Some yachting friends and I have put together a group purchase
of NASA marine
(UK company) "automatic information system" receivers.
Basically these units pick up continual broadcasts from commercial shipping
(via your VHF
ant) and pass it along to your navigation software
. There are several companies offering software
to support AIS
VNS 8.0 etc but software will be included with this unit as well as a power cord and serial
We're shooting for a purchase price
of around $200 per unit -- Nobeltec
sells the exact unit in their online store for $330 currently.
Link to the manufacturer's site:
More info about the A.I.S standard from USCG:
Anyone interested can send me an email