Ndavies, here's my suggestion given that goboatingnow says your chartplotter won't display AIS:
- Get the Standard Horizon GX 2150 VHF
with integrated AIS receiver (you will need to send it GPS
data from the rl70crc).
It is affordable (~$290 if you search on Google) and extremely well reviewed. This will give you a small display and AIS alarm
independent from your computer. You can also always try outputing the AIS signal to your rl70crc, though I would take goboatingnow's word that it won't work.
See recent thread on the GX2150: Standard Horizon GX2150 or 2010
- You should then be able to fashion an RS-232 (I think) serial
data connection from the GX2150 NMEA
output to your laptop
. This will allow you to view AIS on the computer (using free nav software
or NavMonPC - I don't know if RayTech Navigator will work for this).
More on NMEA to serial
connections here: http://cms.nobeltec.com/CMS/Files/Co...20computer.pdf
And on connecting the GX2100 (predecessor to the GX2150) to a PC:
nmea 0183 to RS232 - SailNet Community
- If AIS is really important to you, you may also want to consider a more expensive setup with a dedicated AIS display (larger than the GX2150). Furuno
and Vesper seem to do best for this.