What test modes does the AISLink MOB have?

There are three test modes on the AISLink MOB; Functional, DSC and AIS/GPS.

The Functional test should be carried out once a month and will display the length of time the battery has been used for.  It will also apply a load to the battery to test that the battery is not faulty or has been discharged.  It carries out other functional tests on the electronic circuitry.  It does not test the GPS or make test transmissions.

The DSC test should be carried out no more than two times a year.  This test sends a single DSC transmission to the MMSI programmed into the AISLink MOB, which will be displayed on the vessels DSC radio.  It does not send a Distress or Distres Relay call and the call does not contain the position.

The AIS test should be carried out no more than three times a year.  This test activates the GPS receiver and after the position is determined it makes an AIS transmission, which will display on a suitable AIS receiver or chartplotter.  The received AIS message will show the position determined by the AISLink MOB GPS receiver.  There is also a transmission of the AIS text message containing the words “MOB TEST”.  Note that this test must be done with the AISLink MOB in full view of the sky.  Without a valid position, the AISLink MOB will not transmit any AIS messages.

The limitation on the number of tests a year is to ensure that the battery will still have its full operational life at the expiry date of the battery.

Why does my AISLink MOB show red flashes if I try to program the MMSI number?

If the unit fails to program, showing the flashing red LED on completion, please try again.  Turn the AISLink MOB on in programming mode again and retry.  There is no need to exit the programming screen on the program.  If the programming page is showing, simply press F10 again to commence the programming sequence again.

If you are having problems programming your AISLink MOB, please check the following guidance.

1) Make sure that your screen brightness is set to maximum, using the controls on the monitor or device.

2) Ensure that you have commenced programming within 50 seconds of putting the AISLink MOB into programming mode.  Failure to do this will cause the AISLink MOB to have turned off before communication starts.  Note that once programming has commenced (The white box is flashing) the AISLink MOB should stay on until the programming sequence is completed.

3) Ensure that the AISLink MOB is placed over the white square with the rubber programming adaptor firmly touching the screen and with the aperture in the rubber close to the center of the white box.

4) Avoid programming the AISLink MOB in bright ambient light conditions.  If necessary point the screen away from direct or bright sources of light such as sun through a window.  (In extreme circumstances, especially with older screens that have lost their brightness, place a thick cloth over the screen and AISLink MOB to block out the ambient light.)

5) The AISLink MOB configuration software requires precise timing, which may be disrupted by other applications running at the same time, especially on slower computers.  If you still encounter problems, try shutting down all un-necessary applications, including anti-virus software.

Which DSC radios are compatible with the AISLink MOB?

ACR recommends using one of the radios from the list below with the AISLink MOB. The following class D DSC radios have been tested in cooperation with the manufacturer and confirmed to receive the Individual Distress Relay call.

Current models; M91, M323, M423, M506
Older models; M411, M421, M505, M603

Simrad: RS90

Standard Horizon: GX1600E (Explorer); Newer models are also likely to work but have not been tested.

Class A DSC radios have always been able to receive this call and all models are believed to be compatible.

This list is not exhaustive and will be added to as more compatible models are confirmed.

ACR welcomes enquiries from other manufacturers wishing to have their radios listed here.

What DSC functions are allowed in my country?

The DSC functionality of the AISLink MOB is limited by regulations in each country.  The list below indicates which functions you may expect.

AIS only: Canada, France, Denmark, Latvia

AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay call plus group call sent after 30 minutes: USA

AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay call only: Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom

AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay,All Ships Distress Alert (manual initiation): All other European countries

AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay, All Ships Distress Alert, sent once on AISLink MOB activation and on manual initiation: Rest of the World.

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