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Re: AIS integrated into VHF Radio.
So, I bought a 2100 a couple of years ago. Just now got a chartplotter for it. Problem is that the 2100 is not fully compatible with my chartplotter since the data rates for the NEMA 183 interface don't support my single NEMA 183 interface on my chartplotter.. the 2100 wants to send some data at low speed and other at high speed.
They made a software mod on the 2150 model to allow all data to operate at the same speed, which is good.
So I have to decide between AIS or DSC, which is disappointing.
the 2200 seems to be a better way to go, since the GPS is integral, and you only need one data connection.
I wish they would support NMEA 2000.. I would rather only have one network on my boat.
I expressed my frustration to a Standard Horizon rep at the boat show. He wasn't particularly sympathetic. He did think that they would eventually support NEMA 2000
My choices seem to me to be:
1) Just hookup one data connection to my chart plotter. No DSC
2) Sell my radio, and get a 2200
3) Get a dedicated transponder... (Maybe I really should be transmitting anyhow
4) Continue to sulk about this
All the VHF i listed in my post support NMEA 2000 AIS integrated into VHF Radio.
I have an em-trak AIS B transponder - it can send AIS data on NMEA 0183 (high speed AIS need high speed NMEA 0183 port) and NMEA 2000 at the same time, solve the problem with older equipment.
AIS B100 https://em-trak.com/