The SP160 is specifically designed to work with any AIS receiver or transponder, with unique integration features for the AIS WatchMate Transponder. This is an excellent solution when it is difficult to install an additional antenna or you wish to share an existing VHF antenna and maximize your AIS range. This unit removes the need for a separate VHF antenna for an AIS receiver or transponder and allows a single antenna to be shared with a VHF radio.
All other AIS splitters introduce significant signal loss, but this unique Vesper Marine splitter is the only one that provides signal gain that improves AIS reception and increasing range. This is because the Vesper Marine splitter has a built-in low noise amplifier. This is especially useful as more and lower power Class B AIS transponders and SART’s are installed.
In addition to the amplification provided by this splitter, using a single antenna can optimize the range of your AIS transponder because a single antenna can be mounted as high as possible. Also using the SP160 allows instruments like AIS WatchMate to be easily installed with a single tidy coaxial cable run to each device with only one cable to your shared VHF antenna.
- Simple connection with standard patch cable
- Compact with built-in mounting flanges
- 4 status LED’s – power, VHF transmit, AIS transmit, and antenna quality
- AM/FM radio connection
- VHF “in-use” indicator
- Fail-safe VHF priority
- Antenna quality monitor indicates malfunction
- Low power consumption
- Designed for 12 or 24 VDC supply
- Rugged, waterproof construction for marine use
- IPx7 rated
- Frequency range – 156MHz to 163MHz
To install the splitter, you will need two appropriate length 50-ohm patch cables with standard PL-259 plugs. (AM/FM Patch Cables sold separately – Mfg# 039310.)