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Re: AIS integrated into VHF Radio.

Cool.. thanks! I may still need to sulk some more... Anybody want a deal on a 2100?
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Re: AIS integrated into VHF Radio.

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..after reading the Manual (a fairly serious download) I notice it states "The MATRIX Series VHF's operate on all currently-allocated marine channels which are switchable for use with USA, International or Canadian regulations.". Ignoring the crappy English, I have never understood why the USA insist on being, not just different from the rest of the world ("International") but Canada also?!? It seems those on the far side of the ocean can't agree on anything.

Anyway, my point being, Fuzzy 'ol pal, that if one were to import one from the States it should work here just fine...
Actually there are a couple of reasons:
1. The US Band Plan was established before there was much in the way of world cruising. It didn't work (as pointed out for Canada) so the rest of the world went its own way.
2. The difficulty to change a band plan is pretty severe. When LORAN was shut down in the US several of the stations had to run for a couple of years to fulfill treaty obligations with Canada.
3. Even for old guys like me it is hard to remember how much both the technology and the usage has changed. The duplex US channels were used by marine operators - I don't think there is a VHF marine operator left in the United States. So the channels go unused as there is no driving force (and of course the regulators don't have a clue - that is why they are regulators) to change them. LOL

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Re: AIS integrated into VHF Radio.

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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.

So

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
I believe there is another option, which is to get an NMEA 0183 multiplexer.
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I believe there is another option, which is to get an NMEA 0183 multiplexer.
Thought about that.. I really don't want the expense or additional complications. Goal is to at least start out with a "clean" network. I can dirty it up later

Thanks, though...

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