Marine Electronics

Start Date: These courses will be scheduled after a minimum number of students register.
Schedule: Open
Cost: See pricing below; Fees cover class material (all instruction donated by HSPS)
Location: Noblesville Fire Station #76
16800 Hazel Dell Pkwy, Noblesville, IN 46060
(2.2 miles north of 146 St)
Enrolment: “0” students currently registered

A word about Marine Electronics

Marine Electronics ME101, ME102 & ME103 are being replaced with (3) stand alone courses, allowing for a more in-depth course structure on each subject.

ME101 has transitioned to Marine Electrical Systems (MES)

ME102 has transitioned to Marine Communication Systems (MCS)

ME103 is in the process of transitioning to Marine Navigation Systems (MNS)

Currently all (6) courses/modules are available for students, however, once the MNS course is online and functioning, the ME series of course modules will be deactivated.

Credit is awarded for all courses/modules while they are still available.

It is the recommendation of HSPS that any students wishing to take Marine Electronics, start with the new courses in the belief that the MNS course will soon be available.

Current Pricing

Marine Electronics ME101, ME102 & ME103: USPS members – $55.00; non members – $85.00

Marine Electrical Systems MES: USPS members – $45.00; non members – $70.00

Marine Communications Systems MCS: USPS members – $35.00; non members – $60.00

Marine Navigation Systems MNS: $TBD

Marine Electrical Systems MES

The Marine Electrical Systems course is presented in seven chapters that start with an explanation of what electricity is, followed by discussions on boat electrical wiring, DC and AC electrical systems, galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection, and ends with troubleshooting of boat electrical problems.

The course includes detailed instructions on how to use a multimeter, how to solder and crimp electrical wiring circuits, and how to read electrical wiring diagrams. This course can be used as a reference guide for anyone interested in properly maintaining their boat electrical system.

EMSCom has written this course to require nine two-hour sessions.
•Day 1 – Introduction, Chapter 1: Properties of Electricity
•Day 2 – Chapter 2: Boat Electrical Wiring Practices
•Day 3 – Chapter 3: Direct Current Power
•Day 4 – Chapter 4: Alternating Current Power
•Day 5 – Chapter 5: Galvanic and Stray Current Corrosion
•Day 6 – Chapter 6: Lightning Protection
•Day 7 – Chapter 7: Troubleshooting Part 1; on-the-boat optional
•Day 8 – Chapter 7: Troubleshooting Part 2
•Day 9 – Review and Examination

Marine Communications MCS

Marine Communications Systems is an in-depth, nine chapter review of those systems available to the recreational boater, or to those with whom he/she shares the water. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations to set the stage for instruction of radiotelephone operating procedures (both voice and digital messaging are covered). The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installations.

EMSCom has written this course to require seven two-hour sessions.
•Day 1 – Introduction, Chapter 1: Radio History and Communications, Chapter 2: The Radio Frequency Spectrum, Chapter 3: VHF Communications
•Day 2 – Chapter 4: GMDSS
•Day 3 – Finish Chapter 4, Chapter 5: FCC Rules, Radio Licenses and the Radio Frequency Plan
•Day 4 – Chapter 6: Radiotelephone Operating Procedures
•Day 5 – Chapter 7: Long-Range Radio Communications
•Day 6 – Chapter 8: Other Marine Communications Systems, Chapter 9: Radio Maintenance
•Day 7 – Review and Examination

Marine Navigation Systems MNS

Marine Navigation Systems will be the third course in the Marine Electronics series. This course is currently in manuscript but should be ready in 2011. It presently consists of eight chapters on electronic navigation instruments including depth sounders, radar, and GPS, and on display systems including chart plotters and personal computers. EMSCom will be adding sections on interfacing these systems (bridge integration) and a section on new visual aids to piloting.

Requirements and Prerequisites for Marine Electronics

This new series of courses for Marine Electronics consists of three standalone courses. EMSCom recommends that these new courses be taken in the following order: Electrical Systems, Communications Systems, and Navigation Systems. The committee also strongly recommends that students take Communications Systems, as mastery of this important topic can help you call for help if you should need it.

There are no prerequisites for these courses and they may be taken in any order, however, the subject matter tends to build on the MES/MCS/MNS progression. SEOs should take this into account when planning squadron curricula.

Course completion is documented by a closed book exam graded by USPS Headquarters.

Marine Electronics ME101, ME102, ME103

The Marine Electronics course consists of three modules: ME 101, Boat Electrical Systems, ME 102, Marine Radio Communications, and ME 103, Marine Electronics for Navigation. There are no prerequisites for any of these modules; however, it is suggested that a member take ME 101 before taking ME 102. All three modules must be successfully completed to receive credit for Marine Electronics.

ME 101, Boat Electrical Systems, provides information about properties of electricity, electrical power requirements and wiring practices, direct current power, alternating current power, galvanic and stray-current corrosion, lightning protection, and electrical interference.

ME 102, Marine Radio Communications, delves into radio waves and transmitters, receivers and transceivers, antennas and transmission lines, FCC Rules and Regulations, FCC Frequency Plan, marine radiotelephone operating procedures, and other communication services (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), satellite communications, amateur radio, and more).

ME 103, Marine Electronics for Navigation, presents information on depth sounders, RADAR, LORAN-C, GPS Navigation, and two new chapters:   Electronic Charting, and Computer-Assisted Navigation (CAN). Members may take this module independent of any other ME module.

These courses are being superseded by the new series of Marine Electrical Systems, (MES), Marine Communications Systems (MCS), and Marine Navigation Systems (MNS). See below for more information. (22 Sep 10)

Go to National website for additional information about this course

Do you have any questions or maybe you would like to sign up for this class? Let us know below in the reply section. We promise to get right back to you.


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