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Old 11-18-2016, 07:40 AM
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So, my Simrad VHF RS35 (about 4 years old) is starting to give me issues - it is the old style that had to be hooked into the GPS (no independent GPS receiver in it) for DSC functionality. Haven't been happy with how it seems to not handle the salt water/spray and I'm constantly having to BOESHIELD spray it to fight corrosion., plus it loses GPS signal a lot. Might be wiring.


So I'm considering swapping it out for a GPS VHF (internal, so no wiring).

Suggestions? Standard Horizon GX1700W seems a good, inexpensive choice - any other ideas?
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The 1700 is a nice unit. Also check out the 324G and 424G from iCom.

Simrad has released a number of software updates for the RS 35 including one very recently. You might try updating to see if it solves your problems.

Even if you buy a GPS model VHF, I'd still recommend wiring it to a chartplotter to make DSC functions easier to use.
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
The 1700 is a nice unit. Also check out the 324G and 424G from iCom.

Simrad has released a number of software updates for the RS 35 including one very recently. You might try updating to see if it solves your problems.

Even if you buy a GPS model VHF, I'd still recommend wiring it to a chartplotter to make DSC functions easier to use.


Why does that make the DSC function easier? I just purchased a 424G because of the internal GPS. Probably going to be standard on all VHF makes/models in the near future. Can you drive the feature from the touch screen of a Garmin; if not why is it easier if connected to the GPS?
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Some plotters can initiate DSC calls directly. If someone hits their distress button they will appear on your chartplotter. If you do directed non-emergency calls you will see the other boat on your chartplotter. Presumably your chartplotter screen is larger and easier to see than the dot matrix displays on your VHF. NMEA0183 doesn't require expensive cables or anything, just 4 signal wires and some butt connectors or a terminal block.
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
Some plotters can initiate DSC calls directly. If someone hits their distress button they will appear on your chartplotter. If you do directed non-emergency calls you will see the other boat on your chartplotter. Presumably your chartplotter screen is larger and easier to see than the dot matrix displays on your VHF. NMEA0183 doesn't require expensive cables or anything, just 4 signal wires and some butt connectors or a terminal block.
Makes sense.
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What can make more sense is getting the Icom 506 that gives you AIS. Hooking a VHF up to a good chart plotter is simple, but adding AIS is of real value. It then displays the AIS vessels on the chart plotter, and you will also have full GPS capability at the VHF. That saves getting an external unit and an additional antenna or splitter.


Then again, if you are only looking for DSC on a small boat and don't want to run wires...get one a VHF with GPS. I've always had luck (30 years of it) with Icom.


Yeah, you can do some DSC stuff with the Garmin touch screen, if you use those features.
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Originally Posted by manitunc View Post
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The Link8 is pretty much identical to the RS35.

They both have AIS. I forgot to mention that going to a GX1700 or M324 would lose that. Look at the GX2200 and M506-21 if you want to include an AIS receiver. Or grab just a new RS35.

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