coax switch for AIS

Discussion in 'OnBoard Electronics & Controls' started by 23feet, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. 23feet
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    23feet Junior Member

    I would like to use an inexpensive AIS receiver on my boat, and don't want to pay for an expensive splitter.

    I am happy not being able to use both the ais and vhf at the same time with my one masthead aerial.

    Could I not just use an inexpensive coax switch when I want to use either the ais OR the vhf?

    Thanks,
    Roger
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    A cheap switch will likely be noise, degrade the signal and probably won't last long. Your life and safety may depend on the VHF or AIS functioning. There are other, non-critical, areas to save money on. A splitter costs about $65.00. How much are you saving with a cheap switch?
     
  3. 23feet
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    23feet Junior Member

    I have not a seen a splitter as inexpensive as that - usually $200+. Can you point me in the right direction?
    Thanks,
    Roger
     
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  5. 23feet
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    23feet Junior Member

    Thank you. I had seen those but thought that I would need a "marine" product. This is indeed a better solution.
     

  6. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    They don't need to be completely waterproof if you install them below decks
     
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