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Free AIS decoder software

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)
- PC
- 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:

http://www.aisnautica.com/en/productos/ais-receiver-true-heading-rx-carbon

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.

OPEN CPN
http://opencpn.org/ocpn/
A complete and open source navigation software, with very good AIS plotting features

OpenCPN navigation software AIS decoding example view

OpenCPN navigation software AIS decoding example view

GNU AIS
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnuais/
Another open source software

GNUAIS AIS decoder open source software

GNUAIS AIS decoder open source software

SHIPPLOTTER
http://www.coaa.co.uk/shipplotter.htm
A classic one, offers tons of options for sharing

SHIPPLOTTER AIS decoding and sharing software

SHIPPLOTTER AIS decoding and sharing software

SEACLEAR
http://www.sping.com/seaclear/

SeaClear navigation software with AIS decoding and plotting capabilities

SeaClear navigation software with AIS decoding and plotting capabilities

AISPlotter LITE
http://www.yachtingsoftware.com/ais-viewer—free-download_c23.aspx

AIS Plotter software to decode and display AIS targets

AIS Plotter software to decode and display AIS targets