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Marine radios with NMEA 2000

Garmin International has announced the VHF 110 and VHF 210 AIS, two VHF radios designed for both OEM and aftermarket applications. They offer integration with Garmin systems via NMEA 2000.

The VHF 110 offers plug and play via the NMEA 2000 network (Photo: Garmin)

Featuring an updated industrial design and sleek aesthetics, these radios were built to compliment the latest GPSMAP chartplotters and multi-function displays (MFDs). “Communication and situational awareness are critical on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “These new VHF radios will give fishermen, sailors, and cruisers confidence at their fingertips in an emergency situation, and with an all-new eye-catching design, they’ll be an attractive option for any helm.” The VHF 110 and VHF 210 AIS are being announced in conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 3 to 7, and will be on display at the Garmin booth 323-324.

The VHF 110 is Garmin’s entry-level radio, offering 25 W of transmit power and Class D Digital Selective Calling compatibility via NMEA 2000. In addition to dedicated buttons and knobs for ease of use, the VHF 110 features three soft keys that allow boaters to intuitively see and select the information they want, while eliminating the clutter they don’t. The VHF 110 also features NOAA weather alerts and position tracking, which allows a mariner to locate and keep tabs on up to three boats.

For mariners wanting to take advantage of the automatic identification system (AIS), the VHF 210 AIS incorporates all features mentioned above and adds a built-in AIS receiver for improved situational awareness and greater confidence on the open waters. With 25 W of transmit power, the VHF 200 AIS also comes with a two-way hailer system that can be connected to a hailer horn or external speaker on the deck or tower for onboard communication. Like the VHF 110, the VHF 200 AIS provides DSC functionality, including distress calling and direct calling with user programmed maritime mobile service identity.

The VHF 110 and VHF 210 AIS are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017. International versions – the VHF 110i and the VHF 210i AIS – will also be available.

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