A few weeks back I installed a new antenna a WM VHF650 radio with DSC. I had already applied and gitten my MMRI number and entered it in the new radio. I dug out my Garmin plotter book and read the section on connecting to a plotter. Wired everything in using the accesory cables on each for the NMEA "hookup". I guess I'm ready to go- but am not sure how to test the thing. Maybe I should push "the button"?
*All you have to do is press the DSC button not the red one.* It is a great little toy. Sort of makes your radio act like a cell phone.*
when you hit the DSC*button the radio will ask whom to call**i.e. all ships, individual group and so on.
If it is individual you can scroll down to whom ever's number and name you have entered .
Hit DSC again the radio switches to channel 70.*and say's waiting for acknowledgement.*
*Any one with the radio turned on that has DSC will*hear a series of beeps if you hear the beeps you hit the DSC.*Both your radio and the boat you are calling will switch to channel 8.**
*No one will know. No eves dropping.*
You can send a position report*if you like*and the*GPS*numbers will show up on the radio. On the GPS plotter if it is hooked up. It shows an icon for the* boat.
It really is a great way to keep in contact with just those you choose.
If you hit the red button you know what that does.