Bit dissappointed that after spending hundreds and hundereds of pounds on new radio kit 18 months ago, we were unable to raise Portland coastguard from (outside) Lulworth Cove over the weekend, either on our VHF or DSC unit (checked with coastie today, and no record on thier logs of either VHF or DSC call into them from us, though I tried them several times on separate days).
Both bits of kit are Icom (M401 and DSC100) but before superadioman has a seizure, I suspect problems are with aerials, not Mr Brook's kit.
I've remade all the aerial connections, soldered some bits that weren't (plugs on ends of co-ax where plugged into radio) and am off with a borrowed SWR meter in a little while to see if all is now OK with the VHF.
Question is, how do I know if the DSC is working. Boat is now out of the water (and in Hertfordshire). Next time I go to the coast, I will of couse DSC the coastguard again, but if its not fixed, it will be a little late by then.
I will connect the DSC aerial to the VHF, and SWR that, but it still doesn't tell me the DSC is working.
Anyone with a DSC set in VHF range of South Herts who could try bouncing signals with me?