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Old 13-04-2023, 11:35   #1
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AIS receiver, UBS dongle

Hi, Iíve searched the threads for mobile AIS solutions - basically looking to equip laptop with AIS receiver. Use case is to have it serve as a mobile nav aid. I understand the benefits of a full AIS kit to transmit/receive and share the mast mounted antenna, but also exploring a solution whereby AIS receiver completely self-contained with Laptop. For example, saw this eBay listing. Does anyone have experience with this? I have a simple USB GPS that works fine with openCPN, and looking for similar USB input for AIS. There is also one branded ShipXplorer, but without integrated antenna. Thanks in advance, and apologies if my search missed a thread that covers this. K&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
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Old 13-04-2023, 11:45   #2
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Re: AIS receiver, UBS dongle

Years ago, I installed one of these and intigrated it with the onboard MFD. It worked pretty well and according to the instructions it is compatable with Open CPN. It will need 12 VDC power and an antenna but should install easily.
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Quark AIS receiver works well with OpenCPN and Navionics on iPhone.
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Old 14-06-2023, 11:11   #5
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Re: AIS receiver, UBS dongle

I'am using an RTL-DSR usb dongle for years, in combination with the calibration of the OpenPlotter application. Works in my office almost daily. Can used on an RPIbut alsoworkds on my Mint Vera amd64.

The cost of the dongle around € 18,-. plus an old VHF antenna..

Input via the SignalK server.

These dongles were made for TV reception.

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Old 24-06-2023, 04:38   #6
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Re: AIS receiver, UBS dongle

Short Wave HF alternative to AIS.
MULTIPSK developer Patrick Lindecker has added a HF locator feature to his HAM programme which allows low cost very low power TxRx (QRP) SDR units to provide position info to shore receivers. His developement is an upgrade of a system that has been used on the recent Gloden Globe Race by some competitors, and follows the tracking system used by HAM balloons for some decades now.
Patrick is at index, and this is an extract from his recent email:

The main improvements of MULTIPSK 4.48.2 are described below.
Aimed to mobile stations for long distance communications, it is proposed 3 tracking position beacons, each one using the pieces of information issued from a GPS receiver. These beacons are listed below, from the less accurate in WSPR mode (but the more sensitive in reception) to the more accurate in EM mode.
The received positions can be displayed on a map. It is also displayed the distance between the receiver position and the transmitter one, in km or in miles.

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