CIVIC
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CIVIC - USEFUL INFORMATION
ABBREVIATIONS (ALPHABET SOUP)

121.5MHz- The homing frequency transmitted by EPIRBs & PLBs
406MHz 
- The distress signal frequency transmitted by EPIRBs
ABYC   
- American Boat and Yacht Council -trade organization
AFRCC   
- Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
AIS     
- Automatic Identification System -sends ship ID over VHF + info from GPS
AIS 1   
- 161.975 MHz (Channel 87B)
AIS 2   
- 162.025 MHz (Channel 88B)
ALR     
- Alarm
AM     
- Amplitude Modulation -radio transmission format
AMI     
- American Maritime Industries
AMSL    - Above Mean Sea level
AMTOR   
- AMateur Teleprinting Over Radio -older data transmission standard
AMVER   
- Automated Merchant VEssel Reporting system
ANSI   
- American National Standards Institute
ARPA   
- Automatic Radar Plotting Aid
ARQ     
- Automatic Repeat reQuest (Modem data confirmation)
ATN     
- Aids To Navigation
AWA     
- Anchor Watch Alarm
Biedou 
- Chinese version of GPS
BIIT   
- Built-In Integrity Tests
BS     
- Base Station
CB     
- Citizens Band -low cost AM radio popular in 1970s can be used by everyone
CDMA   
- Code Division Multiple Access -cell phone standard
CO      - Carbon Monoxide
COG     
- Course Over Ground (also called Track)
COLREGS
- COLlision REGulationS -International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
COSPAS 
- Space System for Search of Vessels in Distress -a Russian acronym
CPA     - Closest Point of Approach between vessels (predicted by RADAR or AIS)
CSTDMA 
- Carrier Sense Time Division Multiple Access
DASS   
- Distress Alerting Satellite System
DCPA   
- Distance at Closest Point of Approach
DGNSS   
- Differential Global Navigation Satellite System
DGPS   
- Differential GPS - GPS with error correction from land sites
DSC     - Digital Selective Calling -how VHF  radios send distress or other calls
DSM     - Digital Sounder Module -interprets signals for sounders or fishfinders
EBL     
- Electronic Bearing line -bearing to a target on an electronic display
ECDIS   
- Electronic Chart Display and Information System
ECS     
- Electronic Chart System
EIEIO   
- What you sing after "Old MacDonald had a farm"
EMC     - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility
EPA     
- Environmental Protection Agency
EPIRB   
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon -off shore safety equipment
ETA     - Estimated Time of Arrival -time to next (also ETE)
ETE     
- Estimated Time En route -time to next (also ETA)
FCC     
- Federal Communications Commission -the guys who make the rules
FM      - Frequency Modulation -radio transmission format
FRP     
- Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester -what "fiberglass" boats are made of
FRS     - Family Radio Service -small handheld version of GMRS type unit
FSK     
- Frequency Shift Keyed modulation -data transmission format
Galileo
- Not the person, but European version of GPS
GDOP   
- Geometrical Dilution Of Precision - GPS accuracy
GEOSAR 
- Geostationary Earth Orbiting Search And Rescue (satellites)
GHz     
- GigaHertz (1000 MHz or a frequency of 1,000,000,000 cycles per second)
GLONASS
- Russian version of GPS
GMDSS   
- Global Maritime Distress & Safety System -receives signal from EPIRB
GMRS    - General Mobile Radio Service -the modern day CB radio
GNSS   
- Global Navigation Satellite System (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, etc.)
GOES   
- Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GPIRB   
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon with built in GPS
GPRS   
- General Packet Radio Service -data transmission over cell phone network
GPS     
- Global Positioning System -satellite based location and tracking system
GSM     
- Global System for Mobile communications -cell phone standard
HF      - High Frequency (3-30 MHz)
HIN     
- Hull Identification Number -your boat has one
HMS     - Her / His Majesty's Ship -designation for ships from the UK
IALA   
- International Assoc. of marine aids to navigation and Lighthouse Authorities
ID     
- Inside Dimension or Diameter
IDEN   
- Integrated Digital Enhanced Network -cell phone standard
IEC     - International Electrotechnical Commission
IMO     
- International Maritime Organization
INMARSAT- International Maritime satellite Organization
I/O     - Inboard/Outboard -engine inboard, drive unit outboard
iOS     
- iPhone Operating System -also used for other Apple portable devices
IP     
- Internet Protocol -Numbered address of a device on a network or the internet
ITU     
- International Telecommunications Union
kHz     
- kiloHertz (1000 Hertz or a frequency of 1000 cycles per second)
LCD     - Liquid Crystal Display -technology for information display on a flat panel
LED     
- Light Emitting Diode -solid state (no filament) light producing device
LEOSAR 
- Low Earth Orbiting Search And Rescue (satellite)
LMR     
- Land Mobile Radio, 380.0-399.9 MHz for land based use
LORAN   
- LOng-Range radio Aid to Navigation -locates position & course
LR      - Long Range
LUT     
- Local User Terminal
MCC     
- Mission Control Center
MEO     
- Medium Earth Orbiting (satellite)
MEOSAR 
- Medium Earth Orbiting Search And Rescue (satellite)
MF     
- Medium Frequency band (300-3000 kHz)
MFD     - Multi Function Display -displays info from many devices on a single screen
MFI     
- Multi-port Fuel Injection -a type of engine technology
MHz     
- MegaHertz (1000 kHz or a frequency of 1,000,000 cycles per second)
MMSI   
- Maritime Mobile Service Identity -the ID number your DSC radio sends
MOB     
- Man Over Board -hopefully this will never happen to you
MSI     - Maritime Safety Information
MSD     
- Marine sanitation Device -head, holding tank, porta-potty, etc.
MSLD   
- Maritime Survivor Locating Device (man-overboard beacon)
MUF     
- Maximum Usable Frequency
NASBLA 
- National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
NAVTEX 
- NAVigation radio TelEX -local safety info on 518 or 490MHz (text message)
NBDP   
- Narrow Band Direct Printing -another term for Radio Telex
NDRS   
- National Distress and Response System
NIOSH   
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health -sets standards
NM     
- Nauticle Mile = to 1 minute of Latitude, 1852 meters or about 6076 feet
NMEA   
- National Marine Electronics Association
NMMA   
- National Marine Manufacturers Association -trade organization
NOAA    - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -weather. charts, etc.
NWS     - National Weather Service
NYDEC   
- N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation
OD     
- Outside Dimension or Diameter
OK     
- Old Kinderhook -Pres. Martin Van Buren's nickname, now sign of approval
PACTOR  - Modern combination of PACket radio & amTOR (Radio modem standard)
PFD     
- Personal Floatation Device -life jackets, throwable rescue aids
PLB     - Personal Locator Beacon -a small EPIRB for your life jacket
PWC     
- Personal Water Craft -Jet Ski, Wave Runner, etc.
Q-Z     
- Quasi-Zenith, Japanese version of GPS
RACON   
- Radar Beacon
RADAR   
- Radio Detection And Ranging -scans above the surface for objects
RAIM    - Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring
RCC     
- Rescue Coordination Center
RDF     
- Radio Direction Finder -used to get a bearing on a radio navigation beacon
RF      - Radio Frequency
RIB     
- Rigid Inflatable Boat -this inflatable has a fixed hard bottom
RO      - Reverse Osmosis -method for making drinking water from lake or sea water
ROT     
- Rate Of Turn
RTCM   
- Radio Technical Commission of Maritime Service
RTE     
- Abbreviation for Route (also RADAR Target Enhancer)
RTTY   
- Radio TeleTYpewriter -a method of transmitting text
RX     
- Receive
SAME   
- Specific Area Message Encoding -lets NOAA radio users hear their area only
SAR     
- Search And Rescue
SARSAT 
- Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking
SART    - Search And Rescue Transponder (shows up on  RADAR to guide rescuers)
SC101   
- North American standard for DSC
SCUBA   
- Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus -what divers use
SEND   
- Satellite Emergency Notification Device (can send text messages)
SMS     
- Short Message Service
SOG     
- Speed Over Ground
SOLAS   - Safety Of Life At Sea -marine standards recommendations
SONAR   
- SOund Navigation And Ranging -scans below the surface for objects
SOS     - Save Our Ship -Distress call in light or radio pulse ( ...  - - -  )
SOTDMA  - Self-Organizing Time Division Multiple Access
SSB     
- Single Side Band -extra channels on your VHF radio
SWR     - Standing Wave Ratio
TCPA   
- Time to Closest Point of Approach
TDMA   
- Time Division Multiple Access (cell phone standard)
TX      - Transmit
UGC     
- User Generated Content (i.e. user entered electronic chart updates)
UHF     
- Ultra High Frequency (300 MHz -3 GHz)
USB     
- Upper Side Band (In VHF radio communications)
USB     
- Universal Serial Bus -computer data communication protocol
USCG   
- United States Coast Guard
USMCC   - United States Mission Control Center
USPS   
- United States Power Squadron
UTC     - Universal Time Coordinated (also UT)
VDL     
- VHF Date Link
VDR     
- Voyage Date Recorder
VHF     
- Very High Frequency (30-300 MHz), 156-163 MHz is used for marine radio
VHF CH16- VHF channel for hailing and voice emergency calls
VHF CH70
- VHF DSC data channel (includes a Mayday feature)
VHF CH87
- VHF AIS channel #1
VHF CH88
- VHF AIS channel #2
VMG     
- Velicity Made Good - speed toward waypoint
VMRS    - Vessel Movement Reporting System
VPIRB   
- VHF Position Indication Radio Beacon transmits GPS info via DSC
VRM     
- Variable Range Marker -RADAR display rings that measure distance
VTS     
- Vessel Traffic Service - Traffic control in busy or large harbors
WAAS    - Wide Area Augmentation System -GPS with error correction from land sites
WGS84   - World Geodetic System (chart standard) + the year of the standard
Wi-Fi   
- Wireless Fidelity -high speed wireless data connection
WWV     
- Call sign for national atomic clock broadcast on 2.5, 5, 10, 15 & 20 MHz
XTE     
- Cross Track Error (also XTK) -distance off course
XTK     
- Cross Track Error (also XTE) -distance off course

Squadron Alphabet Soup

AC-Active Member        WC-Woman's Certificate
FM-
Family Member        JF-Junior Family Member
Cdr-Commander          Lt/C-Lieutenant Commander
Lt-
Lieutenant       1st/Lt-First Lieutenant
D/C-
District Cdr     D/Lt/C-District Lt Cdr
C/C-
Chief Commander     V/C-Vice Commander
R/C-
Rear Commander    Stf/C-Staff Commander
P/-Past(Precedes Ranks) J/-Junior(Precedes P/)
S-Seaman P-Pilot AP-Advanced Pilot N-Navigator
JN-Junior Navigator   SN or N-Senior Navigator
BOA-Boat Operators Certificate (designations below)
IN-Inland Navigator
CN-Coastal Navigator
ACN-Advanced Coastal Navigator
ON-Offshore Navigator

2013-04-07