Mailport January 2017 Issue

Mailport: Vesper AIS and ‘noise’, Helio Shower, & More!

In regard to your December 2016 review of the Vesper AIS products: We’ve used the Vesper XB-8000 for some time now with exceptional results. Be aware, though, that if you are using a masthead antenna with LED navigation lights, such as a masthead tricolor, it can create electrical “noise” that can reduce the effectiveness of the AIS send/receive capabilities. We had this happen using an Imtra LED masthead light. When we switched back to a standard incandescent bulb, the problem disappeared. Vesper’s technical support was extremely helpful in diagnosing this, and the XB-8000 even has a built-in display showing signal noise to verify this.

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