WHAT IS IT ?
It is an Android app / application that decodes AIS messages transmitted by ships via radio using a cheap USB DVB-T / RTL-SDR stick.
AIS messages are transmitted over VHF.
Channel A: 161.975 MHz
Channel B: 162.025 MHz.
The app decodes both channels simultaneously.
This application does not need an internet connection, it decodes the received messages in real time.
This is a true standalone full featured AIS receiver.
The received messages are translated into NMEA0183 strings which can then be forwarded via UDP or TCP streaming to third party applications, PC programs or other devices.
Such applications can, for example, display the received AIS data on a map together with information about the received objects.
Please note: The app needs additional (very cheap) hardware to receive the radio signals.
You have an Android device ?
Make a real offline full dual channel AIS receiver with an DVB-T USB stick.
- Cheap DIY AIS dual channel AIS receiver
- works offline – no internet
- Low power consummation
- Easy to install
- Receive VHF AIS radio signals via DVB-T / RTL SDR USB Stick
- Decode AIS messages into NMEA0183 strings ( !AIVDM )
- Send this messages via Network (UDP/TCP)
- Device location (GPS,Network) translation into NMEA strings
- location NEMA forwarding via Network (UDP)(GPGSV,GPGSA,GPZDA,GPRMC,..)
Typical costs ~ 20€ to 80€ depending on the quality and items you already have.
see AIS Receiver Shopping Guide – ebcTech
Detail information you can find in this separate blog post AIS Receiver Shopping Guide – ebcTech
RTL AIS DRIVER
This is the free driver app, it’s needed in any case.
In the driver app there is demo/test mode implemented.
Mainly to test the app if your hardware is compatible.
Please use this demo mode before buying the full version. The demo mode is limited to 1000 received AIS messages.
- Nice user friendly GUI
- Share AIS data with your favorite chart plotting app like OpenCPN, Navionics, BoatBeacon, MarineTraffic, …
share data with 3 different UDP clients or let AIS Share act as an TCP server ( limited to one client)
- GPS location data forwarding (UDP)
- no limitation on received AIS messages
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