Feature-packed DSC VHF
Standard Horizon has launched the GX-6000E Quantum, a DSC VHF that can support up to four wireless remote microphones.
The GX-6000E carries multiple features, including full DSC capability, a loud hailer, a GPS navigation page and a Class B (non SOLAS) AIS receiver. It will tell you everything about the targets, including their Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, their name and call sign, and the bearing, distance, speed over the ground (SOG) and course over the ground (COG). The set also contains programmable alarms for closest point of approach (CPA) and time to closest point of approach (TCPA). Standard Horizon claims: ‘In some ways the GX-6000E is more helpful than radar in that it allows you to track and identify a target, and then make radio contact using the soft keys.’
Sockets on the rear allow it to be connected to any NMEA2000 or NMEA0183 device, such as a chart plotter or an external GPS such as the SCU-31, which provides the data for an electronic compass, waypoint navigation and GPS status page to be displayed on the high definition, backlit LCD screen.
Another major feature is the ability to supplement the supplied microphone with either a RAM4 (SSM-70H) wired second station handset, which replicates all of the key functions, including the AIS display, or – for even more freedom of movement - the wireless RAM4W (SSM-71H). When combined with the wireless base station (SCU-30), this wireless remote station has a range of around 60 feet, and the GX-6000E can support up to four RAM4Ws (or two RAM4s) connected at the same time. If you simply want more reach on the supplied microphone, then there is an extra 20 feet available using the MEK-4 extension kit. Both remote microphones allow full control including intercom ability from any one microphone to another or to all.
Extra features include a dual zone loud hailer with pre-programmed fog signals and a listen back facility. There is also an integrated voice scrambler if secrecy is required, and an advanced receiver with an attenuator for both local and distant transmissions. The intercom feature provides the ability to connect with all stations, or individual ones on a larger system.
By Jake Frith
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