Why should VSAT operators be trained? Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum uptime, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed.
What will you learn in the course? In this course, you will learn fundamental aspects of how to monitor, operate, and perform at-sea maintenance of marine VSAT systems. Topics covered include concepts of VSAT communications, microwave signal characteristics, satellite coverage zones and pointing angles, beam switching, stabilised antennas, blockage, interconnection’s to ship’s navigation systems, safety issues, critical licensing questions, preventing interference, and comparing VSAT with other marine communications services.
Who should take this course? This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for a VSAT system while underway. The course also serves as the first step towards GVF Specialist Operator and advanced Marine VSAT Installation and Maintenance Certifications, as well those who simply need a solid introduction to broadband maritime satellite communications.
Certification: Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the GVF Basic Marine VSAT Operator Certification. GVF561 also serves as the first step towards GVF Specialist Operator and advanced Marine VSAT Installation and Maintenance Certifications.