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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
US Navy Radio Room repair

Will SSB Radio Return To The US Naval Academy?

A small group of retired officers is hoping to rekindle dormant radio clubs at the US Merchant Marine, US Coast Guard, and US Naval Academy. by John Konrad,

January 10, 2023
Total Views: 5970

Monday, July 20, 2020
SAILOR 2000 GMDSS console

Watch The Resurgence Of Amateur Radio – A Silver Lining Of COVID-19

Today’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) regulations requires that every ship carry old-school HF radiotelephone and radiotelex

July 20, 2020
Total Views: 505

Friday, June 29, 2012
Press Releases

Launched – Thrane’s New Dual Channel AIS

Thrane & Thrane has expanded its established workboat and fishing vessel VHF radio portfolio with the launch of the new SAILOR 6217 VHF DSC Class D AIS

June 29, 2012
Total Views: 2

Monday, June 4, 2012

Canadian Coast Guard To Modernize Marine Communications and Traffic Services

The Canadian Coast Guard has announced a plan to modernizing twelve Marine Communications and Traffic Centres across the country with state-of-the-art

June 4, 2012
Total Views: 165

Thursday, May 24, 2012
FleetBroadband Multi-voice INMARSAT

FleetBroadband Multi-voice – INMARSAT Merges VOIP And Data

Inmarsat has announced a new capability that will allow up to nine simultaneous telephone calls to be made through a single FleetBroadband terminal.

May 24, 2012
Total Views: 51

Friday, September 16, 2011
So what is an IMO Number anyway?

So what is an IMO Number anyway?

Wikipedia tells us “The IMO number is made of the three letters ‘IMO’followed by the seven-digit number assigned to all ships

September 16, 2011
Total Views: 2781

Thursday, April 14, 2011

UK Based Ocean Signal Enters Crowded GMDSS Market – Video

With the crowded nature of the GMDSS / Emergency Signaling market, does the maritime world really need another manufacturer? I’ll leave that question for

April 14, 2011
Total Views: 8

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Green Laser

Green Lasers – Not SOLAS Approved But Can They Save Lives?

In past articles gCaptain contributor Mario Vittone has clearly illustrated the importance of flares in finding vessels in distress. And having nineteen years

April 2, 2011
Total Views: 132

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Globalstar Sat Phones

A Satellite Phone Cheaper Than AT&T or Verizon?

Can you get a satellite phone cheaper than AT&T or Verizon? No but at $20 per month Globalstar is offering an unlimited airtime call plan for new

March 9, 2011
Total Views: 1017

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

AIS SART – It’s Time To Get Serious About AIS

Most of our readers are familiar with Search And Rescue Transponders, those devices that look similar to EPIRBs that, when interrogated by X-band radar,

October 5, 2010
Total Views: 304

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Personal Locator Beacons – EPIRBS For Your Lifejacket

gCaptain has long been a fan of the idea behind SPOT’s personal locator devices but gCaptain readers have pointed out a major concern, a SPOT it is not a

September 15, 2010
Total Views: 666

Thursday, March 18, 2010

AIS SART – New Technology And The Sharing Critical Information

AIS has been a revolutionary product and, regardless of your opinion on its use, has changed the way mates handle heavy traffic situations. Jotron, makers of

March 18, 2010
Total Views: 90

Friday, October 9, 2009

First Radio Distress Signal?

The first RADIO DISTRESS SIGNAL was transmitted from the East Goodwin Lightship on 17 March 1899 when the merchant vessel Elbe ran aground on the Goodwin

October 9, 2009
Total Views: 480

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ship AIS Tracking Via Satellite

Kongsberg Simrad announced a partnership with Norway to bring Automatic Identification System, AIS, ship tracking beyond its current line of sight

August 11, 2009
Total Views: 221

Friday, June 26, 2009

McMurdo Fast-Find 210 – Change In The Way You Think About EPIRBS

A few months ago we received a press release from McMurdo on a revolutionary product, the Fast-Find 210 PLB, a portable version of an EPIRB, The revolutionary

June 26, 2009
Total Views: 46

Monday, March 16, 2009

Twitter Clone Hunts Down Somali Pirates

We have already seen how the Red Cross and United States Coast Guard has successfully implemented Twitter in their effort to dissimenate information and update

March 16, 2009
Total Views: 26

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1.2 Gbps Bandwidth Via Satellite – Possible But Will It Be Available At Sea?

Here at gCaptain many of our readers browse the site via slow shipboard internet connections so we spend a considerable amount of time attempting to make the

January 14, 2009
Total Views: 29

Friday, December 26, 2008

Digital Television Can’t Save Your Life…A 406 MHz EPIRB, PLB or ELT Can!

Most of you probably already know that starting in February 2009, over-the-air television broadcasts will be going digital in the United States. This means

December 26, 2008
Total Views: 8

Monday, September 22, 2008

gCaptain Contest – Win A Spot Satellite Messenger

The SPOT Contest is now closed, but you can keep commenting as if it were open.  Thank you everyone for your participation.  We will have the winners

September 22, 2008
Total Views: 7

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


I stumbled upon this post while doing research for our EPIRB Failure series. It’s new distress system developed by researchers at John Hopkins

May 6, 2008
Total Views: 148


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