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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

Just memorize A&C, sometimes A is the correct answer.

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Which of the following statements concerning log entries is false?
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    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.

47 CFR 80.409: (e)Ship radiotelephone logs. Logs of ship stations which are compulsorily equipped for radiotelephony must contain the following applicable log entries and the time of their occurrence:

(1) A summary of all distress and urgency communications affecting the station's own ship, all distress alerts relayed by the station's own ship, and all distress call acknowledgements and other communications received from search and rescue authorities.

(2) A summary of safety communications on other than VHF channels affecting the station's own ship.

(3) The time of any inadvertent transmissions of distress, urgency and safety signals including the time and method of cancellation.

(4) An entry that pre-departure equipment checks were satisfactory and that required publications are on hand. Daily entries of satisfactory tests to ensure the continued proper functioning of GMDSS equipment shall be made.

(5) A daily statement about the condition of the required radiotelephone equipment, as determined by either normal communication or test communication;

(6) A weekly entry that:

(i) The proper functioning of digital selective calling (DSC) equipment has been verified by actual communications or a test call;

(ii) The portable survival craft radio gear and radar transponders have been tested; and

(iii) The EPIRBs have been inspected.

(7) An entry at least once every thirty days that the batteries or other reserve power sources have been checked and are functioning properly.

(8) Results of required equipment tests, including specific gravity of lead-acid storage batteries and voltage reading of other types of batteries provided as a part of the compulsory installation;

(9) Results of inspections and tests of compulsorily fitted lifeboat radio equipment;

(10) When the master is notified about improperly operating radiotelephone equipment.

(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. On a ship without integral or directly connected navigation receiver input to GMDSS equipment, the Officer of the Navigational Watch, or GMDSS Operator on watch, shall update the embedded position in each equipment. An appropriate log entry of these actions shall be made.

(12) An entry describing any malfunctioning GMDSS equipment and another entry when the equipment is restored to normal operation.

(13) A GMDSS radio log entry shall be made whenever GMDSS equipment is exchanged or replaced (ensuring that ship MMSI identifiers are properly updated in the replacement equipment), when major repairs to GMDSS equipment are accomplished, and when annual GMDSS inspections are conducted.

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