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Questions about AIS transponder turn off

I’m concerned about the mechanism for going silent, so is there a class B unit that:

1. Turns off transmitting remotely and not only at the “black box”
2. Provides a physical indication–such as an LED–whether you are transmitting or not, and such can be viewed remotely from the “black box”
3. The data sent to the display indicates whether you are transmitting or not. For instance, your boat’s icon changes color or is there some message that software can prominently display regarding transmitting status.

Thanks for any help if finding a unit which does the above.
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Mostly transponders needs you to feed some important information mannually like what's your destination, what's your actual situation (anchored, mooring, etc). Thus some provide some kind of control and status over the unity remotely. Raymarine AIS 500 rely on proAIS windows based program, to provide a way to set transmited information, and you're able to enter/exit silent mode remotely, but will demand a computer on-line. Its expected that all class B transponders will provide such functionalities. Please note your transmiting status is more than just silent/non-silent mode, you may control what's been transmited, at what rate, yes/no, etc ...
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I can see how it would be nice to have an indication of your transmitting status on your remote display screen, be it a chartplotter, laptop, or WatchMate, but I'm curious why you want to be able to turn off transmitting remotely?

I just bought an AIS-1000 transponder from WM, and it has a switch to go silent and an LED status indicator -- both on the box. So I'll just mount the box somewhere accessible...
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If you run proAIS, it will tell you whether you are transmitting. OTOH, I see no need to turn the transponder on and off, so have buried the black box behind a panel.
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The only time I'd think about turning off AIS transmission off while keeping reception on is around the Horn of Africa or other dangerous waters. I've got the AIS 500 from Raymarine and the software lets you change the function of the switch on the device to enable/disable transmission. I have older software on my E-Series display but think that the newest version also lets you update the AIS 500 and change status.
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