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Is it worth to the VHF radio have DSC function. Anyone use it?

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#1 nagy592

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 04:15 PM

I'm about to buy a new VHF, not because anything wrong with the old one, I just want to relocate it and all newer model on the market lot smaller which is crucial on a small boat.

I was looking to get one with DSC function (set up for sending and receiving signal etc). Is it worth it to spend time on this? I know Maritime NZ not monitoring digital transmissions but anyone else does? It seems to be a good idea.

 


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#2 Island Time

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 07:44 AM

Pretty much all international shipping and many cruising yachts have dsc. I think you may find most new vhfs have it anyway. It’s a yes from me.
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 03:45 PM

Really does anyone really use it? I think most people would simply pull the Epirb pin instead?
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 05:22 PM

Probably not really worth it if youre just cruising around the gulf.
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Posted 22 December 2017 - 06:02 PM

Cost about the same as a normal vhf, doesn’t replace epirb. Dial up your buddy for a chat. No brainer.
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 12:10 AM

A yes from me too..
See earlier posts.
Will get a faster response than an epirb if shipping around.
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#7 southernman

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:19 AM

But who actually has their VHF on these days?  Not many do in my mind easier to reach for the Iphone. 


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:34 AM

Any vessel so equipped is required to monitor ch16. But, like you SM, many don't. And like me, many don't have an iPhone 😁
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#9 Black Panther

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 10:25 AM

Not me. Very much dislike the noisy thing
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 01:47 PM

Yip with you BP out there to get away from the noise.  Ours is off most of the time. 10 Years it be a dead technology would be my guess.  

 

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