Our AIT2000 Class B AIS Transponder is most commonly installed with an AIS compatible Chart Plotter, so that the AIS targets can be displayed on the electronic chart. However, on sail boats it is often desirable to turn off the chart plotter on longer legs to reduce power consumption, but then you no longer have an AIS display.
The Standard Horizon GX2000E VHF is unique in that it has the capability to display AIS targets and also features closest point of approach (CPA and TCPA) alarms which constantly monitor for dangerous AIS targets and warn you when you are on a potential collision course with them.
The combination of our AIT2000 and the Standard Horizon GX2000E, makes for a very powerful AIS display system that consumes significantly less power (typically < 1A) than a colour chart plotter. Add to this the fact that you can quickly make a DSC call from the GX2000E to any of the targets in its AIS List and you find that this combination matches or out performs many integrated systems, costing much more.
For anyone who wants an AIS transponder and a fully integrated VHF radio that can display and make DSC calls to other AIS targets the AIT2000 and GX2000E are a perfect combination. When compared to a normal VHF only radio, you are effectively getting a full function AIS display, with CPA alarms and DSC calling for just £50 more, which represents excellent value for money.
Interfacing is pretty straight forward and Digital Yacht have created a Tech Note showing how the two systems are connected together – please click here to download it.