Motorboat & Yachting - - NEW GEAR -

An­other month, an­other new VHF ra­dio, leav­ing us won­der­ing what new fea­tures are left to be brought to mar­ket. Well in the case of the new GX-2000E, there are sev­eral. The back­bone is a nor­mal DSC VHF ra­dio, but some of the func­tions are in­trigu­ing. There is a built-in Class B AIS re­ceiver that plots the bear­ing, dis­tance away and speed of Ais-equipped boats as well as their MMSI num­ber, name and call sign. So you can track and iden­tify a tar­get and even call it di­rectly us­ing the unit’s soft keys.

You can link it to any NMEA2000 or NMEA0183 de­vice, such as a chart plot­ter or an ex­ter­nal GPS, add a wired sec­ond sta­tion hand­set and even con­nect a wire­less hand­set. An in­te­grated 32 code voice scram­bler gives you pri­vacy when re­quired and a voice recorder al­lows you to record trans­mis­sions such as coast­guard safety mes­sages and re­play them.

Price £489.95 con­tact www.stan­dard­hori­

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