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As a solo fellow I would greatly appreciate a command mike to be situated in the cockpit so that I could use the VHF without having to leave the helm and squirm below.
I believe ICOM make one. I don't know if it includes AIS or what the power consumption is.
Santa doesn't come here anymore - I'm solo in more ways than just sailing :sorrow::encouragement:
That's encouraging to hear. I'll pop a note in the chimney :encouragement:Standard horizon make an external mic - It's actually way more than a mic and is a full remote control with a matrix display. I have the GX2100E radio and the RAM mic in the cockpit. Both are excellent pieces of equipment.
Very good point John. Another way of expressing the same might be: only one thing to go wrong not four. If the GPS or the NMEA link cable failed, the AIS would not function as a proximity alarm and the DSC would not work on the radio.But if it fails you lose three items not one.