Marine Communication Systems is an in-depth, nine chapter review of those systems available to the recreational boater, or to those with whom he/she shares the water. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations to set the stage for instruction of radiotelephone operating procedures (both voice and digital messaging are covered). The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF) and satellite communications as in AIS, Personal Locater Beacons and EPIRBS. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting radio installations.

 Who: All recreational boaters inland or offshore can improve their safety on the water by taking this class and learning how to maximize the features of onboard marine communications that will not only save theirs or another’s life, but also give crewmates a feeling of confidence that when the chips are down, someone onboard is ready and able to get help.
When and Where: The first class will meet on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 6PM-8 PM and thereafter on Thursdays at that time through November 16 at the Port Ludlow Yacht Club.

Instructor: Power Squadron Certified Instructor, Gordan Lacey, who is also an ABYC certified marine maintenance and repair technician.

Cost:  General public, includes a textbook, $80, and $20 for another member of the same household sharing the one text. Power squadron members and students are $60 with the same $20 for another household member sharing the same text.

Call Linda Newland, 360-437-9350 or 510-501-9899, or email to sign up or get more information.

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We are your friends and neighbors living in East Jefferson county who are members of an organization which encourages and promotes safe, skilled handling and navigation of sail and power boats. We are a local unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, a voluntary, non-profit fraternal boating organization that has the objectives of education and civic service.  We end up being life-long friends enjoying the wonders of Puget Sound together.

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