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Raymarine Ais500 Installation Instructions 87112 1

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AUTOMATIC and registered HSB RayTech Navigator Sail Pilot SeaTalk and Sportpilot are UK registered trademarks of Raymarine UK and Raymarine are
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Date November 1 Introduction 7 Chapter 5 Post installation 7 51 Switching on 36
Safety 7 52 Configuration 36
General information 8 53 Checking for for USA Canada 9 54 Using AIS for areas outside of USA 11
Chapter 6 39
System information 13
61 Status indication 40
Chapter 2 Planning the installation 17 62 41
21 EMC installation guidelines 18
Chapter 7 43
22 Parts 19
71 General 44
23 Tools required 19
72 44
24 Basic system 20
73 GPS 45
Chapter 3 Cables connections 23
31 Cable types and length 24
32 Routing cables 24
33 Transceiver connections 25
34 Cable shielding 26
Chapter 4 Installation procedures 27
41 Fitting 28
42 Fitting GPS antenna 29
43 Connecting up 31
Chapter 1 Introduction Warning Ensure safe navigation
This product is intended only as an aid to navigation
and must never be used in preference to navigational judgment Only official
charts and notices to mariners contain all the current
The information in this book applies to all geographical areas unless information needed for safe navigation and the
otherwise stated captain is responsible for their prudent use It is the
users to use official government charts
notices to mariners caution and proper navigational
skill when operating this or any other information product
Warning Product installation
Caution Power supply protection
This equipment must be installed in accordance with
the Raymarine instructions provided Failure to do so When installing this product ensure the power
could result in poor product performance personal source is adequately protected by means of a
injury andor damage to the vessel fuse or automatic circuit breaker
Warning Switch off power supply Safety Notice
Ensure the boats power supply is switched OFF RF radiation statement
before starting to install this product Do NOT connect
Your Raymarine AIS500 transceiver generates and radiates radio
or disconnect equipment with the power switched on
frequency RF energy EME
unless instructed in this document
Safe Compass Distance
Warning Potential ignition source
Safe Compass Distance is 1 meter minimum for any compass
This product is NOT approved for use in Some compass types may require greater distances To be sure
atmospheres Do NOT install in you should locate your transceiver as far as possible from the
a atmosphere such as in an compass Test your compass to verify proper operation while the
engine room or near fuel tanks transceiver is also
General information Warranty registration
To register your AIS500 transceiver ownership please take a few
Intended Use minutes to fill out the warranty registration card found in the box or
visit and register AIS500 is an AIS Class B transceiver and is intended
for world wide use aboard leisure marine boats and workboats not It is important that you register your product to receive full by International
Maritime Organization IMO and Safety of benefits Your unit package includes a bar code label indicating the
Life at Sea SOLAS Carriage Regulations serial number of the unit You should stick this label to the warranty
registration card
Caution Cleaning
Technical accuracy
When cleaning this product do NOT use acid
ammoniabased or abrasive products and do NOT To the best of our knowledge the information in this document was
use high pressure washing jet wash equipment correct at the time it was produced However Raymarine cannot
accept liability for any inaccuracies or omissions it may contain In
addition our policy of continuous product improvement may disposal without notice As a result
Raymarine cannot accept
liability for any differences between the product and this of this product in accordance with the WEEE Directive
AIS500 installation guide
Information scope
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment requires the recycling of waste electrical and electronic This document gives introductory
installation and Whilst the WEEE Directive does not apply to some information for the Raymarine Automatic System products we support its
policy and ask you to be aware 500 Transceiver AIS500 how to dispose of this product Refer to the ProAIS User
Manual and the operating manual for
your Raymarine Display for instructions on how to
configure and operate your AIS system
AIS disclaimer
All documents are available to download as PDFs from
All information presented by the Raymarine AIS transceiver is only as there is a risk of incomplete and By placing the AIS500 into service
