Communication procedures and discipline to prevent harmful interference inthe GMDSS sub-systems;2.Procedures for using propagation prediction information to establish optimumfrequencies for communications;3.Radiocommunications watch keeping relevant to all GMDSS sub-systems,exchange of radiocommunications traffic, particularly concerning distress,urgency and safety procedures and radio records;
4.Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet;5.Monitoring a distress frequency while simultaneously monitoring or workingon at least one other frequency;6.Ship position-reporting systems and procedures;7.Radiocommunications procedures of the IMO Merchant Ship Search andRescue Manual (MERSAR);8.Radio medical systems and procedures;9.Causes of false distress alerts and means to avoid them.5.PracticalPractical training should be given in:1.Correct and efficient operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipmentunder normal propagation conditions and under typical interferenceconditions;2.Safe operation of all the GMDSS communications equipment and ancillarydevices, including safety precautions;3.Accurate and adequate keyboard skills for the satisfactory exchange ofcommunications;4.Operational techniques for:i)receiver and transmitter adjustment for the appropriate mode ofoperation, including digital selective calling and direct-printingtelegraphy; ii)antenna adjustment and re-alignment as appropriate;iii)use of radio life-saving appliances; andiv)use of emergeny position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs)34.MiscellaneousKnowledge of, and/or training in:1.the English language, both written and spoken, for the satisfactory exchange ofcommunications relevant to the safety of life at sea;2.world geography, especially the principal shipping routes, services of Rescue Co-ordination Centres (RCCs) and related communication routes;
3.survival at sea, the operation of life boats, rescue boats, liferafts, buoyant apparatusand their equipment, with special reference to radio life-saving appliances;4. fire prevention and fire-fighting with particular reference to the radio installation;5. preventive measures for the safety of ship and personnel in connection with hazardsrelated to radio equipment, including electrical, radiation, chemical and mechanicalhazards;6. first aid, including heart-respiration revival technique; and7. Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC), global time zones and International DatelinePattern of GMDSS General Operator’s Certificate ExaminationPart-IWritten paper on Technical Theory, Radio Regulations and GMDSS/SOLAS.The Questions may be approximately 35 (consisting of 10 multiple choice objectivequestions in Technical Theory, 20 multiple choice objective question s in Radio Regulationsand 5 questions in GMDSS/SOLAS) and the time allowed is 1 Hour.
Each question in Technical Theory and Radio Regulations carries 1 mark and thequestions in GMDSS/SOLAS will carry 6 marks each.