Graham’s correct, IF you have NMEA2000 in place. If you don’t, there’s still an 
NMEA0183 interface on the GX6500.  If you want to go with a single masthead 
antenna, I’d suggest using the Si-Tex MDA3 antenna switcher.  By doing this 
rather than using two antennas for VHF/AIS, you restrict the AIS’s ability to 
receive when you’re transmitting on VHF; but if you use the radio sparingly, 
then it’s not much of an issue, and you gain the distance advantage of having 
the AIS antenna up high, just like on the VHF.

Reports I’ve seen online suggest an expected availability date in November; 
I’ll let the list know when they start to ship.

— Fred

Fred Street -- Minneapolis
S/V Oceanis (1979 C&C Landfall 38) -- Bayfield, WI

> On Oct 16, 2016, at 10:18 AM, G Collins via CnC-List <> 
> wrote:
> The VHF / AIS has N2K in/output - so it _should_ be plug and play to your 
> plotter...
> Graham Collins
> Secret Plans
> C&C 35-III #11
> On 2016-10-16 10:28 AM, Jake Brodersen via CnC-List wrote:
>> Fred,
>> My VHF is due for replacement.  Adding AIS was always on my to-do list 
>> anyway.  This is a great combination.  How would I get the AIS info to my 
>> chartplotter (Garmin) or Raymarine instruments?  Or should I wait for 
>> Raymarine to introduce their own version of VHF/AIS?  I’m sure it’s only a 
>> matter of time before other manufacturers offer similar products.
>> Jake
>> Jake Brodersen
>> C&C 35 Mk-III “Midnight Mistress”
>> Hampton VA


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