A AIS transponder,
the message icon appears on the Plotter display. Up to 20 received DSC messages are
automatically stored in the log memory.
3-line NMEA input/output
The MA-500TR has 15-pin D-SUB connector providing 3-lines of NMEA input/output on the
rear panel. The supplied NMEA connector cable simplifies the installation and connection
to the VHF radio and other navigation equipment.
GPS receiver comes with MA-500TR
The MX-5000 GPS receiver is a 12 channel parallel GPS receiver with SBAS function.
- Full dot-matrix display with adjustable backlight and contrast
- IPX7 waterproof protection (up to 1m depth of water for 30 minutes, except connections)
- Self diagnosis function
- Flush mount installation with optional MB-75
- Slow warm function