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Old 11-05-2015, 14:29   #1
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Android AIS App

I know there are lots of Android AIS apps out there, but has anyone had GREAT success with a particular app?? Also, I've seen a few apps that transmit your own boat ais info, as well as receive AIS from other vessels (including CPA info, Vessel Name, etc.). Do these work independently of the 'internet' or cell phone coverage?? (i.e. offshore between eastern Florida coast and the Abacos- our primary cruising area.) Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:59   #2
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Re: Android AIS App

AIS signals are VHF transmissions, so smartphones won't receive or transmit them directly. There may be some apps that will send your data to the internet somewhere, for display on sites like

But if you're right next to me, I won't see your info on my AIS display. And I'm not monitoring internet sites like when underway.

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Old 23-05-2015, 08:00   #3
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Re: Android AIS App

To see, you want an AIS receiver and then you plug it into your Android (USB or wifi).

To see and be seen, you want a class B AIS transceiver. There is at least one that has a fine App coming with it. You will see and be seen then.

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