Savannah, Georgia - April 17 - 20 The Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) will hold its 1983 Annual Assembly Meeting April 17- 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah, Ga. The Assembly is being hosted by the United States Power Squadrons.

During the Assembly there will be special committee meetings and some 26 technical papers will be presented, based on the theme "Maritime Telecommunications— Today and Tomorrow." The RTCM was established in 1947 as a government/industry organization under the aegis of the Department of State. In 1972, after passage of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, it became a Federal Advisory Committee chartered by the Federal Communications Commission. Today, it is structured as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

Today's RTCM is a streamlined version of the original RTCM and has inherited its mantle. All segments of the marine field—government, private industry, labor, environmentalists, consumers — are partners in providing a broadbased overview of the industry.

In the interest of Federal economies, government agencies no longer provide funding; however, as a privately supported organization, RTCM's goals remain the same: ". . . to advance the technical quality and professional application of maritime telecommunications for the benefit of all concerned . . ." "Telecommunications" as used by RTCM means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images, and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical, and other electromagnetic or visual systems.

Membership in RTCM is open to all United States citizens and organizations having an interest in furthering the objectives of RTCM. Associate membership is open to foreign citizens and organizations.

Technical Papers The technical papers will be presented each day, April 18 through April 20, in eight sessions.

Following the technical sessions the electronic manufacturer's equipment display area will be open.

The papers to be presented are: "The Federal Government's Radionavigation Planning Process" by David C. Scull, U.S. Department of Transportation.

"The Evolution of the Shipboard Automated Information Logger (SAIL) System" by Lawrence W. Moore, Environmental Research and Technology Incorporated.

"The MarAd Program for Upgrading Reserve Fleet Telecommunications C a p a b i l i t i e s " by James C. McCoy, U.S. Maritime Administration.

"Marine Weather Programs" by J.W. Nickerson, U.S. National Weather Service.

"The QOSPAS/SARSAT Program — A summary of Performance of the 406 MHz System" by D. Levesque and Ph. Goudy, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France.

"United Kingdom Overview of the Results of WARC 83" by Dr.

K.A. Hughes, Home Office, Directorate of Radio Technology, United Kingdom.

"FCC Maritime Mobile Activities" by Charles Fisher, Federal Communications Commission.

"The National Marine Electronics A s s o c i a t i o n " by C.S.

Carney, Nav-Com Inc.

"Navy / Merchant Ship Interoperability — Today, Tomorrow, and the Future" by E.J. Bender, Comsat General TeleSystems.

"Gaps in Infrastructure Communications in Maritime Communications and Distress" by Col.

J.D. Parker, United Kingdom.

"Medical Advice Through Maritime Telecommunications" by Bob Matte, Medical Advisory Systems.

"A Synthetic Narrow-Band Filter that Exhibits Unity Q ( 0 Group Delay) Characteristics with Application to Loran-C Signal Enhancement" by Les Brodeur, Sanders Associates.

"COSPAS/SARSAT — Current Status, Summary of Results, and Outlook" by Thomas E. McGunigal, U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

"Current Status of the Ionospheric R e f r a c t i o n Correction Algorithm for Single-Frequency Doppler Navigation" by W.J.

Geckle, The John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory.

"Development of Digital Selective Calling in Norway" by P.

Bliksrud, Norwegian Telecommunications Administration.

"Seaplan: A Service to Maritime Interests" by Louis M.

Reinkens and Peter H. Gretz, Lockheed Dataplan, Inc.

"IMO, RTCM and the Coast Guard" by Capt. M.E. Gilbert, USCG.

"Issues for WARC-87 As a Result of Decisions Taken at WARC-83" by J.W. Egan, Department of C o m m u n i c a t i o n s, Canada.

"Choosing a Satellite Constellation for the Search and Rescue Satellite System" by H.D. Black, A. Eisner and J.A. Piatt, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory.

"A Status Report on ARPA" by Ir H.T. Hylkema, Marine Electronics Consultants, Holland.

"Combination of Loran-C and Radars" by Genichiro Tomioka and Harumasa Hojo, Japan Radio Company, Japan.

"Essential Considerations in Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminal Design" by George X. Tsirimokos, Anschuetz of America.

"Automation of DMA's Broadcast Warning: A Significant Milestone in Marine Communications" by Maurice Harding and Morris F. Glenn, U.S. Defense Mapping Agency.

"SAMSARS Performance During the CCIR Coordinated Trials Program (CTP) of INMARSATBased Satellite EPIRBS" by Yaraslov Kaminsky, The Mitre Corporation.

"The Navy Remote Ocean Sensing Surveillance System" by Comdr. David Honhart, USN.

"An International VHF-FM Maritime System — Do We Have It? Do We Need It? Do We Want I t ? " by C.H. Gray, communications consultant.

RTCM The officers of the RTCM are: chairman of the Board, Charles Dorian, COMSAT World Systems Division; vice-chairman of the Board, John C. Fuechsel, National Ocean Industries Association; p r e s i d e n t , William T.

Adams; secretary-treasurer, J.C.

Conner, U.S. Power Squadrons, and general counsel, Leonard R.

Raish, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

The RTCM has established offices at 1629 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. The telephone number is 296-6610.

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