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Ray218E & Ray55E
Marine VHF Radio
Owner’s Handbook
Document number: 81279-3
Date: April 2007
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Contents
Trademarks and registered trademarks ............................................ 2
About this Handbook .............................................................................................9
Important Information .......................................................................................10
Group MMSI ID .............................................................................. 10
Antenna Mounting and EME Exposure ................................................ 11
Safe Compass Distance ........................................................................ 11
EMC Conformance ............................................................................... 12
Duty Cycle ............................................................................................ 12
Chapter 1: Introduction .....................................................................................13
1.1 Ray218E and Ray55E Fixed Station VHF Radios ................................... 13
1.2 Features ............................................................................................... 13
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) .............................................................. 14
Chapter 2: Installation .......................................................................................15
2.1 Unpacking and Inspection .................................................................... 15
Removing the Sun Cover ..................................................................... 15
Equipment Supplied ............................................................................. 16
2.2 Planning the Installation ...................................................................... 17
2.3 Cable Connections ............................................................................. 20
Power ................................................................................................ 21
Hailer Horn (Ray218E only) .............................................................. 22
External Speaker ............................................................................... 22
Raymic / Mic Relocation ....................................................................... 22
NMEA Data ........................................................................................ 23
NMEA IN (from GPS) ...................................................................... 24
NMEA OUT (to Chartplotter Display) .............................................. 24
Antenna ............................................................................................... 25
Grounding ............................................................................................ 26
Chapter 3: General Operations .........................................................................27
3.1 Keypad and Rotary Knobs .................................................................... 27
Microphone Keys ................................................................................. 28
1. PTT ......................................................................................... 28
2. HILO / LOC DIST ......................................................................... 28
3. 16/PLUS
............................................................................... 28
4. UP/DOWN ............................................................................... 28
5. SCAN / SAVE ............................................................................ 28
Transceiver Controls ............................................................................. 28
6. CH/OK ....................................................................................... 28
7. PWR/VOL ................................................................................... 28
8. SQ .............................................................................................. 28
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9. Soft Keys ....................................................................................29
Transceiver Push Keys ...........................................................................29
10. HAILER / INTCM (Ray218E only) .............................................29
11. MENU/DSC .............................................................................29
12. CLEAR ....................................................................................29
13. 16/PLUS ..................................................................................29
14. DISTRESS ................................................................................29
Optional Raymic Second Station ...........................................................30
A. PTT .........................................................................................30
B. VOL/SQ .....................................................................................30
C. CLEAR ......................................................................................31
D. 16/PLUS ....................................................................................31
E. Soft Keys ...................................................................................31
F. MENU / DSC ..............................................................................31
G. CH ............................................................................................31
H. OK / INTCM ..............................................................................31
3.2 Transceiver LCD ..................................................................................32
1. (RX) Receiving ................................................................................32
2. (TX) Transmitting ............................................................................32
3. (HI/LO) TX Power ............................................................................32
4. ATIS Active .....................................................................................32
5. (SAVED) Memory Mode ..................................................................32
6. (LOCAL) Local/Distant Mode ..........................................................33
7. (FAV123) Favorite Channel .............................................................33
8. Automatic Channel Changing Blocked ...........................................33
9. GPS .................................................................................................33
10. DSC Call .......................................................................................33
11. Weather Alert ...............................................................................33
12. Dot Matrix Display ..........................................................................33
13. (MAN) Manual Position Data ..........................................................33
14. Channel Status ...............................................................................34
15. Soft Key Labels ................................................................................34
16. Channel Name ................................................................................34
17. Channel Number ............................................................................34
18. Channel Set ....................................................................................34
19. Signal Strength ...............................................................................34
Display Mode .......................................................................................34
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3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.11
3.12
3.13
Alert Messages .................................................................................... 35
Turning the Power ON and OFF .......................................................... 35
Setting the Volume ............................................................................. 36
Setting the Squelch ............................................................................ 36
Tuning the Channel ............................................................................ 36
Selecting a Weather Channel (If Licensed) ......................................... 37
Weather Alert Operation (If Available) ......................................... 37
Selecting the Priority Channel .............................................................. 38
Selecting the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel .................................. 38
Reprograming the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel ......................... 39
Transmitting ....................................................................................... 39
Menu Mode Operation ......................................................................... 40
DSC Call Operation .............................................................................. 40
Chapter 4: Menu Settings ..................................................................................41
4.1 Menu Function ................................................................................... 41
Making Menu and Programming Selections ........................................ 41
4.2 VHF Operations .................................................................................... 44
Scan Mode ......................................................................................... 44
All Scan ........................................................................................ 45
Priority All Scan ............................................................................ 46
Saved (Memory) Scan .................................................................. 46
Priority Saved Scan ...................................................................... 47
Display Mode ....................................................................................... 47
Setting the Power Output (HI/LO) ........................................................ 48
Saving Channels to Memory .............................................................. 49
Using the Watch Modes ....................................................................... 50
Dual Watch .................................................................................... 50
Tri Watch ........................................................................................ 50
Frequency Band ................................................................................... 51
Channel Name ................................................................................... 52
Favorite Channel ................................................................................ 53
Sensitivity .......................................................................................... 55
4.3 Hailer/Fog Horn/Intercom ..................................................................... 55
Hailer (Ray218E only) ........................................................................... 55
Fog Horn (Ray218E only) ...................................................................... 56
Intercom ............................................................................................... 57
4.4 GPS/Time Setup .................................................................................. 58
Manual Position ................................................................................... 58
Settings .............................................................................................. 60
Latitude/Longitude Display .......................................................... 60
Time Display ................................................................................ 60
Time Offset .................................................................................. 60
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Time Format .................................................................................60
COG/SOG Display .........................................................................61
NMEA Output .....................................................................................61
4.5 ATIS Operation .................................................................................63
My ATIS ID ..........................................................................................63
ATIS Function .....................................................................................65
4.6 System Configuration ........................................................................66
Backlight Adjustment .........................................................................66
Contrast Adjustment ..........................................................................66
Key Beep .............................................................................................67
Signal Bar ...........................................................................................67
Bearing Mode .....................................................................................67
Speed Unit ..........................................................................................68
System Test .........................................................................................68
Version Number .................................................................................69
Reset ..................................................................................................69
VHF OPS .........................................................................................69
GPS SETUP .....................................................................................69
SYSTEM CONFIG ............................................................................70
DSC MENU .....................................................................................70
Chapter 5: Digital Selective Calling (DSC) ......................................................71
5.1 DSC Call Menu ...................................................................................71
Making DSC Menu and Programming Selections .................................72
5.2 Distress Calls ......................................................................................74
Sending a Distress Call .......................................................................74
Undesignated (Quick) Distress Call ................................................74
Designated Distress Call ...............................................................75
Transmitting ...................................................................................76
Receiving Acknowledgement .........................................................76
Cancelling a Distress Call Made in Error ...............................................76
Receiving a Distress Call .....................................................................77
Receiving a Distress Relay Sent by Another Station ..............................78
5.3 DSC Phonebook ..................................................................................78
Adding a new Entry ............................................................................79
Editing an Existing Entry .....................................................................80
Deleting an Existing Entry ...................................................................81
5.4 Individual Calls ...................................................................................81
Making DSC Calls to Coast Stations ......................................................81
Transmitting an Individual Call ...........................................................81
Receiving Individual Calls ...................................................................83
5.5 Group Calls .........................................................................................85
Group MMSI Setup .............................................................................85
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5.7
5.8
5.9
Adding a New Group ..................................................................... 85
Transmitting a Group Call .................................................................. 86
Receiving Group Calls ........................................................................ 87
All Ships Calls ..................................................................................... 89
Transmitting an All Ships Call ............................................................. 89
Receiving an All Ships Call ................................................................. 90
Position Request ................................................................................ 91
Specifying the Target Vessel ............................................................... 92
Retrieving the Last Received Position Data ........................................ 93
Receiving a Position Request From Another Station ............................. 93
Received Calls (Logs) ......................................................................... 94
Log Entry Options ............................................................................... 95
DSC Setup .......................................................................................... 96
My MMSI ID ......................................................................................... 96
Automatic Channel Changing for Incoming Calls ............................... 98
Position Reply .................................................................................... 99
Chapter 6: Customer Service ..........................................................................101
6.1 How to Contact Raymarine ................................................................ 101
On the Internet ................................................................................... 101
Customer Support ........................................................................ 101
Product Repair and Service ................................................................. 101
Accessories and Parts ................................................................... 102
Worldwide Support ............................................................................ 102
Appendix A: Specifications ..............................................................................103
General .............................................................................................. 103
Transmitter ........................................................................................ 104
Receiver ............................................................................................. 104
Appendix B: Radio Controls .............................................................................105
Microphone Keys ............................................................................... 106
Transceiver Controls ........................................................................... 106
Transceiver Push Keys ......................................................................... 106
Optional Raymic Handset ................................................................... 107
Raymic Keys ................................................................................. 108
Appendix C: Menu Structure ............................................................................109
Appendix D: Channel List ................................................................................111
International Marine VHF Channels & Frequencies............................ 111
U.S. Marine VHF Channels and Frequencies ....................................... 114
Canadian Marine VHF Channels and Frequencies.............................. 117
European Private Channels and Frequencies ...................................... 122
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Appendix E: Glossary ........................................................................................123
Index .............................................................................................125
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About this Handbook
Intended Use
This handbook describes the Ray218E and Ray55E fixed VHF marine radios. The
Ray218E and Ray55E provide two-way communications on all International
marine channels, pre-set private channels, and (if programmed) all US and
Canadian and marine channels. The Ray218E and Ray55E include equipment for
Class “D” Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
Conventions Used
Throughout this handbook, the dedicated (labelled) keys are shown in bold
capitals (for example: MENU/DSC). The LCD indicators and functions are shown
in normal capitals (for example: TX).
Technical Accuracy
To the best of our knowledge, the information in this handbook was correct as it
went to press. However, our policy of continuous product improvement and
updating may change specifications without prior notice. As a result, unavoidable
differences between the product and handbook may occur from time to time.
Raymarine cannot accept liability for inaccuracies or omissions it may contain.
For the latest handbook revisions and product information visit our web site:
www.raymarine.com
Warranty
To register your new Raymarine product, please take a few minutes to fill out the
warranty registration card found at the end of this handbook. It is very important
that you complete the owner information and return the card to the factory in
order to receive full warranty benefits.
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Important Information
Licensing
Prior to using your Ray218E or Ray55E, please check your national requirements
for both operators and equipment licensing.
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI)
The Ray218E and Ray55E include equipment for Class “D” Digital Selective
Calling (DSC). A nine-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number is
required to operate the DSC equipment. In some areas, a radio operator license is
required before an MMSI number will be issued.
Note: You can request an MMSI number from the same agency that issues radio or Ship
Radio licenses in your area. Once obtained, you can program the MMSI number into your
Ray218E/Ray55E as described in this handbook.
Group MMSI ID
A Group ID MMSI number can also be entered for vessels that are part of a group,
such as a flotilla or racing fleet, enabling DSC communications within the group.
Automatic Transmitter Identification System (ATIS)
If you purchased your Ray218E/Ray55E to include use on the inland waterways of
the contracting governments of the “Regional Arrangement Concerning the
Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways”— also known as the Basel
Agreement 1 — your Ray218E/Ray55E will be programmed by your dealer to
include Automatic Transmitter Identification System (ATIS) functionality. ATIS
includes data at the end of radio transmission that identifies your station. ATIS
operation can be turned on or off as needed via the radio’s Menu mode.
Your ATIS ID number is derived from your vessel’s call sign. If your call sign is
suitable, your authorized Raymarine dealer can assist you in decoding your ATIS
ID number, which you can then program into your Ray218E/Ray55E using the
operation described on page 63.
1.The Basel Agreement includes Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France,
Hungary, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation,
the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia.
Important Information
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Note: When ATIS is enabled, certain programming steps have been implemented to pro-
tect the integrity of the Basel Agreement, including the blocking of DSC functions when
ATIS is active. See “ATIS Function“ on page 65.
Safety Notices
Your Raymarine VHF radio generates and radiates radio frequency (RF)
electromagnetic energy (EME). This equipment must be installed and operated in
accordance with the instructions contained in this handbook. Failure to do so can
result in personal injury and/or product malfunction.
Antenna Mounting and EME Exposure
For optimal radio performance and minimal human exposure to radio frequency
electromagnetic energy, make sure the antenna is:
• located at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the radio
• connected to the radio before transmitting
This system has a Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) Radius of 1.5 meters,
assuming the maximum power of the radio and antennas with a maximum gain
of 3dBi. Accounting for the height of an average adult (2 meters) the minimum
height of the antenna above the deck to meet RF exposure compliance
requirements is 3.5 meters. Antennas with more gain require a greater MPE
radius. Do not transmit when anyone is within the MPE radius of the antenna,
unless shielded from the antenna field by a grounded metallic barrier.
WARNING: Maximum Permissible Exposure
Failure to observe these guidelines may expose those within the
maximum permissible exposure (MPE) radius to RF radiation
absorption that exceeds this limit. It is the operator’s
responsibility to ensure that no one comes within this radius.
WARNING: Microwave Radiation
Operators with cardiac pacemakers, electric-medical equipment
and life support machines should not be exposed to microwave
radiation.
CAUTION: Antenna Connection
Never operate the radio unless it is connected to the antenna.
Safe Compass Distance
Safe Compass Distance is 1 meter for a common compass. To be sure, you should
locate the radio as far as possible from the compass. Test your compass to verify
proper operation while the radio is also operating.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
EMC Conformance
All Raymarine equipment and accessories are designed to the best industry
standards for use in the recreational marine environment. Their design and
manufacture conform to the appropriate Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
standards but correct installation and use is required to ensure that performance
is not compromised.
Duty Cycle
The normal duty cycle of the Ray 218E / Ray55E is 5% transmit, 5% receive, and
90% standby.
Product Disposal
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
The WEEE Directive requires the recycling of waste electrical and electronic
equipment. While the WEEE Directive does not apply to some of Raymarine’s
products, we support its requirements as part of our environmental policy and we
ask you to be aware of how you should dispose of this product.
The wheelie bin symbol found on our products signifies that it should not be
disposed of in general waste or landfill. Please contact your local dealer, national
distributor or Raymarine Technical Services for information on product disposal.
Declaration of Conformity
Raymarine plc declare that the Ray218E and Ray55E fixed VHF marine radios are
in compliance with the essential requirements of R&TTE directive 1995/5/EC.
The original Declaration of Conformity certificate can be viewed on the relevant
product page at www.raymarine.com.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Ray218E and Ray55E Fixed Station VHF Radios
The Ray218E and Ray55E marine VHF radiotelephones are microprocessorcontrolled transceivers that provide reliable simplex (single frequency) and semiduplex (two frequency) communications. This handbook describes the physical
and functional characteristics of these radios.
Ray55E
Raymic
(optional)
Microphone
(standard)
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Ray218E
The Ray218E and Ray55E provide two-way communications on all International
marine channels, pre-set private channels, and (if programmed) all US and
Canadian marine and weather channels. Refer to the Frequency Tables in
Appendix D, which list all marine VHF channels available in your radio. You should
familiarize yourself with these tables to ensure proper channel usage.
1.2 Features
The Ray218E and Ray55E are designed and manufactured to provide ease of
operation with excellent reliability. The Ray218E and Ray55E have many
enhanced features, including:
• Waterproof to IPX-7 standard
• Anti-glare 1.9"(48mm) x 1.3" (32mm) LCD full dot matrix display
• 3 soft keys for easy programming and menu selection
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•
•
•
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Dedicated key for switching to Priority Channel 16
Programmable Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel key
ATIS operation, if required
Private Channels (if so licensed)
All Scan, Memory Scan and 2 Priority Scan functions
Dual/Tri Watch Monitor modes
Enhanced GPS Position Data gives Latitude and Longitude to 1/10,000 of a
minute plus Time, SOG and COG data from any NMEA input
Automatically distinguishes between calls made to Ship or Coast Stations
Low and High Voltage detection with alert
Editable Channel Name
10 Brightness and Contrast settings
Optional Raymic Second Station Handset
Optional external speakers for both transceiver and Raymic stations
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
The Ray218E and Ray55E include equipment for Class “D” Digital Selective
Calling (DSC). DSC protocol is a globally applied system used to send and receive
digital calls. DSC uses a unique Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number
to direct DSC calls directly to your radio, much like a telephone number. Most
importantly, DSC enables digital distress calls that automatically notify other
ships and shore stations where you are and that you are in a distress situation.
Note: An MMSI ID number is required to operate the DSC equipment in this radio. You
can request an MMSI number from the same agency that issues radio or Ship Radio licences in your area. Once obtained, you can program the MMSI number yourself one time only
using the menu operation described in “My MMSI ID“ on page 96.
The Ray218E and Ray55E include the following DSC features:
• Separate receiver dedicated to handling DSC Calls on channel 70
• Position Request function sends GPS position data to or receives position data
from other stations
• Phonebook for automatically making DSC calls
• Quick Call feature sends Individual Calls or Group Calls directly from the
phonebook, just like the redial function on a telephone
• Five Group IDs for making DSC Calls only to stations in your group, such as a
flotilla or fishing fleet
DSC functions are fully described in Chapter 5.
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Chapter 2: Installation
2.1 Unpacking and Inspection
Use care when unpacking the unit from the shipping carton to prevent damage to
the contents. It is also good practice to save the carton and the interior packing
material in the event you must return the unit to the factory.
Removing the Sun Cover
The Sun Cover was designed to remain attached to the radio, even in rough seas.
To remove the Sun Cover:
1. Place your thumb in the dimple and push downward.
2. At the same time, pull up the lift tab with your index finger.
3. Pinch your fingers towards each other as you lift up.
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Equipment Supplied
The following is a list of materials supplied with the Ray218E and Ray55E:
Part No
Description
E43033
Ray218E VHF Radio with removable microphone
R49163
R49164
R49165
R49172
R49166
R49241
R49168
81279
E43037
R49170
R49169
R49165
R49166
R49167
81279
Sun Cover
Mounting Bracket
Bracket Knob for Ray218E/Ray55E/Ray49E
Microphone
Microphone Hanger for Ray218E/Ray55E/Ray49E
Power Cord for Ray218E/Ray55E/Ray49E
NMEA/Speaker/Hailer Cable
Handbook for Ray218E/Ray55E
Screws (x5) for Mounting Bracket/Microphone Hanger
Screw/Lock Washer (x1) for Grounding
Ray55E VHF Radio with integral microphone
Sun Cover
Mounting Bracket
Bracket Knob for Ray218E/Ray55E/Ray49E
Microphone Hanger for Ray218E/Ray55E
Power Cord for Ray218E/Ray55E/Ray49E
Handbook for Ray218E/Ray55E
Screws (x5) for Mounting Bracket/Microphone Hanger
Screw/Lock Washer (x1) for Grounding
The following is a list of optional equipment:
Part No
Description
A46052
Raymic Second Station for Ray218E/Ray55E
A46055
Raymic Extension Cable, 5m*
A46056
Raymic Extension Cable, 10m*
A46054
Microphone Relocation Kit for Ray218E/Ray55E
A46053
Rear Flush Mount Kit for Ray218E/Ray55E
A46060
Front Flush Mount Kit for Ray218E
E46006
10W External Speaker
M95435
Hailer Horn Speaker
* Maximum total Raymic extension cable length must not exceed 20 meters
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2.2 Planning the Installation
Mount the transceiver to allow easy access from the location where the boat is
normally navigated. Select a location that is non-metallic, dry, protected, wellventilated, and free from high operating temperatures and excessive vibration.
Provide sufficient space behind the transceiver to allow for proper cable
connections to the rear panel connectors. Locate the transceiver as near as
possible to the power source yet as far apart as possible from any devices that
may cause interference such as motors, generators, and other on board
electronics. The radio should be protected from prolonged direct exposure to rain
and salt spray.
The Ray218E/Ray55E is not designed to be mounted in engine compartments. Do
not install the radio in a location where there may be flammable vapors (such as
in an engine room or compartment, or in a fuel tank bay), water splash or spray
from bilges or hatches, where it is at risk from physical damage from heavy items
(such as hatch covers, tool boxes, etc.), or where it might be covered by other
equipment. Locate the radio at least 1.5 meters from the antenna.
