If a vessel sinks and survivors
make their way to a lifeboat, the lifeboat radio may be the sole means of
communication. The lifeboat radio is designed to float and is colored orange
for maximum contrast with the ocean’s surface.
When in use, a ground wire is
hung into the water and the antenna is erected, Instructions are included with
the radio. The radio is hand crank powered for transmission and reception.
Communication is by Morse Code (Telegraphy). Transmissions may be automatically
keyed or keyed by the operator.
Operating frequencies are
500KHz and 8.364MHz. Operation in automatic mode on 500KHz will generate an
alarm on receivers. The lifeboat radio receives signals in code as well.
Radiomarine Corporation of America – Model: ET-8053
Manufactured by: Radiomarine
Corporation of America