Software Defined Radio for Mariners: AIS Antenna Design Review

On a new blog called ‘Software Defined Radio for Mariners‘ aimed at mariners wanting to get into cheap software defined radio with the RTL-SDR, the author has posted an article for beginners on choosing a type of AIS antenna to build.

He reviews the performance of multiple homemade AIS antennas with his RTL-SDR, and finds that a Monopole antenna with two radials gave the best value/performance trade off.

He has also written a hardware guide article, explaining some of the most common antennas adapters and cable ends that might be found.

AIS Monopole Antenna

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