If you want to set up an AIS receiver station, this is what you need to put together:
- VHF antenna
- AIS receiver/decoder
- Connection to a PC (via serial or, even better, USB)
- Decoding and plotting software
Apart from the software used, the most important piece of the set is the AIS receiver. We offer an affordable, two-channel, light and USB pluggable receiver:
Regarding the antenna, a VHF compatible antenna is suitable to receive AIS frequencies, since they are within the range of VHF.
Thanks to our experience and some research, we have put together a list of free AIS decoder software available. Some of these programs offer AIS decoding as a subset of something much more capable as a generic navigation software.
A complete and open source navigation software, with very good AIS plotting features
Another open source software
A classic one, offers tons of options for sharing