New features for 2011: GPS in / DSC out 4800 and 38400 baud rate selections (Allows connection to GPS Chart Plotter with 1 NMEA IN/OUT), selectable True and Magnetic readings for AIS target and PA/FOG simultaneous operation with AIS display, GPS status page.
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. The MATRIX AIS+ features an 80dB commercial grade receiver with Local/Distance attenuator, ITU Class D DSC, powerful 30 Watt PA/Loud Hailer with listen back, and preprogrammed fog signals. Other great features include; die-cast chassis for durability, user-changeable channel names, optional voice scrambler, ClearVoice noise canceling speaker microphone, 4.5 Watt audio output, NOAA Weather Alert, Programmable Scan, Priority Scan and Dual Watch.
The MATRIX AIS+ is capable of being connected to a RAM3 Remote Access Microphone, allowing control of all VHF, DSC and hailer functions remotely as well as add an intercom between the radio and second station microphone. Another unique feature is the ability of the MATRIX AIS+ to "poll" (request and send) the GPS LAT/LON of another vessel and show the vessel's position on the radio's alphanumeric display or send the data to a compatible GPS chart plotter to be viewed directly on the chart. This is a great feature for maintaining contact with fishing or cruising "buddy" boats.