Nomad is a new, portable AIS navigation solution from Digital Yacht. Designed for recreational boaters and professional mariners, it offers a full function, Class B AIS transponder with a wireless and USB interface built in for tablets and PCs – all in a portable, compact package.
It addresses the needs of so many boaters who want a portable yet sophisticated navigation solution with AIS and GPS and the ability to interface with tablets, PCs and smart phones. It appeals to charter skippers, professional mariners like delivery skippers and pilots as well as boat owners who don’t want the hassle or cost of installing a dedicated transponder and like the concept of easy iPad and tablet navigation using their favourite charting apps with a detailed AIS overlay and real time GPS positioning. As a full function Class B transponder, it also sends you boat position to other AIS users.
It incorporates an innovative USB power solution allowing the Nomad to be powered from any standard USB source. This can include low cost, 3rd party battery packs, a USB PC connection or 12V USB adaptors/cigarette lighter adaptors. The GPS is built in and Nomad ships with a compact, 25cm external VHF antenna with sucker cup mount. It can also connect to any regular VHF antenna.
WiFi and USB interfaces are standard and there are a wide range of free and premium compatible apps for iOS, Android, PC and MAC. The wifi connection allows up to 7 tablets or iPads to connect
Opens up new “portable navigation” market with the 1st portable Class B AIS transponder
Applications include charter and delivery skippers, pilots, tenders and back up for main systems
Can be utilised as AIS/GPS receive only
Powered via USB – connect to PC, USB outlet or USB battery pack for power
Wireless interface for iPad, tablet or PC/MAC
Built in high performance GPS
Supplied with portable VHF antenna with sucker cup mount
Can be used as AIS receiver only (if no MMSI programmed) or if silent mode selected
Programmable via PC, Mac and app
Choose your favourite charting and AIS app!
These FAQs may also be helpful
What range will I get from NOMAD?
AIS uses VHF transmissions so range is limited to line of sight. With the compact antenna you should be able to transmit up to 5NM and receive data from other vessels at 10-12NM. Shore stations would typically pick you up at 25NM. Connected to a mast top antenna will give standard Class B ranges of up to 20NM as the power output (2W) is the same as all other Class B AIS
Can I connect a different VHF antenna?
Yes you can. You may need a SO239 to BNC adaptor as Nomad uses a BNC antenna connector. For best performance use an AIS tuned antenna but a normal VHF antenna will function
What happens if I don’t have a MMSI number or haven’t programmed the unit?
If the unit is unprogrammed, it will act as a receiver only outputting GPS and AIS data via WiFi and USB
How long will my USB battery pack last?
USB battery packs have different capacities, typically quoted in mA/Hours. The table below, shows the continuous use time for the most common types.