Originally Posted by rebel heart
I thought the new (500?) ICOM big beefy sucker has a transponder unit that can be attached.
Thats an Icom vhf and a seperate unit called.... an AIS.
They don't make a stand alone VHF with AIS transponder. However, yes you can attach a totally seperate box
There is no way anyone is going to mistake that for a VHF.
Yes it does plug
into the VHF: "When connected to a compatible Icom VHF radio. It's easy to make an individual DSC
call. Select a vessel using the MA-500TR's cursor keys and then push the "DSC" button on the MA-500TR. It is not required to input an MMSI number manually."
MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder - Features - Icom America
They dont make a Class B box without a screen
, like Raymarine
The only other one they make is a AIS Recieve only and again its in its own box
Dual channel receive capability
The MXA-5000 receives both Ch. 87B (161.975MHz) and Ch. 88B (162.025MHz) simultaneously. This dual channel receive makes the MXA-5000 more flexible for obtaining AIS information from AIS transponders that operate on only one channel. In addition, the MXA-5000 also receives both Class A and Class B AIS data.
MXA-5000 AIS Receiver - Features - Icom America
So yes, we do need the OP to clarify what he's got
Can he confirm which photo