K2NCC’s Guide to AIS (using SDR# and the RTL-SDR dongle)

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hawkeye32

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Oh wow thats cool :) I didnt even know I could use my RTL dongle for this, thought it was just for aircraft only, just out of curiosty will the DPD antenna work with this or no?
 

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... will the DPD antenna work with this or no?
I don't know, I've never used the stock mini-whip antenna that came with the dongle. I would think it would rely mostly upon how well a signal you can copy with it. Almost certainly your distance will be shortened, so hopefully you live right on the water! ;)

If you like this, check out my YOUTUBE page for recent samples of other cool things you can do with a $20 "toy"!

https://www.youtube.com/user/k2nccvids/videos

Right now I'm tracking planes via VDL2...
 

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LOL! No doubt, huh?! So many acronyms to keep track of... ACARS, HFDL, VDL, ADS, AIS, APRS, GMDSS, NAVTEX, RTL, SDR... etc.


Thanks for the QSY.

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Just so you know:

Class A AIS broadcasts on 10 watts, usually with an antenna mounted no higher than the wheelhouse.

Class B AIS broadcasts on only 2 watts, often with antenna mounted on stern rail.

Not a lot of range.
 

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I'm amazed I hear as much as I do on AIS. East of Portland to the Coast. 3-foot discone, 230 elevation. Hills in the distance all around me. 60+ miles is a regular. Good clearing around me which I'm sure helps. I speculate "knife edge" on some of those hills.
 

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