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February 2015 
AMEC and Milltech Marine will be at the Miami International Boat Show 
Come visit Alltek Marine Electronics (AMEC) and Milltech Marine at booth 1741 D Lobby at the Miami Beach Convention Center February 12-16.

February 2015 
Did you miss us at the Seattle Boat Show? 
We did two packed talks at the Seattle Boat Show this year. If you missed the sessions and want to view the slides you can get them here:
Using Your iPad Aboard
An Update on AIS Solutions for Boaters

DSC: More Than Just an Emergency Solution (from last year's show)

January 2015
US Coast Guard announces new rules for AIS
On January 30 2015, the US Coast Guard published their long-anticipated new rules for AIS which go into effect on March 2 2015. For more information, see our resource page here.

April 2014
Want to connect Coastal Explorer and an AIS Matrix radio together?
Check out our blog articles with step-by-step instructions for the GX2150 and GX2200 on how to use our USB Breakout Cable to easily tie these together.

March 2014
New AIS transponders from AMEC
AMEC has released two new Class B transponders – including one with Wi-Fi support and one new Class A transponder – with integrated color screen. Check out the new CAMINO-108 models and the CAMINO-701.

July 2013
AMEC CYPHO-150 now available!
We now have the AMEC CYPHO-150 in stock. This full featured dual-channel AIS receiver is less than $200 and has receive range that goes beyond most other receivers. More info can be found here.

April 2013
Milltech Marine opens a retail store!
We are happy to announce we now have a retail store in Port Orchard. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hi. More info can be found here.

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Standard Horizon Matrix GX2150 AIS Receiver VHF Radio (WHITE)
Standard Horizon Matrix GX2150 AIS Receiver VHF Radio (WHITE)
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Use your existing VHF antenna - no splitter needed!
International customers: Accepts MMSI and channel selection settings for all regions.

Simply press the dedicated AIS key to see AIS targets. Use as a standalone low-power AIS display or integrate with chartplotter or computer. Also includes: waypoint navigation, 30W loud-hailer
Want to connect Coastal Explorer and the GX2150 AIS Matrix radio together?
Check out this blog article with step-by-step instructions on how to use our USB Breakout Cable to easily tie these together.
with listen back and RAM3 second station capable.

The MATRIX AIS displays AIS MMSI, Call Sign, Ship Name, BRG, DST, SOG and COG and will allow you to contact an AIS Ship directly using DSC. The display shows your vessel's position in relation to AIS targets. The Closest Point of Approach (CPA) Alarm alerts you when an AIS ship may be approaching too close to your location.

In addition, the MATRIX AIS can be connected to any GPS chartplotter that accepts VDM sentences at 38400 baud. (Best used with chartplotters offering more than one NMEA port.)
  • Integrated dual channel parallel AIS receivers
  • AIS and VHF radio with only one VHF antenna
  • AIS target display: MMSI, Call Sign, Ship Name, BRG, DST, SOG and COG
  • Contact AIS Ship with DSC

    Add the CMP30 RAM 3 Speaker Microphone
    for complete second-station capabilities in your cockpit or flybridge.
  • Compass page*
  • Navigate to a DSC Distress Call*
  • Submersible JIS-7 / IPX7 (3.3 feet for 30 minutes)
  • ClearVoice noise-cancelling speaker microphone with channel selection and 16/9 key
  • Oversized rotary channel knob with push to enter, backlit display and keys
  • 30 Watt PA/Loud Hailer with preprogrammed fog signals and listen back
  • Capable of connecting an optional RAM3 second station remote microphone
  • Control all radio, PA/Fog, DSC and AIS functions remotely with the optional RAM3 mic
  • DSC position request and report functions when connected to compatible GPS chart plotter
  • Voice Scrambler (optional)
  • Versatile user-programmable scanning, priority scan and Dual Watch
  • One-button access to Channel 16 and 9
  • User programmable soft keys
  • Navigation (LAT/LON, SOG and COG) information shown on display when connected to GPS
  • 38400 AIS VDM sentence output to compatible GPS Chartplotter
  • 3-Year Waterproof Warranty
*when connected to a GPS


Navigate to Waypoints
The MATRIX AIS is capable of entering and saving up to 100 waypoints. These waypoints may be selected and navigated to by using a unique navigation compass display that shows your vessels SOG, COG, BRG (Bearing) and DST (Distance) to the waypoint when connected to an external GPS.

Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
The MATRIX AIS is Class D class DSC VHF with a separate Channel 70 receiver, which allows DSC calls to be received even when listening to traffic on Marine VHF channels.

DSC Distress Function
When activated, the DSC DISTRESS function transmits a digital MAYDAY including vessel identification, Latitude / Longitude and time (with GPS connected), to facilitate prompt response. Additional calls that can be made are Individual, All ship - Urgency and Safety, Group, Position report and position request calls.

DSC Position Polling and NMEA in/output
Easily share position information with other DSC equipped vessels using the position request and position reporting functions. With the push of a few buttons you can request the position of another vessel, or simply send your position information to the vessel you select.