you and assume complete for any risks associated Static data this device and accordingly release Raymarine and SRT
The AIS500 transceiver needs to be correctly programmed with the
Marine Technology Ltd from any and all claims arising from the use
following vessel data static data before use
of the AIS Vessel Maritime Mobile Service Identity MMSI number Raymarine AIS transceivers comply with the Federal
Commission FCC and Industry Canada
Vessel name requirements that regulate marine AIS and VHF radio usage for the
Vessel call sign US and Canada respectively Marine AIS users in the US must
comply with all applicable FCC rules and regulations some of which
Vessel dimensions including AIS GPS antenna location are described in this handbook This information was current at the
Vessel type time this handbook was printed Upto date information including
licensing requirements can be obtained on the FCC website at
A MMSI number comprises 9 digits and a full valid 9 digit value be entered in order to be accepted during setup Any number
Official FCC forms can be obtained on the FCC website at
that does not meet these criteria will not be accepted by the system other fields ie vessel type name etc are optional
If your vessel already has an MMSI number used for a VHF DSC
radio then the same MMSI number must be used to program the
FCC Compliance statement
If a valid MMSI number is not entered the AIS500 will enter Silent This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules Operation is
Mode and will not transmit However it will still operate as a receiver subject to the following two conditions
Important In the United States of America the MMSI and 1 This device may not cause harmful interference and
Static Data must be entered only by a Raymarine dealer or
other appropriately qualified installer of marine 2 This device must accept any interference received including
equipment on board vesselsThe user is NOT authorized to do interference that may cause undesired operation
this Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved
in writing by Raymarine Incorporated could violate compliance
In Europe and other parts of the world outside of the United States with FCC rules and void the operators authority to operate the
of America the MMSI and Static Data can be set up by the user further details refer to the requirements for the area in which
you are operating Station Licence
FCC station license for USA Canada An FCC Ship Radio Station License and Call Sign are not required
for most recreational vessels travelling in US waters However you
must obtain a license if your vessel travels to foreign information Ships that use MFHF single
sideband radio conforms to the relevant FCC requirements or telegraphy must be licensed by the FCC
can obtain a Station License by filing FCC Form 605 which is Output Power 2 from the FCC website listed above
Modulation License Frequency Range 156025 to 162025 MHz
FCC operator license Operator License is not required to operate a Class B within US territorial waters However a license is Maritime Mobile
Service Identity to operate the transceiver if you dock in a foreign port A ninedigit Maritime Mobile Service Identity MMSI number is
including Canada and Mexico or leave a foreign port to dock in a required to operate the AIS500 port You can request a Restricted from the FCC
by filing Form 753 Note You can request an MMSI number from the FCC when
you apply for a Station License If your vessel does not Canada a license you may obtain an
MMSI by contacting BoatUS
Once obtained you can program the MMSI
Industry Canada license requirement number into your AIS500 as described in the do not need a license to operate
this transceiver within accompanying the waters of Canada or the US You will need a license to
operate this radio outside of Canada or the US To obtain licensing information contact the nearest field or regional Programming the MMSI static
office or write
Important In the United States of America it is a violation of the
Industry Canada Radio Regulatory Branch rules of the Federal Commission to input an
MMSI that has not been properly assigned to the end user or to
Attention DOSP otherwise input any inaccurate data in this device The MMSI
300 Slater Street and Static Data must be entered only by a Raymarine dealer or
other appropriately qualified installer of marine Ottawa Ontario equipment on board vessels
Instructions for entering the MMSI
Canada KIA OC8 and static data are given in the documentation on the CDROM
supplied with the AIS500 following information about the radio is required to complete the
license application Once static data has been programmed you must not change
