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Icom MXA-5000 AIS Receiver review by radiouser | Radioaficion Ham Radio

Icom MXA-5000 AIS Receiver review by radiouser


The MXA-5000 is a great solution for anyone, boat owner or hobby listener, who needs a dedicated receiver for AIS. Operation was about as simple as you can get, there are no controls and the performance during the review period was excellent. Even the current consumption was very low at just 250mA. Full two-channel operation is a big plus because this will become more important as the service gets busier.

icom MXA-5000 AIS Receiver review by radiouser

The MXA-5000 – What is it?
The MXA-5000 is a professional quality, dual channel, marine AIS receiver and decoder that has been designed to be incorporated into an existing installation. Basically, it’s a black-box that connects in-line with your existing antenna and does exactly what it says on the pack! There are no controls – you just connect it up and it works extremely well! However, I’m sure you’d like to know a bit more detail, so read on.

Frequency Coverage: 161.975MHz and 162.025MHz
Type of emission: 16K0F1D (GMSK)
Antenna Impedance: 50 Ohm nominal
Operating Temp: -20C to +60C
Power supply: 12V DC nominal (10.8V to 15.6V)
negative ground Current drain 0.25A
Dimensions: 158(w) x 39(h) x 155mm(d) (with mounting plate)
Weight 460g (with mounting plate)
Data Input interface IEC61162-1:2000 (4,800 bps)
Data out to navigation equip. IEC61162-2 (38,400bps) RS-422
balanced Data out to PC RS-232C (38,400bps) unbalanced ±5V

Sensitivity 0.35µV typical
Adjacent channel selectivity More than 70dB
Spurious response More than 70dB
Intermodulation More than 65dB
Hum and Noise More than 40dB
Conducted spurious emission Less than -57dBm


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