Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    284

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    Quote Originally Posted by superheat6k View Post
    I would certainly recommend them and ignore crass comments from those with no experience of the product.

    The Onwa and Matsutec are the same devices but I think use different firmware. Onwa appears better supported in the UK, hence the higher prices, but they also offer a wide range of charts to download free of charge. These would not load onto my Matsutec.

    I am more than happy with my Matsutec but the screen is a bit small on my first an HP-628A, so I replaced it with the HP-1228A. Make sure you get the one with the A suffix.

    When I bought mine the manual omitted how to set up own ship data, but I was sent this separately after asking. I have written this into the manual pdf, so if you do buy one then PM and I'll send you the details.
    To be fair...I had physical possession of the unit described online as a "transponder" which did not feature any VHF connections. I think my advice of being careful was good.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Suffolk
    Posts
    3,701

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    Thanks everyone - the Onwa looks interesting - food for thought over winter.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Winter in Falmouth, summer on board Rampage.
    Posts
    5,194

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    I’ve got a Matsutec 33A which was easy to fit and works well with a pushpit antenna. I recently fitted a Yakker NMEA Wi-fi bridge which transmit the AIS data as a Wi-fi signal. Works fine with Navionics with the bonus that it gives my iPad position data as well (got a cheapo no gps iPad). I now have AIS data at the wheel when needed (fixed plotter too long in the tooth to display AIS).
    As a minor bonus, Matsutec has a workaround for changing the MMSI, so the set I’ve got is secondhand with my MMSI entered on it using the dodge.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    SW Scotland
    Posts
    19,644

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    Quote Originally Posted by duncan99210 View Post
    As a minor bonus, Matsutec has a workaround for changing the MMSI, so the set I’ve got is secondhand with my MMSI entered on it using the dodge.
    Can you let me know what the workround is? I got as far as putting my MMSI in my new HP-33A before finding out that with the power supply sorted and the aerial fixed the old one works just fine ...
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Posts
    247

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    Another happy HP-33A user. I ordered it on Amazon with next day delivery—so UK dispatch is available. I was relatively confident that I could have returned it to Amazon had it been DOA; I do not expect that I could return it economically to the makers now, but it's been >2 years so I doubt I would have much warranty claim.

    If it's what you want, and you end up having to buy a second, you're still in the black compared to quite a lot of competitors...

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Somerset
    Posts
    183

    Default Re: Matsutec HP528A - Class B AIS Transponder - ??

    I have an Onwa 39A and it is very good, charts are clear and the AS works a treat, once you manage to set it up! I had the Mastutec on my previous boat this was also very good, but no chart plotter.

    Both were purchased from the manufacturer, very fast delivery, they were about £300 each plus import duty of about £35 etc.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Latest YBW News

Find Boats For Sale

to
to