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Subelement A
Rules & Regulations
Section 5
Log Entries
Radiotelephone stations required to keep logs of their transmissions must include:
  • Station, date and time.
  • Name of operator on duty.
  • Station call signs with which communication took place.
  • Correct Answer
    All of these.

Radiotelephone stations required to keep logs of their transmissions must include:

(D). All of these.

Logs must include:

  • Station, date and time.
  • Name of operator on duty.
  • Station call signs with which communication took place.

Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I Station Documents

§ 80.407 Operator authorization.

47 CFR 80.407(b)(1-2) Posting. When a Commission-authorized operator is required, the original authorization of each operator must be posted at the principal control point of the station.

  • (1) A voluntary station;
  • (2) Any class of ship station when the operator is on board solely to service the radio equipment

47 CFR 80.409(d) Ship radiotelegraph logs.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(1) The date and time of each occurrence or incident required to be entered in the log must be shown opposite the entry and the time must be expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

47 CFR 80.409(d)(2) “ON WATCH” must be entered by the operator beginning a watch, followed by the operator's signature for stations maintaining written logs.

“OFF WATCH” must be entered by the operator being relieved or terminating a watch, followed by the operator's signature for stations maintaining written logs. All log entries must be completed by the end of each watch.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(3) During the watch, all calls and replies to and from the station must be entered to include the time, frequencies, and call letters of the station communicated with or heard. Also, any messages exchanged must be entered to include the time, frequency, and call letters of the station(s) communicated with or heard.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(4) All distress calls, automatic-alarm signals, urgency and safety signals made or intercepted, the complete text, if possible, or distress messages and distress communications, and any incidents or occurrences which may appear to be of importance to safety of life or property at sea, must be entered, together with the time of such observation or occurrence and the position of the ship or other mobile unit in need of assistance.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(5) The position of the ship at least once per day.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(7) All test transmissions must be entered, including the time of the transmissions and the approximate geographical location of the vessel.

47 CFR 80.409(d)(8) Any failure of equipment to operate as required and any incidents tending to unduly delay communications must be entered.

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Which of the following is true?
  • Battery test must be logged daily.
  • Correct Answer
    EPIRB tests are normally logged monthly.
  • Radiotelephone tests are normally logged weekly.
  • None of the above.

Which of the following is true?

(B). EPIRB tests are normally logged monthly.

EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. For ships that are required to have EPIRB, the tests performed must be logged in. Normally, the practice is to record the tests in the GMDSS Station logs.

47 CFR 80.409(e)(6)(iii) A weekly entry that: The EPIRBs have been inspected.

47 CFR 80.409(e)(11) At the beginning of each watch, the Officer of the Navigational Watch, or GMDSS Operator on watch, if one is provided, shall ensure that the navigation receiver is functioning properly and is interconnected to all GMDSS alerting devices which do not have integral navigation receivers, including: VHF DSC, MF DSC, satellite EPIRB and HF DSC or INMARSAT SES. An appropriate log entry of these actions shall be made.

For the station log regulations, please see Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I § 80.409 Station logs.

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Where should the GMDSS radio log be kept on board ship?
  • Captain’s office.
  • Sea cabin.
  • Correct Answer
    At the GMDSS operating position.
  • Anywhere on board the vessel.

Where should the GMDSS radio log be kept on board ship?

(C). At the GMDSS operating position.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I Station Documents

§ 80.409 Station logs.

47 CFR 80.409(b)(2) Logs containing entries required by paragraph (c) of this section must be kept either at the principal control point of the station or electronically filed at the station licensee's primary office or available to the Commission via secured access to the licensee's Internet web site.

Logs containing entries required by paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section must be kept at the principal radiotelephone operating location while the vessel is being navigated.

FCC Global Maritime Distress and Safety System GMDSS Information

US Coast Guard article on GMDSS COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS

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Which of the following statements is true?
  • Correct Answer
    Key letters or abbreviations may be used in GMDSS Radio Logbooks if their meaning is noted in the log.
  • Key letters or abbreviations may not be used in GMDSS Radio Logbooks under any circumstances.
  • All Urgency communications must be entered in the logbook.
  • None of the above.

Which of the following statements is true?

(A). Key letters or abbreviations may be used in GMDSS Radio Log books if their meaning is noted in the log.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I § 80.409 Station logs.

47 CFR 80.409(a) General requirements. Logs must be established and properly maintained as follows:

47 CFR 80.409(a)(1) The log must be kept in an orderly manner. The log may be kept electronically or in writing. The required information for the particular class or category of station must be readily available. Key letters or abbreviations may be used if their proper meaning or explanation is contained elsewhere in the same log.

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Which of the following logkeeping statements is true?
  • Entries relating to pre-voyage, pre-departure and daily tests are required.
  • Correct Answer
    Both a) and c)
  • A summary of all required Distress communications heard and Urgency communications affecting the station’s own ship. Also, all Safety communications (other than VHF) affecting the station’s own ship must be logged.
  • Routine daily MF-HF and Inmarsat-C transmissions do not have to be logged.

Which of the following log keeping statements is true?

(B) Both a) and c)

  • (A). Entries relating to pre-voyage, pre-departure and daily tests are required.

  • (C). A summary of all required Distress communications heard and Urgency communications affecting the station's own ship. Also, all Safety communications (other than VHF) affecting the station's own ship must be logged.

For listing of requirements, please see Code of Federal Regulations Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I § 80.409 Station logs.

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Which of the following statements concerning log entries is false?
  • Correct Answer
    All Safety communications received on VHF must be logged.
  • All required equipment tests must be logged.
  • The radio operator must log on and off watch.
  • The vessels daily position must be entered in the log.

Which of the following statements concerning log entries is FALSE?

(A). All Safety communications received on VHF must be logged.

47 CFR 80.409(e)(2) (Log in) A summary of safety communications on other than VHF channels affecting the station's own ship.

Log entries involve:

  • All required equipment tests must be logged.
  • The radio operator must log on and off watch.
  • The vessels daily position must be entered in the log.

The requirements of Station Logs are specific and show up in other questions.

It would be a good investment of time to look them over in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart I
§ 80.409 Station logs.

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