I have a 1995 catalina
250 sailboat that came up stock with a Raytheon
. As this setup was up before 2004, no news for you that it is not to the norms. I intend to navigate east of Québec city on the St-Lawrence river and maybe to Gaspé this summer, I would feel more secure with at least a VHF-DSC radio
Looking for an affordable setup, I came up with two solutions. Alternative brands of VHF-DSC with or without AIS
will be welcome. I am not interested in a transponder as they cost too much. I would be happy with a AIS
receiver only. After quite searching, I understood that not any splitter would do the job.
I have looked at two threads with interesting information, the third one was cited in 2):
1) simple VHF
2) AIS and antenna
: to split or not to split
3) referred document Goldshalk with specifications on both AIS transponders and receivers:
I live in Montréal, Canada
. It seems that some products are cheaper this side of the border, and from what I could understand ICOM
seems to give a very good ratio to my canadian dollar than some other brands. Unless I am comparing bananas to cherries.
Here are my two VHF
solutions based on ICOM
products, any other brand with comparable features or more adequate features would be appreciated.
1) ICOM M330G Basic, Compact, with GPS
2) A COMBO
ICOM M330G 31 Icom VHF, Basic, Compact, without GPS
QUARK-ELEC AIS-GPS-SeaTalk (QK-A027)-NMEA-0183 message output through WiFi
,USB and RS422
glomex RA201 wich is about 4 times cheaper than the QK-A015-TX/RX Active VHF Splitter
Note: the big advantage of the last solution is that the AIS info could be WIFI
transmitted to an android tablet or on android phones with the opencpn
softwares. Thus I hope so.
Comments and suggestions appreciated.