Skipjack 24' - Fitting New Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF Radio

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Skipjack 24' - Fitting New Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF Radio

Post by Bob Fisher » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:44 pm

SKIPJACK 24' PROJECT BOAT

Fitting Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF


Some new goodies have arrived for the Skipjack 24' project boat. Now I just have to fit them!


. Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF

. Sony Marine Stereo

. Poly Planar Weatherproof Housing
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Fitting Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio with DSC

Post by Bob Fisher » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:12 am

SKIPJACK 24' PROJECT BOAT

Fitting Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF


Today I installed the new Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio in the Skipjack 24' Project Boat. It took a little longer than I had planned... Mainly because I kept procrastinating on where to put it. In the cabin, on top of the dash, at the side of the helm or below the steering wheel???

I decided out of the cabin and under the wheel. I wanted it to be easily accessible and handy in case of an emergency...

On top of the dash is now reserved for my new GPS - when I get it!

I do not like 'piggy backing' wires at any time so first of all I had to fit a new terminal block for my new positive and negative connections. (see photo Terminal-Block-01.jpg)

This terminal block gets it power directly from the batteries via a fuse box. (see photo Fuse-Box-01.jpg)

You certainly don't want a VHF radio getting it's power supply from the ignition circuit - for a couple of reasons...
1) You don't want any interference.
2) You want to be able to have the radio on with the ignition off.

In a seated position I checked for clearance before drilling any holes for the radio mounting bracket. My knees did not hit the radio. Likewise when turning the steering wheel - my hands are clear of the microphone. (see photo Helm-Photo-01.jpg)
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Did you?

Post by Islander » Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:52 pm

Did you keep the brown nmea wire out to connect to your GPS nmea output so the DSC gets your position fix to broadcast?

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Brown nmea wire to connect GPS nmea output

Post by Bob Fisher » Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:05 pm

G'Day Mate,

I still have the wiring harness that came with the unit in the box

When I get the GPS, maybe in a few weeks, I'll see if I can easily figure it out... if not - I'm gonna ask for your assistance!

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