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).

PTYC Port Townsend Yacht Club
PLF&R Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue
PTBH Port Townsend Boat Haven
NWMC Northwest Maritime Center, PT

​NWSWBB NW School of Boat Building

  • ​​11/21/2017 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 12/19/ Holiday Party (PTYC)
    7:00 Program

  • 1/16/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program

  • 2/8/2018 Marine Communication Systems
    6:00 Registration (NWSWBB)
    6:30 - 8:30 Class

  • ​2/15/2018 Marine Communication Systems
    6:30 - 8:30 Class (NWSWBB)

  • 02/20/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 2/22/2018 Marine Communication Systems
    6:30 - 8:30 Class (NWSWBB)

  • 03/20/2018 Officer Election (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program

  • 4/17/2018 Change of Watch (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program

  • 5/15/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program

  • 06/19/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 09/18/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 10/16/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 11/20/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program
  • 12/18/2018 Squadron Meeting (PTYC)
    5:30 Potluck and Socialize
    7:00 Program

The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installations.
The first class will meet on February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM which will be a half hour early to do registration. Class will be two hours from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and on subsequent Thursdays through March 22.
Cost:  General Public (non power squadron members); includes a textbook: $84 and $15 for another member of the same household sharing the one text.
Power Squadron members:  $54 + 10 for extra member same household sharing book.
Boat School members:  $74 + $10 extra household non-member
Call Sandra Smith-Poling at 360-379-1178 by January 8 or email:  spoling47@gmail.com to reserve a spot as we have to order the textbooks a month before class begins. No payment required until registration the first night of class.

Piloting

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Marine Communication Systems 

Plotting, labeling, use of the compass, aids to navigation and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal and inland piloting. This course uses a plotter and dividers, which must be bought separately and may be purchased at your choice online or locally at West Marine in Port Townsend.  Navigation tools may be shared by 2, but better if each person has their own.
Cost: Cost:  General public non-member: $103 +$15 extra non-member sharing book
Power Squadron members:  $73 + 10 for extra member same household sharing book.
Boat School members:  $93 + $10 extra household non-member sharing book
Call Sandra Smith-Poling at 360-379-1178 to reserve a seat by March 5, 2018 or email:  spoling47@gmail.com as we have to order the textbooks a month before class begins. No payment required until registration the first night of class.

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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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The class will meet at the NW School for Wooden Boatbuilding, 42 N. Water St., Port Hadlock, on the 5th of April from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, only the first night to do registration. The class will run on subsequent Thursdays through June 7 from 6:30 -8:30 PM. The class concludes with a one week, take home, open book exam.Piloting is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills.

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