AIS fault VSWR

Last night while sailing down to Martinique, an alarm came from the AIS: “External fault on AIS unit: Antenna VSWR fault
It’s night and I’m alone on my watch and only have the possibility to check that the antennas are still there and that the cables are connected. There has been no alarm about missing GPS position from AIS, so I guess it is the VHF antenna that is the problem. If that is the case, it would reduce the reach of our AIS-signal so we may not be visible on other AIS receivers and we couldn’t receive AIS-signals from other boats.

Sista natten under seglingen hit ner till Martinique kommer ett larm från AIS’en: “Externt fel på AIS-enhet: Antenn VSWR-fel”
Eftersom där natt är jag ensam på min vakt och har bara möjlighet att kolla att antennerna är kvar och att kablarna är anslutna. Det har inte kommit något larm om saknad GPS-position från AIS, så jag antar att det är VHF-antennen som det är fel på. Om det är så, gör det att vi syns sämre eller inte alls på andra AIS-mottagare och vi kommer inte att ta emot AIS-signalerna från andra båtar lika bra längre.

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Swell in Porto

July 25, 2019

During our stay in Porto a low pressure with winds up to 40-50 knots, was moving NE some 500 M off the coast of Portugal on Wednesday July 24. During the afternoon the day after the passage, a 3-4 m swell from the low pressure reach Douro river and as long as the tidal level was low, the harbor wasn’t affected that much. I think the swell loose energy on the 6 m river bar. However, when the tidal level increased (approx with 2 m) during the evening, more and more swell pass the bar. There was no visible waves in the harbor, the only visible sign of the swell was that Sally and the other boats start dancing with the finger pontoon it was docked at. Continue reading “Swell in Porto”

Boom bang

14 July 2019

We started the trip from Camarinas in Ria de Camarinas under a cloudy sky with light wind from NNE (8-10 knots). We got a pleasant sail out of the ria and then we should change course to SW to round Punta de Sualba before going south to pass Finisterre. Out in the open sea there was a 2 m swell rolling in from NW causing a lot of rolling motion resulting in flapping sails since the wind was to light to keep the pressure while going downwind. Continue reading “Boom bang”

IridiumGo Unlimited

Thought I would share my experiences from purchasing an IridiumGo Unlimited subscription last year when we planned to sail to Shetland and Scotland. Since I have been a customer to CTV Service for many years purchasing electronic charts and some other communication equipment such an IridiumGo, it was easy to contact them in this matter as well. They offered an unlimited subscription and the only option according to CTV Service was a 12-month subscription with a monthly cost of 155 USD. Continue reading “IridiumGo Unlimited”