So if you have the handset on your vest and fall off send the signal your fixed set onboard will recieve the location, is that not where help would go.
No. The fixed set will only receive your distress call, it will not transmit a position or anything else. If your handheld has built-in gps, your position will go out with the distress call. If not, you will have to enter it manually. If somebody receives your distress call without position and they do a position request, and your fixed unit is set to auto-ack, then they would get the boat position.
In a MOB situation it would be prudent to turn your fixed unit off then if single handed ???
Or would possibly two blip location be recieved, thus showing a skipper at one and the boat at a second, the faster being the boat on continued location req's.
They will only get a response to a position request if you have your units set to auto-ack. If both handheld and fixed are set to auto-ack, then we have the problem of both trying to respond at the same time.
Also if you have two handsets would you get both location from them to your fixed unit.
Good question. You might receive one, both, or neither. Both would receive the position request at the same time. If they are both set to auto-ack, they would both try to respond at the same time. If one has a stronger signal it will "capture" the receiver in the fixed unit and get through. If equal strength, neither may get through. If one starts transmitting a split-second before the other, will the other one wait til the channel is clear or do they just blindly start tranmitting on the channel? I don't know. Worth experimenting with.