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Here you can find training videos epxplaining the purpose and operation of the testers. It helps to start usage easy and fast.

AIS Tester

AIS Tester is professional equipment for surveyors to provide mandatory annual testing of the Class A and Class B AIS mobile stations and AIS-SARTs in accordance with requirements of IMO and SOLAS. Complies with with IMO circular letter “Guidelines on annual testing of the AIS unit MSC.1/Circ.1252”. >>

AIS Tester Software and connection to PC

The AIS tester can be easily connected to any PC or laptop. The connection is carried out by means of standard USB A-USB A cable and special software available on http://gmdsstesters.com/downloads.html website.

AIS Tester description part 1

AIS Tester is a test device operating on AIS channel 1 (ch87B), AIS Channel 2 (ch88B) and DSC Channel 70 frequencies. The tester is designed under corresponding standards and recommendations ITU R M-1371-3 and IEC 61993-2 as a tool of operation and installation tests of AIS unit (Automatic Identification System).

AIS Tester description part 2

AIS Tester is a test device operating on AIS channel 1 (ch87B), AIS Channel 2 (ch88B) and DSC Channel 70 frequencies. The tester is designed under corresponding standards and recommendations ITU R M-1371-3 and IEC 61993-2 as a tool of operation and installation tests of AIS unit (Automatic Identification System).

AIS Class A testing procedure

The tester is designed under corresponding standards and recommendations ITU R M-1371-3 and IEC 61993-2 as a tool of operation and installation tests of AIS unit (Automatic Identification System). The tests volume complies with IMO circular letter \"Guidelines on annual testing of the AIS unit MSC.1/Circ.1252\"

AIS Class B testing procedure

The tester is designed under corresponding standards and recommendations ITU R M-1371-3 and IEC 61993-2 as a tool of operation and installation tests of AIS unit (Automatic Identification System). The tests volume complies with IMO circular letter \"Guidelines on annual testing of the AIS unit MSC.1/Circ.1252\"

BEACON Tester

BEACON TESTER enables professional checking of all types of maritime emergency radio beacons that operate in COSPAS-SARSAT system like EPIRBs, PLB. Provides mandatory annual EPIRB testing in accordance with IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1039, 1040. >>

406MHz BEACON Tester description

406MHz SARSAT BEACON TESTER is designed to check the maritime emergency radio beacons operating via COSPAS-SARSAT system such as Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs).

406MHz BEACON Tester connection to PC part 1

406MHz SARSAT BEACON Tester can be easilly connected to PC to download all data and creat test reports. Software can be downloaded at gmdsstesters.com

406MHz SARSAT BEACON Tester connection to PC part 2

406MHz SARSAT BEACON Tester can be easilly connected to PC to download all data and creat test reports. Software can be downloaded at http://gmdsstesters.com/downloads.html

406MHz BEACON Tester test procedure

406MHz BEACON TESTER can receive the transmission from any 406 MHz COSPAS-SARSAT beacons of any manufacturer transmitting either in test mode or in real alert emergency mode. Also the tester provides the reception and check of 121,5MHz home transmitter signal.

Beacon Tester Mini Wi-Fi

EPIRB Tester Mini w/ W-Fi is the fourth generation Beacon Tester appointed to check the maritime distress beacons (EPIRBs, PLBs) operating via COSPAS-SARSAT system. This device is really lightweight and is capable to operate via Wi-Fi with any smartphone, tablet or laptop. Its operation complies with SOLAS regulation, IMO 1039 and 1040 Circulars. >>

BEACON Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi

BEACON Tester Mini w/ W-Fi is the newest elaborated device appointed to check the maritime distress beacons (EPIRBs, PLBs) operating via COSPAS-SARSAT system. The outstanding features of device are a really light weight and a possibility to operate via Wi-Fi connection with any smart phone, tablet, PC or laptop.

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7M

GMDSS Multi Tester MRTS-7M is the first hand-held Multi Tester enabling the testing of all GMDSS equipment: AIS Stations, EPIRBs, VHF and MF/HF Radios with DSC, AIS-SART and NAVTEX. The cutting-edge software is compatible with all operation systems. Automatic generation of test reports for all the range of tested equipment. And all reports are in IMO-required format. Less paper work, more surveys! >>

VHF Radio testing by MRTS-7M

Test of Samyung VHF Station by means of GMDSS Tester MRTS-7M.

EPIRB Testing by MRTS-7M

Testing Cospas-Sarsat 406MHz EPIRBs during annual survey

AIS Testing by MRTS-7M

Testing AIS Class A station in volume of IMO annual test

9GHz SART Tester STU-1

The SART Tester is designed to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of any Radar-SART in accordance with the requirements of IMO Resolution A.802(19) and SOLAS - 74/88. Measure signal level and duration, count the number of sweeps and calculate the Distance from SART across radial line on the radar screen, verifies the signal in frequency range of 9140…9560 MHz. >>

9GHz SART Testing

9GHz SART Testing procedure tested by STU-1

SART Tester

The SART Tester provides precise, complete verification of the operation of any Search and Rescue Transponder in accordance with the requirements of IMO Resolution A.802(19). It is professional and user-friendly device for radio surveyors, inspectors, classification societies and administrative authorities. >>

SART Tester description

The SART Tester is designed to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of any Radar-SART in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS - 74/88 and other local classification authorities.

