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    I have Garmin GPS map 5012 plotter and icom ic-m504 vhf ...want to add AIS do i go with Garmin AIS 600 or the Icom MA-500TR???????
    1984 3870 bayliner

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    Either one will work, but I personally would go with the Garmin. The Icom unit only interfaces via NMEA 0183. It's a PITA to make the connections. Moreover, you don't really need a dedicated screen if you already have a chart plotter. The Garmin unit connects via NMEA 2000, this is easy and almost plug and play.
    1999 3788, Cummins 270 "Freedom"
    2013 Boston Whaler 130 SS
    Anacortes, WA
    Isla Verde, PR

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      "oldcrow" post=802139 wrote:
      I have Garmin GPS map 5012 plotter and icom ic-m504 vhf ...want to add AIS do i go with Garmin AIS 600 or the Icom MA-500TR???????
      Two questions: Do you want to broadcast and receive, or just receive? And are you looking for a unit that has AIS in it, or just something that will give you AIS?

      My system only receives, so I can see other AIS boats, but they can't see me .....unless I hit the 'Distress/Emergency' DSC red button on my VHF in the case of an emergency. Then my position and MMSI number are broadcast.

      I have a https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/11...s chartplotter and an http://icomamerica.com/en/products/m...> Icom 422 VHF. I just installed a https://www.tindie.com/products/astu...> dAISy module with the https://www.tindie.com/products/astu...> NMEA adapter. It connects to both via the NMEA0183 connection on the Garmin. I also added its own antenna, a cheap Shakespeare 8' whip from WM for $41. Total cost was $124!

      From 10 miles inland sitting in the RV parking lot of a community outside Sequim, WA, I can read AIS vessels all the way across the strait to Victoria, BC, and a stretch of the strait 40 miles wide!

      A few members helped me with this, but it all started with a http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/in...t from TenMile.

      Hope that helps.
      "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
      MMSI: 367637220
      HAM: KE7TTR
      TDI tech diver
      BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
      Kevin

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