Ships - Receive AIS data from

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About this app

"VIDEGRO's Ships" is a free Android application which allows you to receive AIS information directly from ships in your neighbourhood using a cheap (10-15 euro) DVB-T-DAB-FM / RTL-SDR receiver.

IMPORTANT: You need to have an OTG capable Android device and a DVB-T-DAB-FM / RTL-SDR receiver, otherwise this application is useless. Search eBay / DealeXtreme for 'DVB-T-DAB-FM' to obtain one.
Before buying, check the list of Supported Hardware at: http://osmocom.org/projects/sdr/wiki/rtl-sdr
Examples: Generic RTL2832U (3034:10290), Sweex DVB-T USB (8013:43011), and Terratec T Stick PLUS (3277:215).

Also tested with the 'RTL-SDR Blog V3 R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio' and guess what... it WORKS! You don't need to use the calibrate functionality, just enter 1 as PPM-value and it works out-of-the-box!
Buy it here: https://www.rtl-sdr.com/buy-rtl-sdr-dvb-t-dongles/

It is an all in one application. This means that these 3 features are combined in one:
- Find the parts per million offset (PPM) of your DVB-T-DAB-FM / RTL-SDR receiver using the build-in utility;
- Receive the AIS data directly from air;
- Plot unlimited ships data and traces without delay onto a map (or send it to another application like OpenCPN).

Experimental: Augmented Reality (AR) - Show markers above ships. Only when your device supports this. AR might work for example at: Xiaomi Mi A3, OnePlus A6013, Huawei CLT-L09, Tecno CC9, Samsung SM-G973F and SM-A405FN.

Please report any bugs before giving negative feedback so we can fix them as soon as possible. You can report bugs as comments on the article below or by sending an email to the developer.

The Ships development team (VIDEGRO) will not be held responsible for any legal issues that might be caused by usage or possession of the app. It is your responsibility to comply with your (local) law(s) before using Ships. Besides of that we are also not responsible for any issues like financial, raised by using this app and receiving faulty, incomplete and/or delayed information. We do not accept any claims of broken hardware (i.e. SDR-devices and Android devices) apparently caused by this application.

More information: http://blog.videgro.net/2017/01/ships/
Updated on
Mar 7, 2021

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2.0
106 reviews
Mark Stronge
September 25, 2021
Can't turn the app off, makes an annoying sound every time I go back into the app. Will be testing more later. Has great potential.
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David Brezina
May 12, 2022
Needs offline charts. Seems to only show the chart if there's an Internet connection which makes having the SDR radio unnecessary.
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Brian Collamer
April 5, 2022
Unable to stop app, always runs in background....
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What's new

- Experimental: Augmented Reality (AR) - Show markers above ships (only when your device supports this)
- Text-to-Speech of ship names (possibility to switch of via Settings)
- Optional: Share ships data with fellow app users via the cloud (check your local regulations!)
- Repeat NMEA messages to other applications like OpenCPN
- Receive NMEA messages from other sources