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20068RE: [aprsisce] RE: Help RNLI AIS to APRS

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  • KK4DFZ
    Sep 14, 2012

      Details on how to get an AIS feed of particular vessels or areas from marinetraffic.com are at




      Up to you to figure out how to get them where you want, but lots of marine businesses use this API to drive local charts on their own websites.


      Sorry to hear about the loss of the Sarah Jayne and her captain. 



      From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve Daniels
      Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 6:06 PM
      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [aprsisce] RE: Help RNLI AIS to APRS



      It seems quite a few people would like to do a similar thing to myself.

      Have done some investigation and found a couple of free programs that will decode from a soundcard and then make a tcp port available with the decoded data.

      I put out a request on my local Freecycle (I am a moderator) and have an old Icom IC-M11 to pickup for free tomorrow. This has an MC3357 discriminator 10K, resistor attached to pin 9 then attached to soundcard and good to go.

      So at least for local display within APRSIS32 it does not seem too much of a pain to do, ok it’s 3 bits of software connected together.

      I need to get setup and see whats happening, to supply Lynn with the required info, if indeed he is interested in doing anything

      I can see it being of use to Amateurs who have boats..


      I would ultimately like to put it out as a local RF thing no hops no gating and be available on my l JavAPRSsrvr for locals to connect to, but I have no clue how to inject data into that without it going upstream. I DO NOT WANT TO SEND TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

      Anyone know how to do that?


      It would be nice if UZ7HO soundmodem could do 9600baud for AIS Decoded and Lynn decoded the data, it’s going away from APRS I know


      Steve Daniels


      Torbay Freecycle Moderator http://http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/torbay_freecycle

      APRSISCE/32 Beta tester and WIKI editor http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aprsisce

      From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gervais Fillion
      Sent: 14 September 2012 15:19
      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: {Some tags disabled} RE: [aprsisce] Help RNLI AIS to APRS



      Hi Fred

      i am located near the St-Laurence River in the province of Quebec,one of the busiest river in North America .

      I am + or - 1000 feets from the river,i can see ship all day long passing by.

      One of my friends that just retired and owner of a sail boat called me and ask if their were system like AIS for Radio-Amateur :we talked about APRS and i told that they were no communication between the 2 systems.

      He said that on his boat he loved to have both system on the same map as APRS .


      I know that behind what we could hoped ,there are data that need to be re-route,,,,,,,,,,i am not an expert at all.

      Many times it is easyer to write what we think that to program a software to do what we want it to do.



      maybe someday there will be a kind of bridge between the 2 so it would be a + for us living near the water ways.


      BTW thanks all of you behind you screen,monitore that helps keeping APRS alive and kicking!!!!!!!! :-)




      Gervais ve2ckn



      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      From: fmhillhouse@...
      Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:36:00 -0400
      Subject: RE: {Some tags disabled} RE: [aprsisce] Help RNLI AIS to APRS [2 Attachments]


      [Attachment(s) from Fred Hillhouse included below]

      I guess I left a bit out. I do watch AIS activity on a couple of different websites. That part is easy. Try and get the data to display in another application is more difficult. For instance, I would like to read all data and display what I wish to see on APRSIS32. That is the difficult part. Even if I could put up a successful AIS receiver, I would only be able to see data from the service(s) I decide to feed. Getting the data to display in APRSIS32 is easy. Getting the data is difficult.


      If you watch the various AIS websites closely, you will see, on occasion, a vessel on one website but not another. I suspect this is due to a private receiver only sending data to the one server. Even on APRS.FI, not all vessels are shown. Sadly not all receiver station operators are uploading data to it. Europe has a boatload of receivers operating.


      One of the websites I like is http://www.vesselfinder.com. This site actually will use (create?) a icon to match the vessel dimensions. Zoom in and look careful at the icons. You should notice the blue triangle and the larger gray polygon. The AIS data can show antenna location in relationship to the overall vessel. The AIS data is packed with various bits of fun. Check out the two attached PNGs and you can see the GPS antenna location with the outline of the vessel.


      One vessel I track normally is Liberty Service. It is a ocean going tug (image attached). It is often seen pushing the barge KE5KTU-9. The barge moves between Albany NY, NYC NY, Boston MA, Portland ME and a point further north. I usually follow KE5KTU-9 in a Multitrack window with nautical tiles.


      Best regards,

      Fred, N7FMH




      From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Keith VE7GDH
      Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 18:26
      To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: {Some tags disabled} RE: [aprsisce] Help RNLI AIS to APRS


      Fred N7FMH wrote...

      > In general, the AIS data is big business. Everyone wants to sell it to
      > you. I am still looking for a data source in my price range just for
      > my personal viewing pleasure.

      Do you have a smart phone? There are freebie apps and others for
      just a few dollars that will allow you to view AIS data.

      If you are home, you could go somewhere like Marine Traffic, or
      of course just get an AIS receiver. It's their app that I have on my


      73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
      "I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"


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