An automated method of determining a distressed vessel's situation and position could be useful in the U. S. Coast Guard's search and rescue mission. Evaluation of commercially available retransmitting equipment, modified for use as a Distress Alerting and Locating System (DALS) was undertaken to determine its capabilities of automatically locating and identifying a vessel in distress, usefulness as a buoy position monitoring system, and usefulness as a vessel tracking system. The system employs a hand-held radio-navigational signal retransmitting device which, when energized by a recreational boater in time of distress, transmits a distress alerting and identifying signal along with local area navigational aid information to a DALS base station. Provision exists for extension of the operating range of the system through use of a telemetry equipment deployed in a vessel, aircraft or additional shore station. The system can use either Omega or LORAN-C navigational signals, or a combination of inputs from both navigational aids.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Research and Development Center, 1082 Shennecossett Road
    Groton, CT  United States  06340-6096
  • Authors:
    • DeGeorge, W A
    • Lindeblad, J R
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 97 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138545
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-186-75 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM