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jimh posted 01-18-2014 12:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
As I discussed in a prior article

A Long Story of an AIS Hunt

certain RESCUE21 radio installations of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are being used as part of a new navigation data collection system to enhance marine security and safety, the National Automatic Identification System or N-AIS. In some correspondence with the USCG, I learned that the location of the N-AIS base stations which will be transmitting an AIS type-4 message or base station message will be listed in the 2014 edition of the Coast Guard's Light List publication.

I have been looking for a web resource that has the 2104 Light List, particularly the edition for District 9, the Great Lakes. I have not found a link to an on-line source. If anyone comes across the 2014 Light List as an on-line resource, please give me the URL.

For more about N-AIS see the USCG web page at

jimh posted 01-18-2014 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The most obvious place to find a link to the Light List is probably

but it is still showing only the 2013 publications.

David Pendleton posted 01-18-2014 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
It doesn't appear to be available yet. I don't know where it would show up first, the .gov bookstore or the CG web site.

You can view available (printed) copies at the .gov book store and sign up for email alerts when the category changes: almanacs-navigation-guides/light-lists

jimh posted 02-24-2014 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The United States (of America) Coast Guard has published the 2014 Light List and has electronic versions available for download at no cost at

swist posted 03-05-2014 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
And the aforementioned downloadable list is preceded by a very extensive and useful narrative section describing everything you ever wanted to know about aids to navigation. I don't remember the old paper light lists having this. (But at my age I don't remember my own name).
jimh posted 03-05-2014 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As soon as I found the 2014 USCG Light List files on-line, I searched them for information about AIS base station locations that were mentioned as being provided. I could not find them.

I inquired with the USCG regarding those AIS base station locations and where they were listed in their new 2014 Edition of the Light List. The reply was: the AIS base stations are not listed in the 2014 Light List. They will be added by publishing a Notice to Mariners at some time during the year.

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