Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce
The manner the systems are interfaced seems quite sensible if you look at the over all system.
Sorry, I disagree Doug. What should happen with any DSC call - be it urgent, safety, distress or just a general call - is that the Ops Room should receive the call and automatically their systems should display all the relevant info about the boat. Not just the MMSI, but all salient info.
This doesnt happen yet as there is no interface between the DSC and voice.
So if you call Solent CG on their DSC number of 002320011 in readiness for giving them traffic, they will then have to turn to a separate and non-interfaced system like ITU or CG66 to retrieve even the basic information like your boat name.
The Ops Room staff know that this is an antiquated system, but until such time as there is a radical rethink, thats how it will remain.