Simrad is introducing a new VHF radio and an upgrade with a Class-B AIS system, representing a pair of multi-station marine radio systems. Both radios, the RS100 and the RS100-B, which is integrated with a Class-B AIS transceiver and a GPS, are expandable and be customized for any boat.
The two new radios are part of modular VHF systems that expand to include up to eight handsets (four wired and four wireless) and four external speakers. This possibility makes them appropriate for both medium-sized and larger yachts.
“Our new VHF systems offer our customers ever more flexibility and better communication while out on the water,” said Mike Fargo, executive vice president of Simrad (part of the Navico Group).
The wireless handsets duplicate the radio display. The controls are user friendly and the screens are easy to read in all lighting conditions, including bright sunlight. And they have features such as Track Buddy, where you can track the positions of five other radios.
The RS100-B has a Class-B AIS receiver and transmitter, and it’s bundled with a dedicated GPS receiver for AIS transmission. With this unit, you can see other nearby vessels with AIS equipment, and they can see you, a major advantage in safely navigating crowded harbors and waterways.
The unit monitors the location of all nearby AIS-enabled vessels, in real time, and in any weather condition, night or day. You can see the AIS information directly on the radio’s screen or via a compatible multifunction display as an overlay on a chart or radar screen.
The new Simrads are Class-D DSC approved, so they can make and receive DSC distress calls, including present position. A dual-watch channel lets you monitor the current channel plus Channel 16, and they have a record-and-replay feature so you don’t miss important calls. Read more: