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X-VHFR Mini Data Recorder


X-VHFR Mini Data Recorder

VHF and Bridge Audio, and Data Recorder. With 1TB Removable Drive for Up To 300 Days of Storage.

The X-VHFR recorder is AMI’s latest compact “black box” recorder.
Designed for the small vessel and workboat industry. The system is ideal for vessels under 3000 GT. Accordingly, those vessels are not officially required to carry a full Voyage Data Recorder.
Our X-VHFR has also proved popular as a land-based recorder. With harbour and port control offices making use of the system for the analyses of VHF communications. Also, the AIS data from vessels can be monitored.

Storage of the audio communication, time, date and location data allows playback of the sequence of events on a particular vessel. Therefore, often proving critical in the event of an investigation following a marine incident.


  • 7″ Touch screen. Also with a user interface with night mode feature
  • 1TB removable drive. For over 300 days of data storage
  • 2x Audio Inputs for VHF and/or Microphones. (AMI Marine microphones available on request)
  • 1x NMEA 0183 input for GPS. (Also accepts combined data from other devices)
  • 1x NMEA-HS input for AIS Data
  • GPS date, time, and geographical position. Also with AIS data recording
  • USB storage module means no moving parts
  • Easy access to data. Using PC with standard software or Mac with compatible software
  • Playback Suite for PC
  • AMI Microphones can be connected to the X-VHFR for the monitoring bridge audio
  • All playback software is provided with each unit supplied. (inclusive of licencing)

The X-VHFR has fast become AMI Marine’s most popular non-mandatory data recorder. It has been supplied to various types of vessels such as;

  • Tug Boats
  • Ferries
  • Crew Transfer Boats
  • Offshore Support Vessels
  • Construction Vessels
  • Emergency Vessels
  • Fishing Fleet vessels

In addition, when used in combination with the supplied replay suite. The X-VHFR will therefore construct an accurate history of events. Consequently to promote onward crew and vessel safety procedures being upheld. Whether for HR development projects or for procedural improvements post-event.

This systems is compatible with the AMI Float Free Capsule.

See the X-VHFR Plus

Comparison diagram of AMI Marine Data Recorders

X-VHFR, X-VHFR Plus and X-MDR Comparison sheet

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Additional information

Weight4.7 kg
Dimensions36.00 × 36.00 × 38.00 cm
Item measurements

31cm x 19cm x 19cm 2.8kg

4 reviews for X-VHFR Mini Data Recorder

  1. Ryan Willegers – Harbour Master – Lymington Harbour

    We have had the X-VHFR installed in the Harbour Office since early 2019 to enable analysis of VHF communications. Its primary purpose is to establish a sequence of events when undertaking an investigation into a marine incident.

  2. Martin Jason Taylor – SMD Telecommunications

    I really like this X-Series VHF Recorder.  Am excited to get my hands on one early next year to play with. This is something all our tugs in South Africa should have.

  3. Colin Anderson – Ships Electronics Service Ltd

    The X-VHFR fits a specific need for ferry operators who want to reliably record and review data without the need for a full VDR.

  4. Neil Mearns – Port of Sunderland UK

    We use the X-VHFR recorder for incident recording, to download footage to resolve disputes.
    Our systems record VHF distress channels and port VHF and UHF audio.
    This is valuable equipment, which is easy to use for playback on our local PC.

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SERIAL PORTPort 1 – 4800 for GPS, Heading, Speed Log or other NMEA 0183 Data
 Port 2 – 38400 for AIS
AUDIO INPUT2 Inputs, each Audio Input can be either a VHF Radio or an AMI Microphone
MEMORY1TB Hard Drive (holds approx. 300 days of data) as standard
 64GB AMI Float Free Capsule optional
DIMENSIONSDisplay Unit w/1TB Memory: 310 x 190 x 190mm 2.8kg
Terminal Interface Unit: 180 x 150 x 50mm 800g


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Our team are able to create bespoke quotations for you for all of your needs and delivery requirements.

We are able to ship to all parts of the world. Transit times vary and are usually between 2 and 5 days depending on the destination.

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