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Old 08-25-2017, 03:10 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by twistedtree View Post
Clicking on an AIS boat icon and picking "call boat" might happen, if only it worked. I have yet to hear of any VHF, chart plotter combination that actually will do that, though I suppose they must exist somewhere.
I have a Garmin VHF200 (N2K) radio, GPSMAP 7212 and 740 plotters and a Si-Tex MDA-1 Class B AIS and it all works perfectly. Very handy in the Galveston Ship Channel and Gulf ICW working with commercial traffic.

Conversely, using DSC to contact pleasure boats is a non-starter IMHO. Just too complicated.
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:11 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by O C Diver View Post
This is one of those reasons to read the manual and learn how to monitor a second channel. "Cheshire Cat" vessel "Jamie" on 09. Kind of like commercial bridge to bridge traffic on 13. No need to keep restarting on 16.


Yup, another good option. I've been dual monitoring for the last 5 hours, vessel traffic and 16. Works great.

I still think for buddy boating, it has some real advantages.

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