Originally Posted by sailingdog
I use a Standard Horizon handheld. One reason I do like it is that it is one of the few that has very basic DSC capabilities, which most handhelds do not.
That's why I suggested mounting a secondary antenna elsewhere on the boat.
Is your hanheld your primary VHF radio or an extra backup? If it is back up what MMSI number would be assigned it, the same as your primary or would you use a secondary MMSI number? The reason I ask is that my MMSI number also carries with it all particulars of my boat and identification, now when I use my extra handheld it is usually when I go out in the dinghy and my dinghy discription does not match my boat discription. Although my handheld is not DSC capable if I did get one that was DSC I would face this dilema. The main radio I have is DSC with an extra WHAM set, love the WHAM.