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The Boatowner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio

The Boatowner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine RadioThe 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 equipment works and describes the enormous advantages of digital VHF radio for ordinary communications with fellow boaters.  The book comes with an interactive CD-ROM that shows you how to send emergency messages on a Class-D DSC equipped VHF radio, how to communicate with ships you want to avoid or whose assistance you need, how to call specific boats using digital selective calling, and how to set your digital receiver to "ring" so you will be alerted to incoming calls.

USPS Guides are available to members and the public at various marine supply stores, and also directly from United States Power Squadrons Headquarters by calling 1-888-FOR-USPS between 8:00AM and 4:30PM ET Monday through Friday, or on-line via the United States Power Squadrons Ship's Store.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.  These guides are also available to USPS members through their Squadron Educational Officer.

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