How To Activate a Sart

How To Activate a Sart

What is Sart?

A search and rescue transponder is a self-contained, waterproof transponder intended for emergency use at sea. These devices may be either a radar-SART, or a GPS-based AIS-SART. The radar-SART is used to locate a survival craft or distressed vessel by creating a series of dots on a rescuing ship’s radar display.

How To Activate a Sart

They can be activated either manually (by pressing a button) or automatically (when they float free of a sinking vessel). They should only be set off in a distress situation. Once set off they transmit a coded message (not voice) to satellites which identify that you are in distress.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I test a SART?

SART Test with RADAR Procedure

  1. Switch SART to test mode.
  2. Hold SART View of Radar antenna.
  3. Check the visual indicator of the SART operates.
  4. Check the audible beeper of the SART operates.
  5. Check the radar display for concentric circles should be displayed.

How do you deploy a SART?

When deploying a SART, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Once the SART has been switched on it should be attached to the highest point available, normally this will be achieved by fixing it to a supplied, one metre long telescopic pole and positioning this through the life raft’s antenna opening.

What is the working principle of SART?

A SART has a receiver that detects the signals from X-band radars (9.2 – 9.5 GHz). If the SART detects a signal it immediately transmits twelve pulses on the same frequency. This signal is seen by the radar as “echoes” and will be displayed on the screen as a serie of twelve dots with a gap of 0.6 miles between them.

How do you maintain SART?

Servicing and Testing

Aboard ship, each SART shall be examined at least once a month to check how secure it is its mounting and for signs of damage. It is not necessary to test the SART aboard ship routinely (refer to Section D of the AMSA GMDSS Radio Log). SART is a subject to annual performance tests.

What signal can trigger a SART?

X-band radar

The radar-SART may be triggered by any X-band radar within a range of approximately 8 nautical miles (15 kilometers). Each radar pulse received causes the SART to transmit a response which is swept repetitively across the complete radar frequency band.

How long does a SART battery last?

The batteries of the Tron SART will last at least 96 hours in standby after activation and then minimum 8 hours of continuous operation. Although the transponder does not send any alarm via satellite, VHF or other radio communication, the use should be limited to short tests and emergency situations.

What does SART stand for?

What is SART? The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a community-based team that coordinates the response to victims of sexual assault.

How do I activate SART and EPIRB?

They can be activated either manually (by pressing a button) or automatically (when they float free of a sinking vessel). They should only be set off in a distress situation.

What are the two types of SART?

Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) installations include one or more search and rescue locating devices. These devices may be either an AIS-SART (AIS Search and Rescue Transmitter) or a radar-SART (Search and Rescue Transponder).

Does a SART float?

The SART is designed to free-float or to be mounted on a pole in a life raft or on a survival craft. The narrow end of a SART is the antenna, but the narrow end is also the only suitable location for a person in distress to firmly hold a SART.