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If you have a VHF equipped with DSC make sure you register for a MMSI and input the number into your VHF. You can register for free on the www.boatus.com

You also want to be sure to interface your DSC with your GPS or Loran to give a position of your vessel.

DSC VHF radios WILL:
  • Have a One-Button Emergency Transmit capability that sends out the vessel's unique MMSI number and, if properly connected to a GPS or Loran, the vessel's latitude/longitude position.

  • Continue sending the distress signal even if the captain is incapacitated.

  • Allow for a non-experienced VHF user to send, with the pressing of one button, a goof-proof continuous distress message.

  • Privately hail another DSC equipped vessel, or shore station, with a known MMSI number. Like having a "VHF phone number" this avoids having to monitor high traffic channels just for a hail from your boating buddy. It even "rings" your radio, similar to a telephone, notifying you that you have a call and then switches you automatically to the channel your caller is waiting on.

  • If properly connected to a Loran or GPS, a "Polling" feature transmits your vessel's position, in digital display, that can be monitored by DSC equipped home station/fleet station or boat.

  • Fully function as all other regular VHF radios.
~ Works in conjunction with USCG Rescue 21, which is now operational down to Delaware Bay as of 9/07.

~Takes approx. 1/3 of a second to transmit a mayday

~Transmission via channel 70

~DSC- digital selective calling

~MMSI- Marine Mobile Service Identity
 

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If you need help connecting/interfacing your GPS to your radio...here's some help...

http://www.seasmartvhf.com/guides/installguide.html

You can also register for free and get your MMSI for your radio there...

And read up on Sea Smart for decent Ship to Shore telephone coverage...well beyond cel phone range....and the price isn't outrageous if you need to use the phone a lot even while boating (yuck)....
 
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