SART Testing procedure

The 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.

SART Tester connection to PC

Thus the RADAR-SART Tester can be easily connected to any PC or laptop. The connection is carried out by means of special cable included in standard delivery set and special software available on our website.

SART Tester user guide

The SART Tester is designed to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of any Radar-SART in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS - 74/88 and other local classification authorities.

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of GMDSS-radios in accordance with the requirements under IMO A.948(23) resolution. >>

Marine Navtex testing by GMDSS Tester MRTS-7

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of the NAVTEX equipment. More info gmdsstesters.com

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7 connection to PC

The GMDSS Tester MRTS-7 can be easily connected to any PC or laptop to download all data and prepare test reports.

VHF DSC Radio testing by GMDSS Tester MRTS-7

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of the following equipment: * MF/HF radiotelephone equipment; * MF/HF DSC controllers; * MF/HF receivers with the DSC; * VHF receiver-transmitters; * VHF receiver-transmitters with DSC: * VHF duplex radiotelephony equipment;

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7 description part 1

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of the following equipment: * MF/HF radiotelephone equipment; * MF/HF DSC controllers; * MF/HF receivers with the DSC; * VHF receiver-transmitters; * VHF receiver-transmitters with DSC: * VHF duplex radiotelephony equipment; * NAVTEX equipment;in accordance with the requirements under IMO A.948(23) resolution and other local classification authorities.

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7 connection to PC part 2

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of the following equipment: * MF/HF radiotelephone equipment; * MF/HF DSC controllers; * MF/HF receivers with the DSC; * VHF receiver-transmitters;
GMDSS Testers All in One

Evolution of EPIRB Testers

The phased implementation of the GMDSS began with the mandatory equipping of vessels with satellite beacons. Its introduction made it necessary to manufacture EPIRB testers.

Evolution of testers for GMDSS radio equipment

IMO required the inspection of emergency beacons to be mandatory. According to its requirements, EPIRB testers must provide accurate measurement of the parameters and performance of the emergency beacon in volume of:

  • Annual testing of 406 MHz satellite EPIRBs (Resolution MSC.1/Circ.1040/Rev.1 Revised Guidelines on annual testing of 406 MHz satellite EPIRBs adopted on 25 May 2012);

  • Shore-based maintenance of satellite EPIRBs (Resolution MSC/Circ.1039 Guidelines for shore-based maintenance of satellite EPIRBs adopted on 28 May 2002).

     

Evolution of testers for GMDSS radio equipment

The protection of human life at sea has reached a new level over the past three decades, - since 1992, the phased implementation of the GMDSS (the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), developed by International Maritime Organization (IMO), began. The principles of the GMDSS are defined by the Regulations of Chapter IV of the International Convention SOLAS-74, as amended in 1988.

Evolution of testers for GMDSS radio equipment

By this time, satellite communication systems were widely used, providing fast and reliable communication regardless of distance, as well as narrow-band direct printing telegraph equipment, which replaced the Morse code. A digital selective calling system (DSC) was developed, which made it possible to turn away from keeping a listening watch on the VHF channel 16 (156,8 MHz) and MF frequency 2182 kHz.

By 1999, all vessels falling under the SOLAS convention (passenger vessels, as well as all cargo vessels over 300 gross tonnage) had been re-equipped in accordance with the requirements of the GMDSS.

Thus, the types of radio equipment that should be installed on modern vessels are as follows (depending on the sea area):

Essential safety equipment for yachts and non-SOLAS vessels

"History

The lucky yachtsman"

On 5 January 1997 the single-handed Tony Bullimore’s yacht participating in around-the-globe race capsized in freezing waters between Australia and Antarctica hit by a violent storm. The yachtsman managed to survive in the air pocket inside the hull. But what were the chances for the rescue 2600 kilometres away from land?

Luckily, experienced yachtsman was prepared for emergency. His boat Exide Challenger was equipped with Argos satellite beacons which transmitted the position of the craft to the French ground station and then to the race headquarters. In no time the position data was relayed to the Australian rescue authorities in Canberra which launched the rescue operation. Moreover, Bullimore managed to activate his 406 MHz EPIRB allowing Australian naval frigate Adelaide to home in on the signal. 

safety equipment for yachts

After five days of search the yachtsman was found when he managed to dive out of the upside down yacht and was taken on the Adelaide board . The leading part in the salvation of Tony Bullimore played the proper safety equipment of the yacht ensuring that he could be found and rescued.