In this article we are reviewing Matsutec ha 102 HS AIS Transponder made by a Chinese brand named Matsutec.
The last 4 Years we have been sailing Nala without an AIS transponder but, after our latest sailboat delivery from Australia to Slovenia, we got to experience the benefits of having an AIS transponder on board.
When we first looked around all the mainstream Transponders cost over 400 Euros, and most of them could be used only for one boat, because you could change the mmsi only once.
Looking around on amazon i scramble upon the Matsutec AIS ha 102 unit and it looked really promising and for half the cost of the mainstream ones so we decided to give it a try!
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We purchase the unit from amazon : Matsutec HA-102 Marine AIS Receiver and Transmitter
The unit arrived very well packed and after testing for the past few months we can tell that is working as intended.
Pros of Matsutec 102 Class B AIS :
- Low Consumption
- Can change the Boat and MMSI data multiple times
- Distress Button
- Separate GPS and AIS antenna
- Low Price
- Can connect to laptop or other Devices using nmea protocol
- Works with OpenCpn and other plotters that accept nmea 0180
Cons of Matsutec ha 102
- No build in wifi
- Not supported by navionics
- No WiFi