For those interested in the GX2100 from Standard Horizon with built in AIS
, we bought it! It is a cool unit. We have a heavily networked old catamaran
but got the NMEA0183 hook up for GPS
You are not limited to one target. I think it can show up to ten. I saw four from our anchorage here in Culebra
tonight from the unit. The dot matrix is simple, but it has the ability to tab between the targets shown, making one active at a time. You can also call up the whole list and then toggle to the ship you want, but the graphic way is easier. (It will give an NMEA0183 feed out to a chartplotter
and we will do that, but are going slow as we have 22 yrs of wiring
we are weaving between, and do not have the Raymarine
E-80 NMEA0183 plug
on hand... suspect that will take some time. If anyone has one, please advise.)
If you highlight a target, you simply push the soft key & make a direct call to the DSC connected radio
on his bridge. The GX2100 lets you select the channel for the contact and your making the call RINGS his VHF
and then switches him to the channel you set when he keys his mike. I think from our experiences of 3 yrs cruising on East Coast
US and from FL to ABCs and back, that this will be a lot easier. We used a simple one channel AIS earlier and though you made a general call, you never knew what channel the other guy was on for sure. Now there will be no mistake. This radio looks like its going to be a winner.
We have yet to get the NEWER RAM mike that will go in the cockpit
and give access to the features. We will get it but they had not come in yet.
The first radio shipments to Defender US a week ago was for 35 and around 14 went just like that (including mine). Its a nice radio and uses the same antenna so your AIS is installed with no difficulty. We were happy to replace the older Standard Horizon VHF with their new GX 2100. I will be happy to answer any questions if you want to write us.
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