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AMEC CYPHO-150 AIS Receiver

AMEC CYPHO-150 AIS Receiver

On sale$189.00
Retail Price:$299.00
Your Savings:$110.00(37%)
Part Number:AMEC-CYPHO-150
  • UPC:852567004195

Our full-featured AIS receiver at a great price

The AMEC CYPHO-150 is a low cost, dual-channel AIS receiver. It receives AIS navigation data from AIS-equipped vessels nearby and improves navigation safety. The CYPHO-150 is designed to inter-operate with AIS Class A or Class B transponders and any other AIS stations operating on the AIS VHF data link. The CYPHO-150S is also available with an integrated VHF antenna splitter.

The CYPHO-150 is built with two parallel AIS receivers in one box monitoring the default marine VHF AIS channels (161.975 and 162.025 MHz) with optimized sensitivity. Having the CYPHO-150 AIS receiver on board, not only can you monitor the status of the vessels in the surrounding area, but you also receive dynamic information (position, speed, SOG, etc.), static information (ship name, MMSI, call sign, etc.), and voyage related information (cargo type, destination, etc.) from any vessels nearby that are equipped with AIS transponders.

Its two interfaces connect the CYPHO-150 to NMEA standard chart plotters from Raymarine, Garmin, Northstar, Lowrance, Simrad and others, as well as USB devices such as navigation computers.

AMEC logoThe CYPHO-150 is IPX2 water resistant, providing acceptable protection against water and to provide extra protection against challenging marine environments. The CYPHO-150 has gained CE and FCC certification and passed IEC 60945 tests.


Dual-channel parallel AIS receivers
The CYPHO-150 includes two AIS receivers operating in parallel providing true dual-channel simultaneous reception of both Class A and Class B transponder signals. This ensures that all AIS transponder broadcasts are captured in real time.

IPX2 rated
Water resistant

Viewer program included
The CYPHO 150 includes a free Windows-based AIS viewer program to display Radar View and Alphanumeric information about AIS targets.

Versatile interface selection
NMEA0183 (RS422) and USB provide connections for a wide range of display devices. This unit can also be powered by the USB port or via the 12vDC power wires. 
Robust USB chipset and device drivers
Rock solid Microchip Technology USB chipset with device drivers for current 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows and fully compatible with marine navigation software such as Coastal Explorer.

CYPHO-150S available with integrated VHF antenna splitter
The CYPHO-150 is also available with an optional integrated VHF antenna splitter. This simplifies installation by allowing you to safely share a single VHF antenna for both the AIS receiver and your VHF radio. This solution works with any VHF radio. When you are not transmitting on the radio, both the AIS receiver and the radio receive normally. When you transmit on the radio, the integrated splitter temporarily blocks the signal to the AIS receiver and protects the AIS receiver from the transmission power of the radio. 



IEC 62287-1

applicable parts

ITU-R M.1371

applicable parts

IEC 60945

applicable parts

IEC 61162

applicable parts


Number of AIS Receivers

2 channels

Frequency Range

156.025 ~ 162.025 MHz 


Default CH 87B (161.975MHz)


Default CH 88B (162.025MHz)

Channel Bandwidth


Message Format

AIS Class A & B messages

Data Rate

9,600bps / per channel

Receive Sensitivity

-112 dBm @ PER = 20%


Supply Voltage 

12 / 24V DC or USB port

Power Consumption

<1.50 Watt



Power, Error, AIS Rx


Power, Error, AIS Rx, Radio Tx



Receiver Path 3.5dB


Transmit Path 1.2dB


VHF Antenna Connector

Female Type M (PL 259)

NMEA 0183

38400 (default), 9600, 4800 bps

USB 2.0


VHF Radio

Supported (CYPHO-150S only)


Operating Temperature


Storage Temperature


Humidity Operation

0~95% RH at 40°C

Vibration IEC






128 mm (4.99 in)


36 mm (1.40 in)


88 mm (3.43 in)


210 g (including cable)


Click here to download the product manual ...
Click here to download latest Windows USB drivers ...
Click here to download the CYPHO-150 Configuration program
Mac drivers are included with Mac OS X - no download needed

About AMEC

Founded in 2006, Alltek Marine Electronics Corp., also known as AMEC, is a ISO9001:2000 certified company that designs and manufactures marine electronic equipment. More than half of the company's engineering talent has over 10 years of hands-on experience, including extensive experience with military projects. AMEC products are known for excellent build-quality, reliability, performance and value.  Milltech Marine is the US distributor of AMEC marine products.
5 Stars
Senior marine pilot
Great unit at a great price. Have used more expensive units in the past and the sensitivity is not nearly as good. Easy to install with usb connection. UHF antenna connection was a great idea in comparison to the unpopular bnc connection of other units.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Kingston Jamaica. on 4/22/2014
5 Stars
Simple and works!
The device simple & works without any fuss. Fast delivery. USB cable was short though, recommended to get a USB extension cable.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Singapore. on 3/2/2015
5 Stars
Thanks Milltech for a great little unit, I am very impressed. Performance is good up to 60nm out.The radio I was useing just didn't hack it running into the sound card of my PC, I am a shore station & run APRS as well, because of that there is a lot of interference from my other gear & also from the local paging transmitter nearby, but the CYPHO-150 handles it no problems. I was also impressed with the dual power capability, this is not well advertised but it will run off USB power from the PC or external power if only RS232 is used. Also no knobs or switches, so is 100% plug & play. 73, Murray, ZL1ARL.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from New Zealand. on 2/24/2014
5 Stars
Needed a simple AIS receiver with USB plug. Easy install, downloaded the driver and fired up my computer with Coastal Explorer, configured the Com port and there were the AIS vessels. Did everything I expected. Don't think you need to spend BUs to get anything better as this unit does it all.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Bellingham. on 9/7/2013
5 Stars
I added this to my Coastal Explorer gps setup. I have the 2009 version of Explorer and it took a few tries to get it to run. The problem seems to be with the data ports on the computer won't automatically connect so I set it on manual but I Went back and forth a few times before it finally kicked in. It works, I can see several targets and it shows the speed,distance, and name of the vessel if you click on the vessel you are tracking. I haven't gone out with the boat yet, probably next week. So far I like it.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Anacortes,Wa.. on 10/27/2013
5 Stars
The device works as expected. Fast delivery. No problems getting this to work with OpenCPN chart program. Maybe a little too short USB cable, but it could probably be extended with an extension cable.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Norway. on 10/21/2013
5 Stars
Excellent small AIS receiver. Picking up ships at over 200 NM in the right conditions; I am at 700 feetASL using a DPD Productions coaxial antenna.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from New Zealand. on 5/15/2017
5 Stars
Great value!
This simple little black box does all that I might ask of it. Installation was simple and the manual clear and most helpful.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Chimacum. on 8/17/2017

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