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ceive/transmit capability; large multi-function LCD; factory pro- gramming of all U.S. and interna- tional channels; 30 memory chan- nels; multi-scan; dual channel watch; 10-watt hailer; easy-to-operate single key operation; and three-year warranty.
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Koden's new GPS navigator com- bines pinpoint positioning with au- tomatic operation for reliable per- formance and easy use.
The KGP-930's digital, five-chan- nel parallel receiver sights up to 5 orbiting GPS satellites, providing position accuracy to less than 100 meters RMS. The large LCD screen displays all standard navigation in- formation on one menu. Heading, speed, bearing and distance to waypoint are easy to read and vis- ible from anywhere on the bridge.
Automatic operation instantly displays ship position when power is turned on. Its all-cast casing withstands abuse from everyday operation. Up to 20 instant or 180 permanent position memories keep track of danger zones or fishing grounds.
Speed log output provides more accuracy for speed-over-ground ra- dar input. Three input/output ports allow interfacing with Koden 717,
NMEA 0182/0183 and RS-232C for- mats. The KGP-930 also interfaces with CIF (Furuno) and JRC (Raytheon) formats for easy elec- tronics integration. Alarm selection includes: cross track error, waypoint proximity, anchor watch, and bound- ary.
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Litton Special Devices Division offers the 406Mz EPIRB, a second generation unit of its original EPIRB developed in the 1980s for the U.K. market. It is approved for use in 10 countries worldwide, including the
U.S. and Canada.
Litton's Category I and Category
II fulfill GMDSS EPIRB require- ments. The Category I is designed to release itself automatically from a special mounting bracket. A manual override provides a failsafe back-up. When submerged to a depth of 3 to 12 feet, a hydrostatic mechanism frees the EPIRB to rise to the surface and become active.
Category I EPIRBs are designed for offshore commercial and fishing ves- sels.
The Category II is a small, com- pact and stowable version of the
Category I device. Weighing only 3.1 pounds, it is ideal for including with emergency gear on inflatable or solid rafts, dinghies or launches.
MARINE ELECTRIC RPD
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Marine Electric RPD, Inc., Clifton,
N.J., has developed marine ship- board loudspeaker systems for reli- able communications between the bridge and the officers, crew and passengers. The systems are used for communication from ship to ships and ship to shore, especially during docking maneuvers. Marine Elec- tric RPD has designated its systems as docking and navigation loud- speaker systems, ship to shore sys- tems, general announcing and talk- back systems, and emergency loud- speaker systems.
Marine Electric RPD's ruggedly constructed and shock proof ampli- fiers are able to withstand the high humidity, corrosion from salt spray, fungus and the corrosive fumes found aboard ships.
The company's loudspeaker sys- tems E-37502, E-37504 and E-37506 are available from 500 watts to over 4,000 watts.
The emergency loudspeaker sys- tem, a requirement on large passen- ger ships, is a vital addition to the vessel's safety equipment.
The emergency loudspeaker sys- tem as installed, provides complete sound coverage throughout the en- tire vessel, including the engine room, crew quarters, public spaces, accommodations area, officers' quar- ters and weather decks.
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MCI owns and operates two stra- tegically located HF/MF Radio Ma- rine Coastal Stations. Radio Station
KPH, located in Point Reyes, Calif., and Radio Station WCC, located in
Chatham, Mass. These two stations operate together to provide MCI customers a superior range of ocean coverage. MCI Marine Services pro- vide access to the north and south regions of the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans, includingthe Gulf of Mexico,
U.S., Japanese, Australian and
Mediterranean waters, and the In- dian Ocean. MCI's 24-hour, seven- day-a-week marine services include a full range of both automatic and operator-assisted marine services.
Services available via MCI's coastal stations are: Radio telex ATOR/
SITOR, ATOR SAFEMarine Mail- box service, Marine Telegram (CW),
Free Weather Broadcasts and
Hotline News and Information ser- vices.
MCI's complete radio telex, tele- gram and satellite services meet even the most critical ship/shore communications requirements. All
MCI Marine services integrate with
MCI's worldwide voice, telex and telegram networks.
