Navico Brands, Simrad and B&G, announced a new VHF radio earlier this week that has built in AIS for both transmission and reception.
The Raymarine Ray90 is a full-featured blackbox VHF radio with wireless handsets and Bluetooth audio
Unregulated AIS fishing beacons are most likely illegal and pose a hazard to navigation
I've only had a little on-the-water experience with this and other collision avoidance features that came in the LightHouse Release 15 update last October, but I sense that a lot of boaters will appreciate the intercept zone concept...
I don't know why Seapilot is selling the Compact at half price -- and all its Class B AIS transponders, too -- but maybe it's because many boaters don't yet realize how much a GPS (GNSS) compass like this can do.
These days I feel obliged to include a warning every time I write about AIS over the Internet. What you see in a nice app like ShipFinder HD (left), it probably does not include every vessel that's transmitting AIS info, and many areas aren't covered at all.