Yes, you are right. I Should have explained better. I was referring to an intact antenna. Once I have broken one and I find out that I still could radiate enough energy to have a pretty strong transmission, however I was completely unable to receive signals so I guess that even with a broken one the chances are that you can still transmit a mayday signal PCP
And how far do you GUESS
you will be able to transmit.
Tell you what take the antaena of you portable VHF and go a block away and see if your regular VHF picks up the transmission ( IT WONT
EPIRB doesnt need power either.
In an emergency, where power is out, radio VHF will not work therefore no DSC, EPIRB will work
In an emergency where the boat is sinking,,no time to go below deck to transmit, EPIRB will continueally sent signal
In an emergency where the boat has sunk, VHF DSC wont work, EPIRB will work continously
In the event you are in the liferaft VHF wont transmitt but EPIRB will transmuit continuosly
In the event you are in the water, VHF with DSC wont work but EPIRP will.
When you grab your ditch bag make sure you grab your EPIRB and put it in, if you grab the VHF you will be sh.. out of luck.
BTW I have DSC and AIS on my VHF. Its fine for small isuues, but the EPIRB is good for everything so if I could only have one....no brainer