Safe Compass Distance is 1 meter for a common compass. To be sure, you should
locate the radio as far as possible from the compass. Test your compass to verify
proper operation while the radio is also operating.
D9306-1
The Ray218E/Ray55E can be conveniently mounted on a chart table, bulkhead,
overhead, or any other desired location. Refer to the following figure for typical
mounting methods.
Table top mount
Bulkhead mount
Overhead mount
The Ray218E/Ray55E may also be flush mounted using the optional A46053 Rear
Flush Mount Kit, available from your Raymarine dealer. A Front Mount Kit (part
number A 46060) is also available for the Ray218E. Instructions for installing the
radio using the Flush Mount Kit are included with the kit.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
Ray218E Dimensions
222.5mm
(8.76")
73mm
(2.87")
40mm
(1.57")
176mm
(6.93")
179.3mm
(7.06")
60mm
(2.36")
top
bottom
198mm
(7.79")
28.3mm
(1.12")
97.5mm
(3.84")
112.5mm
(4.43")
150mm
(5.91")
120mm
(4.72")
15mm
(0.59")
151mm
(5.94")
74mm
(2.91")
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Ray55E Dimensions
191mm (7.52")
50mm
(1.97")
148mm (5.83")
100mm
(3.94")
R2.6
40mm
(1.57")
174mm
(6.85")
top
bottom
75.3mm
(2.96")
180mm (7.09")
38mm (1.50")
136mm (5.35")
93.8mm
(3.69")
80mm
(3.15")
122mm
(4.80")
13.8mm (0.54")
63.7mm
(2.51")
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
2.3 Cable Connections
The radio has bullet connectors for power and cable connectors for attaching the
optional Raymic or Microphone Relocation Kit. The remaining wires are for
attaching NMEA, an optional external speaker, and an optional a hailer horn
(Ray218E only). The Ray218E has a single cable with mating connectors for this
purpose; the Ray55E has individual wire pairs. In either case, connect the wires as
shown in the following table. Other connections are discussed in the ensuing
sections.
Color
Signal
Connects to
Gray
Purple
NMEA IN +
NMEA IN –
GPS
Blue
Brown
NMEA OUT +
NMEA OUT –
Chartplotter display unit (E Series, C Series, etc.)
Yellow
Green
SPEAKER +
SPEAKER –
Optional remote speaker, Raymarine part no. E46006
White
Black
HAILER +
HAILER –
Optional horn speaker, Raymarine part no. M95435
(Ray218E only)
Make cable connections as shown in the following figures.
Ray218E Rear Connections
Power
Antenna
NMEA/Speaker/Hailer
D10332-1
fuses
RayMic /
Mic Relocation
Ground
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Ray55E Rear Connections
fuses
Power
Antenna
D10333-1
NMEA / Speaker
RayMic /
Mic Relocation
Ground
The ends of all wires are clipped at the factory so that no bare metal is exposed.
You must strip back the insulation before installation. If you are not connecting a
wire or set of wires (SPEAKER, for example), leave them insulated. If you have
stripped back a wire that you will not be connecting, clip the bare wire down to
the insulation.
Power
The red and black Power Cord provides connection to DC power. Slide the bullet
connectors on the cord into their mates (with the same colored wire) on the rear
of the radio. Connect the stripped wires on the Power Cord to the nearest primary
source of the boat's DC power. A suitable source would be a circuit breaker on the
power panel or a fuse block near the unit, rated at 10 amps. The red (+) wire
contains 2 in-line fuses rated at 10A, 250V, slow-blow each. Connect it to the
positive terminal of the power source. Connect the black (–) wire to the negative
(ground) of the power source. If a fuse ever needs to be replaced, be sure to use
the same type and rating.
The power cord must be long enough to reach the DC power source. If additional
wire length is required, the cable can be extended by adding more cable as
necessary. However, for power cable runs longer than 15 feet, larger wire
diameter size should be used to prevent voltage line loss. To ensure adequate
current draw to the equipment, Raymarine recommends that you use lugs to
connect the power cable to the DC supply and that the lug connections be both
crimped and soldered.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
The Ray218E/Ray55E is designed for a 12 volt (nominal) system. If battery voltage
drops below 10.5 VDC, the
LOW icon appears on the LCD. Discontinue using
the radio if a low voltage condition occurs as performance would be unreliable. If
voltage increases to 15.8 VDC,
HIGH appears. If voltage exceeds 18.5 VDC,
the unit automatically shuts down to prevent damage.
Hailer Horn
(Ray218E only)
Connect the white (+) wire and black (–) wire to the hailer horn observing polarity
as it is marked on the speaker.
The HAILER – wire is the same color as the POWER – wire (black).
Ensure that black HAILER – wire is NOT connected to ground or to
the negative terminal of the boat’s battery.
Note: To avoid feedback, mount the horn so that it is facing away from the microphone
and is located at least 3 meters (10 feet) from the microphone.
External Speaker
Connect the yellow (+) wire and green (–) wire from the radio to the same colored
wires on the E46006 External Speaker. Be sure to insulate exposed bare ends.
Note: You can connect separate external speakers to the transceiver and to the optional
Raymic second station.
Raymic / Mic Relocation
The radio has cable connectors for attaching either the optional A4605Raymic or
the A46054 Microphone Relocation Kit for mounting the microphone in a remote
location. Align the arrows on both connector ends and mate.
Raymic Extension cables are available from your Raymarine dealer in 5 meter
(part no. A46055) and 10 meter (part no. A46056) lengths. Maximum total
Raymic extension cable length must not exceed 20 meters.
You can also install an optional E46006 external speaker to the Raymic. Connect
the yellow (+) wire and green (–) wire from the E46006 External Speaker to the
same colored wires emanating from the pigtail at the Raymic end of the extension
cable. See the following figure.
Note: You can connect separate external speakers to the transceiver and to the optional
Raymic second station.
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External Speaker
D10325-2
Raymic
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Radio (rear)
Extension Cable
Raymic and External Speaker Connections
NMEA Data
The Ray218E/Ray55E accepts NMEA 0183 (V3.01) data from a position
determining device (GPS) to provide the Latitude and Longitude position
information. This information appears on the radio’s LCD display and is also
transmitted during a DSC Distress Call. When a valid NMEA signal is detected, the
GPS satellite indicator appears solid on the LCD. When no NMEA signal is
detected, the GPS satellite indicator blinks.
When Distress Call and Position (lat/lon) information is received from other
stations, your Ray218E/Ray55E also has the capability of outputting the vessel’s
position to your chartplotter display unit (C Series, E Series, etc.) over the NMEA
port so that it can be displayed on the screen. See “NMEA Output“ on page 61.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
NMEA IN (from GPS)
Connect the NMEA OUT + and NMEA OUT – signals from the positioning device
to the NMEA IN + (gray) and NMEA IN – (purple) wires, respectively, from the
radio. An example of how to make the connections using a suitable connector
block is shown in the following drawing. For specific instructions how to connect
your particular GPS, please refer to the handbook that came with that device.
to Radio:
from GPS:
NMEA IN + (gray)
NMEA OUT +
NMEA IN (purple)
NMEA OUT
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NMEA Alarm
When no valid position data is available, the NMEA alarm sounds (provided that
the MMSI number has been programmed): the GPS satellite icon flashes and NO
POS DATA is displayed on the dot matrix display. The alert tone sounds for 5
seconds or until you acknowledge it by pressing any key. The alarm repeats every
four hours, as long as the condition exists.
If desired, you can manually enter time and position data using the GPS/Time
Setup feature, as described on page 58. The alert repeats every four hours as long
as no position information has been entered manually. If position data is entered
manually but has not been updated during the previous 23.5 hours, all the
position (lat/lon) fields are set to all 9’s, time field is set to all 8’s, and the display
reverts to NO POS DATA.
NMEA OUT (to Chartplotter Display)
Connect the NMEA IN + and NMEA IN – signals from the chartplotter display to
the NMEA OUT + (blue) and NMEA OUT – (brown) wires, respectively, from the
radio. An example of how to make the connections using a suitable connector
block is shown in the following drawing. For specific instructions how to connect
your particular display, please refer to the handbook that came with that device.
from Radio:
to Display:
NMEA OUT + (blue)
NMEA IN +
NMEA OUT (brown)
NMEA IN
D9775-1
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Antenna
Raymarine recommends that you install a VHF Marine band antenna with a
minimum height of 8 ft. and gain of at least 6 dB.
The coaxial VHF antenna cable connects to the Ray218E/Ray55E antenna jack on
the rear panel using a PL-259 VHF type connector. The antenna cable length can
be critical to performance. If you are uncertain, contact a professional installer or
call Raymarine Product Support. If a longer cable length is required, RG-8x (50
ohm) marine coaxial cable or equivalent cable can be used for runs up to a
maximum of 50 feet. If the distance required is even greater, Raymarine
recommends using low loss RG-213 or equivalent cable for the entire run to avoid
excessive losses in power output.
If the antenna RF connector is likely to be exposed to the marine environment, a
protective coating of silicon grease (Dow Corning DC-4 or similar) can be applied
to the connector before connecting it to the radio. Any other extensions or
adapters in the cable run should also be protected by grease and then wrapped
with a waterproofing tape.
Antenna Mounting Suggestions
Mounting the VHF antenna properly is very important because it will directly
affect the performance of your VHF radio. Use a VHF antenna designed for marine
vessels. Since VHF transmission is essentially line-of-sight, mount the antenna at
a location on the vessel that is free of obstruction to obtain maximum range.
If you must extend the length of the coaxial cable between the antenna and the
radio, use a coaxial cable designed for the least amount of power loss over the
entire cable length.
For optimal radio performance and minimal human exposure to radio frequency
electromagnetic energy, make sure the antenna is:
• mounted as high as possible, but at least located at least 1.5 meters (5 feet)
from the radio
• connected to the radio before transmitting
• located where it will be away from people
WARNING: Antenna Mounting and EME Exposure
Ensure that the antenna is mounted so that no one can enter the
maximum permissible exposure radius for RF radiation. See the
Safety Notice entitled “Antenna Mounting and EME Exposure“ on
page 11.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
Grounding
While special grounding is not required, it is good marine practice to properly
ground all electronic equipment to the boat’s earth ground system. The Ray218E/
Ray55E can be connected to ground by installing the supplied screw and lock
washer into the threaded hole labelled with the icon, located on the
transceiver’s rear panel, adjacent to the antenna jack. Then attach a #10 AWG
wire from this screw to the nearest ship’s earth ground connection point.
CAUTION: Ground Connection
Do not connect this ground connection to the negative terminal of
the battery.
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Chapter 3: General Operations
3.1 Keypad and Rotary Knobs
Several of the keys on the front panel of the transceiver serve multiple purposes.
For the most part, the function indicated on the first line of the key is accessed by
pressing that key for fewer than 3 seconds and then releasing it. The function
indicated on the second line of the key is accessed by pressing and holding the key
for greater than 3 seconds.
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Ray218E
D9346-1
Ray55E
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
Microphone Keys
1. PTT
Press this Push-to-Talk key to transmit.
2. HILO / LOC DIST
Press and release to toggle the transmit power from HI to LO. Can also be used to
select items in menu mode. Press and hold for to toggle between full receiver
sensitivity (Distant mode) and attenuated receiver sensitivity (Local mode).
3. 16/PLUS
Use this key to switch to the priority channel or to change the value of the
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel.
4. UP/DOWN
Use the arrow keys to change the active channel number. Press and hold for rapid
channel changing. Can also be used to scroll through selections in menu and
programming modes.
5. SCAN / SAVE
Press and release this key to access the Scan Mode menu, which is described on
page 44. If Scan Mode is active, pressing this key terminates the scan. Press and
hold for 3 seconds to enter a channel into the radio’s memory. This function is
described in “Saving Channels to Memory“ on page 49.
Transceiver Controls
6. CH/OK
Rotate this knob to change the current channel number and to change values in
Menu mode or during programming. Press in to enter values selected in Menu
mode or during programming.
7. PWR/VOL
Use this knob to turn the radio ON and OFF and to set the volume.
8. SQ
Use this knob to set the squelch threshold, which cuts off the receiver when the
signal is too weak for reception of anything but noise.
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9. Soft Keys
These multifunction keys change according to context, such as to navigate
through menus or to make menu selections. Press to select the corresponding
function as identified by the on-screen label.
Transceiver Push Keys
10. HAILER / INTCM (Ray218E only)
Press and release to access the hailer horn to make voice announcements or
sound various fog horn tones. Press and hold for 3 seconds to use the intercom
feature to communicate with a secondary station. Requires an optional Raymic
second station.
This key is only available with the Ray218E.
11. MENU/DSC
Press and release this key to select Menu Mode, which is used to set up the radio.
Menu operations are fully described in Chapter 4.
Press and hold for 3 seconds to enter DSC Call Mode, which is used for making
DSC Calls and viewing the DSC Call Logs and the DSC Call Phonebook.
A Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number is required to operate the DSC
equipment in this radio. This number directs DSC calls directly to your radio, much
like a telephone number. You can program the MMSI number yourself one time
only using the operation described in “My MMSI ID“ on page 96. Otherwise, your
Raymarine dealer can program or change the number for you.
Full details on DSC call operation are described in Chapter 5.
12. CLEAR
Press and release to terminate a function and return to the last-used channel.
Press and hold for 3 seconds to select the Weather mode (if available).
13. 16/PLUS
Use this key to switch to the priority channel or to change the value of the
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel.
14. DISTRESS
Push up the spring-loaded cover and press this key to make a DSC Distress Call.
Instructions for making a Distress Call are described in Section 5.2.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
Optional Raymic Second Station
D9348-1
The optional Raymic Handset provides the Ray218E/Ray55E with a second
station in a telephone handset design. The Raymic, which attaches to the handset
connector on the rear of the radio, enables intercom capabilities with the
transceiver from a remote portion of the vessel. Intercom functions are discussed
on page 57.
A. PTT
Press this Push-to-Talk key to transmit.
B. VOL/SQ
By default, these keys control earpiece speaker volume. Press the up arrow key to
increase or the down arrow to decrease the volume.
Press and release the center key to activate the squelch threshold adjustment.
Then, press up arrow key to increase or down arrow to decrease the squelch level.
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C. CLEAR
Press and release to terminate a function and return to the last-used channel.
Press and hold for 3 seconds to select the Weather mode (if available).
D. 16/PLUS
Press and release this key to switch between the Priority Channel 16 and the
current working channel.
Press and hold for 3 seconds to tune to the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel,
which defaults to 9.
If already tuned to the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel, press and hold for 3
seconds to program a new Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel.
E. Soft Keys
These multifunction keys change according to context, such as to navigate
through menus or to make menu selections. Press to select the corresponding
function as identified by the on-screen label.
F. MENU / DSC
Press and release this key to select Menu Mode, which is used to set up the radio.
The menu structure is outlined in the following drawing. Menu operations are
fully described in Chapter 4.
Press and hold for 3 seconds to enter DSC Call Mode, which is used for making
DSC Calls and viewing the DSC Call Logs and the DSC Call Phonebook.
G. CH
Use the arrow keys to change the active channel number. Press and hold for rapid
channel changing. Can also be used to scroll through selections in menu and
programming modes.
H. OK / INTCM
Press and release this key to enter values selected in Menu mode or during
programming. Press and hold for 3 seconds to enable the intercom feature for
communications between the transceiver and Raymic second station. Intercom
functions are discussed on page 57.
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3.2 Transceiver LCD
The following describes the function of the characters on the radio’s LCD.
50 46.1718N
I
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001 17.7189W
T
A MAN10:45UTC
PORT OPS
CH72
CH73
CH77
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88
CH HAS BEEN
1. (RX) Receiving
Indicates that the radio is receiving a radio signal.
2. (TX) Transmitting
Indicates the PTT key is being pressed and the radio is transmitting.
3. (HI/LO) TX Power
Indicates whether transmit power is set for 25 watts (HI) or 1 watt (LO).
4. ATIS Active
Indicates ATIS transmission is enabled. Only available in European countries
using the International channel set.
5. (SAVED) Memory Mode
Indicates the current channel has been saved in memory. Appears during Saved
(Memory) Scan and Priority Saved Scan modes.
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6. (LOCAL) Local/Distant Mode
Indicates the radio is in Local Reception mode, which decreases receiver
sensitivity in high traffic areas to decrease unwanted reception.
7. (FAV123) Favorite Channel
Indicates which of the three (3) Favorite Channel banks is currently selected. Each
bank displays a different favorite channel that you have assigned for each of the 3
soft key labels at the bottom of the LCD. This gives you a total of 9 favorite
channels that you can jump to at the press of a key.
8.
Automatic Channel Changing Blocked
Indicates that your radio will not automatically switch to the channel requested
by an incoming DSC call but rather will prompt you to manually accept or decline
the channel change request. Applies to Distress and All Ships Urgency calls only.
This feature is controlled by the DSC Setup menu item AUTO CH CHG described on
page 98. By default, this icon is off, meaning that auto channel changing is active.
9.
GPS
Indicates that positional data is available from your GPS.
10.
DSC Call
When flashing, indicates that the radio has received a DSC Call. Details of the call
can be viewed in the associated log. See “Received Calls (Logs)” on page 94. The
icon disappears when the call is accepted, the call is rejected, or the associated
message is viewed in the log.
11.
Weather Alert
Indicates that the radio is monitoring for weather alert broadcasts. US and
Canada only.
12. Dot Matrix Display
Indicates radio functions, GPS position data or special conditions, depending on
the situation. The screen is different when sending/receiving a DSC Call (see
Chapter 5) or setting up a Menu item (see Chapter 4).
13. (MAN) Manual Position Data
Indicates position data is not from GPS but rather has been entered manually.
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14. Channel Status
A subscript character following the channel number indicates special qualities.
(A) Simplex Channel
The subscript A indicates that the currently-selected US or Canadian channel is
simplex, although its International counterpart is semi-duplex (5A, for example).
This channel uses the transmit frequency of the International channel for both
transmitting and receiving. If a channel is simplex in all 3 channel sets (US,
Canadian, and International—channel 6, for example), the A does not appear.
Note: Simplex means that the radio transmits and receives on the same frequency for this
channel. Semi-duplex channels use separate frequencies to transmit and receive.
(B) Receive-only Channel
The subscript B indicates that you cannot transmit on the currently-selected
channel; it is receive-only. Used with Canadian channels only.
15. Soft Key Labels
Displays the current function of the associated soft key.
16. Channel Name
Displays the current channel name. This field is editable.
17. Channel Number
Displays the current active channel number.
18. Channel Set
Indicates which channel set is selected: USA, INT (International), CAN
(Canadian), or WX (Weather).
Note: Special licensing is required to receive the US and Canadian channel sets.
19. Signal Strength
Indicates that the relative strength of the radio signal being received. Displays
between 0 (no signal) and 5 (strongest signal) bars.
Display Mode
The Ray218E/Ray55E has an alternative method for displaying the channel
number than the one demonstrated above: 2 UP mode. In 2 UP mode, you are
presented with the currently-active channel on the left and the standby channel
on the right. 2 UP mode is discussed in “Display Mode” on page 47.
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SHIP/SHIP
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3.3 Alert Messages
The radio has several warning messages to alert you to special conditions.
Battery Voltage High
06
HIGH
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001 17.7188W
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A AM10:33LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH06
CH08
CH09
Indicates boat’s battery voltage exceeds 15.8 VDC
(typical). If voltage exceeds 18.5 volts (typical), the radio
powers itself off to prevent equipment damage.
Battery Voltage Low
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LOW
50 45.5738N
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N
001 06.7199W
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A AM11:52LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH67
CH68
CH72
Indicates boat’s battery voltage is below 10.5 VDC
(typical), which is the lowest voltage at which the radio can
be reliably operated.
Base in Use
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BASE IN USE
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I
N
004 24.6945W
T
A PM01:18LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH67
CH68
CH72
Indicates that the base station (transceiver) is in use and
has priority. Only appears on a Raymic second station when
the transceiver is already is use.
3.4 Turning the Power ON and OFF
Turn the PWR/VOL knob clockwise until it clicks.
When the unit powers up in standby mode it:
• Beeps, illuminates the backlight at full brightness, and displays a self-test.
• Recalls the last channel number, TX power settings and operation mode.
