When I was crafting up the Is there a cruise ship in Charlottetown? site I inevitably came across MarineTraffic.com, a website that aggregates together ship’s position information from receiving stations around the world and displays them on a map. There wasn’t any data for the Port of Charlottetown because there was nobody in Charlottetown sending the data; but over in the left corner of the site I spotted a call to action:
I followed the link, and then followed the instructions to request a VHF receiver and antenna. And, to my surprise and delight, while I was away in Europe last month they both arrived in the mail. This morning I got things set up — really just a matter of attaching the antenna and power supply to the Ship Location Received (a SLR200N) and connecting the received to our office Internet router. And then, blamo, data started to flow to MarineTraffic.com showing all the yachts moored down at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.
Here’s what the gear looks like:
I’m Station No. 1218 at MarineTraffic.com and we’re on the air now streaming ship’s position information 24/7 for the curious.