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Old 09 October 2005, 14:47   #21
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It would be a good idea, but as I understand it at the moment, this does not happen. You can get hold of MMSI numbers via the ITU's web site, but it can take time for the data to be registered - MARS

You then get taken thru to this page

As to making the call, it's one of the reasons instructors (should) spend time on the VHF course emphasising the point in how best to say the MMSI number. And why it's important to "role play" voice calls.
Bloody hell - I thought the moment that button was pressed all the boats details would come up - everything about you including you shoe size!!! Don't see the point in it all otherwise!!!
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Old 09 October 2005, 15:12   #22
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Don't see the point in it all otherwise!!!
The point is that all vessels who are DSC enabled will be alerted to your dilema. Vessels are now no longer required to keep a listening watch on Ch 16.
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Old 09 October 2005, 17:18   #23
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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.
Yeh, I know. I was windin' up the Cod. I don't think my radio is able to read the boat name off the tubes.
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Yeh, I know. I was windin' up the Cod. I don't think my radio is able to read the boat name off the tubes.
Bit behind the times then aren't you!!!!
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Bloody hell - I thought the moment that button was pressed all the boats details would come up - everything about you including you shoe size!!! Don't see the point in it all otherwise!!!
I understand it does if you have completed the CG66 form.
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I understand it does if you have completed the CG66 form.
Surely when the radio is registered and you get your MMSI number that happens anyway???
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Having done my radio course yesterday at Powerboat Training UK, we used both simulators and real radio's, we tried everything on the simulators first, which meant if we made a mistake it was easy for us to do it again and get it right, and then we did it again on the radio's when we could actually talk to another person, and get the speed of giving the message right. Our instructor took great care to explain why every part of a distress call was there including the MMSI number.
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Our instructor took great care to explain why every part of a distress call was there including the MMSI number.
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So did ours - it was only when I asked him in private he admitted "off the record" what the coastguards REALLY thought!!!
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Bit behind the times then aren't you!!!!
It was just a gentle wind up.

Actually I agree with you. Since, when you apply for your radio licence, you have to furnish some boat details, it wouldn't be asking much for each CG station to have a file containing these details related to the mmsi. Given the storage capacity of modern computers, it would hardly be a problem. It would be simple enough to update it on the fly I would have thought.

For me, the DSC system's advantage is it's ability to send a position along with the alert.

Normal calling is obviously different but just as combersome as ever and possibly more so. It is a little more private but that's not any great shakes.

However, although I'm listening, since I launched the boat last February, except for a radio check to make sure it was working in the first place, I've not had need to use it, nor has any of the info I've heard been of use.

I'm still waiting for that exciting mayday to arrive.

Actually, quite a few years ago, I was pleased to be listening cos there was warning of a controlled explosion and it was just where we were heading and we weren't far away. Pre DSC times.
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It would be a good idea, but as I understand it at the moment, this does not happen. You can get hold of MMSI numbers via the ITU's web site, but it can take time for the data to be registered - MARS

You then get taken thru to this page
Sorry SR but you should consider deferring to my position, I was the DTI official who arranged sending my SRL database to the MCA on a weekly basis to be used in MRCCs for exactly this purpose due to the fact that there are delays updating MARS.

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