I've wrote a very simple AIS
Simulator program written in python to test SeaClear ( guess it would work for any Navigation
program that receives NMEA
sentences and understands AIS messages). It also tests the GPS interface. The program sends NMEA
RMC and AIS messages to simulate ship traffic in the Peugout sound area of Washington
state. Your ship is represented as a ferry
going back and forth in the straits. It allows you to test out the CPA/TCPA of the navigation
program. I have both a Linux
version and a Windows version (I hope to combine them into one program later).
The Linux version requires 3 files two of which are too big to post here.
- my program - 1KB
- my AIS/RMC file - 1500KB
- Chart 18440_1.KAP - 5011KB
The Windows versions requires the same 3 files plus you need:
- Python installed (I used V2.5)
- a virtual com port program to simulate to 2 comm ports
(I used ComEmulDrv3)
If you would like either or both program send me a personal message with your email
address an I'll send you a zipped file with the the 3 files and instructions.