it If the information programmed is no longer correct contact
Industry Canada Certification Number 4069BAIS500 the Raymarine help desk or the dealer or retailer from whom you
FCC Type Number PJ5AIS500 purchased the transceiver to arrange FCC Type Accepted Parts 15 and Mounting
EME Exposure Requirements for areas outside of USA
This system has a Maximum Permissible Exposure MPE Radius of Canada
15 meters per OET Bulletin 65 assuming the maximum power of
the radio and antennas with a maximum gain of 3 dBi the height of an average adult 2 meters the minimum height
Maritime Mobile Service Identity MMSI
of the antenna above the deck to meet RF exposure compliance A ninedigit Maritime Mobile Service Identity MMSI number is 35 meters Do
not operate the transceiver when required to operate the AIS500 Transceiver In some areas a radio
anyone is within the MPE radius of the antenna unless shielded operator licence is required before an MMSI number will be issued
from the antenna field by a grounded metallic barrier You can request an MMSI number from same agency that issues
radio or Ship Radio licences in your area Once obtained you can
Warning Maximum Permissible program the MMSI number into your AIS500 as described in the
documentation on the CDROM supplied with the AIS500 transceiver
Failure to observe these guidelines may expose those Antenna Mounting EME Exposure
within the maximum permissible exposure MPE
radius to RF radiation absorption that exceeds the For optimal radio performance and minimal human exposure to
FCC MPE limit It is the radio operators radio frequency energy make sure the antenna is
to ensure that no one comes within this radius connected to the radio before transmitting
For optimal radio performance and minimal human properly mounted
exposure to radio frequency energy
make sure the antenna is located where it will be away from people
connected to the radio before transmitting located at least 15 metres 5 feet from the radios main unit
located where it will be away from people
List of Countries
located at least 15 meters 5 feet from the radios
In Europe the AIS500 transceiver may be used in the following
main unit
Austria Belgium Lithuania
Bulgaria Luxembourg
Croatia Macedonia former Yugoslav Republic of
Czech Republic Netherlands Declaration of Conformity
Denmark Norway
Estonia Poland
Finland Portugal
France Romania
Germany Slovakia
Greece Slovenia
Hungary Spain
Iceland Sweden
Ireland Switzerland
Italy Turkey
Latvia United Kingdom
information Class A Transceivers
Class A AIS transceivers transmit and receive AIS signals AIS
Warning AIS limitation transceivers are currently mandatory on all commercial vessels
exceeding 300 tons that travel SOLAS vessels
Never assume that your AIS is detecting all vessels
in the area Always exercise due prudence and do The following information can be transmitted by a Class A AIS
not use AIS as a substitute for sound navigational system
Static data Includes information such as vessel name vessel
type MMSI number call sign IMO number length beam and
GPS antenna Voyage related data Includes information such as draft cargo
The AIS500 uses digital radio signals to exchange realtime destination ETA and other relevant between vessels and shore based stations on
VHF frequencies This information is used to identify and track Dynamic data Includes information such as time UTC in the surrounding area and
to provide fast automatic and position COG SOG heading rate of turn and navigational collision avoidance data
Dynamic reports Ships speed and AIS augments your radar application by operating in radar
blind spots and detecting smaller AISfitted vessels it does not Messages Alarms and safety radar as it relies on receiving transmitted AIS
information Remember that not all vessels will transmit all of the therefore cannot detect objects such as landmasses beacons
Class B assume that AIS is displaying information from all vessels Class B AIS transceivers transmit and receive
AIS signals but use
in the area because a reduced set of data compared to Class A see Data Summary A
Not all vessels are fitted with AIS Class B AIS transceiver can be fitted on any vessel not fitted with a
Class A transceiver but is not mandatory aboard any vessel
Although it is mandatory for larger commercial vessels to carry
Your AIS500 transceiver is a Class B transceiver
AIS it is not mandatory to use it
AIS should be used only to augment radar information not substitute Data Summary
Class A Class B Class B
Data receive send of AIS
Ships name Yes Yes Yes
Your AIS500 is a transceiver that receives messages from and
transmits messages to vessels carrying Class A or Class B Type Yes Yes
Class A Class B Class B Data reporting intervals
