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Old 04-12-2021, 03:56 PM
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I recommend a standalone AIS transponder. AIS transponders integrated in VHF's are CSTDMA, standalone transponders are available both as CSTDMA and SOTDMA. SOTDMA is the same transmission scheme as used in AIS Class A. SOTDMA Class B has 5W transmit power, is transmitting every 5s and has guaranteed slots in congested areas. CSTDMA has 2W transmit power, transmits every 30s and don't have guaranteed slots, it's just checking if the air is not used by other AIS transponders before transmitting.

The differences between CSTDMA and SOTDMA are explained here: