|Icom handheld VHF radio|
Since adding a Ditch Bag to our boat, my intent is to place the handheld radio into the ditch bag. For that to work, I needed to install that remote mic which is exactly what I did last weekend.
|CMP 30 Standard Horizon Remote mic RAM 30+|
ite a bit more powerful so this is an important upgrade. The remote mic also has all the control capabilities of the main radio due to all the buttons located on the apparatus. It even has the DSC button on the back of the mic so that, with a push of the button, an instantaneous call can be made to the Coast Guard giving them all the vital data they would need to locate you--boat name, owner's name, lat and lon, a detailed description of the boat and who to call in an emergency.
The hardest part of this project was really just getting the connecting wire run from the main radio up through the tight spaces and up to the fly bridge.
|Remote mic connection, left and the hook to hang the mic.|
I did add a bead of silicon around the connector to hold out the inevitable water that will splash on it from time to time, rain and waves.
The connector on the curly cord in the mic photo above is plugged into the connector in the photo above right. The connection is covered with a rubber plug in the photo to resist corrosion. Once plugged in, the radio can be turned on and off from this remote station as well as turn on all the sound effects sometimes needed while underway such as a fog horn sound the blasts from the hailer horn mounted above the front windshield. It is also a PA should you need to shout instructions or warnings to nearby boats.
|Garmin GPSMAP 740s touch screen chart plotter|
|Em-Trek R100 AIS receiver unit|
|Garmin HD Radar dome|
To date I have the AIS installed, powered up and connected to the chart plotter. I have the chart
lotter powered up and working and I have the RADAR powered up and the connecting wires that send the power to the dome and the wires which send and receive data, all prepared and ready to pass through the hull to the fly bridge and on to the RADAR arch.
|Notice the radar dome high above this boat similar to ours. The |
narrow white piece of the hull swept back at about a 45 degree angle
is the radar arch.
boat, some 15 feet above the water and above the flybridge helm. It gives the greatest unobstructed field of view for the radar to seek targets on the farthest horizon.
The wiring has to pass from inside the cabin, up through the hull and inside the radar arch to reach the dome. I'll need a sunny day so I can open up the arch and run the wiring without getting soaked. I'm still waiting!