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I have a furuno AIS receiver. How do i integrate a

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I have a furuno AIS receiver. How do i integrate a transmitter
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Customer: As I typed I need to get an AIS transmitter to go along with my AIS receiver that I've a few years
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Marine Electronics
Expert:  Rusty replied 9 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** to Justanswer! Give me just a few minutes to look up some specifics, I'm working on this now.

Expert:  Rusty replied 9 months ago.

Do you still need help with this?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Sorry I didn't see a solution that you offered.
Expert:  Greg A. replied 9 months ago.


Different expert here.

I see your question has been posted here for a few days, and I believe you "didn't see a solution" offered because there is no "simple solution" to "integrate a transmitter" into an AIS receiver.

What needs to happen, assuming you want to "do it right" is to REPLACE the receiver ONLY with a "Transponder/Transceiver".

I assume from your question that you may be "on a tight budget", but if you were trying to find an AIS transmitter ONLY, to cost of having such a system would probably be about the same or MORE than simply replacing the receiver with a transponder.

You MAY already have all this information, but please let me give you a couple of link that explain the difference between transceiver/transponders and Receiver ONLY systems. The first is "short and sweet", and the second is VERY detailed.

Short & Sweet Link --> Click Here

DETAILED link --> Click here.

NOTE: Since this is really a "safety item" - in most cases, try to get the BEST QUALITY unit for your situation. "Going cheap" could cost you (and your passengers) their life!

Please let me know what you find or if you have any more questions.

Take Good Care & Be Safe Out There, Greg A.


Expert:  Greg A. replied 9 months ago.

Hi again,

It looks like I forgot to include a link to some commonly available transponders - at least via Amazon. Let me send that link below.

"AIS Transponder" search results (Amazon) --> Click link below

The purpose of the link is to give you a REFERENCE to look at what might be available for purchase AND the cost. Of course anything you see online does NOT include installation, and you would need to install the system with your own labor and such.

Another suggestion - especially if you are trying to keep costs down:

If you have a "regular place" where you have maintenance of this type done on your vessel, you MAY want to "make a deal" with them were you "get some credit" toward the cost of a transponder by "trading in" the receiver in the deal. I only mention this because many shops that do this kind of installation and maintenance have other customers that have been looking for or need ONLY the receiver, and the shop could "resell" that unit to them.

Please let me know what you find or if you have any more questions about these AIS systems.

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