Standard Horizon GX-6000E Quantum Integrated AIS Receiver

The GX-6000E is packed full of features, including full DSC (Digital Selective Calling) capability, a loud hailer, a GPS navigation page and a Class B (non SOLAS) AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver. It will tell you everything about the targets, including their Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, their name and call sign, and the bearing, distance, speed over the ground (SOG) and course over the ground (COG). The set also contains programmable alarms for closest point of approach (CPA) and time to closest point of approach (TCPA). 

At the heart of this set is a DSC VHF, which offers the full range of radio functions, including priority scan, programmable scan, position polling and a push-button distress alert. Additionally, sockets on the rear allow it to be connected to any NMEA2000 or NMEA0183 device, such as a chart plotter or an external GPS such as the SCU-31, which provides the data for an electronic compass, waypoint navigation and GPS status page to be displayed on the high definition, backlit LCD screen. Another major feature is the ability to supplement the supplied microphone with either a RAM4 (SSM-70H) wired second station handset, which replicates all of the key functions, including the AIS display, or – for even more freedom of movement – the wireless RAM4W (SSM-71H). When combined with the wireless base station (SCU-30), this wireless remote station has a range of around 60 feet, and can support up to four RAM4Ws (or two RAM4s) connected at the same time. If you want more reach on the supplied microphone, then there is an extra 20 feet available using the MEK-4 extension kit. Both remote microphones allow full control including intercom ability from any one microphone to another or to all. www.standardhorizon.co.uk

Gary Brown
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