Messing About In Ships

Messing About In Ships podcast episode 22 by Peter A. Mello
May 11, 2008, 10:16 pm
Filed under: podcast, shownotes

Episode 22 of Messing About In Ships has launched.

(73 minutes)

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EPIRB Information and Concerns



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I really liked this week’s episode. I am a cadet at the California Maritime Academy and recently received my GMDSS training and operator license, so all this EPIRB talk is still fresh in my mind. I think that you missed one major part of the 121.5 MHz EPIRB. On February 1, 2009 COSPAS-SARSAT satellites will no longer monitor 121.5 MHZ, and any EPIRB using that frequency will no longer work. This is do to all the problems with 121.5 MHz, most notable the lack of “store and forward” capability, meaning that EPIRB, satellite and land station need to be in the satellite’s footprint simultaneously for the transmission to be received. Thanks for the podcast and keep it up. I’ll miss it when I’m at sea this summer.

Comment by Andy Warren

Your EPIRB can be the only link left with the world, and as such, is a critical element of security for all mariners regardless of purpose. Ensuring their proper registration and operation is just as critical to avoid adding another entry to the long list of “lost at sea statistics”. Even then, do not take for granted third party assurance that you are fully operational, redundancy can be the best hedge against the odds. Had I not kept my old and obsolete EPIRB I would not be here to tell the tale of two EPIRBS aboard s/v Sean Seamour II

Comment by Jean Pierre de Lutz

[…] GPIRB/EPIRBs are critical life safety devises that every mariners life depends on when “Ship […]

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