View Poll Results: Is your primary VHF radio DSC capable and enabled?
My radio is not DSC capable. 9 12.00%
My radio is DSC capable and connected to GPS, but I have not registered for an MMSI number. 5 6.67%
My radio is DSC capable but not connected to GPS. 13 17.33%
My radio is connected and registered for full DSC functionality. 47 62.67%
I don't know if my radio has DSC capability. 1 1.33%
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:57 AM   #1
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Poll: Is your radio DSC enabled?

Most of us probably have VHF radios and many of those radios are DSC capable when properly connected and MMSI registered. In discussing this with others, I am learning that many don't take advantage of the radio capabilities to send position and vessel data and tune to Ch 16 with the push of a single, prominent button.

What capability does your primary VHF radio have?

(Enter your radio's condition in the poll above.)
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:17 AM   #2
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My VHF is dsc enabled, and is hooked up to broadcast my location.

I also have a Class B AIS transmitter going 24X7.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:25 AM   #3
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Mine is enabled and is networked with my GPS position.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:35 AM   #4
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Mine is all connected an registered with a MMSI number but the service is not yet operational in NZ.

At least I am prepared for it.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:38 AM   #5
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My VHF is not DSC capable, but if it was I'd have it all connected up and ready. We do have the system up and running in Oz now.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:55 AM   #6
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:58 AM   #7
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Yup, both boats, DSC, self deploying epirb, and self deploying life raft. The deep and remote waters of the ICW can be a dangerous place.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #8
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Enabled with MMSI and GPS location. Also AIS receiver.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:23 AM   #9
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VHF and HF radio have MMSI and GPS location and are working.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:32 AM   #10
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Mine has the capability but is not wired up.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:55 AM   #11
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Enabled with MMSI and GPS location. Also AIS receiver.
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We don't cruise with many friends so have not used the radio's DSC capabilities.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:05 AM   #12
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They are finally making a VHF with a GPS built in, transmits DSC, and receives AIS. Standard, Horizon and Raymarine. I am no sure if I will install of AIS transmitter yet? Now I am wating for a poretable one!
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:29 PM   #13
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I have the vhf and ais operational and MMIS registered with Boats US. When I got the Mmis from Boats US I didn't realize that the number isn't any good outside US waters. Had I known I would have gone another route. I don't think my icom vhf or raymarine ais can be reprogrammed without sending back to the factory. 😢
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:34 PM   #14
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I just got a new VHF and have the MMSI but have not programmed it into the radio yet.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:13 PM   #15
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Both of my VHF radios are not DSC capable. So far, DSC radio has not lived up to it's potential due to owners not bothering to register them. I do have an EPIRB that is registered though.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:50 PM   #16
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Mine is tied to GPS and has an MMSI loaded. Never heard a DSC emergency call, but two of us do have each other's MMSI loaded to call each other. The first time my radio rang I almost fell out of the helm. The Coast Guard doesn't have Rescue 21 deployed in Alaska yet but has some plans to deploy a modified system by 2017. DSC is a good concept poorly implemented.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:01 PM   #17
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Both of my VHF radios are not DSC capable. .............
Do they also use vacuum tubes?

New DSC capable marine radios are cheap. Having one connected to a chart plotter and registering the radio is cheap insurance. Of course, just like flares or a PFD, you may never need it. I kind of like the thought of rescue people knowing where to look for me.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:10 PM   #18
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My GME brand VHF is. The radio bleats a warning if I turn the GPS off first, shows "DSC disconnected" How it works in practice I`ve yet to discover.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:27 PM   #19
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Both of my VHF radios are not DSC capable. So far, DSC radio has not lived up to it's potential due to owners not bothering to register them. I do have an EPIRB that is registered though.
Which is just as good if not better in some ways...my primary radio is also not DSC capable but is so good (compared to all but the high end radios now) that I'm having difficulty parting with it.

In my assistance tow boat...of course the new, DSC capable radio has been giving me problems for years and this fall it finally stopped transmitting while the 15 year old Icom M-59 still blows the socks off mot of the new radios all around me.

Yep hard to give up good radios now for the cheap stuff when an EPIRB does much the same for emergencies...just not the other wiz-bang DSC stuff that so few use anyway.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:11 PM   #20
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Ais

I love the built in AIS feature of my current radio. This last weekend I was in the thick of some fog about 1/3 to 1/4 mile visibility, with the radar and AIS I felt pretty comfortable. Granted I was only moving about 6 knots but then who is counting.
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