Originally Posted by jwalker
How will that work, Cod? Does your DSC distress alert also send your boat name/callsign?
No! The DSC alert only sends your MMSI number and the position, current if attached to your GPS, last known if not!
Neither boat name or call sign is sent. It is why the MMSI number should be included in the voice call follow up.
When I run a VHF course I tell students to have their MMSI number etc in a easy readable format - including call sign and MAYDAY message - near to the radio itself. It is also easy to TX the MMSI number by breaking it down into 3 groups of 3 - 232 - 457 - 789, easier to read and easier to copy down.
I always use radio sims and students get to use the sets throughout the course - they are much better than the computer simulator which causes problems and can break up the course while students "learn" how to use it.