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Old 04-12-2021, 02:45 PM
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I'm in the process of a complete electronics replacement on my 30ft fishing boat (old setup was mid 90's vintage). The boat has a fly bridge and then a main helm in the cabin. I'm planning to put a VHF at each station for redundancy. My plan was to use a dual VHF / AIS antenna for each radio, and wire them with main helm connected to the NEMA network and then the other would be wired separately and not on the network (but same radio so could switch out in a pinch if needed). My question - if I go this route, when you use the main helm VHF will it stop transmitting AIS? I've got two antennas on the radar arch (both are getting replaced), would I be better served by making one AIS only and the other VHF only? Thank you!