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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.



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Icom IC-M505/IC-M603 Free Upgrade

Free UpgradeFree Upgrade for Existing Icom IC-M505/IC-M603 Customers Who Purchase the MA-500TR
Icom UK has announced that it will provide a free hardware upgrade for existing owners of the IC-M505/IC-M603 VHF/DSC Transceivers who purchase the MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder. The upgrade is free of charge but customers will have to pay for carriage both ways.

One of the major features of the MA-500TR is that it can be integrated with the Icom IC-M505/IC-M603. A key benefit of this integration is that it allows users to transmit DSC individual calls to a selected vessel instantly without manual MMSI entry; a very handy feature to have in an emergency.

Here is how to find out if you need the upgrade:

• IC-M505 - Switch on while pressing [ENT] (Channel change). If your unit displays REV 1.01/VER 3.14 or Higher then your unit will work with the MA-500TR
• IC-M603 - Switch on while pressing [ENT]. If your unit displays REV 1.40 or higher then your unit will work with the MA-500TR

If your IC-M505/IC-M603 has a revision/version number earlier than stated, then you will require the update.

To double check, on the packaging the radio came in, it will clearly state if it is MA-500TR compatible. If you have any questions regarding this free upgrade please contact us on 01227 741741.

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