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Megapulse, Inc., a small U.S.- owned business and reportedly the sole designer and manufacturer of the solid state Loran-C systems, has sold its Accufix 500 Loran-C receiver to naval and research organizations since 1981. Total sales to the U.S.
Navy have reached 95 units and the
Accufix 500 is the standard Loran-C receiver in the mine warfare fleet (MSO,MCM, COOP and MHC). The
U.S. Navy nomenclature is OR-313-
SRN and the stock number is NSN- 01-296-9080 for U.S. Navy or For- eign Military Sales programs.
The Accufix 500N (navigator) was selected for the U.S. Navy TAGS-60
Class research ships being con- structed and the Royal Navy also selected the Accufix 500N (19 sys- tems).
The new Accufix 500N+ with Lo- ran-C, GPS, differential Loran and
GPS capability has both RTCM 104 and ASCII RS232 data outputs. A 16-bit embedded microprocessor al- lows for expansion in both options and capabilities. This technology will allow for receiver customization should a customer request that op- tion.
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Micronautics, Inc., Rockport,
Maine, has developed and sells tide prediction software to assist mari- ners.
According to Jim Mays, presi- dent of Micronautics, Inc., the com- pany creates "industrial grade sea- going software." He said, "We pro- duce computer products that fill real needs of mariners, but that do not require extensive training."
Micronautics produces TIDE.1
Rise & Fall, a program for IBM com- patible PCs that predicts tides at over 3,600 coastal locations in the
U.S., Canada, and Central America.
It computes sunrise and sunset and offers a variety of output options including plots and calendars. Its companion product, TIDE.2 Ebb &
Flow, works in a similar fashion, except it predicts the floods, ebbs and slacks of tidal currents.
TIDE.1 and TIDE.2 are in exten- sive use on ships and in offices around the country. Among the us- ers of Micronautics' software are
ARCO, BP Oil, Exxon, Mobil, Texaco,
Unocal, Princess Cruises, the Army
Corps of Engineers, the Navy, the
Coast Guard and numerous federal, state and local government agen- cies.
The company plans to launch
WORLD.tide software shortly, which will include tidal predictions for regions worldwide.
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Mobile Telesystems, Inc. (MTI),
Gaithersburg, Md., develops, manu- factures and services a series of sat- ellite communications terminals operating exclusively with the
MTI's customer service is backed by its worldwide service team, con- sisting of fully trained, authorized representatives in over 25 countries available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One product offered by MTI is the
MCS-9120 satellite communications system. With the MCS-9120, dial any number in the world from the telephone on-board your vessel and you are connected in a matter of seconds. The transmission is in- stantaneous, clear and distortion- free. In addition, any office equip- ment compatible with a telephone line can be used with the MCS-9120 (such as telex, facsimile or com- puter).
The MCS-9120 features world- wide transmission capability char- acteristic of short-wave radio with the privacy found in cellular tele- phones. The MCS-9120 provides the capability of a fully integrated telecommunications network, cus- tomized to meet specific require- ments.
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MoTron Electronics, Eugene,
Ore., recently announced the Auto-
Kall AL-100 ringer, which automati- cally alerts operators of incoming shore-to-ship radio traffic, eliminat- ing the need of having to constantly monitor coastal station traffic lists.
The AK-100 can be connected to most any marine SSB transceiver of receiver. It responds to digital type (FEC/DSC) traffic lists sent by most of the major coastal radio stations.
It can be used with stations such as
KFS, KM1, WOO, WLO, and KPH, along with many others around the world. It can also be used to copy weather and navigational adviseries via its RS-232 port.
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Tampa, Florida-based Naval Elec- tronics Inc.'s MK20/22 Marine TV
Antenna now feeds a brand new "Head-End" amplifier system. The new 3000 series of cassette amplifi- ers splits the TV spectrum up into several bands. Each band has its own amplifier with a high dynamic range "AGC" automatic gain con- trol. This greatly improves system performance through lower noise and reduction of ghosting. A unique cascade filtering system incorpo- rated in the 3000 series further re- duces noise and the possibility of ghosting. For convenience, each amplifier "plugs in" to a cassette amplifier cabinet.
Naval Electronics has developed a computerized method of designing custom systems to meet exact cus- tomer requirements. This design service is free. 68 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News