The original intention of this Handbook is to provide the mariners and radio specialists with a single comprehensive book explaining all fundamental technical principles of the GMDSS, together with the applicable radio communication requirements and also the recommendations for the implementation of the subject systems, recognized standards of the operational performance of GMDSS, technical specifications that should be met by the equipment, methods of and also the procedures for operating the various radio services forming the GMDSS system.

The main content of the volume is divided into eight major parts, starting with the introductory one, which is then followed by the description of the basic technical concepts of the GMDSS and communication systems. The following chapters are dedicated to the operational procedures and Master Plan, operation/communication network of the shore-based SAR, i.e. "search-and-rescue", plus the maintenance of all associated radio equipment.

The annexes will provide some additional information, e.g. the SOLAS amendments, MSI, circulars, system data, relevant articles and appendices, IMO Resolutions, and other technical and regulatory information that will be useful for the shipboard radio personnel and other specialists.

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This excellent guide will help all mariners to properly use their GPS equipment when navigating the rivers and lakes, as well as the coastal waters. The first four chapters of the volume have been designed to tell the readers about the fundamentals of GPS, while the in the rest of the content Robert Sweet is going into more details for utilization of the GPS for navigation.

One of the features appreciated by the readers of the book was that the information presented could also be applied by the people absolutely unfamiliar with the system. The book is very easy-to-read, informative but not too technical, providing all required information but remaining reader-friendly. It is a really great instructional book for all people willing to be self-sufficient when navigating their boats. The information will be easy to understand for the regular boat owners; and more professional sailors can use the book as a refresher or when providing the trainings to the beginners as the book contains lots of illustrations with practical and informative tips for the boats.

The navigation methodology used in the publication is sound and the content has been found to be well-organized. The concise and very clear advice related to the installation and initialization of the GS units on the boats, their usage and operation, and interpretation of the information obtained from the unit, will be very useful for every boater, from absolute novices to the professionals.

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An excellent title for the industry readers; its content is addressing all of the covered topics in a practical manner  making the publication one of the best available ones for the people dealing with the integrated navigation solutions. With the information compiled and presented by the world recognized and respected authorities, the present release of this popular work will provide the practicing engineers as well as computer scientists and all other categories of interested readers with a required working familiarity of both theoretical basics and modern practical applications of the GNSS, INS and Kalman filters.

The authors have been focusing on the real life problems with the main emphasis being placed on the effective utilization of the contemporary integration techniques for the above listed systems, particularly Kalman filtering. The authors have explored the commonly occurring failures and various subtleties, together with the inherent theoretical limitations applying to the real situations, and also covered many practical problems including GBAS, SBAS, GNN-aided INS, modeling of the accelerometers and gyros etc.

The book contains all updates to the GNSS and other relevant systems being under development, features expanded coverage of the fundamental design principles for antenna and receiver, inertial navigation, math models and so many other topics.

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The content of this introductory publication is intended to be of practical use for a broad range of the readers with the interest in marine radio communications. It will also be excellent for the self-learning and we would recommend to go through the pages of the volume prior to taking the formal GMDSS training courses. Individual limitations are commonly imposed to the radio- and satellite systems forming a part of the GMDSS system, relating to the availability and range.

To make sure that all required functions of communications are readily available at any time, the duplicates of the functions considered vital, for example warning, alerting and communications are included. The vessel in distress should be able to automatically alert the coastal state stations and RCC, standing for the rescue coordination centers. The warnings received by these stations will then be passed to the vessels located in that area. The special systems are taking care of the inter-ship communications.

The requirements applicable to the shipboard radio equipment will mainly depend on the area the vessel is currently sailing in. Four sea areas are defined within the GMDSS system. When distress message is sent to another vessel, or to a RCC, the latter is leading and coordinating the whole rescue operation...

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The content of this useful reference publication has been compiled by Thomas Gantioler intending to provide navigators with resource containing the information covering literally all important aspects of the radio equipment used on board ships of today. The volume is mainly expected to be of good assistance to marine radio specialists plus to the ship crew members involved in one way of another in operating any radio equipment installed onboard their ships.

It consists of four chapters supplemented with the Appendix with the first one is solely dedicated to the Short Range Certificates (SRC) and includes five parts - GMDSS overview, VHF Maritime Mobile Radio, EPIRB, SART and NAVTEX. The other three parts are dealing with the ROC, standing for the "Restricted Operator Certificate", GOC, i.e. "General Operator Certificate", and, finally, LRC, standing for the "Long Range Certificate".

Several appendices will provide navigators with some additional supplementary information on the OPT, i.e. Operation Performance Testing of the radio equipment, mock questions about radio regulations and SOLAS, translations of the radio messages. glossary of the terminology and abbreviations, identifications, list of maritime radio equipment etc.

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The present official training course will provide the required knowledge of the fundamental theory and practical use of the radars for students and deck officers who are in charge of the operational watch. The content of the book is mainly based on the related guidance on training on radar observation/plotting as well as on the operational use of ARPA contained in the section 0-1/12 of the STCW Convention.

The ultimate intention of the compilers of the course was to meet the prescribed minimum training standards outlined in Table A-III of the subject Convention. Among the aspects covered within the course there are the theory required to gain the proper understanding of how exactly the radar data is obtained and displayed, know the limitations and accuracy of the data, understand how the unwanted responses are formed and recognized, and also get some instructions on the correct usage of the controls in order to obtain an optimal display.

The publication also covers the technical descriptions of the different display modes that are available, and also the choice of the suitable display mode for a specific application. Moreover, it is also covering the recognition of the critical targets, bearing and distance measurement and how to use them to fix the position of the vessel and maintain a plot of the movement of other vessel to help avoid the collision...

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This book was prepared by the recognized authorities in the field with the intention to provide all interested readers, including practicing engineers, scientists and just enthusiasts with a good working familiarity with both theory and modern practical applications of the GPS, as well as the INST, standing for the inertial navigational systems, and Kalman filters.

In fact, this book is the only one containing required guidance to Kalman filtering together with its applications to the real-world problems of GPS/INS. Throughout the volume, the focus has been made on solving of the live problems and the effective use of the modern integration techniques, and Kalman filters, in particular. The authors of the volume has explored numerous subtleties and common failures, plus inherent limitations of the theory as applicable to the real-life situations; they have also provided many detailed examples of the application.

The content of the volume is based on the authors' practical experience with the INS, GPS and Kalman filter, enabling them to present different design and also implementation techniques that are not commonly found in the other books. This would include the original techniques for representing the problems in a math model, assessing the computational requirements, testing the validity of the obtained results, analyzing the performance and monitoring it in operation.

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Radar Handbook

   We definitely recommend you to have a look in the revised and significantly expanded "Radar Handbook" providing students of the maritime colleges, professionals and enthusiasts of radio technology with a required coverage of the associated technology starting right from the theoretical fundamentals and up to the newest contemporary applications of radars. The content was worked out basing on the invaluable contributions by thirty world recognized experts in the subject field, and their combined professional efforts eventually result in this title expected to serve as a good information source addressing the radar subsystems, e.g. the antennas/receivers, transmitters, pulse compression, processing of the data etc. The target cross-section is also explained, with the various radar systems, echoes from sea and ground, etc. This release features the truly unsurpassed guidance on the theoretical concepts, practical applications of the radars, and several completely new chapters covering the signal processing, traffic control, bistatic radars, sea clutter, meteorological radar, ground penetration, auto-detection, sensor integration etc. Hundreds of the clear and informative illustrations plus the real-life examples are supplementing the text of the volume, included to facilitate better understanding.

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