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Old 05-08-2011, 14:16   #1
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Fixed Mount VHF Upgrade

The old Standard VHF is giving up the ghost after 14 yrs of service. Have you bought a radio recently? The Standard Horizons with AIS look very attractive however I already have the Comar recieve only and antenna switcher. Any thoughts or advice?
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Re: Fixed Mount VHF upgrade

I have got the matrix gx2000e and have the vesper ais i find the standard horizon great valve for money a really good vhf
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Re: Fixed Mount VHF upgrade

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I have got the matrix gx2000e and have the vesper ais i find the standard horizon great valve for money a really good vhf
Is that the older version of the standard horizon GX2100?


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They are essentially the same radio except that the 2100 has the AIS receiver built-in, whereas the 2000 let's you use your own. I have the 2000 with an external AIS transceiver. I love it.

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No GPS...

I could not find a VHF radio with integrated GPS so I'll suggest that any new VHF radio with DSC and a NMEA input and a cheap GPS to connect to it is the way to go.

I think that they should have an integrated AIS transponder as well.

And don't get me started on why we can't have a combined mast top transmitter/antenna controlled digitally from wherever we'd like...
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Re: Fixed Mount VHF Upgrade

I have lost track of the model numbers and what they represent over the years, but if you get a fixed VHF station, get the model that can accomodate a separate remote microphone. Really really handy to have that 25 watt vhf capability in the cockpit as well for the price of a RAM...

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Re: Fixed Mount VHF Upgrade

The latest SH model is GX-2150. The handheld standard horizon HX-851 is the only radio I know of with integral GPS....hard to believe when every smartphone has them!

You need to integrate the GX-2150 with your chartplotter via NMEA0183.

I have both these radios and they are a very useful pair together for testing DSC capabilities.
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