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jimh posted 01-28-2008 05:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Please review this notice, just posted (today) Monday, January 28, 2008, for the latest on the FCC and DSC for Marine Radios in the United States: main?main=DocumentDetail&o=09000064803a2308

Here is the executive summary of this final action, taken from the announcement itself:

The Commission takes the following significant actions in the MO&O in WT Docket No. 00-48:

--(i) Clarifies that applicants for a GMDSS Radio Operator's License do not have to take an Element 1 examination if they have received a Proof of Passing Certificate (PPC) based on completion of a Coast Guard-approved
training course;

--(ii) clarifies the requirement of ship radio station operators to relay distress alerts from other ships that are not promptly acknowledged by a coast station;

--(iii) removes the sunset date for the Channel 16 watch requirement;

--(iv) relieves vessels that have upgraded to MF-DSC equipment of the requirement to maintain a watch on the frequency 2182 kHz; (v) modifies the requirements for station logs; and

--(vi) permits routine calling on DSC frequencies.

The Commission takes the following significant actions in the Third Report and Order in WT Docket No. 00-48:

-- (i) Requires, after prescribed transition periods, that DSC equipment comply with the more rigorous technical standards recently established for such equipment by international bodies;

--(ii) adds the INMARSAT Fleet F77 ship earth station to the list of satellite earth stations that may be used in lieu of single sideband (SSB) radios by ships operating more than one hundred nautical miles from shore;

--(iii) mandates that additional classes of small passenger vessels carry a reserve power source to better ensure against loss of communications capabilities during distress situations;

--(iv) extends the license term for GMDSS Radio Operator's Licenses, Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's Licenses, GMDSS Radio Maintainer's Licenses, GMDSS Operator/Maintainer Licenses, and Marine Radio Operator Permits to the lifetime of the holder;

--(v) relaxes certain rules to give both the Commission and commercial operator license examination (COLE) managers additional flexibility in administering the license examination process;

--(vi) adopts rules to regulate Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) beacons designed to operate with the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system, and to authorize use of Inmarsat D+ equipment as an additional accommodation of SSAS operations; and

--(vii) permits the programming of channels in maritime radio transmitters through remote control.

deepwater posted 01-28-2008 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
Jim i read what was posted and understood what was writen,,I just dont know what the orginal law was that this changed or was amended to

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