MA-500TR

Class B AIS Transponder for Pleasure & Fishing Boats

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General Details

What is an AIS transponder?

An AIS transponder on your boat automatically receives information broadcast by other AIS-equipped vessel’s and base stations, all while your own vessel’s static and dynamic information is being transmitted. AIS signals may reach where radar cannot, showing AIS-equipped vessels that might otherwise be hidden, such as on the other side of an island or behind a larger vessel. SOLAS commercial vessels are already required to carry a Class A AIS transponder, so your position will be known by nearby large vessels. The MA-500TR increases your safety at sea.

 

Class B AIS transponder

The MA-500TR is a Class B AIS transponder for Non-SOLAS vessels such as pleasure craft, workboat and small vessels. Your vessels information will automatically be transmitted at fixed intervals or under base station control. The MA-500TR receives dual AIS channels (Ch. 87B and Ch. 88B) simultaneously and receives both Class A and Class B AIS information.

Transmitted information by MA-500TR is

  • MMSI code
  • Vessel name
  • Call sign
  • Type of ship
  • GPS antenna position
  • Ship’s position
  • SOG (Speed over ground)
  • COG (Course over ground)
  • UTC date and time
  • GPS antenna type
  • PA (Position Accuracy)

Simple operation

The Plotter display looks like a marine radar display. North-up, course-up and range zoom from 0.125 NM to 24 NM are supported. The Target list display shows all detected AIS equipped vessels and targets. The Danger list display shows a list of vessels that are within 6 NM CPA and 60 minutes TCPA from your vessel. The Danger list can be sorted by CPA or TCPA order. In addition to these display types, the Detail screen shows various information about the selected AIS target.

CPA and TCPA for collision-risk management

When a vessel comes into the CPA and TCPA range, the vessel icon blinks on the Plotter display and emits a beep sound. When connected to external audio equipment installed on the deck or tower, the collision alarm function will alerts you even when you are away from the AIS transponder.

 

Individual DSC call*

When connected to a compatible Icom VHF radio, it’s easy to make an individual DSC call. Select a vessel using the MA-500TR’s cursor keys and then push the “DSC” button on the MA-500TR. It is not required to input an MMSI number manually.

* This function works only when connected to compatible Icom transceivers.

 

100 Waypoints memory

Up to 100 waypoints can be stored on the waypoint list. The “MOB” button allows you to set a waypoint on your current position instantly.

Safety-related message

When the MA-500TR receives a safety-related message from a Class A AIS transponder, the message icon appears on the Plotter display. Up to 20 received DSC messages are automatically stored in the log memory.

3-line NMEA input/output

The MA-500TR has 15-pin D-SUB connector providing 3-lines of NMEA input/output on the rear panel. The supplied NMEA connector cable simplifies the installation and connection to the VHF radio and other navigation equipment.

MXG-5000S GPS receiver

MXG-5000S

The GPS receiver, MXG-5000S comes with the MA-500TR*. It is a 66 channel parallel GPS receiver with SBAS function.

* The MXG-5000S may be sold separately, depending on version.

 

Other features

  • Full dot-matrix display with adjustable backlight and contrast
  • IPX7 waterproof protection
    (up to 1m depth of water for 30 minutes; except connectors)
  • Self diagnostics function
  • Flush mount installation with optional MB-75
  • Slow warn function
Specifications

General

MA-500TR

Operating frequencies 161.975MHz, 162.025MHz
(Ch 87B, 88B, default)156.025–162.025MHz
Type of emission 16K0GXW (GMSK)
Antenna impedance 50Ω
Usable temperature range –20°C to +60°C;
–4°F to +140°F
Power supply requirement 12V DC (9.6–15.6V)
Current drain
(at 12.0V DC)
Tx 1.5A
Rx 0.7A
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(projections not included)
165×110×123 mm;
6.5×4.33×4.84 in
Weight (approx.) 1.0kg; 2.2lb

Transmitter

MA-500TR

Output power 2W
Modulation GMSK
Conducted spurious emission Less than –36dBm

Receiver

MA-500TR

Sensitivity (20% error rate) –110dBm (AIS/DSC)
Adjacent Ch. selectivity More than 70dB (AIS/DSC)
Spurious response More than 70dB (AIS)
More than 70dB (DSC)
Intermodulation More than 65dB (AIS/DSC)
Conducted spurious emission Less than –57dBm (AIS)

Data interface

MA-500TR

Data Input Interface NMEA1, NMEA3:
IEC 61162-1:2000 (4,800bps)
or IEC 61162-2 (38,400bps)NMEA2:
IEC 61162-2 (38,400bps)

Sentence format (common to NMEA1–3):
RMC, GGA, VTG, GSA, GSV,
DTM, GNS, GLL, and GBS*1

Input level (2V applied):
Less than 2mA

Data Output Interface NMEA1, NMEA3:
IEC 61162-1:2000 (4,800bps)
or IEC 61162-2 (38,400bps)NMEA2:
IEC 61162-2 (38,400bps)

Sentence format:
NMEA1:
DSC, RMC, GGA, VTG, GSA, GSV,
GBS, DTM, DSE, GNS and GLL

NMEA2:
VDM, VDO, ALR, ACA, ACS, TXT,
RMC*2, GGA*2, GNS*2, GLL*2, VTG*2,
GSA*2, GSV*2, GBS*2 and DTM*2

NMEA3:
RMC, GGA, VTG, GSA, GSV,
GBS, DTM, GNS, and GLL

Output level:
5V, 40mA Max.
RS-422 balanced type

Rating of alert terminal 24V DC, 500mA max.
*1 To use a third party GPS receiver with the MA-500TR, a GPS receiver with RAIM function is required.
*2 Depending on AIS output setting.

All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Options

FLUSH MOUNT KIT

MB-75

MB-75

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