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Old 12-18-2014, 08:50 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Pau Hana View Post
I like the idea of 2 radios; here's how I'm set up with 2 radios.

Both radios have remote mike capability, so I have a head unit on the flybridge and one at the lower helm. The remote mikes are run to opposite station. Each radio is interfaced with its corresponding head unit for DSC and AIS info.

Works great!
Exactly my strategy too, other than the AIS bit. Comes in very handy.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:51 PM   #42
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Given the proliferation of AIS-equipped VHFs, I though of another caution.

I tried using two VHFs, both with AIS, and both on N2K. I ended up with issues because vendors don't seem to agree on how to handle multiple AIS devices on the same network. I couldn't turn the AIS reports on/off on N2K at the VHFs, and the various displays that show AIS targets can't be told which AIS receiver to listen to. Confusion reigned. And AIS reports take up a lot of network bandwidth, so you really don't want more of them running than needed.

I ended up changing both VHFs to non-AIS versions so the only AIS device was my transceiver. Now everything works, but I've got no backup if the main AIS dies.

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