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Old 09-18-2019, 12:08 PM
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Default Looking for Recommendation VHF with built in AIS

I'm looking to upgrade my VHF to one with built in AIS. I'd like to hear from anyone who is using one of the late model units. What's good, what's the best. I plan to integrate with my Garmin MFD using N2K
Old 09-18-2019, 01:00 PM
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I have Simrad RS40, it's better than RS35 which I had previously and also liked. I've used both with wireless handsets. I have only used Simrad VHF's with integrated AIS, none of the competitors.
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Is you have garmin for everything else I would look at one of the Garmin units 2xx/3xx units. You have to decide whether you want Ais Recieve only or transmit and receive. If receive only - then you can get a unit with ais built in. If you want transmit - you should get one without ais built in as you will need to buy a separate ais transponder (only one vhf radio has ais transmit and not sure that is even shipping yet ).

You do not need to match the ais transponder with the same manufacture. And apparently they are all made by two companies for the rest. So you can get a garmin or anybody else like digital yacht ais transponders.

im a big proponent of ais transponders as that means more boats transmitting ais data but i get it. Most small boats don’t transmit and get receive only.
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Simrad RS40B has integrated transponder, RS40 only receiver.
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I have the ICom 506-21 works great!
Old 09-19-2019, 08:24 PM
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Do you need AIS transmit and receive, or just receive?
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I only need receive
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Originally Posted by bilbndr View Post
I only need receive
That gives you many more options.

I installed the Standard Horizon GX2200 this spring, very happy with it so far. The built in GPS eliminates some of the interface needs

I don't find the AIS display on the VHF to be very helpful. I have the AIS integrated with my Garmin 942xs, and installation was simple and it works really well.

I really like the built in GPS supporting the DSC, so as long as the radio is functioning, anyone on the boat can push the red button and get help if I am incapacitated.
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I'm running a SH GX2200. I chose this over the better-priced Simrad RS35 which was available at Defender I think a few months back for a kickazz price. I wired my VHF to my Garmin nav, much easier to see/read there.
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I have the RS40 from simrad and it works great, when it works that is. Turns itself on and off continuously...... But yes, it does pick up any ship out there and does so great, again, when it works that is.
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I have the ICOM 506 AIS with front mike, there are several versions of this VHF depending on how you want it configured.


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Originally Posted by jfwireless View Post
I have the ICOM 506 AIS with front mike, there are several versions of this VHF depending on how you want it configured.


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I plan to interface with my Garmin 1242XSV over N2K to see AIS targets. I do not want to install a dedicated AIS antenna, therefore the SH is a non starter for me. There seem to be a lot a complaints re quality and customer support for the Lowrance Link - 9. that leaves me with the Garmin 210/215 AIS or the Icom 506 -21

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The ICOM is a bit expensive, but the N2K integration makes installation simple. Mine is networked with a Garmin 7612xsv and 8212 on the Edgewater, and on the Pathfinder with a 741xs and 7608xsv. Both 506's have been very reliable and rock solid.

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Icom M605 IC. Feature packed radio that is solid. Comes at a hefty price and large footprint, but I love mine.

The IC model is the AIS receiver model.
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If you have a garmin mfd, integrating a garmin vhf makes a lot of sense. You can click on the mfd to initiate a call to a vessel that is graphically displayed on the mfd. with third party vhf, you can see the vessel on the mfd via ais - but you lose the functionality to control the vhf from the mfd.
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I just installed a icom m605 21 so far so good. ditto to JonisMist above...
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I went with the SH gx6000. Couldn’t be happier with it. Nmea2000 integration. No complaints here
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I have the garmin vhf 215 with AIS and integrated into the n2k network with the garmin 1242xsv mfd.

They all will display the same thing if integrated via n2k network but the benefit to staying with garmin is during any software upgrades, garmin will bundle vhf radio upgrades with the mfd upgrades. So it’s one upgrade via one downloaded “package” across all the devices on the network.

Not that the upgrades are flawless, but when they do work, it’s an easy process to upgrade the vhf/AIS software when you upgrade your garmin unit.

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