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    Default Standard Horizon GX2200E

    Who else wants one from Santa....?


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    Yes there is a lot to be said for this, not least no issues with the connections between different instruments. Also just needing one VHF aerial is a bonus. I have one on the pushpit and one at the masthead. If I wish to contact a ship at sea more than a few miles away I have to swap them over. I considered this long and hard, but ruled it out after asking about the current on standby. I was told 550 mA, or about 7W. Using solar only means at least 30W of panel just to supply this one piece of kit. I should get the meter out and try my separate bits. My impression is that most of the current is used by the VHF. I like to leave the AIS (NASA) receiver on continually at sea, and of course the GPS (Garmin hand-held) has to be on as well. I switch the VHF on if a vessel comes within range and conserve the power otherwise.

    Now if Santa wants to provide a towed generator as well as the GX2200E, that would be most acceptable.

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    There are a number of VHF radios now incorporating ais receivers. I bought the Radio Ocean one 2 years ago and found the integrated ais was quite useful. Like Len I keep my VHF turned off most of the time at sea. But as it will receive AIS signals easily at 50 Nautical Miles and I regularly received them at 300 Nm out, I just turn it on every couple of hours for a few minutes to see if there are any ships, fishing boats or other yachts around. I like the idea of a common antenna for both functions. I tend not to talk to ships unless they are bearing down on me and within 4 Nm so I could exist with the VHF antenna on the pushpit.
    John Apps

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    As a solo fellow I would greatly appreciate a command mike to be situated in the cockpit so that I could use the VHF without having to leave the helm and squirm below.
    I believe ICOM make one. I don't know if it includes AIS or what the power consumption is.

    Santa doesn't come here anymore - I'm solo in more ways than just sailing
    Kay Sarah Sarah
    57°51.42' N 5°29.44' W

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbilbo View Post
    Who else wants one from Santa....?

    Well.....yes, please.......that's awfully kind of you.

    I'll pm you the delivery address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Wilson View Post
    As a solo fellow I would greatly appreciate a command mike to be situated in the cockpit so that I could use the VHF without having to leave the helm and squirm below.
    I believe ICOM make one. I don't know if it includes AIS or what the power consumption is.

    Santa doesn't come here anymore - I'm solo in more ways than just sailing

    Standard horizon make an external mic - It's actually way more than a mic and is a full remote control with a matrix display. I have the GX2100E radio and the RAM mic in the cockpit. Both are excellent pieces of equipment.
    The prudent see danger and seek refuge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G12 View Post
    Standard horizon make an external mic - It's actually way more than a mic and is a full remote control with a matrix display. I have the GX2100E radio and the RAM mic in the cockpit. Both are excellent pieces of equipment.
    That's encouraging to hear. I'll pop a note in the chimney
    Kay Sarah Sarah
    57°51.42' N 5°29.44' W

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    I finally got around to taking a multimeter on board and measuring the current drain from my GPS, AIS and VHF. I expected the total to be at least as much as the GX2200E. In fact the handheld Garmin GPS plugged into 12V used about 50 mA, the NASA AIS about 60 mA and another 50 mA for the backlight, and the M-Tech MT500 VHF around 180mA on standby and another 50mA when receiving a signal. These figures are in line with the makers data. All told about 300 mA or 350 mA with the backlight on. On a blue water passage I always left the GPS and AIS on, using around 100mA between them, a very small price to pay in power terms. The VHF went on when other shipping was nearby.

    Has anyone fitted a GX2200E and if so could they please test the standby power consumption to see if it is as claimed, 550mA. That seems a lot, but it has to be said that the range of my VHF is not impressive. Perhaps the extra power gives better performance, or my aerial might not be very effective. I am fitting out a Hurley 27 and will need all these things and are very tempted to buy one of these, but using 5 times as much power to leave the AIS running would not do much to aid restful sleep.

    Thanks, Len

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    I think my GX2100E uses about 0.8A from memory..... That is with the backlight on but not cranked right up. I doubt the 2200 would use much if any more....

    If you're not happy with the performance of your receiver then I suggest an upgrade to the aerial and coax. The best setup I ever had was the GX2100 (that I still have) connected to a Metz Manta aerial at the masthead and using RG8X coax - one single piece from the set to the masthead. The receive and transmit were phenomenal. If you have a bigger boat then there's even better coax you can use but it's much fatter so I went with the RG8X which isn't much fatter than normal but with much less loss per metre.
    My new boat has TWO joints in the coax (to be rectified shortly) and although I still have good TX and RX it's not as good as the single length setup.

    Rocket radio in Letchford are about the best priced place for the RG8X and Salty John (posts here sometimes) is a good source for the Metz manta. Metz do an AIS specific manta as well....
    The prudent see danger and seek refuge.

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    I think my GX2100E uses about 0.8A from memory..... That is with the backlight on but not cranked right up. I doubt the 2200 would use much if any more....

    If you're not happy with the performance of your receiver then I suggest an upgrade to the aerial and coax. The best setup I ever had was the GX2100 (that I still have) connected to a Metz Manta aerial at the masthead and using RG8X coax - one single piece from the set to the masthead. The receive and transmit were phenomenal. If you have a bigger boat then there's even better coax you can use but it's much fatter so I went with the RG8X which isn't much fatter than normal but with much less loss per metre.
    My new boat has TWO joints in the coax (to be rectified shortly) and although I still have good TX and RX it's not as good as the single length setup.

    Rocket radio in Letchford are about the best priced place for the RG8X and Salty John (posts here sometimes) is a good source for the Metz manta. Metz do an AIS specific manta as well....
    The prudent see danger and seek refuge.

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