Ahoy there mateys,
Just did some research on AIS. Like learning to sail, AIS has a language of its own. There is static and dynamic transmission. Does that mean fuzzy sounding versus a really terrific communication?
How about Furuno and Raymarine? Is Furuno related to King Furuk? Recently one was criticized for calling an autopilot an autopilot and not a Raymarine. Does that mean AIS will steer me away from danger?
Ay, here's a clarity. Digital Automatic Identification versus ACR Automatic Digital Identification System. Does this mean one system shows numbers and the other dyslexic sound, you know ACR is really RCA? Don't stop here because there is also JCR, Garmin (you know the GPS folks), and Simrad.....Obvious what these names represent, isn't it?
To differentiate between real vocabulary and brand names, Wikepedia offers this lexicon sampling:
VTS, Loran, ECDIS, gyrocompass, and rate of return. So, do we get money back?
What's with all this jargon? Can't they just say, plug it in, and it will tell you where, how fast and the direction of other hard objects? All I want is a foolproof system to wake me up from a day dream or a deep night's sleep to avoid a collision.
Better to skip learning about Word Press and getting along with others so I can concentrate on learning about AIS before I collide with another fast approaching channel marker...