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Old 07 September 2003, 19:15   #41
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Actually looking at it the Silva is a "cheap and cheerful" jobbie with extra stuff thrown in I don't want. The Simrad RD68 looks pretty good, so I might consider that along with a seperate GPS unit once I finally get sorted with a boat. Anyone used one?

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Old 08 September 2003, 03:02   #42
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I think the Simrad unit is the one used for the DSC instruction on the "Short Range Certificate"
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Old 08 September 2003, 04:12   #43
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Ever heard the expression - 'Short term gains, long term liabilities?' Do yourselves a favour and buy only the best DSC unit, either Simrad or my personal choice, ICOM.
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Charles,

Good choice with the Icom, I have the M601, big buttons, big display and very easy to use with my gloves on.

Even Reece my youngest can use it. He normally takes the seat next to driver so is in charge of comms and navigation.
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Old 08 September 2003, 12:59   #45
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I really like my Icom 503, and DSC 100 units - massive buttons on the 503 unit, and pretty large buttons on the 100 unit (apart from the numbers that is). It's loud enough to overpower the engine at WOT, not that the engine is that noisy really compared to the wind battering the ears.

Although it cost a bit more for the separates, I had also thought about getting 2 aerials for it - having 2 means a backup incase one breaks while at sea. Whilst this would obviously render one part of the units useless, it's relatively easy to swap em over - plus, having 2 aerials on the a-frame does look good too

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Old 09 September 2003, 09:18   #46
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Have a look at the "Standard" units, they have a DSC and a GPS and they interface together so that if a call comes in the GPS will show the caller's position and if you want will plot a course for you. The plotter is on sale in the UK but have not seen the DSC. Does anyone know if a US DSC is OK in the UK ?

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Old 09 September 2003, 11:43   #47
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On the comercial units they have an alrm that goes off every 4 hrs to remind you to update the position if you don't have the GPS interfaced.
(After a few days you suddenly get this urge to interface the GPS and shut the wretched thing up )
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Old 09 September 2003, 15:41   #48
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Got DSC fitted, fully intergrated to the GPS and have used it a few times. ICOM 503 and DSC100.

Liked seperates as the displays are less cluttered, less confusing and many buttons are single function.

As far as Alex says, I thought you had to use two areials with the M503/DSC100 combination ?.

The main problem is often not knowing other boats MMSI number unless you talk to them often.

To be honest the main use i see at the moment is distress as we receive almost no general traffic on it.

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Old 09 September 2003, 16:15   #49
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Coastie, Sorry mate MCA have announced that from 00.01 on Sep 22nd headphone watch will go and only be used if background noise etc justifies it. Not well advertised but try http://www.rya.org.uk/Cruising/defau...tentID=2785458 for more info.

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Yeap, Gary, I do have two aerials.... my point being that if one snaps, or dies, at least there's a spare, and the dsc unit can be disconnected easy enough to get the main transceiver working. I also have my dsc unit wired into the gps unit which gives accurate info to it (I assume!!).

We get a lot of traffic down here during busy days on ch16 (probably nothing compared to solent) which is why I can see the dsc stuff coming in quite nicely.
As my friends here get dsc, I will program in their details to the unit which will save calling them on ch16 in the future, and provided others do that too, it will ultimately clear a lot of traffic off 16 I'd guess, which 'should' therefore make picking up a distress on that channel even more noticeable.

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