The Boatowner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio: Marine Distress and Safety Communications in the Digital Age

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9780071463188: The Boatowner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio: Marine Distress and Safety Communications in the Digital Age

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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What every boater should know about using marine radios for emergency assistance and enhanced safety at sea

The new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is revolutionizing emergency communications and international search-and-rescue at sea. In recognition of this leap forward, all new marine radios are now equipped with digital selective calling (DSC). The Boatowner’s Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio explains clearly and concisely how this revolutionary maritime 911 equivalent works and describes the enormous advantages of digital VHF radio for ordinary communications with fellow boaters.

This authoritative guide shows you how to use Digital Selective Calling (DSC) to send an emergency message that will automatically communicate your identity and position and repeat itself every four minutes. This not only frees you to pump water, make repairs, fight a fire, or prepare a life raft, but it also takes the “search” out of search and rescue.

This book—along with the included DSC marine radio simulator on CD-ROM—shows you how to:

  • Send emergency messages via VHF, single-sideband, or satellite relay
  • Communicate with ships you want to avoid or whose assistance you need
  • Call specific boats using digital selective calling
  • Set your digital receiver to “ring” so you’ll be alerted to incoming calls
  • About 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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