Digital Deep Sea’s first Class B transponder is ideal for users who are not mandated to carry a Class A product, but still want AIS functionality aboard their vessel. The CLB1000, which was specifically designed to withstand heavy wear and tear, will interconnect with existing chartplotters or radars to present an AIS overlay of targets. It comes complete with a combination of VHF/GPS antenna, so just a single coax feed is required from the antenna to the transponder, greatly simplifying installation. The CLB1000 not only receives the data from vessels equipped with AIS, but also transmits the vessel’s position to other AIS users in 30-second timeslots. It features a regular NMEA port and a USB connection. Retails for $999.95 (including antenna). For more information, go to www.digitaldeepsea.com.
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