[aprssig] Cruise Ships, APRS.FI, and AIS

Earl Needham needhame1 at plateautel.net
Thu Jan 15 15:21:24 EST 2009

Heikki Hannikainen wrote:
>    Hi,
> On Thu, 15 Jan 2009, Earl Needham wrote:
> <snip>
>>    Now -- I would like to track the Ruby Princess via APRS -- our
>> oldest son is "working" on that ship, playing trombone!  But I can't
>> figure out how to get www.aprs.fi to show me the Ruby Princess, it just
>> seems to default to the Helsinki area, and I haven't figured out a data
>> feed to UI-View yet, either.
>    A wildcard lookup for all targets starting with "ruby" does not find 
> Ruby Princess:
>    http://aprs.fi/?call=ruby*
>    A Google search for "ruby princess mmsi" returns a MarineTraffic page, 
> which says "MMSI: 310567000", but the page is not longer available at 
> MarineTraffic. It seems like the ship has not been anywhere near our AIS 
> receivers for quite a while. An aprs.fi lookup for 310567000 doesn't 
> return anythong either.
    Thanks, Hessu.  I was tracking the Ruby Princess for several hours 
this morning at 
but the ship seems to have disappeared -- I suspect it is simply out of 
range of any AIS receive site -- AIS being on VHF, that seems quite 
possible, but I'm not sure if the ship should "fall off the page" when 
the last posit is too old or what.  Guess I'll watch for a while and see 
what happens.

    I wonder if there's a way to show these ships on UI-View...

    7 3

KD5XB -- Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
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