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Vesper SP160 Amplified AIS VHF FM Antenna Splitter

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Amplification is provided by this splitter, and when used with your existing antenna can optimize the range of your AIS transponder.
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Brand:  Vesper Marine
MFG Part#:   SP160
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Vesper SP160 Amplified AIS / VHF / FM Antenna Splitter

Many AIS splitters introduce significant signal loss, some say no loss, but this unique Vesper Marine splitter is the only one that provides signal gain - improving AIS reception and increasing range.

This is because the Vesper Marine splitter has a built-in low noise amplifier. This is especially important to increase the reception range from the increasing number of low-power AIS SART and MOB devices.

In addition to the amplification provided by this splitter, when used with your existing antenna you can optimize the range of your AIS transponder because the antenna is also mounted as high as possible.

Designed to work with all Vesper Marine AIS transponders including the popular WatchMate XB-6000 and WatchMate XB-8000. In addition, it has a unique on-screen VHF-in-use indicator when used with the WatchMate 850 and WatchMate Vision AIS transponders.

Increases the performance of other manufacturers' AIS receivers and transponders too!

To simplify installation you can share an existing VHF antenna by using this splitter. The unit removes the need for a separate VHF antenna for an AIS receiver or transponder and allows a single antenna to be shared with a VHF radio.

This is an excellent solution when it is difficult to install an additional antenna or you wish to share an existing VHF antenna and maximize your AIS range.

This splitter is specifically designed for use with both AIS receivers and transponders.

In the Box:

  • AIS VHF antenna splitter
  • Installation guide
  • 2m (6.5') Power cable
  • Two 2m (6.5') PL259 patch cables


  Vesper Marine SP160 Splitter Brochure 1702A4

  Vesper Marine SP160 Installation Guide-2016-04

SP160 Specifications:

  • Frequency Range: 156MHz to 163MHz
  • Operating temperature: -25°C to +55°C (-13°F to 131°F)
  • Environmental: Watertight (USCG CFR-46, IPx7)
  • Power Supply: 10-32 VDC, <0.8W nominal
  • Maximum Current: 270 mA
  • Overall Size: 135mm Long x 107 Wide x 56 Deep (5 5/16” x 4 1/4“ x 2 1/4”) (includes connectors)
  • Maximum VHF power: 25W Maximum
  • AIS power: 12.5W
  • Compatibility: Fully compatible with all Vesper Marine AIS transponders and receivers. Also compatible with other manufacturers' AIS receivers and transponders and will typically increase their performance.
  • Antenna Connector 50 ohm, SO-239 (UHF)
  • VHF & AIS Connectors: SO-239 (UHF). Requires two appropriate length standard 50-ohm patch cables with PL-259 plugs (two 2m (6.5ft) cables included).
  • AM / FM Connector: 75 ohms, BNC, optional 2m (6') cable available BNC to Motorola plug
  • Patch Cable: Two provided as standard. 2m (6.5ft) long 50 Ω cable with PL259 connectors.
  • Insertion Loss: VHF RX <1.5dB / VHF TX <1dB / AIS TX <1dB
  • AM/FM Insertion Loss: AM [500kHz - 26 MHz] 3dB Max, FM [87 - 108 MHz] 8 dB Max
  • AIS Receive Gain: 12dB
  • Noise Figure: <1.5dB
  • Switching Time: <10µs
  • AIS Sensitivity with Vesper Marine transponders: -119 dBm, 6dB improvement

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