- Effective 2001 August 01, the Globe Wireless Maritime Digital Data Network will cease to support traditional radio telex operations (NBDP Sitor). Ships will no longer be able to send or receive radio telex messages via the GW network.
There will be no FEC broadcasts.
- There is no global fully automatic nor semi-automatic commercial maritime radio telex system in existence.
- There is no DSC based global commercial radio telex system in existence.
The major radio telex stations around the world have shut down. A few semi-automatic and manual HF radio telex stations remain but the numbers are diminishing steadily. The simplest and most universal way to test your DSC and ability to link in the radio telex mode, if you have the radio telex option, is to make a DSC call on an appropriate DSC distress and alerting channel, using the MMSI of a specific GMDSS station.
demand for Sitor service has been declining very steadily since the full
implementation of GMDSS. We have been steadily eliminating Sitor channels.
And, as the message says, all of the major stations are already