Data receive send receive AIS information is classed as either static or dynamic Static
Call sign Yes Yes Yes information is broadcast when data has been amended or upon
request or by default every 6 minutes
IMO number Yes No No The reporting rates for dynamic information depend on speed and
course change and are given in the following tables
Length and beam Yes Yes Yes
Note The reporting rates shown here are for reference and
Antenna location Yes Yes Yes may not be the rate at which information is actually received
Draft Yes No No by an AIS500 Transceiver This is dependent on a number of
factors including but not limited to antenna height gain and
Cargo Yes Yes Yes signal Information
Destination Yes No No Class A systems
ETA Yes No No Ships Dynamic Conditions Reporting rate
Time Yes Yes Yes At anchor or moored 3 Minutes
Ships position Yes Yes Yes 014 knots 10 Seconds
COG Yes Yes Yes 014 knots and changing course 313 Seconds
SOG Yes Yes Yes 1423 knots 6 Seconds
Gyro heading Yes Yes Yes 1423 knots and changing course 2 seconds
Rate of turn Yes No No Faster than 23 knots 2 seconds
Navigational Yes No No Faster than 23 knots and changing 2 seconds
status course
Safety message Yes No Yes Class B systems
Class B transceivers do not transmit a Gyro heading unless the Ships Dynamic Conditions Reporting rate
transceiver is receiving an NMEA HDT sentence from an external 0 to 2 knots 3 Minutes
Above 2 knots 30 AIS sources
Source Reporting rate
Search and Rescue SAR aircraft 10 seconds
Aids to navigation 3 minutes
AIS base station 10 seconds or 333 seconds
depending on operating 2 Planning the contents
21 EMC installation guidelines on page 18
22 Parts supplied on page 19
23 Tools required on page 19
24 Basic system on page the installation 17
21 EMC installation guidelines Suppression ferrites
Raymarine cables may be fitted with suppression ferrites equipment and accessories conform to the appropriate
are important for correct EMC performance If a ferrite has to Compatibility EMC regulations to minimize
removed for any purpose eg installation or maintenance it interference between equipment and minimize the
be replaced in the original position before the product is used
effect such interference could have on the performance of your
system Use only ferrites of the correct type supplied by Raymarine
authorized installation is required to ensure that EMC performance is
not optimum EMC performance we recommend that wherever Connections to other
Requirement for ferrites on nonRaymarine cables
Raymarine equipment and cables connected to it are If your Raymarine equipment is to be connected to other equipment
using a cable not supplied by Raymarine a suppression ferrite
At least 1 m 3 ft from any equipment transmitting or cables MUST always be attached to the cable near the Raymarine unit
carrying radio signals eg VHF radios cables and antennas
In the case of SSB radios the distance should be increased
to 7 ft 2 m
More than 2 m 7 ft from the path of a radar beam A radar
beam can normally be assumed to spread 20 degrees above
and below the radiating element
The product is supplied from a separate battery from that used
for engine start This is important to prevent erratic behavior
and data loss which can occur if the engine start does not have
a separate battery
Raymarine specified cables are used
Cables are not cut or extended unless doing so is detailed in
the installation manual
Note Where constraints on the installation prevent any of
the above always ensure the maximum
possible separation between different items of electrical
equipment to provide the best conditions for EMC performance
throughout the Parts supplied 23 Tools all parts are present
Ensure you have these tools before starting
GPS Antenna
Thumb 14 32mm
AIS nuts x 2 Drill bit
studs x 2
No 8 Screws x 4 32 ft 1 m
Antenna connector cable
AIS500 Installation instructions
instructions Warranty document the installation
24 Basic system AIS500
88 mm 418 mm
The following illustration shows a basic AIS500 system
165 in
737 in 1872 mm
346 in
Boats existing GPS AIS
GPS antenna supplied antenna typical 500
s existing
VHF antenna
996 in 2529 mm
243 in
617 mm
951 in 2416 mm
SeaTalkng Power in
SeaTalk 1076 in 2733 mm
NMEA0183 384 baud
48 baud
Compass minimum safe distance 39 in 1 m
Site requirements
When planning the installation take the following site requirements
for the AIS500 transceiver and GPS antenna into transceiver The loss values for the inbuilt
splitter are given in the section
This product is NOT approved for use in Do NOT install in a atmosphere GPS antenna as in an engine room or near fuel tanks
A GPS antenna is supplied with the transceiver and must be
