The Boatowner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio / Edition 1

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Overview

The new digital Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
(GMDSS) is revolutionizing emergency communications and international search-and-rescue at sea. Clearly and concisely, this one-of-a-kind guide presents what you should know about using digital marine radios for emergency assistance and enhanced safety.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071463188
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Edition description: Spiral
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

U.S. Power Squadrons is the largest private boating educator in the United States and the “go to” organization for recreational boating knowledge and training. USPS offers programs in seamanship and navigation on inland, coastal, and offshore waters, plus a host of special topics ranging from marine engines and electronics to paddlesports and sailing. Members enjoy the camaraderie of fellow boaters and an opportunity to help their local boating communities. For a squadron near you, go to www.usps.org.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface


Chapter 1: What is GMDSS?

Communications at Sea: A Brief History


Evolution of GMDSS


What Makes GMDSS a Superior System?


Sea Areas


Choosing the Correct Band


When Will GMDSS be Activated?


Chapter 2: VHF-DSC Outfitting


Features of VHF-DSC


Choosing a VHF-DSC Radio


Registering Your Radio


The Ship Station License


Installing a VHF-DSC Radio


Testing DSC Capabilities


Chapter 3: VHF-DSC Use – Routine Communications


Maritime Radiotelephone Frequencies


Watch Requirements


Calling Frequencies


Selecting the Working Channel


Procedures for Calling—Voice


Procedures for Calling—DSC


Procedures for Fleet Calling—DSC


Chapter 4: VHF-DSC Use—Emergency Procedures


A Digital Distress Broadcast is the Most Efficient Way to Call for Assistance


The Undesignated Distress Alert


The Designated Distress Alert


Acknowledging a Distress Alert


Relaying a Distress Call


Canceling a Valid Distress Alert


Canceling a False Distress Alert


Maintaining Radio Silence


Direction Finding


Prudence


Closure of a Distress Situation


Urgency and Safety Alerts


Chapter 5: Port Operations – Voice, Digital and AIS Systems


Coping with Crowded Harbor Traffic


Channel 13


Channels 06 and 22A


The Automatic Identification System


Chapter 6: MF/HF Services for Sea Areas A2 and A3


Boating Further Offshore


Calling and Distress Frequencies


Distress and Calling Procedures


Chapter 7: Inmarsat, NAVTEX, SafetyNET and Amver for Sea


Area A3


Inmarsat Network


NAVTEX


SafetyNET


Amver


Chapter 8: EPIRBs, SARTs and Other Useful Tools


The Emergency Position-indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)


Personal Locator and Man Overboard Beacons


Search and Rescue Transponders


Appendix 1. VHF Radiotelephone Frequencies – United States


Appendix 2. VHF Radiotelephone Frequencies—Canada
Appendix 3. VHF Radiotelephone Frequencies—International

Appendix 4. MF Single-sideband Marine Radiotelephone Frequencies


Appendix 5. HF Single-sideband Marine Radiotelephone Channels


Appendix 6. Emergency Radio Procedures


Appendix 7. Mayday Template


Glossary


References


Index


About the US Power Squadrons


CD-ROM Instructions
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