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Actisense NGW-1-AIS Problem with AIS & DSC

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Just a warning that is a potential safety issue if you are relying on the Actisense NGW-1-AIS to provide both AIS and DSC information to a chartplotter via NMEA 2000 from a VHF radio that has built in DSC and AIS receive capability.  The NGW-1-AIS does NOT convert the DSC information to N2K so it does not show up on the chart plotter.  When there is a direct connection via NMEA 0183 @ 38.4Kbaud the information is properly displayed on the chart plotter.  I tried this with a Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF radio, Raymarine e125 chart plotter and a B&G Zeus 2 chart plotter with similar results.  The Actisense firmware versions 2.42 and 2.62Beta were tried.

This is a potential safety issue for personal AIS transmitters that support man overboard, DSC position reports and DSC distress transmissions.

I reported the issue to Actisense.

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