Marine DSC/VHF Radio Emergency Communications and AIS for Collision Avoidance

Class details:

Available Sessions* Location Instructor
Sunday, January 12, 3:30 pm Windward Room Ron Kallen

Class description:

The seminar will review the automated DSC functions of modern marine VHF radios for distress (Mayday) calling to Coast Guard stations and other boats in the area.  The advent of the Rescue 21 system of the U S Coast Guard has taken the Search out of Search and Rescue.  The Rescue 21 system does not depend on EPIRB or other forms of satellite communication. The Automatic Identification System also uses the VHF band for collision avoidance and showing the location of other nearby boats with AIS devices.

About Ron Kallen

Ron has sailed for over 40 years, beginning with a Snipe in Jackson Park Harbor and Burnham Harbor.   Moved to Cleveland and raced a Catalina 27 on Lake Erie.  Has chartered in the Virgin Islands.  Later returned to Chicago and raced out of Waukegan Yacht Club.  Currently races an LS-10 out of Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, Montrose Harbor, and has done 12 Macs and many regattas.  Long interested in education for the boating public, with attention to on-board safety and human factors affecting decisions