If no last-used setting data exists, goes to channel 16 and high TX Power.
• When GPS Data is available, extended position data is displayed with the offset time. This information will be displayed when display option for the position and time is enabled on the Menu. See Section 4.4.
• When the MMSI number is not programmed, you are prompted to enter the
number as described on page 96. You must then press OK to continue.
To turn the unit OFF, rotate the PWR/VOL knob completely counter clockwise
until it clicks.
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3.5 Setting the Volume
...on the Transceiver
Adjust the PWR/VOL knob to control the loudspeaker volume level. Turn
clockwise to increase the volume; counter clockwise to decrease the volume.
...on the optional Raymic
Press the up arrow on the VOL/SQ key to increase or the down arrow to decrease
the volume level.
3.6 Setting the Squelch
The squelch circuit sets the threshold for cutting off the receiver when the signal is
too weak for reception of anything but noise.
...on the Transceiver
To properly set the squelch, rotate the SQ knob counter clockwise until audio is
heard. Then rotate clockwise until background noise disappears.
...on the optional Raymic
Press and release the center of the VOL/SQ key to activate squelch threshold level
adjustment. Press the down arrow key until audio is heard. Then press the up
arrow until background noise disappears.
3.7 Tuning the Channel
...on the Transceiver
Rotate the CH/OK knob clockwise to increase the channel number.
Rotate the CH/OK knob counter clockwise to decrease the channel number.
...on the optional Raymic
Press and release the UP arrow to increase the channel number.
Press and release the DOWN arrow to decrease the channel.
Press and hold either key for rapid channel scrolling.
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3.8 Selecting a Weather Channel (If Licensed)
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadcasts
continuous weather reports and severe weather alerts, as needed. If so equipped,
your Ray218E/Ray55E is programmed to receive 10 weather channels and sound
an alarm if a weather alert is received.
To enter Weather mode, press and hold the CLEAR key for 3 seconds on either the
transceiver or the Raymic.
W
X
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
01
TW 16+09+W01
26 06.0098N
080 04.8589W
A
AM10:45LOC
162.550
EXIT
CH79A
ALERT
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PRESS and HOLD for 3 secs
The weather function soft keys appear and the WX indicator appears in the
channel set field. Rotate the CH/OK knob on the transceiver or use the channel up
/down keys on the Raymic to select from channels WX01 through WX10.
Press and release the CLEAR key again to return to normal operation.
Note:
1. WX broadcasts can only be heard in the US and Canada.
2. The Ray218E/Ray55E can receive these broadcasts only if the unit has been
upgraded by the distributor to use WX Channels.
3. During Weather mode, the PTT, HI/LO, and SCAN/SAVE keys are disabled and
an error beep sounds if pressed.
Weather Alert Operation (If Available)
NOAA also broadcasts continuous severe weather alerts as needed. You can set
your Ray218E/Ray55E to notify you when such an alert is issued. To enable the
Weather Alert, press the ALERT soft key. The cloud icon appears.
01
26 06.0098N
080 04.8589W
A
PM12:45LOC
162.550
EXIT
CH79A
ALERT
W
X
01
162.550
EXIT
WX ALERT
26 06.0098N
080 04.8589W
A
PM12:45LOC
CH79A
ALERT
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X
TW 16+09+W01
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When the severe weather alert tone is detected, the message WX ALERT is
displayed and an alarm sounds. The radio automatically tunes to the WX channel
where the weather alert has been detected. The alert is detected in all modes of
operation (Standby, Dual Watch, Tri Watch, Scan, etc.)
Note: The Ray218E/Ray55E can receive weather alert broadcasts in the US or Canada
only if the unit has been programmed by the distributor to use WX Channels.
3.9 Selecting the Priority Channel
The Ray218E/Ray55E provides you with a dedicated key for switching to the
Priority Channel 16. Press and release the 16/PLUS key to switch to channel 16 at
high power. The label 1ST PRIORITY appears. If already on channel 16, press and
release 16/PLUS to return to the last-used working channel.
The 16/PLUS key also can be used to cancel all other modes and switch to channel
16.
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A
AM10:43LOC
DISTRESS
CH73
CH72
CH79A
CH77
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1ST PRIORITY
Note: When the priority channel is selected, the radio is always set to HIGH transmit pow-
er. You may reduce power if desired using the HI/LO power setting.
3.10 Selecting the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel
The Ray218E/Ray55E enables you to program the 16/PLUS key to store a
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel. The default is channel 9. If on Primary Priority
channel 16 or a working channel, press and hold the 16/PLUS for 3 seconds to
switch to the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel at high power. The label 2ND
PRIORITY appears. The default is channel 9.
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
09
2ND PRIORITY
50 46.1718N
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001 17.7189W
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A
AM09:33LOC
SHIP/SHIP
CH08
CH06
CH79A
CH72
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PRESS and HOLD for 3 secs
If already tuned to the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel, press and release the
16/PLUS key to switch to Priority Channel 16 at high power.
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Reprograming the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel
1. Press and hold the 16/PLUS key for 3 seconds to switch to the current
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel.
2. Press and hold the 16/PLUS key for 3 seconds again to switch to Reprogram
mode. The message CHG 2ND PRI? appears with YES highlighted.
3. Press SELECT soft key to accept. The confirmation message CHANGE 2ND
PRIORITY CH appears.
4. Rotate the CH/OK knob until the desired new secondary channel is shown.
5. Press the OK soft key to accept the new Secondary Priority (PLUS) selection.
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
50 46.1718N
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001 17.7189W
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A AM10:33LOC
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH77
CH72
CH73
13
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BRIDGE
CANCEL
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
CHANGE 2ND
PRIORITY CH
LEFT: 78A
PRESS OK
A TO ACCEPT
A
B
CH69
OK
09
CHG 2ND PRI?
13
2ND PRIORITY
YES
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A
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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BRIDGE
CH06
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LEFT:
78A
001 17.7189W
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A
B
CH09
CH72
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3.11 Transmitting
Press and hold the Push-to-Talk (PTT) key on the microphone to transmit on the
selected channel, and then release to receive. The TX indicator appears during
transmission.
Note: International regulations and good communications practice dictate that you not
interfere with other communications. Before transmitting, listen to make sure the channel
is clear.
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The radio is equipped with a timeout timer in the event of a stuck key. After PTT
has been held continuously for 5 minutes, transmission is discontinued, the
message TX TIMEOUT appears, and the radio automatically returns to receive
mode.
After the timeout, the alarm continues to sound until PTT is released. The TX time
out timer is reset once the PTT key is released.
Note: If the current channel is receive-only, an alert tone sounds when PTT is pressed, in-
dicating such a transmission is not permitted.
3.12 Menu Mode Operation
Press and release the MENU/DSC key while in standby mode to enter Menu
Mode.
Menu mode is fully described in Chapter 4.
3.13 DSC Call Operation
Press and hold the MENU/DSC key for greater than 3 seconds while in standby
operation mode to enter DSC Call Mode.
DSC Call mode is fully described in Chapter 5.
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Chapter 4: Menu Settings
4.1 Menu Function
Most of the radio’s functions reside in the Main Menu, which is accessed through
the MENU/DSC key. A diagram of the menu structure can be found in
Appendix C.
Making Menu and Programming Selections
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There are three ways to make menu and character selections in your radio:
1. Most examples in this chapter describe making selections using the CH/OK
knob and soft keys on the transceiver.
2. However, you can also press the microphone up/down keys to make your
selections and then press the microphone HI/LO key to accept.
3. Alternatively, if you have an optional Raymic, you can use its CH up/down
keys to select and OK key to accept.
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To make Menu selections:
1. Press and release the MENU/DSC key to enter Menu mode. The list of avail-
able menu groups appears.
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MAIN MENU
VHF OPS
HAIL/FOG/IC
I
N
GPS SETUP
T
B ATIS OPS
SHIP/SHIP [EXIT]
SELECT
2. Use the up/down arrow soft keys, CH/OK knob on the transceiver, or CH up/
down key on the microphone (or Raymic) to scroll through the list until the
desired menu is highlighted.
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MAIN MENU
HAIL/FOG/IC
GPS SETUP
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ATIS OPS
T
B SYSTM CONFIG
SHIP/SHIP [EXIT]
SELECT
3. Press SELECT, the CH/OK knob on the transceiver, HILO key on the microphone, or OK key on Raymic to accept. The sub-menu headings are displayed.
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B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
KEY BEEP
SIGNAL BAR
BEARING
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SYSTM CONFIG
4. Use the up/down arrow soft keys, CH/OK knob on the transceiver, or the CH
up/down key on the microphone (or Raymic) to point to the desired sub-menu.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
KEY BEEP
SIGNAL BAR
BEARING
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B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SYSTM CONFIG
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5. Press SELECT, the CH/OK knob on the transceiver, HI/LO key on the microphone, or OK key on the Raymic to accept. The options under that sub-menu
are displayed.
LOUD
QUIET
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N
T
B [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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KEY BEEP
6. Use the up/down arrow soft keys, the CH/OK knob on the transceiver, or CH
up/down key on the microphone (or Raymic) to highlight the desired option.
LOUD
QUIET
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N
T
B [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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KEY BEEP
7. Press SELECT, the CH/OK knob on the transceiver, HI/LO key on the microphone, or OK key on Raymic to accept. The setting is changed. Continue in the
same manner to make any other setting changes.
LOUD
QUIET
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T
B [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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KEY BEEP
To return to the previous menu level, select the [BACK] menu option or press the
CLEAR key.
To exit the Menu mode, press the CLEAR key again or else press the 16/PLUS key
to switch to the priority channel in standby mode.
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4.2 VHF Operations
This menu group controls basic radio functions. You access VHF Operations via
the MENU key.
06
VHF OPS
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B SAVE CHANNEL
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
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06
MAIN MENU
VHF OPS
HAIL/FOG/IC
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N
GPS SETUP
T
B ATIS OPS
SHIP/SHIP
[EXIT]
SELECT
Scan Mode
This function automatically searches through all channels in the set for any that
are broadcasting. If a transmission is received, the scan stops on the receiving
channel as long as it is present. If the signal is lost for five seconds, the radio
resumes scanning.
If you wish to temporarily remove a received channel from the scan so that the
scan no longer stops on this channel, press the XCLUDE soft key. The selected
channel is only excluded for the time you are currently in scan mode.
You can directly access the Scan Mode menu by pressing and releasing the SCAN/
SAVE key on the microphone. When a Scan Mode is active, you can terminate the
scan and return the radio to standby mode by pressing and releasing the key
again.
While scanning, press the microphone or Raymic CH up/down keys or else rotate
the CH knob on the transceiver to change the scan direction. UP (key)/clockwise
(CH knob) increases the channel while DOWN (key) /counter-clockwise (CH knob)
decreases it.
Your Ray218E/Ray55E is equipped with four types of scan options: All Scan,
Saved (Memory) Scan, Priority All Scan and Priority Saved Scan. The following
illustration demonstrates how to initiate All Scan but the procedure is the same
for all scan mode options.
Note: Whenever Weather Alert is activated, the WX Alert channel is also monitored dur-
ing the Scan Modes. If the WX Alert tone is detected, the scan is halted to receive the
Weather Alert broadcast.
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08
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B SAVE CHANEL
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
08
SCAN MODE
SCAN ALL
SCAN ALL
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
SCAN SAVED
T
B SCAN SAVD+16
SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
SELECT
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END
XCLUDE
To terminate the SCAN mode and return to standby mode, press:
•
•
•
•
END soft key
SCAN/SAVE key on the microphone
CLEAR key on the transceiver
CLEAR key on the optional Raymic
All Scan
In All Scan mode, all channels in the channel set are scanned in sequence. After
the last channel number has been scanned, the cycle repeats.
When active, SCAN ALL appears on the display.
SCAN ALL
SCAN ALL
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N
T
88
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N
T
01
I
N
T
SCAN ALL
I
N
T
05
SCAN ALL
02
SCAN ALL
SCAN ALL
I
N
T
04
I
N
T
03
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Priority All Scan
Priority All Scan searches for activity on all channels but alternates scanning the
Priority Channel 16 after each channel.
When active, SCAN ALL + 16 appears on the display.
SCAN ALL+16
SCAN ALL+16
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N
T
88
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
T
05
I
N
T
01
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
T
16
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
T
04
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
T
02
SCAN ALL+16
I
N
T
03
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Saved (Memory) Scan
In Saved Scan mode, only the channels that have been saved in memory are
scanned in sequence. After the last saved channel number has been scanned, the
cycle repeats.
When active, SCAN SAVED appears on the display. If no channels have been saved
into memory when you select this feature, an error tone sounds.
SCAN SAVED
SCAN SAVED
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T
77
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N
T
06
I
N
T
SCAN SAVED
I
N
T
67
SCAN SAVED
08
SCAN SAVED
SCAN SAVED
I
N
T
17
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15
D9368-2
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Priority Saved Scan
Priority Saved Scan is much like Priority Scan except that the radio alternates
searching for activity on the Priority Channel 16 and the channels stored in
memory.
When active, SCAN SAVD + 16 appears on the display.
Note: If no channels have been saved into memory when you select this feature, an error
tone sounds.
SCAN SAVD+16
SCAN SAVD+16
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T
77
I
N
T
SCAN SAVD+16
I
N
T
SCAN SAVD+16
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67
06
16
SCAN SAVD+16
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N
T
17
SCAN SAVD+16
I
N
T
08
SCAN SAVD+16
I
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15
D9369-2
Display Mode
The Ray218E/Ray55E has two methods for displaying the channel number:
1 UP and 2 UP. 1 UP mode is the normal mode; the channel is displayed on the left
side of the display and text information on the right.
In 2 UP mode, you are presented with two channels: the currently-active channel
on the left and the standby channel on the right. Pressing the double arrow soft
key determines which of the two displayed channels is the active one. While in 2
UP mode, pressing the channel up/down keys CHANGES THE STANDBY
CHANNEL, NOT THE ACTIVE ONE.
The radio exits 2 UP mode when you enter the menu or DSC call screens.
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VHF OPS
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
A SAVE CHANNEL
B
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
08
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
DISPLAY MODE
1UP CHANNEL
2UP CHANNEL
[BACK]
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1UP CHANNEL
2UP CHANNEL
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[BACK]
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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001 17.7189W
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B AM10:33LOC
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
08 72
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SHIP/SHIP
S
T
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D
B
BY
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SHIP/SHIP
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D
B
BY
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Setting the Power Output (HI/LO)
The choice of power output is dependent upon the distance of transmission and
transmitting conditions. As a part of marine communications courtesy, make
initial contact using low power. Switch to high power only when contact can not
be made on low power or in emergency situations. International regulations state
that you must use the minimum power possible for satisfactory communication.
If conditions require that you change transmission power for the currentlyselected channel, select the HI/LO POWER menu option under VHF OPS. Press the
HI/LO soft key to toggle the TX power from LOW (1 watt) to HIGH (25 watts). The
corresponding LO or HI indicator appears.
You can also press the HI/LO–LOC/DIS key on the microphone to toggle TX power.
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CHANGE PWR
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SETTING
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP
HI/LO
BACK
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HI/LO POWER
CHANGE PWR
I
SETTING
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP
HI/LO
BACK
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VHF OPS
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B SAVE CHANNEL
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
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Some channels are limited by regulation to be low power only. If the HILO
operation request is denied, an error tone beeps.
Channels restricted to low transmit power are as follows:
• Canadian channel set: 13, 15, 17, 77
• International channel set: 15, 17, 75, 76
• US channel set: 13, 17, 67, 77
Saving Channels to Memory
The Ray218E/Ray55E can store any channel (including Private Channels) into
memory. The stored channels are the ones scanned in the Saved (Memory) Scan
mode (see page 46). Any number of channels can be saved as memory channels.
Separate memory channel groups exist for USA, International, and Canadian
frequency sets.
To add or remove a channel to/from memory:
1. Select SAVE CHANNEL from the VHF OPS menu.
2. Rotate the CH/OK knob to select the channel to be added/removed from
memory.
3. To add the selected channel from memory, press SAVE. The SAVED icon
appears to indicate the current channel has been saved in memory.
To remove the channel from memory, press CLEAR. The SAVED icon disappears.
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
A SAVE CHANNEL
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
08
SAVE CHANNEL
SELECT CH
I
PRESS SAVE
N
OR CLEAR
T
A WATCH MODE
B
SHIP/SHIP
SAVE
BACK
CLEAR
Select Channel
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SAVE CHANNEL
SELECT CH
I
PRESS SAVE
N
OR CLEAR
T
A WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP
SAVE
BACK
CLEAR
SELECT CH
I
PRESS SAVE
N
OR CLEAR
T
A WATCH MODE
B
SHIP/SHIP
SAVE
BACK
CLEAR
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You can also add the current channel to memory by pressing and holding the
SCAN/SAVE key on the microphone. If the channel is already saved, pressing and
holding the key removes the channel from memory.
Using the Watch Modes
The Watch Modes monitor the programmed Priority Channel and other userselected channel(s). The watch is halted when activity is detected on a monitored
channel. The Ray218E/Ray55E is equipped with 2 types of monitor operations:
Dual Watch and Tri Watch.
Note: Monitor modes are disabled when the ATIS operation is active.
Dual Watch
Dual Watch monitors the current working channel and
Channel 16 in cycle.
16
DUAL 16 appears on the top line of the display.
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Dual Watch is demonstrated in the figure to the left; the
sample working channel is channel 72.
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Tri Watch
Tri Watch monitors in cycle channel 16, the current
working channel and the channel you have set as the
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel.
16
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TRI 16+09 appears on the top line of the display.
Tri Watch is demonstrated in the figure to the left; the
sample working channel is channel 72.
Press the END soft key to terminate Watch mode and return to the previous
working channel.
Press and release the 16/PLUS key to terminate Watch mode and switch to the
Priority Channel.
Press and release the CLEAR key to terminate Watch mode and return to the lastused channel.
Note: During Tri Watch Mode, the CH key is inactive and an error beep sounds if pressed.
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WATCH MODE
DUAL WATCH
I
TRI WATCH
N
[BACK]
T
B WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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WATCH MODE
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WATCH MODE
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
DUAL WATCH
TRI WATCH
[BACK]
B WATCH MODE
DUAL WATCH
I
TRI WATCH
N
[BACK]
T
B WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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DUAL 16
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TRI 16+09
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N
080 04.8589W
T
B AM10:33LOC
SHIP/SHIP
SAVE
END
CLEAR
26 06.0098N
I
N
080 04.8589W
T
B AM10:33LOC
SHIP/SHIP
SAVE
END
CLEAR
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VHF OPS
SCAN MODE
DISPLAY MODE
I
N
HI/LO POWER
T
B SAVE CHANNEL
SHIP/SHIP WATCH MODE
SELECT
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Frequency Band
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VHF OPS
DISPLAY MODE
HI/LO POWER
U
SAVE CHANNEL
S
A
A WATCH MODE
B
FREQ BAND
PLEASURE
SELECT
69
FREQ BAND
USA
INTERNATNL
U
S
CANADA
A
A [BACK]
B
PLEASURE
SELECT
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N
001 17.7189W
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A AM08:53LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH72
CH06
CH69
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The Ray218E/Ray55E can transmit and receive all USA, International and
Canadian frequencies, if available. This setting determines which channel set is
being used. The appropriate indicator is illuminated in the LCD: USA, INT for
International, or CAN for Canadian channel sets.
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Channel Name
By default, the Ray218E/Ray55E scrolls a descriptive name of up to 16 characters
in the line directly below the channel number and then stops to display a fixed
length of up to 9 characters. This option modifies the name for the currentlyselected channel from its default.
To change the Channel Name from the default:
1. From the VHF OPS menu, select CHANNEL NAME.
2. Press EDIT. The name for the currently-selected channel appears.
3. Use the CH/OK knob to modify the NAME field using the same technique
described in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
4. Press DONE when completed.
To completely remove the Channel Name, press CLEAR in step 2 above. If the
name is deleted, the space below the channel number is blank for that channel.
DISPLAY MODE
HI/LO POWER
I
SAVE CHANNEL
N
T
B WATCH MODE
SHIP/SHIP FREQ BAND
SELECT
Select Characters
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CHANNEL NAME
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EDIT NAME
SELECT CH
I
N
PRESS
T
B EDIT OR
CLEAR
SHIP/SHIP
EDIT
CLEAR
BACK
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EDIT NAME
CHANNEL NAME
PLEASURE
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
Press OK
CHANNEL NAME
FISHING
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
DONE
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I
N
T
FISHING
CH06
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CH09
CH10
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Favorite Channel
When in standby mode, the Ray218E/Ray55E displays a channel number in each
of the three soft key locations. By pressing the corresponding soft key, the radio
instantly switches to that channel number. You can select from three separate
Favorite Channel groups for a total of 9 channel options for each frequency set.
You select which channel group is displayed and edit what channel numbers are
assigned.
Default channels are as follows:
• FAV1: CH67 CH68 CH72
• FAV2: CH71 CH73 CH77
• FAV3: CH06 CH08 CH09
To SELECT which bank of Favorite Channels is displayed:
From the VHF OPS menu, select FAVORITE CH.
Highlight the Favorite Channel Bank you wish to be displayed.
Press the SELECT soft key. Two options appear: SELECT and EDIT.
Choose the SELECT option.
Press OK to confirm. Selected favorite channels appear in the soft key bank.
06
VHF OPS
06
FAV BANK-3
68 69 71
SAVE CHANNEL
WATCH MODE
I
N
FREQ BAND
T
ACHANNEL NAME
B
SHIP/SHIP FAVORITE CH
SELECT
SELECT
I
EDIT
N
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
06
FAVORITE CH
06
FAVORITE CH
FAV-BANK1
FAV-BANK2
I
N
FAV-BANK3
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
FAV BANK-3
IS SELECTED
I
N
T
A PRESS [OK]
B
SHIP/SHIP TO ACCEPT
BACK
OK
06
FAVORITE CH
06
FAVORITE CH
FAV-BANK1
FAV-BANK2
I
N
FAV-BANK3
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
FAV-BANK1
FAV-BANK2
I
N
FAV-BANK3
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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2.
3.
4.
5.
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To EDIT Favorite Channels contained within a bank:
1. Repeat steps 1–3 above for the SELECT process and highlight the bank you
wish to edit.
2. Select the EDIT option.
3. Use the up/down arrows to highlight which soft key label you wish to edit:
LEFT, CENTER or RIGHT.
4. Rotate the CH/OK knob to change the channel to the desired value.
5. Push in the CH/OK knob to confirm. The new channel selection appears in the
edited soft key position for that bank.
EDIT
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FAVORITE CH
FAV BANK-1
FAV BANK-2
I
N
FAV BANK-3
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
Select Channel
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FAV BANK-3
06 08 09
SELECT
I
EDIT
N
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
EDIT FAV-3
06 08 77
LEFT: 06
I
CENTER: 08
N
RIGHT: 77
T
A PRESS [OK]
B
SHIP/SHIP TO ACCEPT
BACK
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Press OK
EDIT FAV-3
06 08 09
LEFT: 06
CENTER: 08
I
N
RIGHT: 09
T
A PRESS [OK]
B
SHIP/SHIP TO ACCEPT
BACK
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N
001 17.7189W
T
A AM10:33LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH77
CH06
CH08
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Shortcut
You can quickly access the Favorite Channel menu item by pressing and holding
any of the three channel soft keys in standby mode.
FAV-BANK1
FAV-BANK2
I
N
FAV-BANK3
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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N
001 17.7189W
T
A AM10:33LOC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH77
CH72
CH73
PRESS and HOLD
any soft key 3 secs
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06
FAVORITE CH
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Sensitivity
Use this setting to switch the transmit power from high to low. Press the L/D soft
key to toggle between full receiver sensitivity (Distant mode) and attenuated
receiver sensitivity (Local mode). The LOCAL icon appears while in Local mode
and then is removed in Distant mode.
FREQ BAND
CHANNEL NAME
I
N
FAVORITY CH
T
A SENSITIVITY
B
SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
SELECT
77
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
77
SENSITIVITY
SET
LOCAL
OR
A DISTANT
B
L/D
SENSITIVITY
SET
LOCAL
I
N
OR
T
A DISTANT
B
SHIP/SHIP
L/D
BACK
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VHF OPS
4.3 Hailer/Fog Horn/Intercom
Hailer and Fog operations are available on the Ray218E, but not on the Ray55E.
You must purchase and install an optional hailer horn for these features to
operate. Intercom operations are available on both the Ray218E and Ray55E.
Note: This menu item provides access to auxiliary functions. While these operations are
active, you cannot send or receive radio calls. The exception is in AUTO FOG mode, between soundings.
Hailer (Ray218E only)
The Hailer operation enables the unit to use a Hailer Horn as a loudspeaker. Press
and hold PTT to place the unit in Hailer mode. Anything spoken into the handset
is amplified and broadcast from the Hailer Horn (but not transmitted over the
radio). To adjust the Hailer Horn broadcast volume, use the up/down arrow soft
keys while pressing and holding PTT.
HAILER
FOG
INTERCOM
[BACK]
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08
I
N
T
A
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
HAIL/FOG/IC
08
HAILER
LISTENING
I
PRESS PTT
N
T
A TO TALK
SHIP/SHIP
END
PTT
08
HAILER
TALKING
VOL: 10
I
N
T
A
SHIP/SHIP HORN VOLUME
END
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Release PTT to switch to Listen mode. The Hailer Horn then acts as a directional
microphone. Sounds picked up by the Hailer Horn are heard on the radio speaker.
To adjust the Hailer Horn broadcast volume, use the up/down arrow soft keys.
Fog Horn (Ray218E only)
This operation enables the radio to emit various fog horn tones over a hailer horn
speaker. Select one of the following modes, and then press SELECT to enable the
selection:
MANUAL FOG
Pressing the PTT switch sounds a continuous 400 Hz tone for as long as you hold
the PTT.
AUTO FOG
Sounds a predetermined pattern. Press END soft key or any hard key (CLEAR,
HAILER/INTCM, etc.) to quit.
Note: Between AUTO Fog Horn soundings, you can make and receive calls.
Select one of the following modes, and then press SELECT to enable the selection:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
PWR MAKE WY—Power vessel underway
NOT MAKE WY—Power vessel not underway
SAIL/FISHNG—Sailing vessel or any vessel fishing but not trolling
RSTRICT/TOW—Restricted in ability to maneuver or towing another vessel
UNDER TOW—This vessel being towed
PILOT—This vessel is a pilot vessel
AT ANCHOR—Vessel is at anchor
AGROUND—Vessel is aground
Volume is controlled by the up/down soft keys.
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Intercom
When a Raymic secondary handset is installed, Intercom operation enables voice
communications between the Raymic and the transceiver. You can initiate the call
from either the transceiver or second station. The following illustrates what is
displayed when the Ray218E transceiver initiates the call.
09
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
HAIL/FOG/IC
HAILER
FOG
INTERCOM
B [BACK]
09
INTERCOM
CALLING
I
RAYMIC
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
on Raymic
09
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
INTERCOM
INCOMING
FROM
BASE
PRESS PTT
TO ACCEPT
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on Transceiver
To initiate an Intercom call:
1. Select INTERCOM from the sending station (transceiver or Raymic):
Ray55E: Select INTERCOM directly from the main menu.
—or—
Ray218E: Select INTERCOM from the IC/HAIL/FOG menu.
—or—
Ray218E: Press and hold the HAILER / INTCM key.
—or—
Raymic: Press and hold the OK / INTCM key.
The receiving station sounds an alert tone and displays a message that
an intercom call is incoming.
2. On the receiving station, press PTT to accept the call and respond.
While PTT is depressed, that station displays TALKING and the other station
displays LISTENING. When neither station is pressing PTT, both LCD’s display
PRESS PTT TO TALK.
3. On the sending station, when the LCD no longer reads TALKING, press PTT to
talk.
4. To terminate the call, press END from either station.
Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
on
on Transceiver
Transceiver
09
INTERCOM
INTERCOM
LISTENING
LISTENING
I
I
N
N
T
T
B
B
SHIP/SHIP
SHIP/SHIP
END
END
on
on Transceiver
Transceiver
09
INTERCOM
INTERCOM
TALKING
TALKING
I
I
N
N
T
T
B
B
SHIP/SHIP
SHIP/SHIP
END
END
on
on Raymic
RayMic
09
INTERCOM
INTERCOM
TALKING
TALKING
I
I
N
N
T
T
B
B
SHIP/SHIP
SHIP/SHIP
END
END
on
on Raymic
RayMic
09
INTERCOM
INTERCOM
LISTENING
LISTENING
I
I
N
N
T
T
B
B
SHIP/SHIP
SHIP/SHIP
END
END
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4.4 GPS/Time Setup
By default, the Ray218E/Ray55E auto-detects NMEA 0183 strings and decodes
appropriate latitude/longitude position and time or COG/SOG. When position
data is available, the GPS satellite icon appears on the top line of the LCD. If the
GPS navigation receiver is not connected or is not functional, a manual latitude/
longitude position and UTC time can be entered and used in the DSC distress
transmitted message.
Manual Position
If no GPS data is available and the MMSI number has been programmed, the GPS
icon blinks and POS DATA REQ is displayed on the dot matrix display, followed by
NO POS DATA. An alarm sounds for 5 seconds or until you acknowledge by
pressing any key.
The alert repeats every four hours as long as no position information has been
entered manually. If position data is entered manually but has not been updated
during the previous 23.5 hours, all the position (lat/lon) fields are set to all 9’s,
time field is set to all 8’s, and the display reverts to NO POS DATA.
Note: The Manual Lat/Lon function is valid only when your radio is not connected to a
GPS receiver.
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To manually set the GPS position and time settings:
1. Under the GPS SETUP menu, select MANUAL POS. The Manual Position
screen appears.
2. Using the CH/OK knob, fill in the Lat/Lon and time information, one character
at a time. The first character space is highlighted with a flashing underline.
A more-detailed description of manual character entry can be found in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
• Rotate the CH/OK knob to scroll through the selections.
• When the desired character appears, push in the CH/OK knob to accept it.
The next character to be filled in sequence is underlined (_).
• Use the < and > soft keys to edit selected characters, if necessary.
• Continue this process until all latitude data been selected.
• When the direction character is underlined, rotate the CH/OK knob to
toggle between N and S, if necessary.
• Press the CH/OK knob when the desired direction character is displayed.
The first character in the longitude field is now underlined.
• Use the same process to complete longitude information.
• Use the same process to complete time information.
When time data is entered manually, the MAN indicator appears in front
of the time, which is displayed in UTC.
3. Press DONE soft key when complete. The radio returns to the GPS Setup menu.
4. Select BACK to exit the menu.
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MANUAL POS
SETTING
NMEA OUTPUT
B [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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B
Select Characters
Press OK
_- --:----N
--- --:----W
--:--UTC
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
MANUAL POS
27 07:3800N
080 04:8500W
10:30UTC
B PRESS DONE
SHIP/SHIP TO ACCEPT
BACK
DONE>
<
I
N
T
I
N
T
MANUAL POS
I
N
T
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SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
GPS SETUP
MANUAL POS
SETTING
NMEA OUTPUT
B [BACK]
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N
001 17.7100W
T
A MAN10:30UTC
B
SHIP/SHIP
CH77
CH06
CH08
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Settings
You can also set how some time and position information is displayed on the
screen. Make your selection from the options on the list.
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SETTING
LAT/LON DISP
TIME DISPLAY
I
TIME OFFSET
N
T
A TIME FORMAT
B
SHIP/SHIP COG/SOG
SELECT
09
SETTING
LAT/LON DISP
TIME DISPLAY
I
TIME OFFSET
N
T
ATIME FORMAT
B
SHIP/SHIP COG/SOG
SELECT
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09
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
GPS SETUP
MANUAL POS
SETTING
NMEA OUTPUT
A [BACK]
B
Latitude/Longitude Display
The LAT/LON DISP setting indicates whether Latitude and Longitude position data
are displayed on the screen in standby mode.
Time Display
The TIME DISPLAY setting indicates whether time information is displayed on the
screen in standby mode. When manual time is used, it is always displayed as UTC
time, even if you have entered an offset.
Note: If TIME DISPLAY is set ON, COG/SOG is automatically set to OFF. Because they oc-
cupy the same line on the LCD, only one of these two settings can be displayed at a time.
Time Offset
The TIME OFFSET setting indicates the amount of time to add or subtract from
UTC time to equal your local time. Rotate the CH/OK knob to select a value from
between +13 to –13 hours of UTC and then press ACCEPT to confirm. After
setting up Time Offset, “LOC” is displayed to the right of the Time field to indicate
local time.
Note: The Time Offset setting is valid only when GPS data is available. When manual time
is used, it is always displayed as UTC time, even though you have entered an offset.
Time Format
The TIME FORMAT setting indicates whether the time is displayed in 12 hour or 24
hour format.
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COG/SOG Display
This setting determines whether Course Over Ground and Speed Over Ground
(COG/SOG) data from the GPS is displayed on the bottom line of the dot matrix
display instead of the time of day. The menu setting “Bearing Mode“ on page 67
determines whether the True or Magnetic heading is displayed for COG. The
setting “Speed Unit“ on page 68 determines whether knots, MPH or KPH is used
for SOG.
50 46.1718N
I
N
001 17.7189W
T
B356 T 12.6KS
SHIP/SHIP
CH72
CH73
CH77
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TW 16+09+W01
Note: If COG/SOG is set ON, TIME DISPLAY is automatically set to OFF. Because they oc-
cupy the same line on the LCD, only one of these two settings can be displayed at a time.
NMEA Output
When Distress Call and Position (lat/lon) information is received from other
stations, your Ray218E/Ray55E has the capability of forwarding this data to your
display unit (C Series, E Series, etc.) over the NMEA port so that it can be displayed
on the screen. You can specify which stations will have their position data and
Distress Call information sent to the display unit.
SEL OUTPUT
Use this option to select the stations for which you want incoming position data
and Distress Call information to be displayed.
1. From the GPS SETUP menu, select NMEA OUTPUT.
2. From the NMEA OUTPUT menu, select SEL OUTPUT.
3. Select which vessel’s position data will be forwarded to the display:
• ALL STATION. Forward all received position data to the display.
• LIST STATION. Send position data from stations that you have selected
from a list. If you choose this option, specify the permitted vessels using
the SEL STATION option described below.
• NONE. Do not forward position data from any station.
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SEL STATION
If you enabled LIST STATION in the SEL OUTPUT menu, this option presents a list
from which you can select the stations whose data will be forwarded.
1. As outlined above in step 3, ensure you have selected LIST STATION from the
SEL OUTPUT menu.
2. From the NMEA OUTPUT menu, select SEL STATION. The list of stations in your
Phone book is displayed.
3. Using the up/down arrow soft keys, highlight the first station whose data you
want to have forwarded to the display unit.
4. Press SELECT. An arrow appears to the left of the station name, indicating that
it has been selected.
5. Continue until all stations for which you want to allow data to be forwarded
have been selected (have an arrow next to the station name).
6. Select [BACK] to exit.
SEL OUTPUT
09
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
GPS SETUP
MANUAL POS
SETTING
NMEA OUTPUT
A [BACK]
B
09
NMEA OUTPUT
09
SEL STATION
I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SEL OUTPUT
SEL STATION
[BACK]
09
SEL OUTPUT
09
SEL STATION
ALL STATION
LIST STATION
I
N
NONE
T
A [BACK]
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
09
I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
NMEA OUTPUT
SEL OUTPUT
SEL STATION
[BACK]
I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
$AQUAHOLIC
$DESTINY
$GOOD RX
$PURA VIDA
[BACK]
I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
$AQUAHOLIC
$DESTINY
$GOOD RX
$PURA VIDA
[BACK]
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4.5 ATIS Operation
If you purchased your Ray218E/Ray55E to include use on the inland waterways of
the contracting governments of the Basel Agreement, your radio has been
programmed by your dealer to include Automatic Transmitter Identification
System (ATIS) functionality. (The Basel Agreement includes Germany, Austria,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Moldova, the
Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic,
Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.)
This section describes how to setup and activate ATIS in your radio.
My ATIS ID
ATIS includes data at the end of radio transmission that identifies your station.
Your ATIS ID number is derived from your vessel’s call sign. If your call sign is
suitable, your authorized Raymarine dealer can assist you in decoding the
number. You can then program the ATIS number into your Ray218E/Ray55E using
the operation described in this section. If regulations in your area do not permit
you to program the ATIS number yourself, you can have your dealer program the
number for you.
Note: The ATIS ID number is a ten digit number, beginning with a “9”. The MY ATIS set
up process has you input only the last 9 digits. The leading “9” is automatically input for
you but does not appear on the display.
This is a one time operation. After the ATIS number has been programmed:
• you will not be able to change it, only your dealer/distributor can do this
• accessing this menu item will display the programmed ATIS number
To enter or view the ATIS ID number:
1. From the Main Menu item, select ATIS OPS.
2. From the ATIS OPS menu item, select MY ATIS ID.If an existing ATIS ID is
stored, the value appears. If the ATIS ID is blank, dashes appear, indicating
that one has yet to be entered.
All ATIS ID numbers begin with a "9". The leading 9 is automatically input for
you but does not appear. You enter the remaining nine digits.
3. To enter the ATIS ID number, rotate the CH/OK knob to select the digits and
push in the CH/OK knob to confirm and move on to the next position.
A more-detailed description of manual character entry can be found in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
4. When all digits are selected, press DONE to accept.
You are prompted to re-enter the ID number.
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5. Re-enter all the ATIS digits to confirm.
6. If the second entry does not match the first entry, a warning message is displayed and you are prompted to press BACK, and then retry.
7. When complete, press DONE to accept. The PROGRAMMING SUCCESSFUL
screen appears.
8. Press DONE one last time to save the ID number and return to the ATIS OPS
screen.
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MAIN MENU
VHF OPS
HAIL/FOG/IC
I
N
GPS SETUP
T
B ATIS OPS
SHIP/SHIP SYSTM CONFIG
SELECT
Select numbers
Press OK
08
ATIS OPS
08
MY ATIS ID
08
MY ATIS ID
MY MMSI ID
ATIS FUNC
I
N
[BACK]
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
INPUT
MY ATIS ID:
12346780
I
N
T
B
PRESS DONE
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
DONE
Select numbers
Press OK
RE-ENTER
MY ATIS ID:
I
N
123456780
T
B SURE?
PRESS DONE
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
DONE
08
MY ATIS ID
08
MY ATIS ID
08
MY ATIS ID
INPUT
MY ATIS ID:
I
N
_-------T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
RE-ENTER
MY MMSI ID:
I
N
_-------T
B
SHIP/SHIP
DONE
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PROGRAMMING
123456780
SUCCESSFUL
PRESS
DONE
DONE
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ATIS Function
This operation enables or disables the ATIS feature in the radio. This feature
accommodates users who travel outside the inland waterways and wish to
disable the ATIS function at that time.
Note: If you purchased your Ray218E/Ray55E to include use on the inland waterways of
the contracting governments of the “Regional Arrangement Concerning the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways”– also known as the Basel Agreement– your radio
has been programmed by your dealer to include ATIS. If ATIS is enabled, certain programming steps have been implemented to protect the integrity of this agreement, including the
blocking of DSC functions when ATIS is active.
When ATIS is enabled, the following occurs:
• DSC functions are disabled.
• Dual Watch, Tri Watch and all Scan functions are disabled.
• The following International Channels are limited to 1 watt output power:
6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77 (and 31, if enabled).
To enable/disable ATIS:
1. From the ATIS OPERATION menu, select ATIS FUNC.
2. Use the up/down arrow soft keys to set the ATIS function ON or OFF.
3. Press SELECT.
4. Press the DONE soft key to accept.
• If set ON, the ATIS icon appears and DSC functions are disabled.
• If set OFF, the ATIS icon disappears and DSC functions are enabled.
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A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
ON
OFF
[BACK]
ON
OFF
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ATIS FUNC
ATIS ON
THEN
I
N
DSC OFF
T
A PRESS DONE
B
SHIP/SHIP
TO ACCEPT
BACK
DONE
ATIS OFF
THEN
I
N
DSC ON
T
A PRESS DONE
B
SHIP/SHIP
TO ACCEPT
BACK
DONE
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MY ATIS ID
ATIS FUNC
I
N
[BACK]
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
MY ATIS ID
ATIS FUNC
I
N
[BACK]
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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4.6 System Configuration
Use these menu items for selecting general system-wide settings.
Backlight Adjustment
This setting adjusts the backlight brightness for the LCD, microphone keypad and
transceiver keypad. Choose from 10 brightness settings or OFF.
Rotate the CH/OK knob or use the up/down arrow soft keys to select the desired
backlight level. The number of blocks illuminated in the bar indicates the level,
one through ten. For HI all 10 are illuminated; for OFF none are illuminated.
Press SELECT or push the CH/OK knob to accept.
Separate backlight settings are maintained for the transceiver and the Raymic
handset. When the backlight level is being adjusted in the transceiver, a message
appears on the Raymic indicating that the base is busy. A similar message appears
on the base LCD when adjusting the backlight on the Raymic.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
I
N
KEY BEEP
T
A SIGNAL BAR
B
PLEASURE
BEARING MODE
SELECT
06
BACKLIGHT
OFF
HI
I
N
T
A
PLEASURE
SELECT
06
BACKLIGHT
OFF
HI
I
N
T
A
PLEASURE
SELECT
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SYSTM CONFIG
Contrast Adjustment
This setting adjusts the levels of LCD contrast. Choose from 10 settings.
Rotate the CH/OK knob to select the desired contrast level. The number of blocks
illuminated in the bar indicate the level. A larger number of blocks indicate a
darker LCD. For HI, all 10 blocks are illuminated; for LO none are illuminated.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
I
N
KEY BEEP
T
A SIGNAL BAR
B
SHIP/SHIP BEARING MODE
SELECT
08
I
N
T
A
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
CONTRAST
LO
HI
08
I
N
T
A
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
CONTRAST
LO
HI
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Key Beep
This setting is used to set the volume of the beep that sounds when a key is
pressed. Select LOUD, QUIET or OFF.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
I
N
KEY BEEP
T
A SIGNAL BAR
B
SHIP/SHIP BEARING MODE
SELECT
09
KEY BEEP
LOUD
QUIET
I
N
OFF
T
A [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
09
KEY BEEP
LOUD
QUIET
I
N
OFF
T
A [BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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SYSTM CONFIG
Signal Bar
Use this setting to determine whether the signal strength bar is displayed to the
left of the channel number. Select from ON or OFF.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
I
N
KEY BEEP
T
A SIGNAL BAR
B
SHIP/SHIP BEARING MODE
SELECT
10
I
N
T
A
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SIGNAL BAR
ON
OFF
[BACK]
10
TW 16+09+W01
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I
001 17.7189W
N
T
AM11:45LOC
A
SHIP/SHIP
CH06
CH08
CH09
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SYSTM CONFIG
Bearing Mode
This setting is used to determine how heading data are displayed when COG/SOG
is displayed (see page 61). Select MAGNETIC or TRUE. If you select MAGNETIC, an
“M” appears. If TRUE is selected, a “T” appears.
BACKLIGHT
CONTRAST
I
N
KEY BEEP
T
A SIGNAL BAR
B
SHIP/SHIP BEARING MODE
SELECT
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TRUE
I
MAGNETIC
N
[BACK]
T
A
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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I
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N
T
A001 17.7189W
SHIP/SHIP 356 M 12.6KS
CH69
CH72
CH73
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Speed Unit
This parameter sets the unit for Speed that is used to display all data, including
information received from other instruments on the system. The speed unit
appears on the LCD when COG/SOG is displayed (see page 61).
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SYSTEM TEST
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N
VERSION
T
A RESET
B
SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
SELECT
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SPEED UNIT
KNOTS
MPH
KPH
A [BACK]
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N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SPEED UNIT
KNOTS
MPH
KPH
A [BACK]
System Test
This menu item displays status of four separate conditions:
Item
Status
Meaning
GPS
OK
Valid NMEA signal received
NO
NMEA signal not received
OK
Raymic second station is connected
NO
Raymic is not connected
OK
Hailer horn speaker is connected
NO
Hailer is not connected
OK
Battery voltage within nominal limits (10.5–15.8 VDC)
NO
Battery is below 10.5 VDC or above 15.8VDC
OK
DSC processor is operating properly.
NO
DSC processor is not operating properly.
RAYMIC
HAILER
BATTERY
DSC
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SYSTM CONFIG
SPEED UNIT
SYSTEM TEST
VERSION
RESET
[BACK]
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SYSTEM TEST
OK
GPS:
I
RAYMIC: NO
N
NO
HAILER:
T
A BATTERY: OK
SHIP/SHIP GPS:
OK
SELECT
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I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
69
Version Number
This menu item displays the hardware and software versions of your radio.
Reset
Use this menu item to return your radio to the default factory settings. The
following items are reset. All other settings are unaffected.
VHF OPS
• DISPLAY MODE
Set to 1 UP CHANNEL.
• HI/LO POWER
Set to HI.
• SAVE CHANNEL
The Saved Channel list is cleared.
• CHANNEL NAME
The Long Channel Name list is displayed.
• SENSITIVITY
Set to DISTANT.
GPS SETUP
• SETTING
LAT/LON DISP is set ON.
TIME DISPLAY is set ON.
TIME OFFSET is set to 0.
TIME FORMAT is set to 24 HR.
COG/SOG is set OFF.
• NMEA OUTPUT
SEL OUTPUT is set to ALL STATION.
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SYSTEM CONFIG
• KEY BEEP
Set to QUIET.
• SIGNAL BAR
Set to ON.
• BEARING MODE
Set to TRUE.
• SPEED UNIT
Set to KNOTS.
DSC MENU
• RECV’D CALLS
All logs are cleared.
• DSC SETUP
AUTO CH CHANGE is set ON.
SPEED UNIT
SYSTEM TEST
VERSION
RESET
[BACK]
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RESET
SYSTEM
I
RESET
N
T
A PRESS RESET
SHIP/SHIP TO ACCEPT
BACK
RESET
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73
I
N
T
A
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SYSTM CONFIG
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Chapter 5: Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
The Ray218E/Ray55E includes equipment for Class “D” Digital Selective Calling
(DSC). DSC protocol is a globally applied system used to send and receive digital
calls. DSC uses a unique Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number to
direct DSC calls directly to your radio, much like a telephone number.
Note: An MMSI number is required to operate the DSC equipment in this radio. You can
request an MMSI number from the same agency that issues radio or Ship Radio licences in
your area. Once obtained, you can program the MMSI number yourself one time only using
the operation described in “My MMSI ID“ on page 96. Otherwise, your Raymarine dealer
can program or change the number for you.
The Ray218E/Ray55E includes a separate dedicated receiver just for DSC
communications on channel 70. When a DSC call is received, the radio
automatically responds based on the type of call. When receiving a DSC call from
another vessel or a coast station, an alert sounds and DSC data appears in the
LCD–such as time of a call, the caller and the type and priority of a call.
Note: If you purchased your Ray218E /Ray55E to include use on the inland waterways of
the contracting governments of the “Regional Arrangement Concerning the
Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways”—also known as the Basel Agreement—
your radio will be programmed by your dealer to include Automatic Transmitter
Identification System (ATIS) functionality. If ATIS has been enabled, certain programming
steps have been implemented to protect the integrity of this agreement, including the
blocking of DSC functions when ATIS is active. See “ATIS Function“ on page 65.
5.1 DSC Call Menu
You access DSC functions via the DSC menu. Press and hold the MENU/DSC key
for 3 seconds to enter DSC call mode.
Note: Distress calls are made using the DISTRESS key.
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10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
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INDIVIDUAL
GROUP
I
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ALL SHIPS
T
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
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PRESS and HOLD for 3 secs
The Ray218E/Ray55E can make the following type of DSC calls:
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DSC Call
Type
Description
DISTRESS
Sends out your MMSI number and nature of your Distress along with
the position and time information from the input NMEA data. This digital information lets other ships and shore stations equipped with
appropriate DSC equipment know where you are and that you are in a
Distress situation. Distress Calls are made using the DISTRESS key.
INDIVIDUAL
Makes a ROUTINE DSC call to a specific station identified by its MMSI
number.
GROUP
Sends transmissions that are only received by radios sharing a common Group MMSI number. Up to 5 Group MMSI numbers can be
stored and called.
ALL SHIPS
Sends out a message to all stations within range that you have important information but the situation is not serious enough for a Distress
Call. There are two types of All Ships Calls: SAFETY for advisory alerts
and URGENCY for assistance when life is not in immediate danger.
POSITION
REQUEST
This option enables you to request GPS position information from any
vessel for which an MMSI number is known. You can specify the target
vessel either by selecting it from your MMSI phonebook or by manually entering its MMSI number. You can also be requested to send out
your position to someone else.
RECEIVED
CALLS
Three separate logs listing all received DSC Call types by number and
time of call. Entries are separated into the following: Distress Log, Call
Log for all other types of DSC Calls, and Position Log.
NOTE: You can place a call directly from a log to the station that is currently displayed. You can also add the displayed station to the DSC
Phonebook.
Note: To conform with regulations of the Basel Agreement for radiotelephone service on
inland waterways, DSC functions are disabled when ATIS is active. Please see “ATIS Function“ on page 65.
Making DSC Menu and Programming Selections
There are three ways to make DSC menu and character selections in your radio:
1. Most examples in this chapter describe making selections using the CH/OK
knob and soft keys on the transceiver.
2. However, you can also press the microphone up/down keys to make your
selections and then press the microphone HI/LO key to accept.
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3. Alternatively, if you have an optional Raymic, you can use its CH up/down
keys to select and OK key to accept.
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5.2 Distress Calls
For a Distress Call transmission, the Ray218E/Ray55E takes the position and time
information from the input NMEA data along with your MMSI and converts it into
a digital “packet”. When transmitted, this digital information lets other ships and
shore stations equipped with appropriate DSC equipment know where you are
and that you are in a Distress situation.
Your call can specify the nature of the Distress (designated call) or not
(undesignated call).
Sending a Distress Call
Lift the spring-loaded door on the front panel of the transceiver.
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Undesignated (Quick) Distress Call
To send a distress call without specifying its nature:
• Press and hold the red DISTRESS key for 3 seconds to initiate the call. During
this time, the radio beeps, the display flashes and a timer counts down
03...02...01.
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
I
N
T
I
N
T
03
DISTRES CALL
01
DISTRES CALL
COUNTING
DOWN...
B
COUNTING
DOWN...
B
I
N
T
02
DISTRES CALL
I
N
T
70
DISTRES CALL
B
DSC
BACK
SEND
COUNTING
DOWN...
TRANSMITING
DISTRESS
B UNDESIG
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PRESS and HOLD for 3 SECS
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Designated Distress Call
To send a distress call and specify its nature:
1. Press the red DISTRESS key.
2. Release the DISTRESS key.
The Distress Call screen appears.
3. Rotate the CH/OK knob or press the up/down arrow soft keys until the type of
Distress you wish to designate is highlighted:
• UNDESIGNATED
• SINKING
• FIRE
• ADRIFT
• FLOODING
• ABANDONING
• COLLISION
• PIRACY
• GROUNDING
• MANOVERBOARD
• CAPSIZING
• EXIT
4. Press SELECT to choose that type of Distress.
5. Press and hold the DISTRESS key for 3 seconds to initiate the call. During this
time, the radio beeps, the display flashes and a timer counts down
03...02...01... , just as with the undesignated call illustrated above.
Release
Press
06
DISTRES CALL
UNDESIGNATED
FIRE
I
N
FLOODING
T
B COLLISION
SHIP/SHIP GROUNDING
SELECT
D9396-1
06
DISTRES CALL
UNDESIGNATED
FIRE
I
N
FLOODING
T
B COLLISION
SHIP/SHIP GROUNDING
SELECT
06
DISTRES CALL
FLOODING
I
N
HOLD DOWN
T
B DISTRESS
SHIP/SHIP 3 SECONDS
EXIT
55 60 5
10
50
15
45
20
40
35 30 25
PRESS and
HOLD for 3 SECS
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Note: To conform with regulations of the Basel Agreement for radiotelephone service on
inland waterways, DSC functions are disabled when ATIS is active. See “ATIS Function“ on
page 65.
Transmitting
After the Distress transmission, the radio is automatically set to channel 16 at
high power to listen for and respond to voice replies from Search and Rescue
authorities or other vessels that may have received your Distress Call.
To mute the alarm:
Press CLEAR.
To manually cancel the automatic Distress resend:
Press CLEAR a second time.
The Distress Call is resent randomly every 3.5 – 4.5 minutes until an
acknowledgement is received or the call is manually cancelled.
Receiving Acknowledgement
After the call is sent, the radio waits for acknowledgement. The display stops
flashing and the alarm sounds continuously until muted or an ACK is received.
16
AWAIT ACK
AUTO
B TRANSMIT
DISTRESS
END
16
DISTRESS ACK
FROM:
001234567
B ORIGINATOR:
232123456
DISTRESS
OK
I
N
T
16
DISTRES ACK
UNDESIG
26 06.0098N
B 080 04.8589W
DISTRESS
12:45UTC
OK
I
N
T
D9398-1
I
N
T
DISTRES CALL
Cancelling a Distress Call Made in Error
If the countdown has not been completed, release the DISTRESS key before the
countdown has completed.
If the countdown has completed and the distress call has been sent in error, you
should make an announcement as soon as possible that the distress situation
does not exist.
1. Immediately press CLEAR two times to cancel the Distress Call. The radio
returns to the state before the Distress Call.
2. Press the 16/PLUS key. The radio switches to the Priority Channel.
3. Make a broadcast to all stations giving your ship’s name, call sign and MMSI
number and cancel the false distress alert. For example:
“All Stations, All Stations, All Stations. This is NAME, CALL SIGN, MMSI ID,
POSITION. Cancel my distress alert of DATE, TIME, NAME, CALL SIGN.”
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Receiving a Distress Call
The Ray218E/Ray55E receives distress messages sent by another vessel and/or
acknowledgments (ACK) sent by a coast station to another vessel in distress. The
radio also receives distress relays.
Note: Class “D” DSC radios such as the Ray218E/Ray55E are forbidden by law from auto-
matically acknowledging or relaying DSC distress calls. Upon receiving a distress call, you
may hail the vessel in distress on channel 16 and standby to lend assistance if requested.
When a Distress Call is received, the Ray218E/Ray55E automatically tunes to
channel 16 and sounds the Distress Alarm Tone. (If you have disabled automatic
channel changing, as described on page 98, you are first prompted whether to
accept the call.)
Two alternating screens appear in the display. When position data and time is
included within the signal, it is displayed on the first screen in the text area of the
LCD. The second screen shows the nature of the distress and time it was sent.
The 2 alternating pages of data are recorded in the Distress Log. The envelope
icon ( ) blinks until you accept the call, reject the call, or open the resulting
unread message stored in the Log. See page “Received Calls (Logs)“ on page 94.
Your radio has the capability of forwarding position data from a Distress Call to
your display unit (C Series, E Series, etc.) over the NMEA port so that it can be
displayed on the screen. You can specify which stations will have their position
data information sent to the display unit using the option NMEA Output, which is
described on page 61.
To mute the alert tone:
Press CLEAR.
To ignore the Distress Call:
Press CLEAR a second time or press the CANCEL soft key. The envelope icon
disappears, the call is interrupted and the normal screen appears on the LCD.
To accept a Distress Call when Auto Channel Change is OFF
1. Press the OK soft key or the CH/OK knob. The alert tone is muted, the envelope icon disappears and the radio switches to channel 16.
2. Press OK again to confirm the channel change. The radio returns to standby
mode. Press PTT to communicate on channel 16.
To accept a Distress Call when Auto Channel Change is ON
Press the OK soft key or the CH/OK knob. The alert tone is muted, the envelope
icon disappears and the radio automatically switches to channel 16. Press PTT to
communicate.
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N
T
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I
N
T
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DISTRESS
I
N
T
16
DISTRESS
DISTRESS
FROM:
$23212345
B CH CHANGE
SHIP/SHIP REQ TO CH16
CANCEL
OK
END
FIRE
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B 001 17.7189W
SHIP/SHIP
12:45UTC
CANCEL
OK
END
I
N
T
16
DISTRESS
I
N
T
16
DISTRESS
FROM:
$23212345
B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
OK
...with Auto Channel Change ON
I
N
T
16
DISTRESS
FROM:
$23212345
B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
OK
FIRE
50 46.1718N
B 001 17.7189W
DISTRESS
12:45UTC
OK
50 46 1718N
B 001 17.7189W
PM12:45LOC
DISTRESS
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Note: The AUTO CH CHG option determines whether you want your radio automatically
switched to channel 16 to receive the call or instead to be prompted to manually receive or
decline the channel change. See page 98.
Receiving a Distress Relay Sent by Another Station
When a Distress Relay is received, an alarm sounds, the envelope icon blinks and
the LCD displays two alternating screens. The first page displays the Name/MMSI
ID of the station sending the message. Page 2 displays the Name/MMSI ID of the
vessel in distress and its lat/lon position. Your radio does not re-send a distress
relay message.
5.3 DSC Phonebook
The Phonebook stores up to 50 preprogrammed MMSI numbers that you can
select for making an Individual Call. The numbers are stored by name and contain
the station’s MMSI number. You can add, edit and delete entries from the
Phonebook, much as you would on a cellular telephone. Rotate the CH/OK knob
to make an item appear on the dot matrix display and then press in CH/OK to
select that item.
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Adding a new Entry
1. Select PHONEBOOK from the DSC menu. The list of Phonebook entries
appears. Highlight <NEW>. If no entries have yet been entered, this is your
only choice.
Press SELECT. You are prompted to enter the MMSI number for the new entry.
The first character space to be modified is highlighted with a flashing underline.
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GROUP
ALL SHIPS
.
.
POS REQUEST
.
B RECV’D CALLS
SHIP/SHIP PHONEBOOK
SELECT
.
.
.
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PHONEBOOK
<NEW>
[BACK]
B
.
.
.
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PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
_-------ENTER NAME
B -----------
PLEASURE
BACK
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
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2. Rotate the CH/OK knob. The flashing underline is replaced with a numeric
character. Continue rotating the knob to scroll through the selections.
3. When the appropriate number appears, press the CH/OK knob to accept. The
next character to be filled in sequence is then underlined.
Select Characters
.
.
.
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SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
3-------ENTER NAME:
B ----------
Press OK
.
.
.
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SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
3_------ENTER NAME
B -----------
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4. Continue this process until all MMSI digits have been entered. Use the < and
> soft keys to edit selected characters, if necessary.
Select Characters
.
.
.
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SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
36------ENTER NAME:
B ----------
Press OK
.
.
.
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SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
366123456
ENTER NAME
B -----------
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5. When you press the CH/OK knob to accept the final MSSI ID digit, the cursor
moves on to the NAME field. The first character in this line is a symbol
assigned by the radio, based on the MMSI number you entered.
Coast Stations are identified by “00” at the beginning of the station name. If
you enter 00 as the leading digits of the MMSI ID, the radio recognizes this as
a coast station and automatically enters a tower symbol (&). If you enter a
number other than 0 in the initial position of the MMSI ID, an anchor symbol
($) is entered as a prefix to the name, identifying this as a Ship Station.
The first character space to be modified is highlighted with a flashing underline. Using the same procedure as above, rotate the CH/OK knob to select
the NAME characters. All alpha and numeric characters are available, as well
as 13 symbols: ! # % ’ ( ) : ? / . , + Press the CH/OK knob to accept. Continue this process until all NAME characters have been entered.
Select Characters
Press OK
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.
..
.
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
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PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
36123456
ENTER NAME:
B $_----------
.
..
.
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PHONEBOOK
NEW ENTRY
ENTER MMSI:
36123456
ENTER NAME:
B $TOTL MADNES
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6. When complete, press the DONE soft key to accept.
The new entry appears in the list.
Press OK
ENTER MMSI:
366123456
ENTER NAME:
B $TOTL MADNES
SHIP/SHIP PRESS DONE
DONE
.
.
.
.
.
.
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SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
PHONEBOOK
<NEW>
$TOTL MADNES
[BACK]
B
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Editing an Existing Entry
1. From the Phonebook, rotate the CH/OK knob or press the [ and ] soft keys
until the entry you wish to edit is highlighted.
2. Press SELECT. The list of options appear.
3. Highlight EDIT and press SELECT.
4. Make your changes to the NAME and MMSI ID, using the CH/OK knob.
5. When finished, DONE to save your changes. The revised name or MMSI
number appears in the list.
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Deleting an Existing Entry
1. From the Phonebook, rotate the CH/OK knob or press the [ and ] soft keys
until the entry you wish to delete is highlighted.
2. Press SELECT. The list of options appear.
3. Highlight DELETE and press SELECT again. You are prompted to confirm
your selection.
4. Press DELETE. The entry is removed from the list.
5.4 Individual Calls
The Ray218E/Ray55E can make Individual Routine calls.
Making DSC Calls to Coast Stations
The examples in this handbook illustrate making DSC calls to Ship Stations.
However, the procedures for making Individual Calls to a Coast Station are
different. Calls to a Ship Station require that you enter a subsequent working
channel chosen from a pre-programmed list offered to you by the Ray218E/
Ray55E. Calls to a Coast Station remove this step from the operating procedures.
The Coast Station controls and indicates the subsequent working channel within
its acknowledgement.
The Ray218E/Ray55E automatically detects the correct procedures for you based
on the type of MMSI number you enter manually or with or the phonebook. If
“00” is detected as the first two characters of the MMSI, Coast Station
procedures are implemented automatically.
Note: When making a call to a coast station, you will not be asked to select a working
channel because that will be provided by the coast station.
Transmitting an Individual Call
To make an Individual Call to a ship or coast station, you must select the specific
MMSI number to contact and the working channel to be used for the call. The
MMSI ID can be entered manually or selected from a Phonebook list of
preprogrammed numbers specified using the MENU function, as follows:
1. From the DSC menu, rotate the CH/OK knob or press the [ and ] soft keys
until INDIVIDUAL is highlighted, and push the CH/OK knob or press SELECT.
The Individual Routine menu appears, which displays any Phonebook entries
you have saved and <MANUAL> for manual number entry.
2. Rotate the CH/OK knob or press the arrow soft keys until the desired individual name is highlighted.
3. When the desired name is highlighted, press SELECT.
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INDIVIDUAL
GROUP
ALL SHIPS
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
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<MANUAL>
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$CASTAWAY
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SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
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$CASTAWAY
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If using MANUAL MMSI ID entry:
Enter the MMSI number using the CH/OK knob. Rotate CH/OK to select each
character and then push in CH/OK to accept. The next position to be modified is indicated by a blinking underline. A more-detailed description of manual character entry can be found in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
INDIVIDUAL
ROUTINE
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$CASTAWAY
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SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
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BACK
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232123456
OK
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4. Press OK to initiate the call.
5. Rotate the CH/OK knob to select the working channel to be used for the Individual Call and press OK. Select from 06, 08, 09, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 67, 68, 69,
71, 72, 73, or 77.
Note: Individual Calls to a Coast Station remove this step from the operating procedures.
The Coast Station controls and indicates the working channel within its ACK.
6. Press SEND to transmit the call. The Individual Call is transmitted on channel
70, the radio tunes to the original channel and waits for acknowledgement.
During this period you are still able to receive calls.
7. When the acknowledgement is received, the radio automatically switches to
the selected working channel and sounds a DSC Call alert ring. Press OK to
confirm.
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B
Select Working Channel
INDIVIDUAL
ROUTINE
SHIP-SHIP
TO:
$TOTL MADNES
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SHIP/SHIP SELECT CH
SELECT
OK
BACK
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DSC
BACK
B
INDIVIDUAL
ROUTINE
SHIP-SHIP
TO:
$TOTL MADNES
CALLING...
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OK
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ROUTINE
SHIP-SHIP
TO:
$TOTL MADNES
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SHIP/SHIP
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SEND
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ACK RECEIVED
FROM:
$TOTL MADNES
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Press PTT to communicate on the specified channel. Pressing PTT at any time
before an ACK is received cancels the Individual Call
Receiving Individual Calls
When an Individual Call is received, an alert tone sounds, the envelope icon
blinks, and the LCD alternates between a screen displaying the name (or MMSI ID)
of the station initiating the call and one indicating that a request for a change of
working channels is being made. The channel does not change until you accept.
The 2 alternating pages of data are recorded in the Call Log. The envelope icon
( ) blinks until you accept the call, reject the call, or open the resulting unread
message stored in the Log. See page “Received Calls (Logs)“ on page 94.
To mute the alert tone:
Press CLEAR. Automatic cancellation takes place after 2 minutes.
To ignore the Individual Call:
Press CLEAR a second time or press the CANCEL soft key. The envelope icon
disappears, the call is interrupted and the normal screen appears on the LCD.
To accept an Individual Call:
1. Press the OK soft key to change channels to the one designated by the caller.
The alert tone is muted and the envelope icon disappears.
2. If the caller requests an acknowledgement, press OK to accept.
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3. Press SEND to comply with the ACK.
4. When the caller responds to the ACK, press OK to return to standby mode.
Establish voice communications on the designated channel by pressing PTT.
If the caller requests that you change to an unsupported working channel the
message INVALID CHANNEL appears on the LCD. If an acknowledgement is sent,
the originating station is sent the message UNABLE TO COMPLY, indicating that
your radio could not make the requested channel change.
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SEND ACK
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$GOOD RX
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
ABLE TO
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COMPLY
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SHIP/SHIP PRESS SEND
CANCEL
SEND
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ROUTINE
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N
REQUESTED
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B TO CH 72
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
70
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DSC
BACK
SEND ACK
SENDING...
B
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ROUTINE
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
FROM:
$GOOD RX
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ROUTINE
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B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
FROM:
$GOOD RX
CH HAS BEEN
CHANGED
OK
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5.5 Group Calls
The Group Call feature sends transmissions that are only received by radios
sharing a common Group MMSI number, such as a flotilla or racing fleet. The
Ray218E/Ray55E sends Group Routine calls.
Group MMSI Setup
You can program up to five Group MMSI ID numbers and associated Group
names, which can be up to 11 characters long. Group MMSI ID numbers always
begin with a zero (0). You only enter the last 8 digits of the Group ID number; the
initial “0” is automatically entered for you.
Adding a New Group
1. Select GROUP from the DSC Menu.
2. Select MY GROUP ID. If an existing Group name and MMSI ID number are
already stored, those values appear. If blank, <EMPTY 1>, <EMPTY 2>, etc.
are shown to indicate that the Group IDs have not yet been programmed.
Select the first available empty group location. The first field for you to enter
data is the GROUP MMSI number.
3. Fill in the GROUP MMSI field one number at a time. The leading “0” is automatically entered for you. The first character space you can modify is highlighted with a flashing underline. A more-detailed description of manual
character entry can be found in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
4. Rotate the CH/OK knob. The flashing underline is replaced with a numeric
character. Continue rotating the knob to scroll through the selections. Use the
< and > soft keys to edit selected characters, if necessary.
5. When the appropriate number appears, press the CH/OK knob to accept. The
next character to be filled in sequence is then underlined. Continue this process until all GROUP MMSI characters have been entered.
When you press the CH/OK knob to accept the final MSSI ID digit, the cursor
moves on to the GROUP NAME. The first character space to be modified is
highlighted with a flashing underline.
6. Using the same procedure as above, rotate the CH/OK knob to select the
GROUP NAME characters. All alpha and numeric characters are available, as
well as 13 symbols: ! # % ’ ( ) : ? / . , + 7. Press the CH/OK knob to accept. Continue this process until all GROUP
NAME characters have been entered.
8. When complete, press the DONE soft key to accept. The new entry appears in
the list.
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Use the same procedure to edit an existing entry in the list.
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SHIP/SHIP
BACK
MY GROUP ID
NEW ENTRY
GROUP MMSI:
0 ------GROUP NAME
B -----------
Select Characters
Press OK
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GROUP
CALL
MY GROUP ID
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
Select Characters
[EMPTY
[EMPTY
[EMPTY
B [EMPTY
[EMPTY
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
Press OK
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
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MY GROUP ID
ENTER MMSI:
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023212345
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ENTER NAME
T
B RAYMARINE
SHIP/SHIP
PRESS DONE
DONE
MY GROUP ID
1]
2]
3]
4]
5]
MY GROUP ID
NEW ENTRY
GROUP MMSI:
023212345
GROUP NAME
B
----------
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GROUP
RAYMARINE
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[EMPTY 3]
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B [EMPTY 4]
SHIP/SHIP [EMPTY 5]
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INDIVIDUAL
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N
ALL SHIPS
T
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
Transmitting a Group Call
To call another vessel in the group, select the Group Name to contact from the list
of numbers described in the preceding section and the working channel to be
used for the Group Call.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Select GROUP from the DSC menu.
Select CALL. The Group entries you have saved appear.
Highlight the group name you wish to call and press SELECT.
Press OK.
Rotate the CH/OK knob to select the working channel to be used for the call.
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6. Press SEND to transmit the Group Call.
The Group Call is transmitted on channel 70, and the radio tunes to the designated working channel to be used for the Group Call.
7. Press OK to confirm that the working channel has been changed.
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GROUP
ALL SHIPS
BPOS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
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ROUTINE
TO:
SEAWATCH
70
GROUP
ROUTINE
TO:
SEAWATCH
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GROUP
CALL
MY GROUP ID
B
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
B
CALLING...
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SHIP/SHIP SELECT CH
OK
BACK
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GROUP
ROUTINE
RAYMARINE
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[EMPTY 3]
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B [EMPTY 4]
SHIP/SHIP [EMPTY 5]
SELECT
GROUP
ROUTINE
TO:
SEAWATCH
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SHIP/SHIP PRESS SEND
SEND
BACK
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TO:
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TX COMPLETE
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B CH HAS BEEN
SHIP/SHIP CHANGED
OK
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SHIP/SHIP
CH08
CH09
CH10
Receiving Group Calls
The Ray218E/Ray55E can receive Group Routine Calls from anyone in your
prearranged group.
When a Group Call is received, the LCD alternates between a screen displaying
the name (or MMSI ID) of the station in the group initiating the call and one
indicating that a request for a change of working channels is being made.
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The 2 alternating pages of data are recorded in the Call Log. The envelope icon
( ) blinks until you accept the call, reject the call, or open the resulting unread
message stored in the Log. See page “Received Calls (Logs)“ on page 94.
To mute the alert tone:
Press CLEAR. Automatic cancellation takes place after 2 minutes.
To ignore the Group Call:
Press CLEAR a second time or press the CANCEL soft key. The envelope icon
disappears, the call is interrupted and the normal screen appears on the LCD.
To accept the Group Call:
1. Press the OK soft key to change channels to the one designated by the caller.
The alert tone is muted and the envelope icon disappears.
2. If the caller requests an acknowledgement, press SEND to comply.
3. When the caller responds to the ACK, press OK to return to the standby mode.
Establish voice communications on the designated channel by pressing PTT.
If the caller requests that you change to an unsupported working channel the
message INVALID CHANNEL appears on the LCD. If an acknowledgement is sent,
the originating station is sent the message UNABLE TO COMPLY, indicating that
your radio could not make the requested channel change.
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SEND ACK
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
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$GO FISH
GROUP:
RAYMARINE
OK
SENDING...
B
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REQUESTED
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CANCEL
OK
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
FROM:
$GO FISH
CH HAS BEEN
CHANGED
OK
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B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
GROUP
ROUTINE
FROM:
$GO FISH
PRESS OK
TO ACK
OK
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CH71
CH72
CH78A
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5.6 All Ships Calls
An All Ships Call sends out a message to all stations within range. The Ray218E/
Ray55E can make All Ships Safety Calls for advisory alerts and Urgency Calls when
assistance is required but life is not in danger. For example, you might send a
Safety Call to warn others there is a large floating object that may be a hazard to
navigation. A sample Urgency Call might be that you have an illness or an
accident on board. The All Ships Call is made on channel 70, and then the radio
automatically switches to channel 16 at high power for voice communications.
Transmitting an All Ships Call
1. Select ALL SHIPS from the DSC menu.
2. Select the type of call you wish to make: URGENCY or SAFETY.
3. Press SEND to transmit the call. The call is transmitted on channel 70, and
then the radio tunes to channel 16 at high power.
4. Press OK to reconfirm the All Ships Call. The radio returns to standby mode.
Press PTT to communicate on channel 16.
INDIVIDUAL
GROUP
ALL SHIPS
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
I
N
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I
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70
DSC
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CALLING...
B
URGENCY
SAFETY
[EMPTY]
16
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ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
TX COMPLETE
B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
OK
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ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
B
DISTRESS
CANCEL
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
B
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PRESS SEND
SEND
16
DISTRESS
CH72
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CH73
CH77
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Receiving an All Ships Call
When an All Ships Safety or Routine Call is received, the LCD alternates between
a screen displaying the name (or MMSI ID) of the station initiating the call and one
requesting a change of working channels. The 2 alternating pages of data are
recorded in the Call Log. The envelope icon ( ) blinks until you accept the call,
reject the call, or open the resulting unread message stored in the log. See page
“Received Calls (Logs)“ on page 94.
For an Urgency or Distress Call, the Automatic Channel Change option (see page
98) determines how the call is handled. If set ON, the radio automatically switches
to Priority Channel 16 for voice communications. If OFF, you are prompted to
manually accept or decline the call and channel change by pressing OK or
CANCEL, respectively. When set OFF, the
icon appears.
To mute the alert tone:
Press CLEAR. Automatic cancellation takes place after 2 minutes.
To ignore the All Ships Call:
Press CLEAR a second time or press the CANCEL soft key. The envelope icon
disappears, the call is interrupted and the normal screen appears on the LCD.
To accept an All Ships Safety or Routine Call:
1. Press the OK soft key or the CH/OK knob. The alert tone is muted, the envelope icon disappears and the radio switches to the requested channel.
2. Press OK again to confirm the channel change. The radio returns to standby
mode. Press PTT to communicate on channel 16.
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SAFETY
FROM:
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$RESPITE
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B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
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SAFETY
CH CHANGE
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REQUESTED
T
B TO CH 16
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
16
ALL SHIPS
SAFETY
FROM:
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$RESPITE
T
B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
OK
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To accept an All Ships Urgency or Distress Call when Auto Channel
Change is OFF
1. Press the OK soft key or the CH/OK knob. The alert tone is muted, the envelope icon disappears and the radio switches to channel 16.
2. Press OK again to confirm the channel change. The radio returns to standby
mode. Press PTT to communicate on channel 16.
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To accept an All Ships Urgency or Distress Call when Auto Channel
Change is ON
Press the OK soft key or the CH/OK knob. The alert tone is muted, the envelope
icon disappears and the radio automatically switches to channel 16. Press PTT to
communicate.
If the caller requests that you change to an unsupported working channel the
message INVALID CHANNEL appears on the LCD. If an acknowledgement is sent,
the originating station is sent the message UNABLE TO COMPLY, indicating that
your radio could not make the requested channel change.
...with Auto Channel Change OFF
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URGENCY
FROM:
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$MINNOW
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B
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
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ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
16
ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
FROM:
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$MINNOW
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B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
CANCEL
OK
CH CHANGE
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REQUESTED
T
B TO CH16
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
OK
16
ALL SHIPS
URGENCY
FROM:
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$MINNOW
T
B CH HAS BEEN
DISTRESS
CHANGED
CANCEL
OK
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CH73
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5.7 Position Request
With this option you can request GPS position information from any station
capable of responding to this type of call and for which an MMSI number is
known. You can specify the target station either by selecting it from your MMSI
phonebook or by manually entering its MMSI number.
Your radio has the capability of forwarding position data from a responding vessel
to your display unit (C Series, E Series, etc.) over the NMEA port so that it can be
displayed on the screen. You can specify which stations will have their position
data information sent to the display unit using the option NMEA Output, which is
described on page 61.
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Specifying the Target Vessel
1. Select POS REQUEST from the DSC Menu.
2. Select the target station name from the phonebook.
—or—
Select <MANUAL> and enter the target station’s MMSI number, as described
in “Adding a new Entry“ on page 79.
3. Press SEND to transmit the Position Request Call.
The call is transmitted on channel 70, and then the radio tunes to the original
channel and waits for acknowledgement. During this period you are still able
to receive calls.
Note: To conform with regulations of the Basel Agreement for radiotelephone service on
inland waterways, DSC functions are disabled when ATIS is active. See “ATIS Function“ on
page 65.
When the Position Request is accepted by the receiving station:
When the position request is received, the Ray218E/Ray55E shows that the call
has been accepted by the requested station. The radio sounds a Call Alert tone.
Press any key to mute the alert tone. It shuts off automatically after two minutes.
Press CLEAR to exit to normal radio operation. You can retrieve the position
information later using DSC MENU > RECV’D CALLS > POSIT’N LOG.
INDIVIDUAL
GROUP
ALL SHIPS
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
I
N
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I
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T
70
DSC
B
09
POS REQUEST
<MANUAL>
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$GULF TIDE
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$ISLANDER
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B $PURA VIDA
SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
SELECT
POS REQUEST
09
TO:
$PURA VIDA
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CALLING...
SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
B
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AWAIT ACK...
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
POS REQUEST
TO:
$PURA VIDA
09
09
POS REQUEST
TO:
$PURA VIDA
PRESS SEND
SEND
POS RECEIVED
FROM:
$PURA VIDA
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12:45UTC
OK
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Retrieving the Last Received Position Data
1. From the DSC Menu, select RECV’D CALLS.
2. Rotate the CH/OK knob or press the up down arrow keys to select POSIT’N
LOG.
3. Push in the CH/OK knob or press SELECT. The last received position request
data (LAST CALL) is displayed.
Note: Only the last position is saved. The next received position will overwrite the existing
position data.
Press BACK or the CLEAR key to exit.
Receiving a Position Request From Another Station
If you receive a position request from another station, how the Ray218E/Ray55E
responds depends on the option you have set in the Position Reply menu item (see
page 99). OFF will not send position data under any circumstances. AUTO sends
out your vessel’s position data as soon as it is requested. MANUAL sends out the
data only after you respond to the request.
The 2 alternating pages of data are recorded in the Posit’n Log. The envelope icon
( ) blinks until you accept the call, reject the call, or open the resulting unread
message stored in the Log. See page “Received Calls (Logs)“ on page 94.
When a Manual Position Reply is received, the requesting station’s MMSI number
or station name (if entered in the Phonebook) is displayed. Press ACCEPT to
accept the request to send your position data. Decline the request by pressing
CANCEL or the CLEAR key.
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
ACCEPT
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SHIP/SHIP
CANCEL
POSITION
REQUEST
GPS DATA
AVAILABLE
ABLE TO
COMPLY
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COMPLY
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SHIP/SHIP PRESS SEND
CANCEL
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5.8 Received Calls (Logs)
The radio maintains lists of the last received DSC call types by number and time of
call. Separate logs are maintained for the following:
1. Distress (up to 10 entries, per log)
• Distress Log
• Distress ACK Log
• Distress Relay Log
2. Call Log (up to 40 total entries)
• Individual Calls
• All Ship Calls
• Group Calls
3. Position Log
• Last call received
If the calling vessel or station is listed in your DSC Phonebook, the vessel or station
name appears in the display as it is listed. If the caller is not listed in your directory,
the caller’s MMSI ID number appears in the display.
When a DSC Call is received, the envelope icon blinks on the LCD and an arrow
symbol ( )appears to the left of the appropriate log. The envelope icon and arrow
symbol disappear when the log is opened.
Coast Stations are identified by MMSI ID numbers beginning with”00”. If you
have assigned a name for a Coast Station in the phonebook, a tower symbol (&)
precedes the name field in the log to identify it as such. Similarly, Group Stations
have a single “0” in the initial MMSI number position and are labeled with a plus
symbol ( ) in the initial position of the name field in the phonebook or log. If the
the MMSI ID begins with any number other than “0”, an anchor symbol ($) is
entered as a prefix to the name, identifying this as a Ship Station.
Station
Type
MMSI ID
Layout
Phonebook/
Log Symbol
Ship
xxxxxxxxx
$
Group
0xxxxxxxx
Coast
00xxxxxxx
&
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To view the Received Call Logs:
1. Highlight RECV’D CALLS from the DSC menu.
2. Press SELECT. Three log categories appear: DISTRESS, CALL LOG and POSIT’N
LOG. If any of these logs contain an unread item, an arrow symbol ( )
appears to the left of the log name.
3. Highlight the desired log.
4. Press Select. Entry 01 appears first with call type and time of the last call. This
is the most recent call.
5. Using the CH/OK knob or up/down arrow soft keys, scroll down the list of up
to 40 entries.
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INDIVIDUAL
GROUP
ALL SHIPS
B POS REQUEST
SHIP/SHIP RECV’D CALLS
SELECT
I
N
T
I
N
T
72
I
N
T
B
DISTRESS
CALL LOG
POSIT’N LOG
[BACK]
72
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
I
N
T
72
B
CALL LOG
DISTRESS
CALL LOG
POSIT’N LOG
[BACK]
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
CALL LOG
CALL-01
INDIVIDUAL
B ROUTINE
$PURA VIDA
SHIP/SHIP
12:34UTC
BACK
72
RECV’D CALLS
CALL LOG
CALL-01
REQ TO CH16
PRESS [ OK ]
FOR MORE
OPTIONS
72
CALL LOG
CALL-02
I
ALL SHIP
N
URGENCY
T
B $SALTY DOG
SHIP/SHIP
2:26UTC
BACK
D9413-1
If the caller had requested a change to an unsupported working channel, Unable
to Comply appears, indicating the radio could not comply with the channel
change request.
Log Entry Options
The DSC Call Logs provide additional options for each entry. When the prompt
appears PRESS [OK] FOR MORE OPTIONS, press the CH/OK knob. Select from the
following:
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Press OK
CALL BACK
DELETE
SAVE
[BACK]
D9427-1
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.
.
.
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
OPTIONS
PURA VIDA
• Call Back. Makes a routine Individual Call to the caller listed in the entry.
• Delete. Remove this entry from the log.
• Save. Stores any undefined MMSI number into the Phonebook and enables
you to assign a corresponding name to it. If a name is already assigned for this
MMSI number in the phonebook, you are prompted to edit the name.
5.9 DSC Setup
The DSC Setup menu item is used to determine the following functions:
• the radio’s MMSI ID number
• how your radio responds to a Position Reply request
• whether your radio automatically changes channels for incoming Distress
and All Ships Urgency Calls
To adjust the DSC settings:
1. Press and hold the MENU/DSC key for 3 seconds to enter DSC Menu mode.
2. Rotate the CH/OK knob or press the up down arrow keys to highlight DSC
SETUP.
3. Push the CH/OK knob or press SELECT to accept. The DSC Setup screen
appears.
Make your selection from the following options:
• MY MMSI ID
• AUTO CH CHG
• POS REPLY
My MMSI ID
This operation stores the MMSI number required for DSC communications,
including Distress Calls. If you try to access a DSC function before entering the
MMSI number, an error message appears and you are prompted to enter the
MMSI ID.
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Note: You can request an MMSI number from the same agency that issues radio or Ship
Radio licences in your area. If regulations in your area do not permit you to program the
MMSI number yourself, your Raymarine dealer/distributor can program the number for
you.
This is a one time operation. After the MMSI number is programmed:
• you will not be able to change it
• only your dealer/distributor can change it
• after entering your MMSI ID, accessing this menu item will merely display the
programmed number
To enter or view the MMSI ID number:
1. From the DSC Menu, select DSC SETUP.
2. From the DSC SETUP menu item, select MY MMSI ID.
If an existing MMSI ID is stored, the value appears. If the MMSI ID is blank,
dashes appear, indicating that one has yet to be entered. The first character
space to be modified is highlighted with a flashing underline.
3. Rotate the CH/OK knob. The flashing underline is replaced with a numeric
character. Continue rotating the knob to scroll through the selections. Use the
< and > soft keys to edit selected characters, if necessary.
4. When the appropriate number appears, press the CH/OK knob to accept.
The next character to be filled in sequence is then underlined. Continue this
process until all MMSI characters have been entered.
5. When all digits have been selected, press DONE to accept.
You are prompted to re-enter the MMSI number.
6. Using the CH/OK knob, re-enter all nine MMSI digits to confirm.
7. Press the CH/OK knob to accept your selections.
If the second entry does not match the first entry, a warning message is displayed and you are prompted to press BACK, and then retry.
8. When complete, press DONE to accept. The PROGRAMMING SUCCESSFUL
screen appears.
9. Press DONE one last time to save the MMSI ID number and return to the DSC
SETUP screen.
Note:
• The Ray218E/Ray55E is designed to be used as a recreational Ship Station
only.
• You cannot begin the MMSI ID number with “0” (single zero), as this prefix
indicates a GROUP ID.
• You cannot begin the MMSI ID number with “00” (double zero), as this prefix
indicates a COAST STATION.
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DSC MENU
08
POS REQUEST
CALL LOG
I
PHONEBOOK
N
T
B DSC SETUP
SHIP/SHIP [BACK]
SELECT
08
I
N
T
SHIP/SHIP
SELECT
DSC SETUP
MY MMSI ID
AUTO CH CHG
POS REPLY
B [BACK]
08
MY MMSI ID
INPUT
MY MMSI ID:
I
N
_-------T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
D9414-2
Select numbers
Press OK
08
MY MMSI ID
08
MY MMSI ID
INPUT
MY MMSI ID:
232123456
I
N
T
B
PRESS DONE
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
DONE
Select numbers
Press OK
RE-ENTER
MY MMSI ID:
232123456
I
N
T
B
PRESS DONE
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
DONE
08
MY MMSI ID
08
MY MMSI ID
RE-ENTER
MY MMSI ID:
I
N
_-------T
B
SHIP/SHIP
DONE
I
N
T
B
SHIP/SHIP
BACK
PROGRAMMING
232123456
SUCCESSFUL
PRESS
DONE
DONE
Automatic Channel Changing for Incoming Calls
For incoming Distress and All Ships Urgency Calls, this option determines whether
your radio automatically switches to Priority Channel 16 to receive the call or
prompts you to manually accept or decline the channel change.
The default setting is to ENABLE the auto channel change. If set OFF, the
appears on the LCD.
icon
This feature is useful for preventing your radio from automatically switching
channels while you are maintaining a continuous watch on a certain channel (for
example, in a VTS controlled area) or working with other vessels (for example, for
towage).
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Note: This feature can disable automatic channel switching for incoming DSC Distress
and All Ships Urgency Calls. If enabled, you are responsible for determining whether manually declining the call is appropriate.
To enable/disable automatic channel change:
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the DSC SETUP menu item, highlight AUTO CH CHG.
Press SELECT to accept.
Select either ON or OFF.
Press SELECT to accept.
If you accept ON (the default), your Ray218E/Ray55E automatically changes to
channel 16 when a Distress or All Ships Urgency Call is received.
If you accept OFF, on receipt of a Distress or All Ships Urgency Call you are
presented with brief details of the call and advised that a change to channel 16
has been requested. You can either accept the channel change or decline, thereby
continuing to monitor your current channel. When set OFF, the
icon appears
on the LCD.
If you accept the request, the call is received, a tone sounds and the radio is
changed to channel 16. Pressing any key disables the alarm. If you ignore the call,
after 5 minutes the radio declines the call, records the call in the Call Log and
maintains normal operation.
Position Reply
This option enables you to determine how your radio responds to a request for
your GPS position information (lat/lon) from another station.
To enable/disable Position Reply:
1. From the DSC SETUP menu, highlight POS REPLY.
2. Press SELECT to accept.
3. Highlight the desired setting and press SELECT to accept.
• AUTO sends out your vessel’s position data as soon as it is requested.
• MANUAL sends out the data only after you respond to the request.
• OFF will not send position data under any circumstances, nor notify you
that the request has been made.
The default setting is MANUAL, which is described in “Position Request“ on
page 91.
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Chapter 6: Customer Service
This chapter provides information on service for your Ray218E or Ray55E.
6.1 How to Contact Raymarine
On the Internet
Visit the Raymarine World Wide Web site for the latest information on Raymarine
electronic equipment and systems at:
www.raymarine.com
Customer Support
Navigate to the Customer Support page for links for:
•
•
•
•
•
Finding Factory Service locations and Authorized Dealers near you
Registering your Raymarine products
Accessing handbooks in Adobe Acrobat format
Downloading RayTech software updates
Accessing the Raymarine solution database
Clicking the Find Answers link routes you to our solution database. Search
questions and answers by product, category, keywords, or phrases. If the answer
you are seeking is not available, click the Ask Raymarine tab to submit your own
question to our technical support staff, who will reply to you by e-mail.
Product Repair and Service
In the unlikely event your Raymarine unit should develop a problem, please
contact your authorized Raymarine dealer/distributor for assistance. The dealer is
best equipped to handle your service requirements and can offer timesaving help
in getting the equipment back into normal operation.
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Accessories and Parts
Raymarine accessory items and parts are available through your authorized
Raymarine distributor. Please refer to the lists of component part numbers and
optional accessories in the Installation chapter of this manual and have the
Raymarine part number ready when speaking with your dealer.
If you are uncertain about what item to choose for your unit, please contact our
Customer Services Department prior to placing your order.
Worldwide Support
Please contact the authorized distributor in the country.
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Appendix A: Specifications
General
Mounting
Bracket or flush mount
Size (H x W x D): Ray218E
Flush Mounted
Bracket Mounted
97.5 x 198 x 179.3 mm (3.84 x 7.79 x 7.06 in)
112.5 x 222.5 x 179.3 mm (4.43 x 8.76 x 7.06 in)
Size (H x W x D): Ray55E
Flush Mounted
Bracket Mounted
80 x 180 x 174 mm (3.15 x 7.09 x 6.85 in)
93.8 x 191 x 174 mm (3.69 x 7.52 x 6.85 in)
Weight, Ray218E:
Transceiver
Microphone
1.59 kg (3.5 lbs)
0.181 kg (0.4 lbs)
Weight, Ray55E:
Transceiver & Microphone
1.59 kg (3.5 lbs)
Weight, Raymic
0.227 kg (0.5 lbs)
Power
12 VDC system (13.6 VDC, typical)
Environmental:
Operating Range
Storage Range
Humidity
Waterproof to IPX7
–10°C to +50°C
–20°C to +70°C
up to 95%
Frequency Range:
Transmit:
Receive
155.500 to 162.425 MHz (including private CH)
155.500 to 162.425 MHz (including private CH)
Oscillate Mode
PLL
Modulation
FM (16K0G3E)
DSC (16K0G2B)
Channel Spacing
25 kHz Increments
Frequency Stability
+/- 10 PPM (+/- 0.001%)
Audio Output Power
5 watts, typical (at 10% distortion with 4 ohms load
Hailer Output Power:
30 watts @ 4 ohms (Ray218E only)
Antenna Port Impedance
50 ohms, typical
NMEA Port Impedance
100 ohms
External Speaker Impedance
4 ohms
Hailer Horn Impedance
4 ohms
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NMEA IN Sentences supported
(NMEA 0183 ver. 3.01):
GLL
GGA
RMA
RMC
GNS
Geographic position, Latitude/Longitude
GPS fix data
Recommended minimum data for LORAN
Recommended minimum data for GPS
GNSS fix data
NMEA OUT Sentences
(NMEA 0183 ver. 3.01):
DSC
DSE
DSC data
Extended DSC data
Transmitter
Frequency Error
10 ppm
RF Power (at 13.6 VDC):
Hi Mode
Lo Mode
25 W
1W
Maximum Deviation
± 5 KHz
FM Hum and Noise Level
less than -40 dB below audio level
Adjacent Channel Power
more than 70 dB
Spurious/Harmonic Emissions
less than -70 dBc
Current Drain:
Hi Power at 13.6V DC
less than 6 A
Receiver
Sensitivity @ 12db SINAD
0.28 µV, typical
Hum and Noise
less than -40 dB below audio level
Audio Distortion
less than 10%
Adjacent Channel Rejection
more than 80 dB, typical
Intermodulation Rejection Ratio
more than 80 dB, typical
Spurious Image Rejection
more than 80 dB, typical
Squelch Sensitivity @ 12db SINAD
at tight
at threshold
less than 1µV,
less than 0.28 µV
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Appendix B: Radio Controls
This section is a quick reference to your radio’s controls.
D9347-1
Ray218E
D9346-1
Ray55E
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Microphone Keys
Key Name Press & Release
Press & Hold 3 seconds
1. PTT
Push-to-Talk
Push-to-Talk
2. HI/LO
LOC/DIS
TX Power High/Low and ACCEPT
key for menu item selections
Toggles between full receiver sensitivity (Distant mode) and attenuated
receiver sensitivity (Local mode).
3. 16/PLUS
Switch between the Priority and
Working Channels
Switches to Secondary Priority
(PLUS) channel; If already tuned to
the PLUS channel, programs a new
PLUS channel.
4. UP/DOWN Channel changing and navigating
menu item selections
Rapid channel change and navigating menu item selections
5. SCAN/
SAVE
SAVE/DELETE channel to/from
memory
Initiate Priority Saved Scan mode
or terminate any active scan.
Transceiver Controls
Key Name
Function
6. CH/OK
Rotate to change channels or navigate menu items.
Press to accept menu item selections.
7. PWR/VOL
Power radio ON / OFF and adjust volume level
8. SQ
Adjust squelch threshold level
9. Soft Keys
Press appropriate key to make associated menu selections
Transceiver Push Keys
Key Name
Press & Release
Press & Hold 3 seconds
10. HAILER/INTCM Activate Hailer functions
(Ray218E only)
Activate Intercom functions
11. MENU/DSC
Activate Menu functions
Activate DSC functions
12.CLEAR
Cancel function
Weather Channel Mode, if so programmed
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107
Key Name
Press & Release
Press & Hold 3 seconds
13. 16/PLUS
Switch between the Priority
and Working Channels
Switches to Secondary Priority
(PLUS) channel; If already tuned to
the PLUS channel, programs new
PLUS channel.
14. DISTRESS
Designate Distress Type
Make Distress Call
Optional Raymic Handset
D9348-1
The optional Raymic provides you with more functions than the standard
microphone in a telephone handset design.
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Raymic Keys
Key Name
Function
A. PTT
Push-to-Talk.
B. VOL/SQ
By default, these keys control earpiece speaker volume.
Press the up arrow key to increase or the down arrow to decrease the
volume.
Press and release the VOL/SQ key to activate squelch threshold level
adjustment. Press the down arrow key until audio is heard. Then press
the up arrow until background noise disappears.
C.CLEAR
Press and release to invoke Cancel function.
Press and hold 3 seconds to access Weather Channel Mode, if so programmed.
D. 16/PLUS
Press and release to switch between the Priority and Working CH.
Press and hold 3 seconds to switch to Secondary Priority (PLUS) CH;
If already tuned to the PLUS channel, programs a new PLUS channel.
E. Soft Keys
Press appropriate key to make associated menu selections.
F. MENU/DSC
Press and release to activate Menu functions.
Press and hold 3 seconds to activate DSC functions.
G. CH UP/DOWN Channel changing and navigating through menu item options.
H. OK/INTCM
Press and release to accept menu item selections.
Press and hold 3 seconds to activate Intercom functions.
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Appendix C: Menu Structure
Following is the structure of the menu that appears when the MENU/DSC key is pressed
and then immediately released.
MENU (continued)
D9415-2
MENU
VHF OPERATION
Scan Mode
All Scan
Priority All Scan
Saved Scan
Priority Saved Scan
Display Mode
1 Up
2 Up
HI/LO Power
High (25W)
Low (1 W)
Save Channel
Save
Clear
Watch Mode
Dual Watch
Tri Watch
Frequency Band
International
USA (if licensed)
Canada (if licensed)
Channel Name
Edit
Clear
Favorite Channel
Select
Edit
Sensitivity
Local
Distant
(continued in next column)
HAIL/FOG/IC (Ray218E)
Hailer
Fog Horn
Intercom
INTERCOM (Ray55E only)
GPS SETUP
Manual Position
Setting
Lat/Lon
Time Display
Time Offset
Time Format
COG/SOG
NMEA Output
Select Output
Select Station
ATIS OPERATION
MY ATIS ID
ATIS Function
SYSTEM CONFIG
Backlight
Contrast
Key Beep
Signal Bar
Bearing Mode
True
Magnetic
Speed Unit
Knots
MPH
KPH
System Test
Version Number
Reset
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Following is the structure of the menu that appears when the MENU/DSC key is
pressed and held for 3 seconds.
DSC
--------- INDIVIDUAL
---------- Manual call
---------- Call from phonebook
--------- GROUP
---------- Call
---------- My Group ID
--------- ALL SHIPS
---------- Urgency
---------- Safety
--------- POSITION REQUEST
---------- Manual call
---------- Call from phonebook
--------- RECV’D CALLS
---------- Distress
---------- Call Log
---------- Posit’n Log
--------- PHONEBOOK
---------- New entry
---------- List
D9311-2
--------- DSC SETUP
---------- My MMSI ID
---------- Automatic channel change
---------- Position Reply
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Appendix D: Channel List
International Marine VHF Channels & Frequencies
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
Single
Freq Use
01
156.050 160.650
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
02
156.100 160.700
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
03
156.150 160.750
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
04
156.200 160.800
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
05
156.250 160.850
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
06
156.300 156.300
07
156.350 160.950
08
156.400 156.400
x
Intership
09
156.450 156.450
x
Intership, Port Operations and Ship Movement
10
156.500 156.500
x
Intership, Port Operations and Ship Movement 2
11
156.550 156.550
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
12
156.600 156.600
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
13
156.650 156.650
x
Intership Safety, Port Operations and Ship Movement 3
14
156.700 156.700
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
15
156.750 156.750
x
Intership and On-board Communications at 1W only 4
16
156.800 156.800
x
Distress, Safety and Calling
17
156.850 156.850
x
Intership and On-board Communications at 1W only 4
18
156.900 161.500
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
19
156.950 161.550
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
20
157.000 161.600
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
21
157.050 161.650
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
22
157.100 161.700
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
x
Intership 1
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
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CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
Single
Freq Use
23
157.150 161.750
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
24
157.200 161.800
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
25
157.250 161.850
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
26
157.300 161.900
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
27
157.350 161.950
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
28
157.400 162.000
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
60
156.025 160.625
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
61
156.075 160.675
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
62
156.125 160.725
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
63
156.175 160.775
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
64
156.225 160.825
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
65
156.275 160.875
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
66
156.325 160.925
Public Correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
67
156.375 156.375
x
Intership, Port Operations and Ship Movement 2
68
156.425 156.425
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
69
156.475 156.475
x
Intership, Port Operations and Ship Movement
71
156.575 156.575
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
72
156.625 156.625
x
Intership
73
156.675 156.675
x
Intership 2
74
156.725 156.725
x
Port operations and Ship movement
75
156.775 156.775
x
See Note 5
76
156.825 156.825
x
See Note 5
77
156.875 156.875
x
Intership
78
156.925 161.525
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
79
156.975 161.575
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
Appendix D: Channel List
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
113
Single
Freq Use
80
157.025 161.625
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
81
157.075 161.675
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
82
157.125 161.725
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
83
157.175 161.775
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
84
157.225 161.825
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
85
157.275 161.875
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
86
157.325 161.925
Public correspondence, Port Operations and Ship Movement
87
157.375 157.375
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
88
157.425 157.425
x
Port Operations and Ship Movement
•
•
Intership channels are for communications between ship stations. Intership communications
should be restricted to Channels 6, 8, 72 and 77. If these are not available, the other channels
marked for Intership may be used.
Channel 70 is used exclusively for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and is not available for regular
voice communications.
Notes:
1. Channel 06 may also be used for communications between ship stations and aircraft engaged in
coordinated search and rescue operations. Ship stations should avoid harmful interference to
such communications on channel 06 as well as to communications between aircraft stations, ice
breakers and assisted ships during ice seasons.
2. Within the European Maritime Area and in Canada, channels 10, 67 and 73 may also be used by
the individual administrations concerned for communication between ship stations, aircraft stations and participating land stations engaged in coordinated search and rescue and anti-pollution operations in local areas. Channels 10 or 73 (depending on location) are also used for the
broadcast of Marine Safety Information by the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency in the UK only.
3. Channel 13 is designated for use on a worldwide basis as a navigation safety communication
channel, primarily for intership navigation safety communications.
4. Channels 15 and 17 may also be used for on-board communications provided the effective radiated power does not exceed 1 Watt.
