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Old 24 November 2013, 14:55   #1
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If I get a AIS VHF thats N2k compatible will this put the AIS information onto my N2k plotter?
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Old 24 November 2013, 15:07   #2
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If I get a AIS VHF thats N2k compatible will this put the AIS information onto my N2k plotter?
Link8 with your HDS gear?
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Thats what I was thinking, but then if i can get a link 8 for SRP: 296.40 and get AIS on my HDS gear, then why would anyone buy an AIS receiver for 500.00

So if i get the Link 8, connect it to the N2k network - Bingo I have an AIS plotter?
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Thats what I was thinking, but then if i can get a link 8 for SRP: 296.40 and get AIS on my HDS gear, then why would anyone buy an AIS receiver for 500.00

So if i get the Link 8, connect it to the N2k network - Bingo I have an AIS plotter?
Yes, but the point of AIS is to be broadcasting your position, which the Link 8 doesn't do. IMHO you would be much better off with a Digital Yacht AIT2000 or other AIS transceiver.
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I understand that its better to be seen, but Id its better to see whats going on that nothing at all, and my VHF 421 is getting old and showing signs that it needs to be replaced.

As I am adding the HDS equipment this winter I may also include the link 8 into my upgrade.
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So if i get the Link 8, connect it to the N2k network - Bingo I have an AIS plotter?
I think so, but any 150 AIS receiver should do the same. Might you be mixing them up with Transceivers? That said, the Link8 looks very nice and removes the need for a splitter box or second antenna (more money and wiring).

Ignore Gotchi - he's an attention seeker who wants to appear on the plotters of tankers and bulk carriers If you need to keep in touch with buddies in a fleet, you should be able to poll their VHFs directly for a position if you set it up correctly.
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willk - not confusing with rx & tx. I only want rx...

My VHF is getting old, and I have had a few problems in the past season, so this is a good enough reason for the update.
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I think so, but any 150 AIS receiver should do the same.
Actually - I think some of the cheaper end ones will only really have one receiver for AIS that scans both channels. That results in about 1/3rd of traffic being lost going by all accounts. No great shakes for the speed / direction data you will probably get it next time, but is the reason it often takes more than 6 minutes to get the vessel detail (e.g. name) when it is being transmitted every 6 mins.

Trouble is they often say 'receive on both AIS channels' and don't say how they do it.

Link 8 says dual channel but can't be sure if thats 2 separate receivers. The manual on-line is pants.

Doesn't feel like you'd need that much extra kit in the box to send AIS so why does that then cost an extra 500?
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willk - not confusing with rx & tx. I only want rx...
Ah, OK - it was the 500 that foxed me. A Link8 at 265 seems too good to say no to. I have no idea how good a VHF they are but I'd risk it for a biscuit

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When I have looked for an AIS tx/rx they are like 500
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