Raymarine

Here you will find answers to some common questions about Raymarine, Raytheon and Autohelm products.

MULTIFUNCTION DISPLAYS

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Interfacing with a PC

INSTRUMENTS

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Can transducers and displays of different series be mixed?

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Yes, in most cases. The transducers used for the ST30, ST40, ST50, ST60 and ST60+ series share common electrical characteristics within their type (speed, depth or wind), and are therefore cross-compatible. There have been two styles of electrical connectors used among these series: circular multi-circuit and individual quick-disconnect. The following table indicates the connector used for each of these instrument series.

Series

SpeedDepthWind*Power/Data
ST30/ST505-circuit
circular
3-circuit
circular
5-circuit
circular
3-circuit
circular
ST40*/ST60/ST60+5 quick-
disconnects
2 quick-
disconnects
5 quick-
disconnects
3 quick-
disconnects

*The ST40 Wind Instrument only supports the Rotovecta transducer, which uses 2 quick-disconnects.

It is possible to adapt between these connector styles with only a basic level of electrical skill. To convert from a circular multi-circuit connector to the quick-disconnect style, the connector can be cut off the transducer's cable and a quick-disconnect connector be crimped onto each of the cable's conductors. Converting from quick-disconnect to circular multi-circuit connectors is more difficult, but also rarely necessary.

In 2006 Raymarine introduced the ST60 Plus series of instruments, which replaced their very popular ST60 series. The most notable changes made were in the appearance of the instrument's bezel (rounded rather than sharp corners) and the ability for individual instruments to be turned off independently of the others in a network.

Here are some additional notes.

Depth
When connecting a depth transducer with a three-conductor cable to an instrument with only two connections, use only the blue and black conductors.

Wind
Coinciding with the introduction of the ST60 Plus instruments, Raymarine replaced their long-lived wind transducer, or masthead unit (MHU). The new design can be identified by an egg-shaped pod rather than the classic cylindrical pod. Because the electrical and mechanical connections of the new MHU arm maintain compatibility with the classic design, it is possible to refit an older system with the new MHU, and to use an older MHU with the new instrument. However, a change in the design of the anemometer cups has resulted in their rotating at a speed 25% faster than those of the classic style. For this reason, care should be taken to ensure proper calibration of the instrument. The following table provides the standard calibration values for the various instrument/MHU combinations.

InstrumentClassic MHUNew MHU
ST50*/ST60 prior to v6.001.000.75
ST60/ST60+ v6.00 and later0.930.70

*As the ST50 Wind Instrument does not have provision for speed calibration, it will read 25% fast if used with the new-style MHU.

Refer to the owner's manual for directions on setting the calibration value.

GPS

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Are Raymarine GPS receivers compatible with the European EGNOS or Japanese MSAS systems?

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Yes, Raymarine's satellite-differential type GPS receivers will make use of the EGNOS and MSAS systems as they become operational. These and the currently operational WAAS system are known as Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS). The following table lists SBAS-compatible receiver models.

Type

SBAS-Compatible Receivers

ActiveRaystar 12, Raystar 120, Raystar 125
PassiveRaynav 300, Raychart 320, Raychart 435
InternalRaychart 400, Raychart 435i

Any SeaTalk-enabled chartplotter (from Raymarine, Raytheon or Autohelm) is also compatible when used with one of the above receivers. Furthermore, any brand of NMEA 0183-compliant chartplotter should also be SBAS-compatible when deriving position information from the Raystar 125 receiver.

Background

To complement the worldwide coverage of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), several Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) have been or are being developed to offer enhanced service in specific regions. These enhancements are required to provide the accuracy necessary for aircraft control operations, though other users will also benefit. The only SBAS currently operating is the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which covers all of the United States, including Alaska and Hawai`i, the northeast Pacific, northwest Atlantic and much of the Caribbean Sea. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is currently undergoing testing, and the Japanese MTSAT Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS) and Indian GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) are in the planning stages.
 

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Are Raymarine GPS receivers compatible with the European Galileo Service?

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Yes. Like the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS services, Galileo is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). These services complement each other, permitting a single receiver to operate from signals transmitted by satellites from any of them. However, the Galileo service is presently in the testing stage and is not expected to be operational until 2010.

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RADAR

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Can I use my older radar scanner with Raymarine's C- and E-series displays?

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Raymarine's C- and E-series multifunction displays (excluding the newer widescreen models!) are compatible with all scanners made by Raymarine since mid-May of 2003. Some older Raymarine (and even Raytheon) scanners may also be compatible. Note that the newer widescreen C- and E-series multifunction displays are only compatible with the newer digital radar scanners.

To determine if your Raymarine or Raytheon scanner is compatible, you will need to know its model and serial numbers. If you do not have a record of these, you can look for the decal on the scanner itself. On radome scanners, this is found at the center of the dome's housing top. On open-array scanners, this is found on the side of the pedestal. The model number is a six- or seven-character sequence beginning with a letter. The serial number is a seven-digit number that follows the model number. Below is an example of what you might see.

M92650

This is the model number

0530299

This is the serial number

To be compatible with the C- and E-series, your scanner should be of one of the following models:

2kW RadomeM92650, M92650-S, E52010, E52065
4kW RadomeM92652, M92652-S, E52011, E52067
4kW Open ArrayM92654, T52001, T52001-S, T52013, T52013-S
10kW Open ArrayT52012, T52012-S, T52014, T52014-S

Use the serial number to determine the production month (first two digits) and year (third digit). In our example, the unit is a 2kW Radome produced in May of 2003. With this information, use the following table to determine if your scanner can be used with the C- or E-series units.

Product

Production Date

 Serial Number Date Range

 Compatible with C- and E-Series?*

 2kW
Radome

Prior to December 2002

Prior to 1220001

No1

December 2002 to mid-May 2003

From 1220001 to 0530167

Yes, with internal modification2,3

Mid-May 2003 to present

From 0530158 and later

Yes

4kW
Radome

Prior to December 2002

Prior to 1220001

No1

December 2002 to mid-May 2003

From 1220001 to 0530246

Yes, with internal modification2,3

Mid-May 2003 to present

From 0530247 and later

Yes

4kW
Open Array

Prior to January 2003Prior to 0130001No1

January to mid-December 2003

0130001 to 1230143

Yes, with internal modification4,5

Mid-December 2003 to Present

From 1230144 and later

Yes, with use of an inter-unit cable adaptor5

10kW
Open Array

Prior to March 2003Prior to 0330001No1

March 2003

0330001 to 0339999

Yes, with internal modification4,5

April 2003 to present

From 0430001 and later

Yes, with use of an inter-unit cable adaptor5

*Excluding C- and E-series Widescreen models.
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A new scanner is required. Raymarine has discontinued their exchange program for these older units.
2Our Service Department can replace the working scanner's IF PCB for compatibility, while supplies last; 2kW/4kW=$453 (includes testing).
3The scanner may be exchanged for a re-manufactured new-generation scanner (NGS) model; 2kW=$845, 4kW=$1326 (plus shipping).
4The open array pedestal may be exchanged for a compatible pedestal; 4kW=$1315, 10kW=$CALL (plus shipping).
5As the C- and E-series displays do not supply adequate power for an open array scanner, an inter-unit cable adaptor for external powering is required.

All prices subject to change without notice.
UPDATE (2009): It is believed that Raymarine no longer offers any of these exchanges, and none of the prices here are applicable.

 


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