AIS DX Aggregator is a program that allows AIS receiving stations to automatically upload AIS DX reports to DXMAPS so that they can be shown on the AIS DX maps, listings, etc.
The program takes the NMEA frames from any UDP stream provided by your receiver or receiving software (ShipPlotter for instance), interpret and filter them, and upload the data to DXMAPS server.
Using AIS DX Aggregator is extremely easy and if you already have an AIS receiving station you can be uploading AIS DX reports in minutes. Simply follow these steps:
1.- Download the program, unZIP it and place it in any folder of your computer you whish (for instance C:\program files\AisDXAggregator). The program does not require installation in most of the cases. Just place it in a folder and run it. If you get an error message indicating that some files are missing then download a full setup package , place it in an empty folder and run it from there (do no run it directly from internet)
2.- Enter your amateur radio callsign or choose your station ID if you are not a radio amateur, your locator/grid square, the frequency your are receiving and the UDP port where your receiver or receiving software is sharing the NMEA frames. Then press "Start monitoring".
If all is OK you will immediately see the NMEA frames received in the "Raw message received" box. Otherwise it means that the UDP port configured in AIS DX Aggregator and in your receiving software don't match. Please notice that port 4258 used in this example can be any available UDP port in your system. Just make sure that it is the same that you have configured in your receiving software for sharing the data.
Leave the program running (you can minimize it if you want). As soon as it detects a coherent reception of a ship above 300 km it will automatically send the information to DXMAPS.
If you are using ShipPlotter for decoding AIS, go to "Options - I/O settings" to configure the UDP port, as show below.
If you are running ShipPlotter and AIS DX aggregator on the same computer you must use the "localhost" IP address 127.0.0.1
If you are running AIS DX Aggregator on a second computer you must configure the IP address of that computer. Just bear in mind that both must be in the same network.
If you are using AIS Dispatcher to share your data with other services you can also easily configure to share it with the AIS DX Aggregator. Go to "Configuration" to configure the UDP port, as show below.
If you are running AIS Dispatcher and AIS DX aggregator on the same computer you must use the "localhost" IP address 127.0.0.1
If you are running AIS DX Aggregator on a second computer you must configure the IP address of that computer.
Some users of AIS Logger have reported problems sharing messages with AIS DX Aggregator. A way to solve this is to use AIS Dispatcher (see above) in the middle. This is an example of how could be done running all programs on same computer:
If you are having some trouble using AIS DX Aggregator don't hesitate to E-Mail me
You could also be interested in the APRS DX Aggregator and in the WSJT DX Aggregator
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