Marine Radio (SRC) Syllabus

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1. The general principles and basic features of the maritime mobile service relevant to vessels NOT subject to a compulsory fit under the SOLAS convention:

  • Types of communication of the maritime mobile service
  • Types of station in the maritime mobile service
  • Elementary knowledge of radio frequencies and channels appropriate to the VHF maritime mobile band
  • Functionality of ship station equipment

2. Detailed working knowledge of radio equipment:

  • Radiotelephone channels
  • Basic controls and usage
  • Portable two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus
  • Maritime VHF antennas
  • Purpose and use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facilities
  • Types of Call
  • The Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number system
  • Call categorisation and priority (eg. Mayday)
  • Call telecommand and traffic information  
  • VHF DSC facilities and usage

3. Operational procedures of the GMDSS and detailed practical operation of GMDSS subsystems and equipment.

  • Search and rescue (SAR) procedures in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Distress, urgency and safety communication procedures in the GMDSS
  • Protection of distress frequencies
  • Maritime Safety Information
  • Alerting and locating signals
  • Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)
  • Search and Rescue Radar Transponder (SART)

 4. Operational Procedures and regulations for VHF radiotelephone communications:

  • Ability to exchange communications relevant to the safety of life at sea
  • Distress communications
  • Urgency communications
  • Safety communications
  • Reception of MSI by VHF radiotelephone
  • Awareness of the existence and use of the IMO Standard Marine Navigational Vocabulary
  • Use of international phonetic alphabet
  • Regulations, Obligatory procedures and practices
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of radiotelephone call procedures
  • Traffic charges  
  • Practical traffic routines