GMDSS Restricted Operators License (RG)

The RG qualifies the holder to operate, and make some basic equipment adjustments to, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations, but only on voyages that remain within twenty (20) nautical miles of shore. It also confers the operating authority of the MP.

A MP is required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. They are also required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels which carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the United States. They are also required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations.

The GMDSS Restricted Operators License test consists of the exams for element 1 and element 7R.

Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Element 7R - Restricted GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. Fifty questions concerning those GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices that are applicable to ship stations on vessels that sail exclusively in sea area A1, as defined in sections 80.1069 and 80.1081 of the Commission's Rules. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

For more information concerning the qualifications and terms of licenses, visit the FCC's GMDSS Operator Restricted License webpage

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Element 1 - Basic Radio Law and Operating Procedure

Test questions and answers are presented similar to the COLEM tests, Randomized Questions, and a random  Questions and random Answers sample from the complete question pool.

Element 1 COLEM Test 1 Element 1 COLEM Test 2
Element 1 COLEM Test 3 Element 1 COLEM Test 4
Element 1 COLEM Test 5 Element 1 COLEM Test 6

Element 1 Random Questions Test 1 Element 1 Random Questions Test 2
Element 1 Random Questions Test 3 Element 1 Random Questions Test 4
Element 1 Random Questions Test 5 Element 1 Random Questions Test 6

24 random questions and random answers from the complete pool

Element 1 - Basic Radio Law and Operating Procedure Topic Tests - Random Questions

Topic A: Rules and Regulation Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:
 - Equipment Requirements
- License Requirements
- Watchkeeping
- Logkeeping
- Log Entries
- Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations
 
Topic B: Communications Procedures Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:
- Bridge-to-Bridge Operations
- Operating Procedures
- Distress Communications
- Urgency and Safety Communications
- GMDSS
 
Topic C: Equipment Operations Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:
- VHF Equipment Controls
- VHF Channel Selection
- MF-HF Equipment Controls
- MF-HF Frequency & Emission Selection
- Equipment Tests
- Equipment Faults
 
Topic D: Other equipment Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:
- Antennas
- Power Sources
- EPIRBS
- SARTS
- Survival Craft VHF
- NAVTEX

Element 7R - Restricted GMDSS Radio Operating Practices.

Element 7R Practice Test 1 Element 7R Practice Test 2
Element 7R Practice Test 3 Element 7R Practice Test 4
Element 7R Practice Test 5 Element 7R Practice Test 6

Element 7R Topic Tests - Random Ordered Questions

Topic A: General Information and System Overview Practice Test
42 questions covering these topics:
- Fundamental Concepts
- Equipment Systems
- Sea Areas
- Functional Requirements
- Carriage Requirements
- Maintenance Options
- Radio Spectrum
 
Topic B: F.C.C. Rules & Regulations Practice Test
 36 questions covering these topics:
- Inspections and Exemptions
- Required Documents and Publications
- Maintenance
- License and Personnel Requirements
- Reserve Energy and Equipment Testing
- Watch and Log Keeping Requirements
 
Topic C: DSC & Alpha-Numeric ID Systems Practice Test
30 questions covering these topics:
- MMSI: MID and Ship I.D. Numbers
- MMSI: Group & Coast Station I.D. Nrs
- DSC Format and Information Sent
- DSC Operations
- Sending a Distress Alert
 
Topic D: Distress, Urgency & Safety Comms Practice Test
48 questions covering these topics:
- Follow-on Voice Transmission
- Response to a Distress Alert
- Distress Relays
- False Distress Alert Action
- Radio Silence & Resumption of Traffic
- Urgency Traffic
- Safety Traffic
- Other Procedures
 
Topic E: Survival Craft Equipment & S.A.R. Practice Test
60 questions covering these topics:
- SART: Activation & Survival Craft Operations
- SART – Radar Display – SAR – AIS SART
- SART: Testing and Battery Parameters
- EPIRB System Structure and Operation
- EPIRB Alerting and FeaturesSurvival Craft VHF
- Homing and Locating Signals
- Survival Craft Transceivers
- On Scene Communications
- SAR-MCC-RCC: Systems & Procedures-1
- SAR-MCC-RCC: Systems & Procedures-2
 
Topic F: Maritime Safety Information (M.S.I.)
36 questions covering these topics:
- Navtex-1: Operations
- Navtex-2: Programming
- Navtex-3: Message Format
- SafetyNETTM -1: Operations
- SafetyNETTM -2: Information
- Enhanced Group Calling (EGC)

 
Topic G: VHF-DSC Equipment & Comms Practice Test
48 questions covering these topics:
- VHF: Controls, Volume, Squelch, DW & Scan
- VHF: Power and Range
- VHF: Channel System and Usage
- VHF: Simples-Duplex, USA-INT:
- VHF-DSC Calls: Distress, Urgency & Safety
- VHF-DSC Calls: Routine and Ship-to-Ship
- VHF-DSC: Other DSC Functions-1
- VHF-DSC: Other DSC Functions-2