SART Tester

SART Tester


The International Marine Organization states that all GMDSS equipment (including SARTs) should be periodically maintained and verified to meet all the performance requirements. In case of test failure, ships may be detained in a port under SOLAS regulation IV/15.8.

The 9GHz Search and rescue radar transponder (radar-SART) is indispensable safety device and it must be checked regularly or annually during radio inspection.

The purpose of an annual testing is to determine that SART is operational as defined in appropriate performance standards for Survival Craft Radar Transponders for use in Search and Rescue Operations, IMO Resolution A.802 (19).

The SART Tester is designed to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of any Radar-SART and check its performance under IMO Resolution A.802(19).

The SART Tester is the professional equipment for SART suppliers, ship surveyors, radio inspectors, classification societies and administrative authorities.

This SART Tester allows ensuring the SART meets the appropriate performance requirements. The SART Tester is portable and easy in use. It is far more effective and reliable than the primitive self-test function offered by any SART. The test results shown on LCD display or printed make easy the further analysis of the SART efficiency.

NATO Serial Number: 6625-12-379-2933.

Specification / Features

SART Tester supports simple procedure of radar-SART checking.

One needs to turn on the tester and then to turn on the radar-SART. After making sure that there is at least 1,5 meters distance between the Tester and the SART, go on with simple actions to carry out the test procedure.

The SART Tester will receive the radar-SART signal, measure the frequency carrier, signal duration, frequency sweep number and will estimate the power level of emitted signal.
The time of one measurement cycle does not exceed 2 minutes.

All data will be saved in memory for further processing. The measured data can be viewed by means of built-in LCD or can be transferred to any PC or laptop.

The tester is lightweight, hand-held and user-friendly in usage, has keyboard and LCD with backlight.

Built-in rechargeable power supply unit performs the tester power supply.


  • Any radar-SART of any manufacturer can be tested
  • Reception the signal within the range of 9140…9560Mhz frequencies
  • Easy and quick audio-control of the sweep signal presence
  • Internal database of received messages
  • Easy connection to PC, laptop to process the stored data
  • Windows user friendly desktop application for database storage and review, process and test reports printout
  • Long life batteries, easy replace
  • Easy recalibration without returning back to factory
  • 1 year warranty

Connection to PC

After all tests are done usually it is required to process the measured data, prepare and print the test reports.

Therefore we previewed easy connection of the radar-SART Tester to any PC or laptop. The connection is carried out by means of special cable included in standard delivery set and special software available to download below on this website. The minimal requirements are Microsoft OS, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 and at least 1 physical COM-port.
No special hardware configuration is required.

So, it is very simple to ally the tester with PC. Connect one side of the USB-cable to Tester and other to PC. No need to install any supplementary software. Just run the executive file and press DOWNLOAD MESSAGE button. All saved data will be transferred to PC.

Complete set of SART Tester

  • RADAR-SART Tester
  • PC Cable (Tester’s outlet – COM-Port)
  • Power supply and recharge unit
  • Windows software and drivers
  • Technical description and operation manual (English)
  • Device package

Technical description

The tester allows to perform:

  • automatic measurement of SART parameters. One measurement cycle time does not exceed 2 minutes
  • measurement of response signal carrier frequency within the range 9140…9560Mhz
  • measurement of response signal duration within the range of 50…150mcs
  • indication of response signal power level within the range of Рr=300…950mW
  • 1 cycle operation time without recharging not less than 7 hours
  • automatic monitoring of checked parameters with displaying them on LCD and connection to PC for further processing
  • storage of 10 measured parameter blocks in non-volatile memory

Power supply: built-in battery 6V

Current consumption:

standby mode < 85mA

measurement mode < 270mA

Battery charging: 220V AC source; not more than 16 hours

Accuracy of voltage monitoring and indication on LCD: within ± 5%

Operating temperatures: +5°С +55°С

Operating relative air humidity: 95%

SART Tester operation video manual

Downloads for SART Tester

SART Tester / Drivers (version: 1; ; )

Drivers to create virtual com port for direct connection

Note: Free access. Can be downloaded without registration.

SART Tester / Software (version: 3.0 K; 15.09.2010; 446 kb)

Here you can download latest version of software for SART Tester. No installation is required. OS Windows.

Note: Limited access. The registration is required for downloading the item.

SART Tester / Specifications / Brochure (version: 1.0; 11.03.2011; 220 kb)

Complete specification and advertising brochure of SART Tester. Available in PDF format.

Note: Free access. Can be downloaded without registration.

SART Tester / Operation video manuals (version: 1.0; video; flv)

User guide video manuals for RADAR SART Tester are available online.

Note: Free access. Can be downloaded without registration.

SART Tester / Technical Description and User Manual (version: 1.1; 01.03.2014; 0.74 Mb)

Complete technical description and operation user manual for RADAR SART Tester is available in PDF format.

Note: Limited access. The registration is required for downloading the item.

SART Tester / Test report example (version: 1.1; 11.03.2011; 94 kb)

Examples of test reports created by SART Tester Software. The test report is important logical completition of test process.

Note: Free access. Can be downloaded without registration.



Guidance on AIS devices agreed

The Sub-Committee endorsed a draft Safety of Navigation (SN.1) circular providing information to seafarers on the display of AIS-SART, AIS Man Overboard (MOB) and EPIRB-AIS devices, for submission to the MSC for approval.


GMDSS modernization on agenda

The modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), e-navigation implementation and new and amended ships’ routeing proposals are among items on a busy agenda as the third session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (NCSR) gets underway (29 February-4 March).