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Marine Technology seminars return

Marine Computer Systems’ popular Marine Technology Seminar series returns in 2005 at venues in Maine, Maryland and Florida.

Two daylong seminars will be offered: “Electronic Navigation Using Nobeltec” and “Offshore Marine Communications.” Participants can attend one or both sessions.

“Electronic Navigation with Nobeltec” focuses on the company’s Visual Navigation Suite software. Students will learn the differences between various types of electronic charts, and master the basics of moving about in VNS. Plenty of time will be spent on Nobeltec’s more advanced features. A representative of Nobeltec will attend the session.

“Offshore Marine Communications” topics range from SSB to satellite. Students will place a call to a coast station, and send and receive e-mail using a Pactor modem and the SailMail service. All participants will also have an opportunity to place voice calls and exchange e-mail using a variety of satellite options, including Iridium, Globalstar, SkyMate and Inmarsat.

Led by Daniel Piltch and Tim Hasson of Marine Computer Systems, both seminars take a hands-on approach using live working equipment set up and operating with real-world practical exercises.

Registration is $295 per person for one day and $495 for both days, with a 20-percent discount for a spouse or additional student on the same registration. The schedule is:

• Jan. 29 and 30, Pier 5 Hotel, Baltimore

• Feb. 19 and 20, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Miami

• April 2 and 3, Portland Marine Complex, Portland, Maine

Contact Marine Computer Systems Inc., in Portland, Maine at (207) 871-1575.;