Re: Follow the ARC
I use the Ipad to check AIS occasionally. Particularly, since I have a buddy who transmits and its easier to see when we'll connect. At least half the time that I know he is underway, he doesn't appear on the app/website.
The web/app is a great tool, as long as one recognizes its weaknesses. It relies on land based and ship based receivers to pass along data to the website, so you must be within range of one and then the data must not be accidentally corrupted by the middle man or dropped. The most common error is the data can be very old. 15 to 20 minutes old seems minimum.
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