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jimh posted 11-12-2008 12:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I had a brief moment or two this summer to use a Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF Marine Band radio. I was impressed with its use of its large front panel display and three soft keys associated with the display. I'd never seen a marine radio where the designers used soft keys like that before.

If you have experience with the Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF I would like to hear your impressions of the radio. In particular, I wonder how well it handles DSC calls and position requests.

jimh posted 12-07-2008 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am still interested in hearing from anyone who has used a Ray55 DSC VHF Marine radio, and in particular, if it has been used with any digital selective calling features.
bluewaterpirate posted 12-07-2008 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I've installed two on clients boats, and both had to be returned because of microphone problems. One gentleman had a second problem--radio just quit working after two months--so he removed it replaced it with a Standard-Horizon VHF Marine Band radio.
jimh posted 12-07-2008 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
That is an interesting comment. The radio I mentioned above seemed to have an occasion problem in transmission with very low modulation. At the time I suspected that perhaps the microphone technique was responsible, but perhaps it wasn't.
David Pendleton posted 12-11-2008 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
JimH, if you are referring to my radio, it was because I didn't have the INTL setting selected while trying to communicate to those of you who did.
jimh posted 12-11-2008 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Dave--Yes, I was thinking of your radio.

Re the difference in channels between US, Canadian, and International plans, it is mainly a difference in a few channels which change from being simplex channels, that is, a channel where the ship radio transmits and listens on the same frequency, to being spit channels where the ship radio transmits on one frequency and listens on another. On those channels a shore station, which uses the opposite frequencies for transmit and receive, could be a full-duplex station and be able to provide simultaneous receive and transmit. A vessel is not likely to be able to support duplex operation, so the combination is a semi-duplex communication set up. That allows the shore station to hear the vessel while the shore station is transmitting, and that facilitates interfacing to a telephone line for connection to the public telephone network.

I'll have to take a closer look to see if exactly what channels change from USA to Canadian to International.

I liked the Ray55 radio control interface. The soft key function was a nice improvement. Do you have any other comments about your radio?

17 bodega posted 07-03-2012 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I recently purchased [a Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF] radio for a great price. Apparently it is still in production. I did get some reports that the power was low when I transmitted. It seemed that the HI/LO button on the microphone can accidentally be deployed. Overall I find this radio to be top quality.


PeteB88 posted 07-09-2012 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I have [a Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF Marine Band radio]. [My Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF Marine Band radio] seems okay, but last summer it just quit working. I took it to local dealer in Muskegon. A tech checked it, confirmed it did not transmit, and sent it to [Raymarine]. [Raymarine] replaced a [circuit board] and [the Raymarine Ray55 DSC VHF Marine Band radio] seems to work fine. I'll keep ya'all informed.
17 bodega posted 07-11-2012 02:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Pete--did they charge for the repair? Was it within the warranty period? Glad it's working good now. So far it appears my transmiter problems were limited to the HI/LOW power button.


PeteB88 posted 07-15-2012 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
No charge and Great service from Jan and Greg at The Mariner's Centre in Muskegon on Muskegon Lake. I totally respect and depend on Jan and Greg who have been super great to work with. Lots of products and I love the small showroom full of gear and cool stuf.

MOST important Greg installs and troubleshoots all the fancy electronics equipment and can help instantly.

TOTALLY recommend.

PeteB88 posted 07-15-2012 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
It might be important to note that my near instant, no charge warranty service happened before FLIR took over Raymarine which is what I understand is the deal. I am confident that my local dealer has a great relationship with Raymarine too.

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