The FA150 is a shipborne Universal AIS (Automatic Identification System) Transponder capable of exchanging navigation and ship data between own ship and other ships or coastal stations. The FA150 consists of a transponder unit and a compact display unit with 4.5" Silver Bright Display. The compact FA150 display is designed to accommodate a simple and space-saving installation with a user-friendly ergonomic design.
The transponder unit contains a VHF transmitter, two TDMA receivers on parallel VHF channels, a DSC channel 70 receiver, interface processor and internal GPS receiver. The GPS receiver is a 12-channel all-in-view receiver and has Differential capabilities (DGPS). The GPS receiver provides UTC reference and also provides position, COG and SOG in the event that a connected external GPS receiver fails.
The FA150 provides multiple interfaces for Radar, ECDIS and PC. The available Combo GPS/VHF antenna affords flexible, easy installation.
The FA150 provides the following data:
- MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)
- IMO Number (where available)
- Call sign & vessel name
- Length and beam
- Type of ship
- Location of position-fixing antenna on ship
- Ship's position with accuracy indication and integrity status
- COG, SOG and Heading
- ROT (Rate of Turn) where available
- Ship's draught
- Navigation status
- Hazardous cargo (type)
- Destination and ETA (at captain's discretion)
- Short safety-related messages and free messages.
The FA150 complies with IMO MSC.74(69) Annex 3, A.694, ITU-R M.1371-1 and DSC ITU-R M.825. It also complies with IEAC 61993-2 (Type testing standard) and IEC 60945 (EMC and environmental conditions).