Originally Posted by PeterM
Amazes me that still despite lots of bad outcomes the lack of LJ in comericial single handed fishing is common.
The industry has been told to sort its self out and either increase the use of LJs on open decks or reduce the incidence of fatalities associated with people going over the side by Jan 2015 or the MCA will consider taking action.
MAIB published three incidents last week. The DSC one sounds like something that could happen on any day of the week to a wooden boat. The message that needs to get out is that holding the red button for 3 seconds is quicker than transmitting even a partial but useless mayday. That would be a VERY useful exercise to do on a VHF course... get 2 students with a stop watch. Student 1 is to use the DSC set. Holds the button for 3-5 seconds then would start a voice message on 16 but perhaps at 8 seconds the instructor would tell them to stop.
Student 2 is to just go straight to voice. At the same 8 seconds instructor tells them to stop.
Then compare what information they got out there in that short time.
In the case that prompted the safety flyer the skipper's message repeated Stornoway Coastguard three times in his message, but his own boat name only once. Easy with hind sight to point out that it doesn't really matter who you are calling with your mayday so if time was really pressed Stornoway Coastguard and his boat name 3 times would have been a better solution, or even better to do Stornoway, then Boat name then position.
Actually I suspect a position with no name would have been more valuable.
Originally Posted by jyasaki
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.)
I do wonder how many times a DSC Alert is sent without designating the distress. I've always thought it made the process more complex. If I was designing it I'd allow you to scroll the menu while holding the button. Or I'd send an undesignated and then prompt for a type.