EVOLUTION OF RACONS FROM NAVIGATION TO SHIPBOARD TRANSPONDER SYSTEMS

The more we analyze ship system applications, techniques, equipment and parameters, the more we are apt to become confused. For example, take these terms: Radar, Sonar, B2B, PPI, ID, Navigation, Docking, Oil Pollution, Racons, Transponders, Interrosponders, Interrogators, HAR, RIHANS, and CAS. Proposed solutions appear as an inverted funnel leading to complex and costly solutions for each ship, for each application and for each country. In this paper, Radar/Racon and Radar Interrosponder/Transponder requirements and systems are proposed for Ship Identification and Collision Avoidance. The systems evolve from simple to complex without total maritime industry involvement. The evolution includes simply modified RACONS, Ship Radars with encoders and decoders; Ship Radars with Beacon Modes; Ship Radars with Data Links; and Ship Radar with Interrosponder/Transponder Systems. These systems operate within present RCC restrictions for frequencies and bandwidths. They may be used by ship owners and operators for survival now in a congested real world environment of other friendly but sometimes hostile ships.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the RTCM Assembly Meeting, St. Petersburg, Fla., April 1-3, 1974, with the Propeller Club of the United States. Vol. 1, Papers A-F, Maritime Electronics. Vol. 2, Papers G-N, Maritime Satellite Systems and Maritime Navigation. Vol. 3, Papers O-T, Maritime Telecommunication Trends. Vol. 4, Papers 0A-0I, Maritime Transponders and Collision Avoidance Systems. Sold as a complete 4 volume set for $15.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    /Federal Communications Commission
    Washington, DC  USA  20554
  • Authors:
    • Moore, T A
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00057093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Symposium Papers 0B
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1974 12:00AM