— April 2003
By Ben Ellison
Mind the Vectors
|Simrad modular VHF|
Simrad claims its RS 86/87 VHF to be “the industry’s most flexible communication system.” The full-class D DSC black box transceiver can be mounted anywhere and cabled to either a fixed control panel with fist mike or to a full-function handset. Dual-station capability is built-in, and four stations are possible with an optional expansion board. Voice scrambling is another option. Standard features include weather alert, intercom, selectable fore and aft hailing, and manual or automatic fog signals. The base unit has a built-in directory that can hold up to ten MMSI (vessel identity) numbers for fast calling, and incoming DSC message information can be read and acknowledged on most Simrad plotters.
Simrad Phone: (425) 778-8821. www.simrad.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.