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AIS Install NMEA2k/0183

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Finally got around to install the new AIS:

Went the splitter route instead of getting a second antenna.

Okay so NMEA 2000 right ? no problem.. except that my vhf is IC-M422 which is NMEA0183..
MANUAL : Instruction Manual.pdf


so now (correct me if im wrong) my options are:

1. Get a new VHF whose interface works with NMEA2k ~$150-200
eg: Icom M330 Compact Fixed Mount VHF | The GPS Store

2. Change the whole thing into NMEA0183 instead of 2k. which means getting a new antenna and toss out the splitter, and network cables.. ~$100

3.Try my luck on one of these converters ? ~$200

Would love some guidance.
looks like keeping my vhf and going to NMEA0183 is the cheaper option.. but is it the right choice ?


Edit: vhf is currently connected to LOWRANCE elite7, which has its own gps. nmea slot on the chart ploter is not being used.
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So you are saying that I dont need to mess with the vhf at all ?
I connect the Lowrance to the Ais via nmea2k 'drop in cable' and all is good ?
That would be amazing.

I'm not totally clear on the issue either. Assuming you want to get the MOB AIS position report to your MFD (LOWRANCE elite7)?

Don't need VHF in the loop to do that. It's AIS -> NMEA-> Lowrance.
If you have DSC on the MOB1 that is independent of the boat network. The DSC goes out on VHF....
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My AIS sends GPS to VHF.

I would like to click on the ship on the computer and have the VHF DSC that ship (or All Ships)
Interesting feature to have. Is this possible through the 0183 interface on the VHF?
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