Assessment Test


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1. What should you do if you have transmitted a distress call a number of times on channel 16 and have received no reply?

 
 
 
 

2. The distress message of a ship should include considerable information which might facilitate the rescue. This information should __________.

 
 
 
 

3. What is the spoken emergency signal for a distress signal over a VHF radio?

 
 
 
 

4. You are in a lifeboat broadcasting a distress message. What information would be essential to your rescuers?

 
 
 
 

5. You are underway in the Gulf of Mexico when you hear a distress message over the VHF radio. The position of the sender is about 20 miles south of Galveston, TX, and you are about 80 miles ESE of Galveston. What action should you take?

 
 
 
 

6. You are underway in mid-ocean, when you hear a distress message over the VHF radio. The position of the sender is 20 miles away. What action should you take?

 
 
 
 

7. You are underway in mid-ocean when you hear a distress message. The position of the sender is 150 miles away. No other vessel has acknowledged the distress. Your maximum speed is 5 knots and due to the seriousness of the distress, you cannot arrive on scene to provide effective assistance. What action should you take?

 
 
 
 

8. You can indicate that your vessel is in distress by __________.

 
 
 
 

9. When a vessel signals her distress by means of a gun or other explosive signal, the firing should be at intervals of approximately __________.

 
 
 
 

10. Distress signals may be __________.

 
 
 
 

11. A man aboard a vessel, signaling by raising and lowering his outstretched arms to each side, is indicating __________.

 
 
 
 

12. All of the following are recognized distress signals under the Navigation Rules EXCEPT __________.

 
 
 
 

13. A distress signal __________.

 
 
 
 

14. One of the signals, other than a distress signal, that can be used by a rescue boat to attract attention is a/an __________.

 
 
 
 

15. Which system has the least effective radius of operation?

 
 
 
 

16. What is the action that a GMDSS Radio Operator should take when a DSC distress alert is received?

 
 
 
 

17. What is the primary purpose for Digital Selective Calling (DSC)?

 
 
 
 

18. When sending a DSC call, the vessel's __________.

 
 
 
 

19. What does the DSC control unit do if the GMDSS Radio Operator fails to insert updated information when initiating a DSC distress alert?

 
 
 
 

20. If a GMDSS radio operator initiates a DSC distress transmission but does not insert a message, what happens?

 
 
 
 

21. Which channel and mode should be used when initiating a Distress alert transmission?

 
 
 
 

22. When should the emergency position-indicating radio beacon be activated after abandoning a vessel?

 
 
 
 

23. When will the float-free emergency position indicating radio beacon be activated after abandoning ship?

 
 
 
 

24. Which piece of required GMDSS equipment is the primary source of transmitting locating signals?

 
 
 
 

25. Which task is NOT the responsibility of the GMDSS Radio Operator?

 
 
 
 

26. What does "EPIRB" stand for?

 
 
 
 

27. Which shipboard equipment will detect a signal from a SART?

 
 
 
 

28. After you activate your emergency position indicating radio beacon, you should __________.

 
 
 
 

29. What should you do with your emergency position indicating radio beacon if you are in a liferaft in a storm?

 
 
 
 

30. Which EPIRB transmits a distress alert that is received and relayed by an INMARSAT satellite?

 
 
 
 

31. How can rescue personnel detect that a SART is transmitting in the immediate vicinity?

 
 
 
 

32. What would most likely prevent a SART's signal from being detected?

 
 
 
 

33. Which statement concerning satellite EPIRBs is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

34. What is the required amount of time that a SART's battery must be able to operate the unit in the standby mode?

 
 
 
 

35. Which equipment is the primary source of generating a locating signal?

 
 
 
 

36. How can a SART's effective range be maximized?

 
 
 
 

37. How can the SART's audible tone monitor be used?

 
 
 
 

38. Which conditions will normally cause a SART to operate in the active mode?

 
 
 
 

39. Which statement concerning locating signals in the GMDSS is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

40. Which statement concerning homing signals in the GMDSS is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

41. After having activated the emergency position indicating radio beacon, you should __________.

 
 
 
 

42. If you have to abandon ship, the EPIRB can be used to __________.

 
 
 
 

43. Each vessel in ocean and coastwise service must have an approved EPIRB. An EPIRB __________.

 
 
 
 

44. What should you do with your emergency position indicating radio beacon if you are in a lifeboat during storm conditions?

 
 
 
 

45. You have abandoned ship and after two days in a liferaft you can see an aircraft near the horizon apparently carrying out a search pattern. You should __________.

 
 
 
 

46. You are aboard a liferaft in a storm. What should you do with your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon?

