Evaluation of the Ocean Technology System's MK 1-S Wireless Surface Unit, MK 1 DCI Two Diver Air Radio, MK 1-D-A Wireless Diver Unit, MK 1-D-H Hardwire Diver Unit and MK 1-D/S Unit.
NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT PANAMA CITY FL
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The OTS was evaluated for intelligibility, reliability and human engineering. The test subjects possessed various levels of experience with wireless or hardwire communication and SCUBA. The conditions under which the equipment was tested varied. Surface air temperatures ranged from 37 to 85 F water temperatures from 65 to 80 F and water depths from 8 feet of seawater FSW to greater than 60 FSW. The tests were conducted inside a circular 30 foot deep ascent tower, in shallow open bay water, and finally in an open ocean environment. The equipment was evaluated in areas of both high and low noise levels on the surface as well as in water. The OTS produced an overall intelligibility of 89.24 during manned open water testing using the Modified Rhyme Test MRT as the evaluation criteria, with a minimum effective range of 330 yards at 12 FSW and at least 875 yards, although it appears that the range of the MK 1-D-A is somewhat greater. Human engineering aspects of the OTS were found to be more than satisfactory, with no material failures encountered during testing. It is interesting to note that whenever the equipment required minor adjustments, these could be effected by the diver in the water on the surface and in most cases in less than 5 minutes. The amount of maintenance required on the OTS was minimal.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Radio Communications