This handbook is intended for the guidance of radio operators:
- On Australian vessels which are voluntarily fitted with marine VHF radiotelephony and marine VHF radiotelephony with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capability.
- On Australian vessels which are compulsorily fitted with marine VHF radiotelephony and marine VHF radiotelephony with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capability.
It is the recommended textbook for candidates undertaking the Marine Radio Operators Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) examination.
Procedures and requirements outlined in the handbook are based on the International Radio Regulations formulated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), on provisions governing the use of radio transmitters in Australia laid down in the Radiocommunications Act 1992, and on radiocommunications station licence conditions set by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Careful observance of the procedures covered by this handbook is essential for the ef cient exchange of communications in the marine radiocommunications service, particularly when the safety of life at sea is concerned. Special attention should be given to those sections dealing with distress, urgency and safety.
It should be noted that no provision of this handbook, the International Radio Regulations, or the Radiocommunications Act 1992, prevents the use by a vessel in distress of any means at its disposal to attract attention, make known its position and obtain help.