Coastal and Inland Waters Marine Telephone Service operates in the 2 MHz
and VHF band. It is used by ships.
High Seas Marine Telephone Service: This service provides communications
to ships a great distance from shore and is available only through the Vancouver
(VAI) station in Canada. Small craft are making increasing use of this service.
WIth careful selection of frequencies, it is possible to communicate over
CCG NAVTEX Service: NAVigational TeleX service uses 518 kHz on a time shared
basis for the broadcast of weather and navigational information, weather warnings,
ice reports, SAR reports, messages and DGPS
notices, current changes to navigational aids. It is part of the GMDSS. It
is rarely found on pleasure craft. The receivers decode the digital messages
and stores them in memory and be read at your convenience (or stored on a
connected computer). Service is availabele along coastlines of all countries.
COSPAS-SARSAT will only monitor EPIRBs and other emergency signals on 406 MHz.
(121.5 and 243 MHz emergency beacons will no longer be monitored by satellite after February 2009.)
COSPAS-SARSAT is a satellite-based search and rescue system established by the U.S., Russia, Canada, and France to locate emergency radio beacons.
Pollution messages: All vessels are requested to report oil slicks or pollution
of any kind to the nearest MCTS (Marine Communications & Traffic Services)
Satellite phones will become a reality by fall 1998. You will no longer
have to deal with any other country's telephone system when you travel around
the world! Motorola has invested $6 billion in its Iridium project, which
uses 66 earth-orbiting satellites. Star-gazers will notice brilliant Iridium
flashes as they pass overhead from sunlight reflecting off their antennas.
They can become brighter than Venus for a few seconds. Precitions are available
RadioMedical Marine Telephone Service: Master of ships
may obtain medical advice by call an MCTS Centre and request to be connected
to a doctor. The cost of this service is absorbed by the MCTS centre (Marine
Communication and Traffic Services).
After March 1999, Morse
Code will be no longer monitored by the Canadian Coast Guard since it
has been largely replaced by GMDSS.
THE MORSE CODE
You can rearrange the letters to get:
HERE COME DOTS
2 companies offer digitally encoded audio, music (no commercials) that will
work up to 200 miles offshore (U.S.). Receiver, antenna and monthly subscription
fee are required.