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I would be very interested if, and when, a manufacturer comes out with a similar radio that transmits and receives AIS data, and even more interested if it used NEMA 2000.
Garmin makes it now. The AIS 600

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=250&pID=63743

Personally, I am not interested because I only want to receive AIS information, and I want something cheap.

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Well, almost. The Garmin AIS 600 is ONLY an AIS Transponder, not a VHF.

Garmin also makes a VHF 300 AIS which is a VHF radio with an AIS receiver, similar to the Standard Horizon unit mentioned in the OP, except that it does support NEMA 2000 (and is a lot more expensive).
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Actually, NMEA 0183HS is not a serial bus, but just regular RS-422/232, but with a higher baud rate than the normal NMEA 0183 connection.

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According to the Standard Horizon User's Manual; "the Matrix AIS GX2100 with internal dual channel receiver has the capability to output received class A & B targets using VDM sentence at a baud rate of 34800... If you have further inquiries, please feel free to contact Product Support..."

Uh, ya, me thinks that something is lost in translation...

Bottom line is that this can output NEMA 0183HS sentences. NEMA 0183HS is a serial bus. Also realize that this unit is an AIS RECEIVER ONLY. (Which means that you can see them, but they can't see you.)

ActiSense has a serial bus to USB gateway that you can learn about here. It will enable you to connect this radio to your laptop chartplotter.

I have no affiliation with either ActiSense or Standard Horizon... but I know that ActiSense Tech Support does venture into these forums.

I would be very interested if, and when, a manufacturer comes out with a similar radio that transmits and receives AIS data, and even more interested if it used NEMA 2000.
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Standard Horizon GX2100

I've recently installed this radio on my Westsail 32.

I like the integrated AIS/DSC - just 'point' to an AIS target, push a couple of buttons and you've made a DSC call to that target. Sweet. AIS only works if the unit is connected to an external GPS. (GPS's are so inexpensive you'd think they could incorporate one for a few bucks more)

I like the alarm modes - Alarms are available for both Closest Point of Approach (nm) and Time to CPA (min).

The display isn't bad. A bit small; but very usable.

I liked the ease of installation. I run a simple buss for my GPS output (no fancy multiplexers or gateways) and the radio seems to get along well with the other equipment on that buss.

The High Speed output would connect to an external display or chartplotter that accepts the sentences. My chartplotter won't so I left that unconnect/untested.

The fog horn feature works as expected.

The Remote mike's display is very small but, as with the one on the radio itself, very usable.

I didn't like that the display only showed the first 10-char of the target's name (m/v Sanko Mermaid shows up as "SANKO MERM"). But with the ability to "point and call" the target ship that's becomes almost moot.

I found a big range of prices from $400 at We$tMarine to $308 from a small online vendor. I went with the cheap vendor.

Overall I've very happy with the radio.

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