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Re: Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+ GX2150
I love the Matrix 2150. Love love love it. Period.
Getting the name of the ship you want to hail is priceless. In busy shipping, being hailed by name is the difference between it answering and it not knowing who you are calling or caring.
Being able to pick up COG and know CPA (and when it has passed and the target is moving away) is invaluable.
The only thing I would say is that I like AIS so much that I really would like to have a transceiver in the near future.
That said, the Matrix 2150 only costs $325 (that's today's Defender price and a price readily available on the web) -- not much more than any other high end Class D DCS radios. Installation is a breeze. I think it is a no-brainer for anyone installing a new VHF.
Yep. And no independent AIS antenna needed. And no extras needed, aside from a GPS connection. Works, works well, and is cheap and reliable. On the Great Lakes, we are mostly concerned about freighters... and they all must run AIS by law. 'Nuff said.
Paul Van Voorhees
Certified Tohatsu TLDI Technician
Mgr, Obersheimer Sails
Buffalo, NY USA