5. The use of Channels 75 and 76 should be restricted to navigation related communication only
and all precautions should be taken to avoid harmful interference to channel 16. Transmit power
is limited to 1 Watt.
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U.S. Marine VHF Channels and Frequencies
CH. XMIT
No Freq
RCV
Freq
Single
Freq Use
01A 156.050 156.050
x
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS.
Available only in New Orleans / Lower Mississippi area. 1
03A 156.150 156.150
x
U.S. Government only
05A 156.250 156.250
x
Port Operations or VTS in the Houston, New Orleans and Seattle
areas.
06
156.300 156.300
x
Intership Safety
07A 156.350 156.350
x
Commercial
08
156.400 156.400
x
Commercial (Intership only)
09
156.450 156.450
x
Boater Calling. Commercial and Non-Commercial.
10
156.500 156.500
x
Commercial
11
156.550 156.550
x
Commercial. VTS in selected areas.
12
156.600 156.600
x
Port Operations. VTS in selected areas.
13
156.650 156.650
x
Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-bridge). Ships
>20meters in length maintain a listening watch on this channel
in US waters. 2, 6
14
156.700 156.700
x
Port Operations. VTS in selected areas.
156.750
x
Environmental (Receive only). Used by Class ‘C’ EPIRBs. 3
16
156.800 156.800
x
International Distress, Safety and Calling. Ships required to
carry radio, USCG, and most coast stations maintain a listening
watch on this channel. 4
17
156.850 156.850
x
State Control 5
18A 156.900 156.900
x
Commercial
19A 156.950 156.950
x
Commercial
15
20
–
157.000 161.600
Port Operations (duplex)
20A 157.000 157.000
x
Port Operations
21A 157.050 157.050
x
U.S. Coast Guard only
Appendix D: Channel List
CH. XMIT
No Freq
RCV
Freq
115
Single
Freq Use
22A 157.100 157.100
x
Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts. Broadcasts announced on channel 16.
23A 157.150 157.150
x
U.S. Coast Guard only
24
157.200 161.800
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
25
157.250 161.850
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
26
157.300 161.900
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
27
157.350 161.950
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
28
157.400 162.000
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
61A 156.075 156.075
x
U.S. Government only
63A 156.175 156.175
x
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS. Available only in New
Orleans / Lower Mississippi area.
64A 156.225 156.225
x
U.S. Coast Guard only
65A 156.275 156.275
x
Port Operations
66A 156.325 156.325
x
Port Operations
67
156.375 156.375
x
Commercial. Used for Bridge-to-bridge communications in
lower Mississippi River. Intership only. 6
68
156.425 156.425
x
Non-Commercial
69
156.475 156.475
x
Non-Commercial
71
156.575 156.575
x
Non-Commercial
72
156.625 156.625
x
Non-Commercial (Intership only)
73
156.675 156.675
x
Port Operations
74
156.725 156.725
x
Port Operations
77
156.875 156.875
x
Port Operations (Intership only) 5
78A 156.925 156.925
x
Non-Commercial
79A 156.975 156.975
x
Commercial. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only.
80A 157.025 157.025
x
Commercial. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only
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CH. XMIT
No Freq
RCV
Freq
Single
Freq Use
81A 157.075 157.075
x
U.S. Government only – Environmental protection operations.
82A 157.125 157.125
x
U.S. Government only
83A 157.175 157.175
x
U.S. Coast Guard only
84
157.225 161.825
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
85
157.275 161.875
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
86
157.325
161.925
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
87
157.375 161.975
Public Correspondence Marine Operator)
88
157.425 162.025
Public Correspondence only near Canadian border
88A 157.425 157.425
•
•
•
x
Commercial, Intership only
Recreational boaters normally use channels listed as Non-Commercial: 68, 69, 71, 72, 78A.
Channel 70 is used exclusively for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and is not available for regular
voice communications.
Channels 75 and 76 are reserved as guard bands for Channel 16 and are not available for regular
voice communications.
Notes:
1. The letter “A” following a channel number indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit side of
an international semi-duplex channel. Operations are different from that of international operations on that channel.
2. Channel 13 should be used to contact a ship when there is danger of collision. All ships of length 20
meters or greater are required to guard VHF channel 13, in addition to VHF channel 16, when operating within U.S. territorial waters.
3. Channel is Receive Only.
4. Channel 16 is used for calling other stations or for distress alerting.
5. Output power is fixed at 1 watt only.
6. Output power is initially set to 1 watt. User can temporarily override this restriction to transmit at
high power.
Appendix D: Channel List
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Canadian Marine VHF Channels and Frequencies
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
Area of
Operation Use
01
156.050 160.650 PC
Public Correspondence
02
156.100 160.700 PC
Public Correspondence
03
156.150 160.750 PC
Public Correspondence
04A 156.200 156.200 PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Safety:
Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue1
04A 156.200 156.200 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only
05A 156.250 156.250
Ship Movement
06
Intership, Commercial, Non-commercial and Safety:
May be used for search and rescue communications
between ships and aircraft.
156.300 156.300 All areas
07A 156.350 156.350 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial
08
156.400 156.400 WC, EC
Intership, Commercial and Safety:
Also assigned for operations in the Lake Winnipeg area.
09
156.450 156.450 AC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: May be used to communicate with aircraft
and helicopters in predominantly maritime support operations.
10
156.500 156.500 AC, GL
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety and Ship Movement: May also be used for communications with aircraft engaged in coordinated search and
rescue and antipollution operations.
11
156.550 156.550 PC, AC, GL
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: Also used for pilotage purposes.
12
156.600 156.600 WC, AC, GL
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: Port operations and pilot information and
messages.
13
156.650 156.650 All areas
Intership, Commercial, Non-commercial and Ship Movement:
Exclusively for bridge-to-bridge navigational traffic. Limited to 1-watt maximum power.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
Area of
Operation Use
14
156.700 156.700 AC, GL
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: Port operations and pilot information and
messages.
15
156.750 156.750 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: All operations limited to 1-watt maximum
power. May also be used for on-board communications.
16
156.800 156.800 All areas
International Distress, Safety and Calling2
17
156.850 156.850 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement: All operations limited to 1-watt maximum
power. May also be used for on-board communications.
18A 156.900
156.900 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Towing on the Pacific Coast.
19A 156.950 156.950 All areas
except PC
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Canadian Coast Guard only.
19A 156.950 156.950 PC
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Various Government departments.
20
Ship/Shore, Safety and Ship Movement:
Port operations only with 1-watt maximum power.
157.000 161.600 All areas
21A 157.050
157.050 All areas
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Canadian Coast Guard only.
21B
161.650 All areas
Safety: Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) service.3
-
22A 157.100 157.100 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial and Non-commercial:
For communications between Canadian Coast Guard and
non-Canadian Coast Guard stations only.
23
157.150 161.750 PC
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence:
Also in the inland waters of British Columbia and the
Yukon.
24
157.200 161.800 All areas
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
25
157.250 161.850 PC
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence: Also assigned for
operations in the Lake Winnipeg area.
25B
26
-
161.850 AC
157.300 161.900 All areas
Safety: Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) service.
Ship/Shore, Safety and Public Correspondence
Appendix D: Channel List
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
119
Area of
Operation Use
27
157.350 161.950 AC, GL, PC
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
28
157.400 162.000 PC
Ship/Shore, Safety and Public Correspondence
28B
60
-
162.000 AC
156.025 160.625 PC
Safety: Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) service.
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
61A 156.075 156.075 PC
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Canadian Coast Guard only.
61A 156.075 156.075 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only.
62A
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Canadian Coast Guard only.
156.125 156.125 PC
62A 156.125 156.125 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only.
64
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
156.225 160.825 PC
64A 156.225
156.225 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only.
65A 156.275 156.275
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety:
Search & rescue and antipollution operations on the Great
Lakes. Towing on the Pacific Coast. Port operations only in
the St. Lawrence River areas with 1W maximum power.
Pleasure craft in the inland waters of Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba (excluding Lake Winnipeg
and the Red River).
66A 156.325 156.325
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety and Ship Movement: Port operations only in the
St.Lawrence River/Great Lakes Areas with 1-watt maximum power.
67
156.375 156.375 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only.
67
156.375 156.375 All areas
except EC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety: May also be used for communications with aircraft
engaged in coordinated search and rescue and antipollution operations.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
Area of
Operation Use
68
156.425 156.425 All areas
Intership, Ship/Shore and Non-commercial:
For marinas and yacht clubs.
69
156.475 156.475 All areas
except EC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial and Non-commercial
69
156.475 156.475 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only.
71
156.575 156.575 PC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety and Ship Movement
71
156.575 156.575
Intership, Ship/Shore and Non-commercial: For marinas
and yacht clubs on the East Coast and on Lake Winnipeg.
72
156.625 156.625 EC, PC
Intership, Commercial and Non-commercial:
May be used to communicate with aircraft and helicopters
in predominantly maritime support operations.
73
156.675 156.675 EC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial:
Commercial fishing only
73
156.675 156.675 All areas
except EC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial,
Safety: May also be used for communications with aircraft
engaged in coordinated search and rescue and antipollution operations.
74
156.725 156.725 EC, PC
Intership, Ship/Shore, Commercial, Non-commercial and
Ship Movement.
77
156.875 156.875
Intership, Ship/Shore, Safety and Ship Movement:
Pilotage on Pacific Coast. Port operations only in the St.
Lawrence River/Great Lakes areas with 1W maximum
power.
78A 156.925 156.925 EC, PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial
79A 156.975 156.975 EC, PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial
80A 157.025 157.025 EC, PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Commercial
81A 157.075 157.075
Intership and Ship/Shore: Canadian Coast Guard use only
in the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes areas.
81A 157.075 157.075 PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Safety:
Canadian Coast Guard antipollution.
Appendix D: Channel List
CH XMIT
No. Freq
RCV
Freq
121
Area of
Operation Use
82A 157.125 157.125 PC
Intership, Ship/Shore and Safety:
Canadian Coast Guard use only.
82A 157.125 157.125
Intership and Ship/Shore: Canadian Coast Guard use only
in the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes areas.
83
Ship/Shore and Safety:
Canadian Coast Guard use only.
157.175 161.775 PC
83A 157.175 157.175 EC
Intership and Ship/Shore:
Canadian Coast Guard and other Government agencies.
83B
Safety: Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) Service.
-
161.775 AC, GL
84
157.225 161.825 PC
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
85
157.275 161.875 AC, GL, NL
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
86
157.325
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
87
157.375 161.975 AC, GL, NL
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
88
157.425 162.025 AC, GL, NL
Ship/Shore and Public Correspondence
161.925 PC
Area of Operation
AC: Atlantic Coast, Gulf and St. Lawrence River up to and including Montreal
EC (East Coast): includes NL, AC, GL and Eastern Arctic areas
GL: Great Lakes (including St. Lawrence above Montreal)
NL: Newfoundland and Labrador
PC: Pacific Coast
WC (West Coast): Pacific Coast, Western Arctic and Athabasca-Mackenzie Watershed areas
All areas: includes East and West Coast areas
Notes:
1. An “A” following a channel number indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit side of an international duplex channel. Operations are different from that of international operations on that channel.
2. Channel 16 is used for calling other stations or for distress alerting.
3. The letter “B” following a channel number indicates simplex use of the coast station transmit side of an
international duplex channel. That is, the channel is Receive Only.
4. Channel 70 is used exclusively for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and is not available for regular voice
communications.
5. Channels 75 and 76 are reserved as guard bands for Channel 16 and are not available for regular voice
communications.
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
European Private Channels and Frequencies
In addition to the channels listed above in the International Marine VHF Channels & Frequencies table,
your radio may also include some of the following private channels. Which channels are included
depend upon the country in which the radio is to be operated and whether you possess the appropriate
licensing.
Country
Channel
Number
TX
Freq
RX
Freq
Channel Use
Belgium
96
162.425
162.425
Marina
Denmark
L1
L2
155.500
155.525
155.500
155.525
Leisure
Leisure
Denmark,
Finland,
Norway &
Sweden
F1
F2
F3
155.625
155.775
155.825
155.625
155.775
155.825
Fishing
Fishing
Fishing
Finland,
Norway &
Sweden
L1
L2
L3
155.500
155.525
155.650
155.500
155.525
155.650
Leisure
Leisure
Leisure
Netherlands
31
37
157.550
157.850
162.150
157.850
Marina
Leisure
UK
M1
M2
157.850
161.425
157.850
161.425
Marina
Marina
Note: A license may be required to operate the radio on the private channels. It is your responsibility to
obtain the proper license to operate the radio on these frequencies.
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Appendix E: Glossary
Term
Meaning
All Scan
A feature that scans all channels in the channel set.
All Ships Call
A DSC call that sends out a message to all vessels within range.
The Ray218E/Ray55E can make two different types of All Ships
calls: Safety Calls for advisory alerts or Urgency Calls when
assistance is required but there is no imminent danger to the
vessel.
ATIS
Automatic Transmitter Identification System. Used for inland
waterways in some European countries.
Canadian Channels
Channel designations as defined by Industry Canada.
CH
Channel selection key
COG
Course Over Ground
Distress Call
A DSC call notifying other ships and shore stations that your
vessel is in imminent danger, sending your position and time
information, along with (optionally) the nature of your distress
situation.
DSC
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is a system used to send digital
messages to stations identified by a unique MMSI number. Contained within the message is the working channel on which
voice communications are to be made. DSC enables you to
make digital Distress Calls and to specify the stations that you
wish to contact: an Individual station, all stations within a specified Group, or All Ship stations within range.
Dual Watch
A feature that monitors the Priority Channel 16 and one other
channel that you choose.
FCC
Federal Communications Commission (US)
Global Positioning
System
A navigational system that uses satellite signals to determine
the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth.
GPS
Global Positioning System
Group Call
A DSC call that sends transmissions only received by radios
sharing a common Group MMSI number, such as a flotilla or
racing fleet.
Individual Call
A DSC Call made to a specific station identified by its MMSI ID.
International Channels Channel designations as defined by the ITU
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Ray218E and Ray55E Marine VHF Radios
Term
Meaning
ITU
International Telecommunications Union (EU)
MMSI
Maritime Mobile Service Identity; a number issued by each
country to identify maritime stations, much like a telephone
number.
NOAA
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (US)
Position Request
A DSC call requesting GPS position information from any
station for which an MMSI number is known. You can also send
out your position to other stations.
Priority Channel
Channel 16
Priority Scan
A feature that alternates monitoring the Priority Channel 16
with each of the regular channels.
PTT switch
Microphone push-to-talk switch
RF
Radio Frequency
RTCM
Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
RX
Receive
SAR
Search And Rescue
Saved Scan
Scans only user-selected memory channels
Semi-duplex
Channels using separate frequencies to transmit and receive.
Simplex
Channels transmitting and receiving on the same frequency.
SOG
Speed Over Ground
Squelch
A circuit that sets the threshold for cutting off the receiver when
the signal is too weak for reception of anything but noise.
TX
Transmit
Tri Watch
A function that monitors the Priority Channel (16), the Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel, and one other channel that you
choose.
US Channels
Channel designations as defined by the FCC
VOL
Volume key
VHF
Very High Frequency (30MHz to 300MHz)
Working Channel
The currently-selected (non-priority, non-WX) channel
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Index
16/PLUS key 28, 29, 31
NMEA 23
power 21
Contrast adjustment 66
Conventions 9
Customer Support 101
A
D
Numerics
Adding channels to memory 49
Alert 35
All Scan function 45
All Ships Calls 89
Receiving 90
Transmitting 89
ATIS
Function 65
indicator 32
My ATIS ID 63
Operation 63
Automatic Channel Changing 33, 98
B
Backlight adjustment 66
Base in Use 35
Battery 35
Bearing Mode 67
C
Cable connections 20
Canadian channels 34, 117
Channel
Knob 28
Name 52
Tuning 36
UP/DOWN key 28, 31
Channel List 111
Canadian frequencies 117
International frequencies 111
US frequencies 114
CLEAR key 29, 31
Coast Stations 81
COG/SOG Display 61
Connections
cable 20
external speaker 22
GPS 23
hailer 22
Deleting channels from memory 49
Display 32
Distress Calls 74
key 29
Receiving 77
Receiving Distress Relay 78
Sending a Designated call 75
Sending an Undesignated (QUICK) call 74
DSC 71
All Ships Calls 89
Call icon 33
Distress Calls 74
Group Calls 85
Individual Calls 81
key 31, 41
Log 94
Options 95
Menu 29, 71
Phonebook 78
DSC Settings
Automatic Channel Changing 98
Group MMSI Setup 85
My MMSI ID 96
Position Reply 99
Dual Watch 50
E
External speaker 22
F
FAV indicator 33
Favorite Channel 33, 53
Features 13
Fog Horn 29, 56
Frequency Band 51
Canadian channels 117
International channels 111
US channels 114
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G
Glossary 123
GPS 24
indicator 33
Installing 23
Position Reply 99
setup 58
Group Calls 85
Receiving 87
Transmitting 86
Group MMSI Setup 85
H
Hailer 22, 29, 55
Handset 28, 106, 107
Help from Raymarine 101
HI/LO
indicator 32
key 28
power selection 48
High Voltage 22, 35
I
Individual Calls 81
Receiving 83
Transmitting 81
Installation 15
Intercom 29, 57
International channels 34, 111
Invalid Channel 84, 88, 91
K
Key Beep 67
Keypad 106
Keys 28
L
Last Received Position Request 93
Latitude/Longitude Display 60
LCD display 32
Local Mode 55
Log 94
Options 95
Low Voltage 22, 35
M
Memory
Ray218E and Ray55E VHF Radios
Adding channels to 49
Menu 29, 41
ATIS Operations 63
DSC Setup 96
GPS/Time Setup 58
Phonebook 78
Adding entries 79
Deleting entries 81
Editing entries 80
Settings 60
System Configuration 66
MENU/DSC key 29, 31, 41, 71
Messages 35, 94
Microphone 28, 41, 72, 106, 107
MMSI 96
Monitor Mode
Dual Watch 50
Tri Watch 50
My ATIS ID 63
My MMSI ID 96
N
NMEA connections 23
NMEA Output 61
O
OK/INTERCOM key 31
P
Phonebook 78
Adding entries 79
Deleting entries 81
Editing entries 80
PLUS channel 28, 29, 31, 38
Position Reply 99
Position Request 91
from Phonebook 92
receiving from another station 93
retrieving last received 93
Power 28
connections 21
ON/OFF 35
selection 48
Priority Channel 38
Priority Saved Scan function 47
Priority Scan function 46
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PTT key 28, 30, 39
PWR/VOL key 28
R
Radio Setup
Channel Name 52
Favorite Channel 53
Frequency Band 51
Sensitivity 55
Raymarine
Addresses 101
Phone numbers 101
Web site 101
Raymic 30, 41, 57, 72, 107
Received Calls 94
Removing the sun cover 15
Repair 101
Reset 69
RX indicator 32
S
Save 28
SAVED indicator 32
Saved Scan function 46
Scan Mode 44
All Scan 45
Priority All Scan 46
Priority Saved Scan 47
Saved Scan 46
SCAN/SAVE key 28
Secondary Priority (PLUS) Channel 28, 29, 31,
38
Sensitivity 55
Service 101
Settings 60, 96
COG/SOG Display 61
Latitude/Longitude Display 60
Time Display 60
Time Format 60
Time Offset 60
Signal Bar 67
Soft keys 29, 31
Speaker 22
Specifications 103
Speed Unit 68
Squelch 28, 30, 36
Standard equipment 16, 20
Sun cover removal 15
System Configuration 66
Backlight 66
Bearing Mode 67
Contrast 66
Key Beep 67
Reset 69
Signal Bar 67
Speed Unit 68
System Test 68
Version Number 69
System Test 68
T
Time
Display 60
Format 60
Offset 60
Setup 58
Transmitting 39
Tri Watch 50
TX 32, 39
U
Unable to Comply 84, 88, 91, 95
US channels 34, 114
UTC time setup 58
V
Version Number 69
Voltage 21
high 35
low 35
Volume 28, 30, 36
W
Warranty 9
Weather Alert 33, 37
Weather channels 37
Web site 101
Wire connections 20
WX 37
X
XCLUDE 44
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