Ray218, first impressions

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    No DSC Distress button?
    Color is nice, but only if it really enhances the ease of use.
    What I’d like to see next in a VHF is a fully integrated AIS transceiver. Why do I need to buy two VHF transcievers, two antennas, etc? Of course there may be two transceivers in the box, but it seems like the best chance of having those transceivers not interfere with each other, and drive through a single antenna, is to have one manufacturer put it all in one box and make it work.
    It’s the obviously missing features in the Standard CPV350. How could they add a VHF to a plotter and not include AIS?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Russ, The DSC button is under that little door left of the 16/9 button. I agree that combining VHF and AIS sounds good, simplified NMEA 0183 connects for one thing, but apparently it’s not that easy to put them all in one box. Shielding issues I guess. I like the color screen on the Uniden because I find it easier to read, even though it’s pretty small.

  3. Russ says:

    Sorry for the lack of clarity, I was looking for a Distress button on the RayMic.

  4. MarTee says:

    The radio looks nice but I am disappointed it only supports NMEA 0183 connections. I would like to see one of the Seatalk versions supported, which would greatly simplify an all Raymarine installation. I would also like to be able to operate the radio and DSC features directly from a E or C display. I like DSC, but the typical radio display is too small to make it easy. An integrated AIS receiver option would be great too.

  5. b393capt says:

    MarTee writes “be able to operate the DSC features direct from the E or C display”.
    Are your thinking being able to keep a list of friends boat within the chartplotter, click to inquire location and/or place a VHF call, integrate with AIS contacts so you can click on an AIS contact, pickup the MMSI, and make a ship to ship call … Great Idea MarTee
    Raymarine ?

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