The AIS500 transceiver must be fitted in a location where it is not installed in accordance with the instructions given here Do NOT
likely to be stepped on or tripped over and which connect any other GPS antenna to the AIS500 Is close enough to allow connection
to the boats VHF set with the The GPS antenna can be mounted either on a flat horizontal surface
3 ft 1 m RF cable supplied or on a suitable pole
Is at least 3 ft 1 m from an engine compass or any magnetic If you intend surface mounting the antenna ensure you have
device access to the underside of the mounting surface
Has at least 6 in 100 mm of clear space below to allow access If you intend polemounting the antenna the pole needs a 1 inch
for cabling and adequate cable bends 14 TPI thread
Is maintained at a temperature between 10C 14F and 55C
130F Important The main requirement of the intended location for the
GPS antenna is that it gives a good direct line of site to the entire
Is maintained in a dry condition and where there is no likelihood sky right around the horizon
of the transceiver being splashed
Ensure that the intended mounting location is
Does NOT have a flammable or hazardous atmosphere
Open and clear of any obstructions such as masts search lights
Power supply or other structures that could block lineofsight to the sky
The AIS500 transceiver requires a 12 V dc or 24 V dc power supply
As low as possible to keep the antenna as stable as from a circuit breaker on the boats power panel or from a
The more stable the unit the more effectively it will track block near the transceiver
and provide stable data
VHF antenna requirement As far as possible at least 1 m 3 ft from other antennae and
The AIS500 transceiver requires inputs from both GPS and VHF electronic
Do NOT mount the antenna
The AIS500 transceiver has an inbuilt VHF splitter to enable
you to connect your existing VHF antenna directly to the AIS500 In any area where it could be stepped on or tripped then route the split
signal from the transceiver to your Up a mast This will cause the antenna to swing and give
VHF set This may cause some degradation of performance of your significant errors in position data
VHF set If the level of degradation is unacceptable we recommend
you use separate VHF antennae for the AIS500 and the VHF set In the direct path of a radar the installation
SeaTalkng requirement
A fitted SeaTalkng connector enables you to connect the to SeaTalkng aboard vessels on which the are connected via connecting to SeaTalkng refer to
the SeaTalkng and ensure that with this product connected the Load Equivalence Number LEN value for the system will
not be that the AIS500 transceiver has a SeaTalkng LEN value of 3 Cables contents
31 Cable types and length on page 24
32 Routing cables on page 24
33 Transceiver connections on page 25
34 Cable shielding on page 26
Cables connections 23
31 Cable types and length 32 Routing cables
It is important to use cables of the appropriate type and length Cables must be routed correctly to maximize performance and
prolong cable life
Unless otherwise stated use only standard cables of the correct
type supplied by Raymarine Do NOT bend cables excessively Wherever possible ensure a
minimum bend radius of 100 mm
Ensure that any nonRaymarine cables are of the correct quality
and gauge For example longer power cable runs may require
larger wire gauges to minimize voltage drop along the run
Minimum bend
200 mm 8 in
Minimum bend of cable
100 mm 4 in radius
Protect all cables from physical damage and exposure to heat
Use trunking or conduit where possible Do NOT run cables
through bilges or doorways or close to moving or hot objects
Secure cables in place using tiewraps or lacing twine Coil any
extra cable and tie it out of the way
Where a cable passes through an exposed bulkhead or deckhead
use a suitable watertight Do NOT run cables near to engines or fluorescent lights
Always route data cables as far away as possible from
other equipment and cables
high current carrying ac and dc power lines
Transceiver connections RF connections
In a typical AIS500 system
The transceiver has attached cables to provide connections to
The boats existing VHF antenna connects to the ANTENNA
Power supply
connector on the AIS500 NMEA0183 4800 baud The supplied 1 m RF cable connects the antenna
connector on
NMEA0183 38400 baud the boats existing VHF set to the VHF RADIO connector on the
AIS500 RS232
If this arrangement results in unacceptable degradation of the
SeaTalkng performance of the VHF radio separate antennae should be used
for the AIS500 transceiver and the VHF radio In this case the
supplied 1 m RF cable is not used and the VHF RADIO connector
on the AIS500 transceiver remains unconnected
Note that when the AIS500 transceiver transmits there is a very
brief interruption to the boats VHF receive function This may
AIS be noticeable during when a long continuous broadcast is being
GPS connections
The GPS supplied as part of the AIS500 system has a fitted 10 m
33 ft cable to connect to the AIS500 transceiver GPS connector
NMEA connections
The AIS500 transceiver has a fitted cable which provides prepared
barewire NMEA0183 connections at both 4800 baud and
38400 baud rates as follows
NMEA0183 ng
Wire color NMEA0183 Function
Green 4800 baud receive
White 4800 baud receive
D116401 Brown 4800 baud transmit
Cables connections 25
Wire color NMEA0183 Function 34 Cable shielding
Yellow 4800 baud transmit Ensure that all data cables are properly shielded that the cable
Orange with green stripe 38400 baud receive shielding is intact eg hasnt been scraped off by being squeezed
through a tight area
Orange with white stripe 38400 baud receive
Orange with brown stripe 38400 baud transmit
Orange with yellow stripe 38400 baud transmit
A multiplexer built into the transceiver manages both 4800 and
38400 baud rates This feature effectively frees up an NMEA port
on your display MFD if only one NMEA0183 port
exists on your equipment the multiplexer eliminates the need for a
separate the NMEA0183 connections are used as follows
The 4800 baud wires connect to the appropriate points on the
VHF radio or other NMEA0183 4800 baud inputoutput device
The 38400 baud wires connect to appropriate Raymarine MFDs
The NMEA0183 port on each MFD connected in this manner
must be set to 38400 4 Installation contents
41 Fitting transceiver on page 28
42 Fitting GPS antenna on page 29
43 Connecting up on page procedures 27
41 Fitting that the intended installation site meets the under Site requirements mark and drill the then fit the transceiver as shown in the
following Note This procedure shows how to mount the transceiver
vertically which is the recommended method However you may
mount it horizontally if necessary
Note If you are fitting the transceiver to fiberglass that has l
a gelcoat surface overdrill the surface to prevent the gelcoat x4
from damage when securing the screws Before drilling the pilot
holes hand drill the marked locations with an oversized bit and 2
countersink to approximately 95 mm 38 in diameter
1 2 3
6m um
42 Fitting GPS antenna A B
To fit the GPS antenna
1 Select a suitable location for the GPS antenna as described
under Site Fit your GPS antenna using either the Surface mounting or Pole 2 3
mounting procedure as appropriate 3
3 Ensuring the conditions in Running cables are fulfilled run the
GPS antenna cable to the AIS mounting
When surface mounting the GPS antenna you can route the cable
either centrally Option A or from the side of the antenna Option B
4 4
1 Use the template supplied in this handbook to mark the two
6 mm 025 in mounting holes
op view Underside view
OPTION A If the cable is going to pass through the mounting
2 Screw the two mounting studs 2 into the underside of the
surface drill a 19 mm 075 in center hole
OPTION B If the cable is to be routed from the side of the 3 Stick the supplied gasket 3 to the mounting surface ensuring
receiver ie above the mounting surface remove the two that the holes on the gasket correspond with the drilled holes
plastic tabs 1 obstructing the cable channel If you do not 4 Route the cable as follows
remove these tabs before using the cable channel you could
damage the cable For Option A feed the cable down through the center hole
For Option B route the cable along the cable exit channel
5 Carefully place the receiver so the mounting studs pass through
the holes in the mounting surface
6 Secure the receiver to the surface using the two thumb nuts 4
Pole mounting
If you want to polemount the GPS antenna obtain a pole of suitable
length with a 1 inch 14 TPI procedures
5 Ensuring you do not trap the cable place the GPS antenna on
the pole mount adaptor so the screw holes align then secure the
Antenna antenna with the 2 screws retained at step 2
Pole mount adaptor
Ensuring that the Site requirements are met securely attach the
pole to a suitable secure point
2 Remove and retain the screws securing the GPS antenna from
the pole mount adaptor then separate these two items
3 Screw the pole mount adaptor fully onto the pole and ensure
it is secure on the pole
4 Route the antenna cable as follows
i If you want to route the antenna cable directly down from
the antenna option A feed it through the center of the pole
mount adaptor and then down through the pole
ii If you want to route the antenna cable out of the side of the
antenna option B remove the two plastic tabs from the
cable channel then feed the cable along the Connecting up The transceiver will not transmit
but will still out the following procedures to connect up the AIS500 system
Connecting to VHF
Connecting GPS Ensure power to the ships VHF set is switched off then connect
Connecting to VHF the AIS500 transceiver by carrying out the Connecting RF and the
Connecting NMEA low baud rate procedures
Connecting to displays
Connecting RF
Connecting power
At the AIS500 transceiver
Warning Switch off power supply
1 Connect the cable from the existing VHF antenna to the
Ensure the boats power supply is switched OFF ANTENNA connector
before starting to install this product Do NOT connect 2 Using the 1 m 3 ft RF cable supplied connect the VHF RADIO
or disconnect equipment with the power switched on connector to the antenna connector on the boats VHF set
unless instructed in this document
AT GPS VHF RADIO the cable from the GPS antenna to the GPS connector on
the underside of the AIS S TATUS
Connecting NMEA0183 low baud rate
Connect the AIS500 transceiver 4800 baud NMEA0183 bus to the
ships VHF as follows
1 Identify the 4800 baud NMEA0183 wires from the AIS500
the GPS antenna is not connected the transceiver will operate
in Silent Mode and an alarm message will be generated You all alarm procedures
Receive NMEA0183
White 4800 baud
Transmit Connect to
Yellow Transmit boats VHF Orange green
Receive NMEA0183
Orange white
Receive 38400 baud
Orange brown
Transmit Connect to
Orange yellow
Transmit MFD
2 Connect these wires to the appropriate points on the ships VHF D116471
2 Connect these wires to the appropriate points on the to displays 38400 baud NMEA0183 system
Data is transferred between the AIS500 transceiver and the Connect using Raymarine displays using at 38400 baud or SeaTalkng
Important Do not connect to a Raymarine SeaTalkng power to the displays is switched off then if this will cause
the maximum permitted SeaTalkng Load
connect the AIS500 transceiver by carrying out either the Connect Equivalence Number LEN value for the system to be NMEA0183 OR the Connect
using SeaTalkng procedure see Site using NMEA0183 high baud rate
If your displays are connected to a SeaTalkng system
If your displays are NOT connected to a SeaTalkng connect the AIS500 transceiver SeaTalkng connector to connect the AIS500 transceiver 38400
baud NMEA0183 as follows
bus to the boats 38400 baud NMEA0183 system as follows
1 Identify the AIS500 transceiver SeaTalkng connector
1 Identify the 38400 baud NMEA0183 wires from the AIS500
VE bar VE bar
Where possible connect individual items of
equipment to individual circuit breakers
Where this not possible use individual inline
fuses to provide the necessary protection
Circuit breaker
SeaTalk spur
Connect to boats SeaT
alk system
2 Connect to a convenient point on the SeaTalkng system
Fuse Fuse
Power supply protection Power connection protect the power supply by connecting the red
positive The use of crimped and soldered lugs is recommended to provide
wire to the supply via a 5 A fuse or equivalent automatic circuit optimum connection to the power
Connect the AIS500 transceiver power cable to either a 12 V dc or
Sharing a breaker 24 V dc power source as follows
The text within the illustration has been updated for clarity 1 Ensuring the intended power source is switched off connect the
red wire via a 5 A fuse or equivalent automatic circuit breaker
Where more than 1 piece of equipment shares a breaker you must
to the supply positive protection for the individual circuits Eg by connecting an
inline fuse for each power circuit 2 Connect the black wire to the supply negative procedures
Power supply Connect to
12 V dc or
Black Power supply 24 V dc
5 Post installation contents
51 Switching on on page 36
52 Configuration on page 36
53 Checking for interference on page 37
54 Using AIS on page 38
Post installation procedures 35
51 Switching on 52 the installation is complete observe the STATUS indicator
Warning Configure before use
This Raymarine product must be correctly Switch on power to the AIS500 transceiver to ensure optimum
performance and minimize the
2 Check that chances of unsafe or other erroneous data
i When power is first applied the STATUS indicator flashes
RED twice then after a few seconds shows AMBER
ii After a time up to 2 minutes the indicator changes to green Configuration requirement
This indicates the AIS500 transceiver is operating normally
After installation and successful switch on the AIS500 transceiver
must be configured for optimum performance aboard the vessel
The person configuring the AIS500 needs to know the following
vessel information
MMSI number
Call sign
GPS antenna position
The manner in which configuration is carried out depends on the
legal requirements of the geographical area you are
