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N-Train 2013 Presentations

Posted by: Robert Shafer Dir-R

These are the presentations made by the Response Directorate to the District Directorate Chiefs during N-Train 2013 in St. Louis.

Global Marine Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)

Posted by: Bruce Pugh DVC-RE

A new information page has been added to our site covering information on GMDSS, GPS, and DSC radios, take a look.

Qualification Guides

Posted by: Bruce Pugh DVC-RE

Are you wondering what it takes to get qualified in in the various programs in the Response area: Surface Operations, Air Operations or as a TCO in Tele Communications?  Qualification guides and information can be found at this link.


 

DART Training

Posted by: Bruce Pugh DVC-RE

Distress Assistance Response Training materials have been posted to the Training and Qualifications manual on the TeleComms home page.  Place your mouse pointer over the manual icon near the bottom of these page and the manual will open up with links to these documents.

DCS Radios with Outdated Standards

Effective 25 MAR 2011 DSC-equipped radios meeting outdated standards can no longer be sold.  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale and installation of fixed mounted (non-portable) digital selective calling (DSC) equipped marine radios that do not meet the requirements of International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R) Recommendation M.493-11 or higher, and in the case of Class D VHF DSC equipment only, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) International Standard 62238.  Therefore, effective 25 MAR 2011, radios built to RTCM Standard SC-101 can no longer be manufactured, imported, sold or installed; however, previously installed radios meeting the older standard may continue to be used.


In practical terms, radios meeting these newer standards must have a test call capability compatible with the nationwide Rescue 21 service, and must have a autoswitching inhibit capability allowing users to keep their radios from automatically changing frequency channels when DSC calls are received.

Caution Using LED Light Bulbs

Word of caution when using LED light bulbs.  A member of the communications team was having difficulty copying the signal from a D1N, VHF repeater, and could not understand why.  He stated, “I had installed some LED replacement light bulbs and when we turned on the light, the VHF receiver input was desensitized.”

After reading the LED bulb package carefully, it states in very small print, "may cause harmful interference to sensitive marine band radio equipment.  Do not install near sensitive life-saving marine communications equipment"

A word of caution for all members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Join the AUXMON Program

New information has been posted regarding the AUXMON Program on our Master Weblinks Index Page under TeleComms bottom of first column.  This information is also available from the Programs Operations Icon on our main Tel Com Page.  Place your mouse cursor over the Program Operations Communications book Icon and a pop up will display the link to this document.

MMSI Numbers for Fixed Land Auxiliary Communications Units

We have received several questions from Flotillas that were interested in obtaining MMSI numbers for fixed land VHF-FM Auxiliary Communications Units (ACU).  The purpose of this document is to create awareness as to how such requests should be structured, and suggest a process to follow.