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Old 05-16-2008, 04:45 AM
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Is there a way to listen in on local VHF channels on the net while at home?

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That'd be pretty cool, but I don't think so. ;?
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It only looks like California but its a start.

Marine VHF Radio Streaming
December 23rd, 2006

I have compiled several Marine Radio VHF Audio Stream Links below. If you have Windows media Player (which most everyone should have as part of the Windows operating system), all you have to do is click on the link.

These links are great. I use them quite often to see what fishing is going on in California and I hope that the east coast gets some similar audio streams going. There seems to be a real market out there for hearing what VHF traffic is going on offshore, especially during fishing tournaments.

Monterey Bay (Ch 9, 11, 16, 17, 19)

Half Moon Bay (Ch 7, 16, 18, 19, 74)

Golden Gate (Ch 19, 66, 67, 69, 79, 80)

San Francisco Bay (Ch 19, 68, 78, 79, 88)

NOAA (Ch 1)

We at MarinerNetwork.net would be happy to assist any tournament director wanting to investigate this technology to help promote their tournament. Leave a comment and lets see what we can get started.
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Go to Radio shack, buy a Scanner (police / fire scanner), program in the vhf channels you listen to, done.
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go to st.lucieinlet.com they have a link to local vhf
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Where there is a will, there is a way. Are you interested in setting it up yourself?

I got inspired over the winter by the stlucieinlet VHF streams and ended up setting one up myself. This allows me to hear local marine as well as public safety radio from anywhere that I have an internet connection. Hey, its cool to me!

I have a cheap radio shack handheld scanner with an antenna mounted in the attic as the source. That scanner is connected via the headphone jack to a PC running Windows Media Encoder. The PC then encodes the scanner audio to an audio stream that is forwarded through my firewall and is available on the internet. I have only figured out how to get the stream through Windows Media player so far - my next step would be to send it to a webserver (itself/localhost) and make the audio available via a web browser/http.

I have a 'home' type internet connection (Comcast) with a dynamic outside IP address, a program and service called DynDNS monitors that address and provides a free domain name to link it all together. This service is also built into a lot of stuff these days like routers and webcams. This is the way to get around not paying for a business grade connection with a static IP...

Voila! One night of no sleep and you have streaming VHF audio over the internet! This PC also distributes audio via cat5 (Niles audio baluns) to the whole house, both music and scanner. These sources are independently selectable and fade-able though windows volume control. All controlled through the wonders of wireless networking and VNC.

This is probably more intensive than what you were looking for but hey, maybe a neighbor will set it up and let you tap in!

If anybody wants more details let me know - this is a pretty cool setup for the boater/geek out there...
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In doing a search on the web this thread came up from May 2008.

Anyone know of any update where one can monitor VHF marine radio?
Specifically the Chesapeake Bay?
Channel 68

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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
Go to Radio shack, buy a Scanner (police / fire scanner), program in the vhf channels you listen to, done.
That only works if you are in range of the signals you want to listen to. More than twenty miles away or so, you're out of luck.

As far as an Internet site, it would be the same. Only signals within a few miles of the receiver would be picked up and broadcast.

When I'm on the water, I usually scan the VHF channels. Invariably, a pair of yahoos tie up one channel or another with what should be cell phone traffic. I don't really want to listen to what you are planning for dinner, where you are going next, or information on the health of your family. At this point, it's block that channel from the scan or turn the radio off until they get tired of chatting.
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I am very near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Rt 50, Kent Narrows.
Just wondering if there was a signal that could be online that's all.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I am very near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Rt 50, Kent Narrows.
Just wondering if there was a signal that could be online that's all.
In your case, a scanner would work just fine. No need for the Internet.
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
Invariably, a pair of yahoos tie up one channel or another with what should be cell phone traffic. I don't really want to listen to what you are planning for dinner, where you are going next, or information on the health of your family.
Just tell them they are in violation of FCC rules

§ 80.89 Unauthorized transmissions.
Stations must not:

(a) Engage in superfluous radiocommunication.

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Just tell them they are in violation of FCC rules

Oh, yeah, that'll send 'em packing with fear in their hearts ...
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Originally Posted by fairbank56 View Post
Just tell them they are in violation of FCC rules

§ 80.89 Unauthorized transmissions.
Stations must not:

(a) Engage in superfluous radiocommunication.

Eric
That would be like telling someone using a marine band radio on land that they're in violation of the rules. They may know the rules, but they see little chance of being caught so they don't really care.
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montauk marine basin had one set up oon their website last year. it only fed ch 19, but that is the local fishing channel so it was ok.

fun to listen to when i needed a fix.
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TowBoat out of Manasquan, NJ has a streaming feed on budgetboattowing.com They have 05A, 16, and 22A.
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If you just want something to listen to, my cruiser is online and the cockpit camera usually hears the VHF pretty well; it scans 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22A and 68, close to the mouth of the Caloosahatchie. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bowcam FWIW.

Someone up in a high-rise could do pretty well, I suspect, and the technology to control an online radio isn't all that difficult today.


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Here's an experimental feed of all channels (except 70) from SW Cape Coral:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cape-coral-marine-radio

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I've been working on a service for the Charleston Area. Still early in the process so be patient, right now it's only streaming channel one(WX) but 16 is coming soon.

www.lowcountrywaters.com - Flash audio player is a little finicky
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http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/

Take a look through your area in the link above. Some have marine radio, most don't. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for find a station that is close to the area you are interested in, shoot them a message and ask if they will add your freq.

http://scannerfeeds.us/ is another site with scanner feeds.
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Originally Posted by GTBecker View Post
If you just want something to listen to, my cruiser is online and the cockpit camera usually hears the VHF pretty well; it scans 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22A and 68, close to the mouth of the Caloosahatchie. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bowcam FWIW.

Someone up in a high-rise could do pretty well, I suspect, and the technology to control an online radio isn't all that difficult today.


Tom
Neat setup Tom, just an IP camera??

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