The Marine Communication Systems course covers local VHF/FM and offshore HF/SSB radios, as well as new services.
- Radio waves, transmitters, receivers, antennas, and transmission lines
- FCC Rules and Regulations, Frequency Plan, and proper operating procedures
- Other communication services, including:
- EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons)
- Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Cellular phone service
- Satellite Communications
Emphasis is on basic physical description. Demonstration materials are used to illustrate the textbook. After completing this course, you should be able to determine your marine communications needs, and to understand radio specifications and the capabilities and limitations of marine radio equipment. You will also know FCC rules and regulations (Part 80) and how to operate your radio legally in all situations.
Although there is no prerequisite for this course, you should have a grasp of fundamental concepts covered in MCS, such as properties of conductors and insulators, formation of a magnetic field around a current-carrying conductor, principle of electromagnetic induction, and the four basic electrical units: volts, amperes, watts, and ohms. The course provides all the radio background needed for following on with ME-103.