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Old 12 September 2010, 13:43   #1
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Vhf/Src passed and a Dsc question

Hi again, right me and the mrs have done the Vhf src course with compass sea school and both passed, many thanks to the person who suggested the course and found out what date it was on that was very appreciated. Right then this cousre was very imformative and taught me a lot especially on the Dsc side of things, I want to get one. Now the standard horizon handheld with built in dsc is very expensive. I believe all dsc radios need to be plugged in to a chart plotter, But i already have a I have a garmin gps 60 is this compatible with any dsc compatable radio. Many thanks Ben
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Hi again, right me and the mrs have done the Vhf src course with compass sea school and both passed, many thanks to the person who suggested the course and found out what date it was on that was very appreciated. Right then this cousre was very imformative and taught me a lot especially on the Dsc side of things, I want to get one. Now the standard horizon handheld with built in dsc is very expensive. I believe all dsc radios need to be plugged in to a chart plotter, But i already have a I have a garmin gps 60 is this compatible with any dsc compatable radio. Many thanks Ben
A Fixed DSC radio (as opposed to the S/H) only needs an NMEA feed from virtually any GPS - it doesn't need to be a charplotter, doesn't need to even have a display.

EDIT: This cable would be the sort of thing you need to connect the Garmin 60 - https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=519 it would also let your run it from your "main" boat power rather than batteries. There may be cheaper cables on ebay etc if you look.
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theres no data output on the gps 60 to link to a vhf,
Been looking at the standard horizon dsc handheld for a mate, looks like a descent bit of kit but havnt heard any reviews on them yet, but add together the cost of a fixed radio and gps it sounds a good entry level alternative.
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Ben, to get the full functionality of a DSC radio it needs position information from a gps receiver, either a built-in gps receiver as would be the case for a hand held VHF, or via a network cable from a seperate GPS or plotter as would normally be the case with a fixed VHF unit.

If its a handheld DSC VHF you're after then it will AFAIK have a built in GPS. Yes it will be considerably more expensive than a normal handheld VHF, for obvious reasons. Also, this is brand new kit that's only just coming out, in fact it was only last week that OFCOM decided to authorise the use of handheld DSC radios in the UK, allowing them to be issued with an individual portable MMSI number.

The only unit I'm aware of at the moment is the Standard Horizon HX851, retails at around 230.

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theres no data output on the gps 60 to link to a vhf,
that's not what Mr Garmin says https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=6446#specsTab
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Are you looking at the "interface: serial and USB" spec?
That would only be for connecting to a PC
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Are you looking at the "interface: serial and USB" spec?
That would only be for connecting to a PC
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Yes, Serial interface = NMEA 0183 (on every common brand of GPS).

The manual (http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/GPS60_OwnersManual.pdf) appears to suggest that this is no different, specificially describing wiring and NMEA spec on p73 and setting up the interface in the device on p43.
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Some useful FAQ's on the subject of portable DSC VHF's

http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radioc...o/faq/vhf-faq/
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Yes, Serial interface = NMEA 0183 (on every common brand of GPS).

The manual (http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/GPS60_OwnersManual.pdf) appears to suggest that this is no different, specificially describing wiring and NMEA spec on p73 and setting up the interface in the device on p43.
I believe I stand corrected there!
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