Large 3" LCD 25 or 1 Watts of transmit power All scanning functions including Programmable, Priority Scan and Dual Watch Standard Matrix AIS VHF Marine Radio in Black, model GX2150B. Improving the popular MATRIX AIS, the MATRIX AIS includes features customers have requested: 4800 to 38400 NMEA input baud rate selection (for plotters with 1 NMEA port), True and Magnetic selection for AIS targets, simultaneous PA/FOG operation with AIS display and a GPS status display page. When connected to a GPS with NMEA 0183 the MATRIX AIS displays AIS target information (MMSI, Call Sign, Ship Name, BRG, DST, SOG and COG) allows you to contact an AIS Ship directly using DSC, shows your vessels position in relation to AIS targets and alerts you when an AIS ship may be approaching too close to your location via the Closest Point of Approach (CPA) Alarm. One antenna input is all that is needed since the MATRIX AIS utilizes the VHF antenna to receive AIS targets from ships class A or B AIS transponders. Features include: Submersible JIS-7 / IPX7 (3.3 feet for 30 minutes), 80dB commercial grade receiver, DSC position request and report functions when connected to compatible GPS chart plotter, navigate to a DSC distress call, 30 Watt PA/Loud Hailer with preprogrammed fog signals and listen back, ClearVoice noise canceling speaker microphone with channel selection and 16/9 key, GPS Compass, Waypoint and GPS status pages, Navigation (LAT/LON, Time, SOG and COG) information shown on display, user programmable soft keys, versatile user-programmable scanning, priority scan and Dual Watch, oversized rotary channel knob with push to enter, backlit display and keys, optional connection for RAM3 second station remote microphone with AIS display, intercom between radio and RAM3, Voice Scrambler (optional), Local/Distance attenuator. In the box: Matrix AIS VHF, mounting bracket and power cord, installation hardware. Three year waterproof warranty. 3.1"H x 7.1"W x 6.3"D; Wt.: 3.2 lbs.
Great build quality, as with all Standard / Yaesu electronics; this FM transceiver is no exception. Quality is excellent with a logical and friendly user interface. The downside is that the AIS reception range for displaying AIS targets is internally limited to 15 miles maximum. This could be an issue for some boaters, especially sailing vessels.
I stuck with the Standard Horizen since they offered the built-in AIS receive feature. Installation is as easy as any of them are. My only criticism is like many electronics OEW this came with bitter end wires. Why can't they standardize on a connector like the DIN and everyone just comply so I don't have to haul out my soldering gun? This seems to be a step above the usual Standard Horizen package. The microphone and radio encasement feel a lot more substantial than the..