|The adapter cable I had to make to connect the AIS transponder to our AIS-tuned|
antenna. It is working great, with a VSWR of 1.5:1
|AIS targets of 60+ nautical miles. One Aid to Navigation (A to N) is more than|
90NM away!!!! From Astoria I am seeing more than 130 AIS targets. Wow.
What is AIS? Here's a good explanation:
|Typical Astoria charter boat. This one has a 300hp Yamaha, tiller steer! He really|
does have one arm, the other is an artificial limb. 300hp and tiller steer? Yikes!
Today I also installed another Rigid Industries LED spotlight on our radar mast. This one is brand new, with the newest LED technology. It is REALLY bright. With this new light, our previous Rigid light, and our GoLight HID remote control spotlight, I think we will be able to run at night now pretty easily without too much fear of running over crab/shrimp pot floats.
|The Rigid LED lights. Two 10" light bars. One spot light, one combinations spot/flood.|
|The LED lights, as viewed from the side|
|What they can illuminate at night.|
|Some really bright lights|
I've also been organizing the engine room (spare parts, tools, supplies), as well as the salon, master stateroom, and pilothouse. I think by the time we return, I will have everything organized :-)