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Old 09-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #21
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Was this bi-directional NMEA 0183 talking to OpenCPN across the RS-232 cable? I'd like to send the GPS from the chartplotter to the Link-8 across that same cable if possible.
That should work. The problem I had was that I couldn't get the NSS to talk and listen to the Link-8 using either 422 or 232. I never had a problem with the Link-8 talking to OpenCPN via RS-232. As far as the radio, it doesn' know where the GPS data is coming from. It's all on the same cable.

You don't have to hook GPS up to the radio to get the AIS strings. However, I would suggest that you do (it's may even be illegal not to). Having the GPS data on the Link-8 display is handy.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #22
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But Bob, you had plenty of room/time to get out of his way.

Yes, yes, yes. AIS would be nice to have.
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But Bob, you had plenty of room/time to get out of his way.

Yes, yes, yes. AIS would be nice to have.
Probably, but as he was only 1/2 mile away when he temporarily turned towards me and going much faster than you and I can go. I was quickly losing my 1/2 mile buffer. I can't ever recall feeling the need to contact a large ship before -- with, or without AIS.

I honestly hadn't expected him to turn. His was coming from the Cherry Point refinery to the north, so I hadn't expected him to turn towards the Anacortes refineries to the east.
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Somehow, I believe the professionals would mostly prefer we just stay the heck out of their way without having to bring up a conversation.
Some areas on the river they appreciate knowing our intentions. Last weekend while locking a small 2 barge tow traveling the same direction called me back and asked if I would wait so he could enter the lock 1st. Believe me avoiding anything bigger than me is the highest priority.
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Bob, I'm fortunate that in my waters the ships need to keep to channels, and there are plenty of shallower waters to seek refuge.

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