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Old 09-02-2017, 09:12 PM   #1
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Just got my new boat which had a nss12 evo3 installed during the build process. It has a fiberglass hard top and I'm looking for good VHF and antenna suggestions. Being the boat is new I'm not sure what accessories I'll add down the road. So I'm looking for a radio that will work if I add radar and will communicate with my nss12 fairly easily. On the antenna side I want to get good range as we are sometimes out 30+ miles. AIS and internal gps would be nice but I'm not sure I understand it or will use it to its fullest potential. Would like to keep cost well below $1k if possible. Thank you in advance!
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Standard Horizon GX6500, or Icom M605 or M506, match w 8' top of the line Shakespeare will be a great setup
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Consider the Lowrance Link 8 VHF. Moderately priced with AIS receive to chart capability. Very pleased with recent install. They (Navico) may market the same or similar unit under the Simrad brand-not sure. The AIS function is worth it if you frequently transit commercial shipping lanes/harbors. It is a no brainer to use. Digital brand antenna or Shakespeare Galaxy antenna would work nicely.
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Lots of choices. VHF is such an import piece of gear, it's not a place to save a few $$.
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Consider the Lowrance Link 8 VHF. Moderately priced with AIS receive to chart capability. Very pleased with recent install. They (Navico) may market the same or similar unit under the Simrad brand-not sure. The AIS function is worth it if you frequently transit commercial shipping lanes/harbors. It is a no brainer to use. Digital brand antenna or Shakespeare Galaxy antenna would work nicely.
We don't really have major shipping lanes and zero harbors. Do you think it's worth it for me to get one with AIS?
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I would recommend the Simrad RS35. This will NMEA2000 into your Navico backbone to connect to your NSS Evo3 unit and any other NMEA2000 accessories that you may add down the road. This will have an AIS receiver built into it which will help you identify any commercial vessels such as freighters, tugs, and fishing vessels. The RS35 has been a popular VHF for the price and the AIS receiver is an added benefit for the price your paying for the VHF.

For an antenna I would recommend the Shakespeare 5225-XT 8' VHF antenna. We have had a lot of great feedback with this and is really our go to antenna in the 8' VHF category.
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RS35 will also allow you to call AIS targets directly from NSS Evo2.
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Do I need a specific AIS antenna or will the 5225-xt work for the simrad rs35?



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I would recommend the Simrad RS35. This will NMEA2000 into your Navico backbone to connect to your NSS Evo3 unit and any other NMEA2000 accessories that you may add down the road. This will have an AIS receiver built into it which will help you identify any commercial vessels such as freighters, tugs, and fishing vessels. The RS35 has been a popular VHF for the price and the AIS receiver is an added benefit for the price your paying for the VHF.

For an antenna I would recommend the Shakespeare 5225-XT 8' VHF antenna. We have had a lot of great feedback with this and is really our go to antenna in the 8' VHF category.
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The 5225-XT will work fine with the RS35.
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