Important Before starting any AIS configuration procedure
SWITCH OFF all associated displays MFDs
otherwise you will not be able to correctly configure your AIS500
In the USA it is a legal requirement that the configuration is
performed by a suitable can use the supplied ProAIS PC software to check the vessel 53 Checking for programmed into your AIS500 If this
information is contact your Raymarine dealer before using the transceiver Post installation check
Areas outside of USA If you have installed any system aboard a boat or made other
changes to the boats electronic systems radar VHF radio etc
In areas outside of the USA use the supplied ProAIS PC software to you need to check before casting off that all electrical your AIS500 transceiver
as described in the instructions operate without any undue electrical in the ProAIS User Guide in order to
conform with Electro Magnetic Compatibility EMC
regulations To do this
1 Ensuring it is safe to do so turn on all electronic systems aboard
the boat
2 Check that the electronic systems all operate installation procedures
54 Using AIS
The exact method of using AIS depends on which type of display MFD you are using
Refer to the handbook for your MFD for information on using 6 contents
61 Status indication on page 40
62 on page 39
61 Status indication BLUE continuous Running in Silent Mode
The current operating status of the AIS500 transceiver is shown by BLUE flash Each time AIS data is received
a STATUS LED on the bottom of the unit RED Fault condition Refer to the section
AT GPS VHF RADIO power is switched on the STATUS indicator flashes RED
twice then after a few seconds it goes to AMBER
The amber condition continues while the transceiver acquires a GPS
fix then transmits a position report This can take up to 2 minutes
When the first position report has been transmitted the goes to GREEN This condition remains all the time the
AIS500 transceiver is operating normally
A summary of STATUS indicator colors is as follows
Color Status
GREEN AIS500 transceiver is operating normally
AMBER Either
The AIS500 transceiver is starting up or
The AIS500 transceiver has not transmitted for
more than 2 reporting periods This could be due to
high AIS traffic or loss of GPS Status indicator Wait at least 30 minutes to
check that a Quiet time has
remains amber not been requested by the local authority
Issue Action Check that the
No power Check GPS antenna is properly connected
All power connections GPS antenna has a clear view of the sky without any
Check relevant fuses
MMSI number has been properly configured use the
That power supply is at the correct voltage 12 V or 24 V proAIS application
AIS configuration Switch off all associated displays MFDs Status indicator is Check that
data is not saved then reconfigure red
The VHF antenna is properly connected and in particular
No data Check that it is not short circuiting to the vessel
Connections are secure throughout the system That power supply is at the correct voltage 12 V or 24 V
The VHF aerial lead is securely connected and that you The MMSI number has been properly configured use
can send and receive VHF radio information the proAIS application
No vessel data At the relevant Raymarine multi function display
Place the cursor over the targeted vessel and ensure
the AIS DATA soft key is not set to OFF
Ensure the AIS layer is set to ON
Ensure displayed target types are set to ALL
No AIS data Check the NMEA output from the displays to
the AIS500 input and ensure
The wires are correctly connected
The baud rate is 38400
7 contents
71 General on page 44
72 Transceiver on page 44
73 GPS Receiver on page 43
71 General 72 Transceiver
Waterproofing IPX2 Operating frequency range 156025 MHz to 162025 MHz
Operating temperature 10C to 55 C 14F to 131F Channel spacing 25 kHz
Receivers 2 receivers
Storage temperature 20C to 75 C 4F to 167F
range Receiver sensitivity 107 dBm
Humidity Up to 95 at 35 Transmitter 1 transmitter
Power supply voltage 12 V to 24 V dc reverse polarity protected Transmitter output power 2 W 33 dBm
Supply current at 12 V dc Nominal 062 A Transceiver standard Class B CS AIS to IEC622871
Peak during transmit 21 A
Size 2733 mm x 1872 mm x 617 mm 1076 in x 737 in
x 243 in
Weight 119 kg 263 lb
Mounting Four keyholed mounting tabs and mounting screws
Connectors VHF antenna SO239
PC RS232 9 Way D Type
NMEA0183 HS stripped wires
NMEA0183 LS stripped wires
Power stripped wires
SeaTalkng proprietary Raymarine connector
VHF splitter losses Receive less than 4 dB
Transmit less than 1 dB
73 GPS Receiver
Receiver channels 16
Receiver sensitivity Acquisition 140 dBm
Tracking 150 dBm
Nominal Time to First Fix 34

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