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Re: VHF AIS radios

Installed the sh 2150. Sending ais to garmin 3210 plotter. Works well.

BUT, I hate the ram mic. Cord is very short and very stiff. And the setings are all the multi push menu button type where you need multiple pushs to make any changes, even for volume and squelch
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Re: VHF AIS radios

I have an Simrad RS25 that is networked via Serial Connection and an ST10 Simnet Adapter, along with an NAIS300 for AIS B. I do have a USB connection that allows me to connect my laptop to the Chartplotters, via a USB to Serial adapter connected to another ST10 but have not really exploited it. It came with the boat. I'm not happy with my Simrad, the remote handset is basically useless because of poor gain on the mic. I will resolve it once the boat goes hard. In the meantime I use a portable Icom when at the helm. What a shame. I would consider Icom, I think they make great stuff. The concept of a remote handset is a good one, if it works.
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Re: VHF AIS radios

The HS35 wireless handset for the RS35 is probably that unit's best feature. If they can make the software more reliable and add a customizable scan (right now you can only scan all channels) then the HS35 could be a good reason to go with Simrad over Standard Horizon.

I haven't found Simrad customer service to be very good. Raymarine has much better support forums and friendly support online.
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Re: VHF AIS radios

We just installed the Simrad RS-35 with wireless remote. It was a PIA because the tech manual was wrong that came with it. Once we figured out how to wire it up it works great with my Raymarine gear. Both Simrad and Raymarine techs were great to work with in getting this radio to work. So I guess I had a different experience than others. The network is amazing. There are so many features on this radio, that I have not figured out yet.
Simrad came out with a software update in Oct to fixed the compatibility problems. They now have to update the installation manual. I love the wireless remote. It is a full feature radio in the cockpit.
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Re: VHF AIS radios

Since I'm going to be needing a new radio soon, the Simrad RS-35 looks good.... but if the current radio was ok I'd be buying the ICOM MXA-5000 and an RS232 BT adaptor and that's all! What an amazing piece of kit.
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Since I'm going to be needing a new radio soon, the Simrad RS-35 looks good.... but if the current radio was ok I'd be buying the ICOM MXA-5000 and an RS232 BT adaptor and that's all! What an amazing piece of kit.
Looks nice! The built-in antenna splitter and multiplexer eliminate two major aggravations in the installation.
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Re: VHF AIS radios

I guess having them build all that into the back of a VHF radio with DSC and integrated GPS is asking too much..
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Looks nice! The built-in antenna splitter and multiplexer eliminate two major aggravations in the installation.
I hate to admit it, but I got all enthused and have now gone and done a very silly thing....

I've ordered one.
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I hate to admit it, but I got all enthused and have now gone and done a very silly thing....

I've ordered one.
Now order this:

Serial Bluetooth RS232 adapter
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Re: VHF AIS radios

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Looks nice! The built-in antenna splitter and multiplexer eliminate two major aggravations in the installation.
Splitters are fundamentally bad. The best thing you can do is have independent VHF antennas for VHF and AIS.
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