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Old 12-10-2019, 22:43   #16
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Re: AIS>Chartplotter>VHF radio all working together

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Seeking feedback/suggestions for updating my AIS system to one that transmits as well as receives. Currently I’ve a Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF (which only receives AIS) and a YachtDevices NMEA183>NMEA 2000 adapter (YDNG-02) which allows me to output the AIS data to my Garmin Chartplotter. This works perfectly and I’m happy with the radio. I also have a Ram mic $ and amplified external speaker $$ for it in the cockpit. As such, I really do not want to change the radio.

So, I am considering something like a separate AIS transceiver that I could utilize existing Masthead antenna with and connect to the chartplotter. It would be real nice to be able to see a target on the chartplotter and then to be able to hail the boat (without having to enter in the MMSI number) triggered from the Garmin 742 chartplotter.

Has anyone suggestions on how to make this happen?
Has anyone experience with this device and would it work as needed.
Digital Yacht ZDIGAIT1500 - Class B AIS Transceiver

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and feedback!
Doesn't the SH 2150, which you say has AIS receiver, have a screen showing the name of the ship sending the AIS and then give you a soft key function to select that displayed name and make a DSC call to the ship without knowing his MMSI number?

My SH GX2200 sends the AIS info via NMEA0183 to a chartplotter at the helm, so if I see a problem with a CPA there I just note the ship's name and step below or use the hardwired mic at the helm to select the ship by name and make the DSC call.

Like you, I have a separate AIS Class B transmitter which is only used to send out my AIS - it is not needed to receive AIS since the SH GX2200 VHF does that. The AIS transmitter is not connected to any data line but I can control it and read it, if necessary, via wifi from smartphone. As I say, the GX2200 VHF really supplies all the AIS-VHF-DSC coordination and information needed.

Always use DSC hailing if possible. The alarm gets their attention. A hail by name is sometimes not heard or understood.
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