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Old 08-02-2017, 08:20   #46
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Re: Buying an AIS transponder, which VHF radio to buy to effectively use it?

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Thanks, this reminded me to make an update. I had purchased last year a Lowrance Link-8 but was dumb and didn't check if it supported a remote. After looking at the Simrad stuff, I realized the case, bracket and connections/wiring looks the same. So I'll just install the Lowrance for debugging the system and then upgrade to the Simrad and two of the remotes.

That also saves me from running yet-another-cable to the binnacle since I already have power there for the chartplotter and the autopilot. Just more stuff to install.
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Re: Buying an AIS transponder, which VHF radio to buy to effectively use it?

Any recent update on the availability of the GX6500? And has anyone practical experience in using this device?
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Re: Buying an AIS transponder, which VHF radio to buy to effectively use it?

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I have the Vesper xb8000 and the B&G V50 VHF which is a great combo: no need for nmea0183 and both put AIS on the N2K network. Love the remote which has an inductive charging cradle.
I have the same two devices, and find they don't play together well. The VHF has an AIS receiver and always alarms to tell me the Vesper is about to collide with us. I have to turn off AIS on the B&G, which means I lose use of the cute little PPI screen on the B&G.

To me, the B&G was a waste of money. The two things I wanted (backup AIS receiver and display) are turned off. I like having the remote but I find it doesn't get the use I thought it would. The B&G has enough other quirks and bugs that I would never buy another.
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Any recent update on the availability of the GX6500?
A comment was recently made that there is no record of Standard-Horizon even submitting it to the FCC for approval. If true, that does not engender much enthusiasm for it being available soon.

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And has anyone practical experience in using this device?
I haven't seen any first-hand report on the radio from an actual owner.

And the most visible public face of Standard-Horizon marine electronics, Jason Kennedy, is no longer with Standard-Horizon to give us any news.
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