The GPS Position of a received DSC Distress or Position Request call can be shown on a compatible GPS Chart plotter simply by connecting 2 NMEA wires.

30W PA and Fog signaling with Listen back
The MATRIX AIS includes a 30W Loud Hailer with Fog signals; Bells and Whistles with listenback. For added benefit, the last selected VHF channel can be heard when in the PA or Fog modes.

Optional RAM3 capable
Need to remotely control the VHF from your cockpit or flybridge? The MATRIX AIS is RAM3 remote mic capable to control all VHF, DSC and AIS functions at a second station.

ClearVoice noise reduction technology speaker microphone

The MATRIX AIS features Clear Voice Noise Reduction Technology eliminating unwanted background noises like engines and wind during transmission. This assures transmissions are crystal clear along with dedicated 16/9 key and channel selection. In addition, the microphone includes a speaker for crystal clear reception of transmissions.

Commercial grade 80dB receiver
Advanced receiver technology rejects the reception of unwanted signals from pagers and other unwanted VHF frequencies. In addition, the MATRIX AIS has a receiver attenuator to further reduce noise in busy harbors and marinas. Big, bold display- There is no question about it. With a big, bold display there is no mistaking the information. The contrast and brightness can be adjusted for situations where the radio cannot be mounted directly in front of you.

Programmable Channel Names
The MATRIX AIS is supplied from the factory preloaded with description of the use of Marine channels (16-Distress, 22A-USCG, 71-Pleasure...). The channel names may be customized by the user to easily understand the use of each channel.

GPS repeating
By connecting a GPS to the MATRIX AIS; Position, date, and time are also displayed when interfaced with a GPS receiver.

Programmable Scan, Priority Scan and Dual Watch
Scanning is not an issue with the MATRIX AIS. The radio can be setup to scan any number of channels with or without a priority channel or simply can be setup to scan between a priority channel and another channel (dual watch).

NOAA Weather channels and Weather Alert
10 NOAA and Canadian Weather channels are pre-programmed and easily selectable using the dedicated WX key. In addition, the MATRIX AIS can be set to monitor WX channels and provide an audible alert to inform of pending storm advisories.

Its built better so backed better
Because the MATRIX AIS is built better, it is backed better. If your Standard Horizon MATRIX AIS ever fails for any reason including water damage during normal use in the first three years, STANDARD HORIZON will repair or replace it free, without hassle or charges-period! If it fails thereafter in normal use, for the life time of the product it is covered by Standard Horizon's Lifetime Flat Rate Service and Customer Loyalty Programs.

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  •  Customer Reviews Average Rating review  View All Reviews
    GX 2150 Review
      My GX 2150 arrived safely 2 weeks after ordering online, very well packaged, and protected with its own air bags inside the box! After I re-configured the baud speed to 38,000, it interfaced with my Garmin chartplotter without any problems (using the brown wire). The maximum range on the unit appears to be 5 miles, at least on the display, which is a little disappointing, but it does emit a lovely, loud, piercing shriek when it detects a vessel with a problematic CPA. As a singlehanded sailor, this is what I paid my money for and I am very happy with the result. Since writing the above review I have had a prompt reply from Doug advising me that the GX2150 will detect ships at a far greater range than the 5 miles shown on the radar-like display of the unit. This sort of after-sales service is something that is invaluable to the far-flung cruising community and confirms the positive opinions of Milltech Marine that I have heard elsewhere among cruising sailors.
      Reviewed by:  Graham Cox from Cairns, Australia. on 3/26/2013
    SH Matrix GX2150 Receiver VHF Radio
      The radio and AIS function are fitted and working without fault. I had trouble linking the AIS receiver to my North Star chartplotter M84 - no problem linking GPS signal to AIS at 4800 NMEA baud rate, however I had to use the "brown" wire (DSC+AIS out at 38400 baud)to NMEA input wire on the chartplotter to put AIS data on the chart - all sorted now and functioning perfectly.
      Reviewed by:  Peter Scott from Albany, Western Australia. on 12/5/2012
    Does the Job
      Radio works pretty much as adverstised. Display is nice and programming is easy. Manual is easy to read. Audio is not as good as older GX1260 though. AIS works well. NMEA cables should be longer. Mic should be removable.
      Reviewed by:  Michael Ashmore from Alameda, CA. on 8/13/2012
    Great Buy
      Installed unit just before trip Singapore-Borneo. Easy to set up and a great aid to navigation with the AIS. I haven't hooked up all the bells and whistles yet but I am certainly happy with the product and price. Thanks Milltech Marine. SV Cheep Charlie In Transit, Malaysia
      Reviewed by:  SV Cheep Charlie Stephan McCann from Bintulu Sarawak Malaysia. on 6/23/2011
      Great product and easy to install to my garmin 7212 which was quick and easy
      Reviewed by:  Michael Consiglio from California. on 5/26/2011
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