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Old 01-06-2019, 20:57   #1
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VHF/AIS Combos.

Im sorry if this already ben covered here.
im curious about these combo AIS/VHF units.
Im really after a simple solution to having an AIS. I already need a fixed VHF and i know you can buy AIS/VHF.
Can people let me know about these and what needs to be done?

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Old 02-06-2019, 05:52   #2
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Re: VHF/AIS Combos.

ICOM M605 VHF offers optional AIS. Don't know much about it, whether tranceiver or receive only, etc... didn't need that option.


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Old 02-06-2019, 06:59   #3
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Re: VHF/AIS Combos.

Weíve got a standard horizon matrix 2200 ais/vhf.

Note itís not a transponder, but receive only.

Out of the box, itíll need you to enter your mmsi as well as connect a source of position data. I purchased a nema 0183 gps puck and a 12v-5v power supply to dedicate to the radio.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:02   #4
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Re: VHF/AIS Combos.

We have a SH unit (passive). It is great. I would buy again.

It uses one antena with the vhf. It needs gps nmea signal feed. It needs mmsi typed in to function in full DSC (red button active) mode.

Next thing I am buying an active one in a combo.

We also have an older SH handheld. Also brilliant kit.

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Old 02-06-2019, 10:19   #5
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Re: VHF/AIS Combos.

I had a Lowrance Link8 radio interfaced with Simrad displays over NMEA2000 on my last boat. It worked great. AIS targets showed on the chart, as well as the radar screen. Targets were selectable on the screen and I could see details or hail via DSC.
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