S/V Jeanne Marie
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Radar newbie communication question
Getting ready to do some offshore sailing I'm thinking I need at least low end radar. My central nav system is GPS-NavX which I'm pretty happy with, but doesn't integrate directly into a radar, though it can read NMEA 0183 code. I am looking at either a low end Furano system that comes with a monochrome plotter, or getting a compatible plotter used and adding the radome to match.
What I am hung up on is how communication happens between the radome and the plotter. Does the scanner send data through NMEA-0183, and the plotter parses these sentences? Or does the scanner send some other kind of raw data for the plotter to interpret.
One question is whether I can just about any scanner and plotter and expect them to communicate (at least if they are both from the same manufacturer), or is there some non-simple communication going on?
S/V Jeanne Marie --- Morgan 51 cutter, Hull#1
Jackson Creek --- Deltaville, VA