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Old 23 October 2018, 11:19   #1
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VHF with in built GPS

Hi,
As per previous posts, i will be shortly looking at fitting electronics to a 4.8M Ribcraft.
As space on the console is at premium, i am looking at flush mounting a VHF with in built GPS.

Has anyone done similar and does the radio still pick up GPS signal once flush mounted.

I notice one or two come with an external gps receiver and some the gps receiver is built in.

Thanks in advance
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Old 23 October 2018, 14:15   #2
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VHF with in built GPS

Think you should be ok. We also have a small console and flush mounted the vhf, a SH GX1700E with built in gps. Can’t say we’ve noticed any signal problems.

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We also now have, surface mounted on top of console, a compass and Garmin Echomap Plus. Pretty crowded but all seem to work as they should.
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excellent, thanks for reply
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In a steel cabin might have an issue but in a grp console internal should be fine.
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I have the 1700 - I suspect that the GPS antenna is located under the front panel of the unit - so always outside GRP. It wouldn't make much difference anyway. I have a pair of GPS receivers buried in the depths of my cabin and they work just fine.
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Old 24 October 2018, 15:19   #6
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If you are looking for a Christmas present, then wait for the ICOM 506G. It is a VHF and built in AIS, receiver and display. It has a significantly better display, to the three i saw at the Boat Show for my yacht, and is promised to be released around Christmas.
So Santa, did you hear that!!!!!!
ICOM did you hear that as well!!!
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better ways to get AIS than that (and way cheaper) if you have a reasonably modern plotter.

if you want AIS and VHF in same unit with an older plotter then not many options out there so need to live with the screen limitation.

viewing AIS on those screens isn't great, too small.
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viewing AIS on those screens isn't great, too small.
I'd agree. I have a Lowrance Link 8 with AIS receiver. Although the AIS function is great, I'd really not like to rely on the built in screen for navigation or collision avoidance as its tiny and low resolution. I output the info to a 5" plotter where it is far more useful.

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better ways to get AIS than that (and way cheaper) if you have a reasonably modern plotter.

if you want AIS and VHF in same unit with an older plotter then not many options out there so need to live with the screen limitation.

viewing AIS on those screens isn't great, too small.


Agree I have an Icom 406 with built in AIS receive, never used the AIS. I also have a digital yacht ait2000 transponder linked to the plotters, the only way to view AIS IMO. The VHF won’t plot the AIS targets on the chart for a “real world” view. Neither will it allow you to highlight the AIS target and see its details, including CPA & time to CPA.
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The 406 I looked at in the Boat Show did show CPA & TCPA & vessel details. It also allows one to pick a vessel and call him on DSC. I am presuming that the track of the vessel is 'plotted' on the Chart plotter.. I agree with most of the statements above, but If one does not have a Chart plotter, and has a non DSC vhf with very little space in the console area, then the 406g suita my needs.
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