Has anyone used one of the cheaper entry level AIS/VHF combos like Standard Horizon's Matrix along with their OpenCPN. I'm not sure if all of the units have a NMEA port out and then you'd obviously need some sort of multiplexer.
Just imagining it would work our cheaper than a dedicated AIS receiver with Chart plotter.
I get good results with a Nauticast AIS Receiver which has both NMEA out and usb which makes connecting to OpenCPN a breeze. As an added benefit it also has NMEA in so it works as a multiplexer. Available from Whitworths at the moment for about $150.00 which would be a lot cheaper than buying a combo unit. Of course you would have to add the expense of another antenna or a splitter to that.
I used to be undecided but now I'm not so sure.
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