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Howto disable STD Horizon AIS Receiver and integrate with AIS Transponder
I am new to marine Electronics, having just bought my first boat a 25 year old 38ft powerboat and would appreciate some help. I am currently working on setting up a N2K network which would connect my Std Horizon GX6000 to a Raymarine AIS transponder. According to the Raymarine manual I should disable the AIS receiver on the VHF to avoid conflicts. Does anyone know how to do this? I could not find any information in the STD Horizon manual on how to disable the AIS receiver, nor on getting AIS target data from N2K.
Much appreciate pointers on how to do this.
Hi Frank, Your question is coincidental as I recently messed with a sample GX6000 trying to solve another NMEA 2000 issue, as explained in the comments here:
At any rate, I don't think the GX6000 can turn off its AIS output over N2K, but also don't trust its manual on such subjects.
On the other hand, I'm not sure why the AIS output has to be turned off. I ran the GX6000 on a network that also had a Vesper AIS transponder and various Garmin and Raymarine displays did not seem to have any problem with the repeated AIS target data.
What are the displays on your N2K network that will display the AIS data?
Since my boat has no space (yet) for an MFD I plan to use an iPad with TimeZero (and a Wifi Gateway) or something similar to display the Raymarine AIS data. Not having a MFD setup at my console I would like the GX6000 to display the AIS targets on the N2K network (from the Raymarine AIS Transponder). Also since the GX6000 does not have an AIS antenna connected, it won't have good data. So having it display the data on the N2K network makes sense.
The Raymarine AIS Transponder manual explicitly requires disabling the AIS on the VHF. Raymarine seems overcautious to protect themselves. They also do not support transmitting GPS data from the unit on the N2K network even though the unit is capable of doing so "to avoid conflicts". They only allow sending GPS data during test and require the user to disable the feature.
Anyway I am going to setup a "test" network shortly to do some experimentation. Main concern is avoiding conflicts on the network. Secondary objective is to get the Raymarine AIS data displayed on the GX6000, which does not have an AIS antenna itself.
Frank, I'm sorry to report that GX6000 was not able to read AIS data coming over NMEA 2000 on my boat last summer, which I confirmed with SH:
"It appears as of right now the GX6000 will not read AIS target data coming in through the NMEA2000 line.We will be working closely with engineering to see about updating this with a future firmware update."
I'll check on this but I don't see a new firmware update on the SH site since the one I wrote about around the same time: