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GARMIN New Products
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posted 07-07-2009 09:08 PM ET (US)
The NMEA 2000 mafia will be happy.
New stuff from Garmin--NMEA 2000 functionality
posted 07-08-2009 09:05 AM ET (US)
New VHF 300 series radio .....
Innovative for sure .......
"The VHF 300 has 25 watts of transmit power and has both NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connectivity. Because the black box can be mounted anywhere out-of-sight, the VHF 300 saves important real estate on the helm.
Boaters operate the unit via the GHS™ 10 microphone. This handheld mic features a crisp 2-inch LCD display, dedicated rotary key for frequent tasks, and three soft buttons for dynamic controls. The VHF 300 supports up to three GHS 10 mics which have built-in speaker for vessels with multiple stations, and uses either the supplied four-inch active speaker with volume knob, or an optional third-party passive speaker. With multiple stations, the system can be used as an on-boat intercom.
The VHF 300 also features NOAA weather alerts, Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capability, and Position Tracking, which allows a mariner to locate and keep tabs on up to three other boats. The radio is equipped with a two-way 30-watt hailer compatibility for communication with other boats or deckhands. The helmsman can also replay up to 90 seconds of the last incoming voice transmission at the touch of a button.
For those wanting to take advantage of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), Garmin has the new VHF 300 AIS, which combines all of the features mentioned above with four built-in receivers: one dedicated for VHF communications, one for Class D DSC transmissions, and two dedicated AIS receivers. The VHF 300 AIS receives both Class A and Class B signals simultaneously, ensuring that no critical information is lost."
posted 07-08-2009 09:20 AM ET (US)
They also released new radar models ..... for those interested.
posted 07-08-2009 09:40 AM ET (US)
It will be interesting to see what the price differential
between the VHF 300 and the VHF 300 AIS is. I'll predict
$300 initially, falling to $50-100 in a couple of years.
posted 07-10-2009 03:32 AM ET (US)
More info over on Panbo here:
posted 07-11-2009 10:07 AM ET (US)
A VHF Marine Band Radio that costs $1,000 is a bit steep for a small boat, even if it does have an AIS receiver built in. I don't think too many GARMIN VHF 300 AIS radios will be installed on small boats.
posted 07-11-2009 05:27 PM ET (US)
The GARMIN VHF 300 is $700, or $300 less than the AIS version. That is still a pricey radio.
posted 07-11-2009 08:41 PM ET (US)
The Icom 504 is $509 [suggested-] retail and the 604 is $943. The Garmin seems well placed for the flagship of their communications offerings.
posted 07-12-2009 11:28 PM ET (US)
Jimh: Are those list prices, MSRP, or real-world, deep-discount
posted 07-12-2009 11:37 PM ET (US)
The prices I mentioned for the new GARMIN VHF 300 AIS and GARMIN VHF 300 are prices listed by GARMIN on their website. I imagine that once the these radios are actually being distributed and sold in large volumes they will be offered at lower prices by retailers.
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