 
 
 
 

47. CATEGORY I EPIRB's transmit on frequencies that are monitored by __________.

 
 
 
 

48. Which system is least likely to be affected by atmospheric disturbances?

 
 
 
 

49. Which system is least likely to be subject to fading or static interference?

 
 
 
 

50. What is usually the first step for a GMDSS Radio Operator to take when initiating a distress priority message via INMARSAT?

 
 
 
 

51. Which system provides maximum communications range?

 
 
 
 

52. What is the best way to test the INMARSAT-C terminal?

 
 
 
 

53. Which statement concerning exposure to radiation is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

54. How is a distress message normally initiated through INMARSAT?

 
 
 
 

55. What is the best method to overcome the effects of shadowing when attempting to place an INMARSAT-B call?

 
 
 
 

56. For GMDSS, which statement concerning compulsory vessels is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

57. What periodic inspection is required in order to remain in compliance with the regulations regarding GMDSS ship radio station inspections?

 
 
 
 

58. On which vessels is GMDSS required?

 
 
 
 

59. How often must a compulsory vessel's GMDSS radio station be inspected?

 
 
 
 

60. What is required during an annual FCC inspection?

 
 
 
 

61. What is a GMDSS functional or carriage requirement for compulsory vessels?

 
 
 
 

62. At sea, how must all required GMDSS equipment (other than survival craft equipment) be proven operational?

 
 
 
 

63. What is the minimum permit or license requirement of a GMDSS Radio Maintainer?

 
 
 
 

64. What is the minimum license requirement of a GMDSS Radio Operator?

 
 
 
 

65. What are the vessel equipment and personnel requirements for GMDSS?

 
 
 
 

66. Which statement concerning GMDSS Radio Operator requirements is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

67. What is a functional or carriage requirement for compulsory vessels?

 
 
 
 

68. For GMDSS, when may a compulsory vessel not be allowed to leave port?

 
 
 
 

69. What are the conditions, under GMDSS, whereby a ship is NOT allowed to depart from any port?

 
 
 
 

70. Which communications functions must all vessels be capable of performing under GMDSS as defined by the International Maritime Organization?

 
 
 
 

71. Which documents are required by GMDSS for vessels on international voyages (other than the Great Lakes)?

 
 
 
 

72. Which documents are required by Part 80 of the FCC Rules for vessels on international voyages (other than the Great Lakes)?

 
 
 
 

73. Where can GMDSS regulations pertaining specifically to U.S.-flag vessels be found?

 
 
 
 

74. In which Sea Area must a compulsory vessel carry either INMARSAT or HF SITOR equipment?

 
 
 
 

75. How long must GMDSS Radio Logs be retained by the licensee when they relate to a distress situation or disaster?

 
 
 
 

76. How long must GMDSS Radio Logs be retained onboard the ship in original form?

 
 
 
 

77. How long must the GMDSS radio log be retained on board before sending it to the shoreside licensee?

 
 
 
 

78. Which statement is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

80. Which statement pertaining to log keeping is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

81. Where is the GMDSS Radio Logbook kept aboard ship?

 
 
 
 

82. If you log a distress message, it must include the __________.

 
 
 
 

83. How often does a coast radio station that regularly broadcasts traffic lists transmit the list?

 
 
 
 

84. What is the most appropriate action for a GMDSS Radio Operator to take in a distress situation where immediate help is needed, but the vessel is not sinking nor needs to be abandoned?

 
 
 
 

85. Which step should be taken, if possible, when the vessel must be abandoned because of a distress situation?

 
 
 
 

86. Which statement is generally correct regarding the maintenance requirements for ships under GMDSS?

 
 
 
 

87. What is the basic concept of GMDSS?

 
 
 
 

88. Which action should the GMDSS radio operator take in a distress situation when embarking in survival craft?

 
 
 
 

89. For GMDSS, which statement concerning a compulsory vessel is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

90. Which maintenance functions can a GMDSS Radio Operator perform?

 
 
 
 

91. Which channel has been designated for on-scene communications in GMDSS?

 
 
 
 

92. Which frequencies and modes are allocated for distress alerting in GMDSS?

 
 
 
 

93. What does proper GMDSS watchkeeping include?

 
 
 
 

94. Which statement concerning GMDSS maintenance requirements is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

95. Which statement concerning maintenance requirements is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

96. Which statement concerning GMDSS distress alerts is TRUE?

 
 
 
 

97. Which statement concerning reserve sources of energy for GMDSS is FALSE?

 
 
 
 

98. Which GMDSS control selection may result in limited receiving range?

 
 
 
 

99. Which message categories cannot be disabled by the GMDSS Radio Operator?

 
 
 
 

100. Which references should the GMDSS radio operator consult for information on the proper operation of the equipment?

 
 
 
 


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