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Old 02-19-2013
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Re: AIS for Laptop

It's called Marine Traffic. I just looked and the cost is $3.95.
It's a great app and works very well.

However, I have been doing some research recently on how it works as well as VHF radios that have AIS built in and separate AIS receivers. I've learned quite a bit but am still far from an expert.
I believe:
1. The app has it limitations. It only works insland or near shore. That's because it depends on shore based antennas to receive the signals.
2. It requires internet since the signals are transmitted out over the internet.

Of course, even with a good VHF AIS antenna and receiver, AIS still has it's limitations. So having the phone app is better than nothing and I consider it pretty handy for the boating I do on the Chesapeake.
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