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Old 10 January 2014, 11:52   #11
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It really surprised me how difficult it is to climb into a liferaft unaided when fully clothed in wet weather gear. They are also very claustrophobic, I would not fancy spending long in one. Better than staying with the boat above though.
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As I understood it, regardless of radio, if you press and hold the red button it will transmit your distress signal, just not what the distress is.
Depends on the unit, and how you activate it.

On my SH VHF, there's a menu you can select (after hitting the distress button, but prior to transmitting, I think), that will transmit a terse message about what the problem is. Pre-canned messages are undesignated, fire, flooding, collision, grounding, capsizing, sinking, adrift, abandoning, piracy, and MOB (yeah; had to look those up.)

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I think if I ever needed to activate the red button on a DSC handheld I wouldn't be worrying to much about toggling through menus to find the correct code!
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My thought as well, which is probably why I had to look it up :-)


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thank you for sharing this invaluable DSC information.

As a result, this season I have decided to purchase a fixed DSC radio to go with a small chart plotter.(currently have hand held non DSC)

any suggestions to combinations of fixed DSC radio and small 5 inch chart plotter that go together well ie easy to wire?
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...any suggestions to combinations of fixed DSC radio and small 5 inch chart plotter that go together well ie easy to wire?
You have the option of NOT wiring them together. Standard Horizon (and possibly others) make DSC VHFs with a GPS onboard - so it is totally standalone. The option to wire it is still there, but it functions without any external input.
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Treated myself to a DSC handheld last November. I am hoping that I will never get to use the red button, but if ever I do need it it will be the best 220 I have ever spent.
Does the handheld have a built in GPS to be able to send co-ordinates?
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Does the handheld have a built in GPS to be able to send co-ordinates?
Surely they all do H.? I'm sure they all do....
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I'm tempted by the sh with the built in gps.....no need to wire anything to be able to have it know it's location.

Redundancy built in in case of a problem with plotter or its wiring or aerial.
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thank you for sharing this invaluable DSC information.

As a result, this season I have decided to purchase a fixed DSC radio to go with a small chart plotter.(currently have hand held non DSC)

any suggestions to combinations of fixed DSC radio and small 5 inch chart plotter that go together well ie easy to wire?
similar to you, I'm looking at the Icom M323 & Garmin 50s, easy enough to connect and not too big, although I can also see the sense in buying a vhf with gps built in, like the SH GX1700E. still not made my mind up yet, may just stick to a handheld vhf this season and use my Garmin 276c for charts, DM was kind enough to send me a chart for it a couple of months back
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