AIS Receiver USB dongle


aisspotter is providing 3 AIS solutions (USB 2.0 powered, avaiilable on Windows & Linux) :
Dual AIS channel (AIS1 161,975MHz & AIS2 162,025MHz)

a) AIS USB antenna
 - an AIS receiver integrated in a small magnetic antenna

b) RIO solution :
  -  an AIS receiver (USB stick),
  -  a small magnetic antenna,
  - a pigtail (MMCX - BNC)  if you want to use you own VHF antenna

c) PIA solution : the dual solution using one USB stick
  - a GPS
  - an AIS receiver,
  - a small magnetic antenna,
  - a pigtail (MMCX - BNC)  if you want to use you own VHF antenna

Other affordable solutions:
The AIS transmissions can be received by various cheap "TV" dongles. For more information read http://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-tutorial-cheap-ais-ship-tracking/
The RTLSDR plugin makes tuning the dongles simple directly from OpenCPN

Another approch is to use a suitable radio receiver, like Yaesu FT857 + sound card + AISMON under Windows or GnuAIS under Linux.