As a retired captain
and boatie I am now without a ship,
living in Brazil
and enjoying my retirement
Through the advancement of technology and the AIS
, I find I can still keep in touch with my old
ships, having joined the 'shipplotter' group of radio
without the need for complicated certificates.
The shipplotter software is available at a very reasonable cost
) and will enable you to
share AIS ship information with the other members over
. All you have to prepare are the calibrated
maps/charts of the areas you are interested in and the
ships data will be displayed in real-time in shipplotter.
Most members have also aquired an AIS receiver or collect
their local AIS data via their VHF
radios for sharing with others.
I bought an SR162 receiver and a good VHF
mounted on the roof which gives me up to 70 nm range,
monitoring most of the Costa Verde coastline in Brazil
I am using an interesting way of sharing with my friends,
by combining AIS data, uploaded automatically to my
website at 10 min intervals, with Google Maps/Earth.
Check it out here:
There are presently AIS stations all over Europe
the USA and South America
This could also be interesting for those of you with access