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The handheld is a usually a backup, but if I'm working the foredeck, I'll have it with me. All the VHF radios that are DSC capable on a boat get the same MMSI number generally. If you were to get one specifically for use with your dinghy, I am guessing that you could apply for a separate MMSI for it, but I don't really see the point in that. If conditions are that bad, I won't be heading out in the dinghy anyways. Besides, the GPS information is gotten through the handheld's cradle, so it is dependent on the GPS from the main boat anyway. I have a second, non-DSC handheld that is usually used in the dinghy.

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I've got a Uniden fixed mount, but I got a Uniden Mystic handheld. Yes, it's bigger than the others, but it has a built in GPS along with DSC. It's done well in reviews, and while the GPS is a bit strange to work with (I mostly DON'T work with it - just use my chartplotter) it's nice to have a portable GPS/VHF/DSC all in one.

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I have used most of the major brands. Without a doubt, Icom and Standard Horizon are the best in my opinion... but more money too. I think the West Marines are made by Uniden.

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I thought the newer units were actually Standard Horizons, not Unidens...

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You may be right, SD. I will not argue as I cannot remember that clearly.
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Simultaneous vs dual watch

We have an odd new regulation this year. We have to be able to listen on two frequencies simultaneously. No, not dual-watch, that rapidly switches from the selected channel to channel 16 and locks onto 16 if there is anything there. We have to have two receivers, one might be dual watching 16. So OK I have a hand held for the grab bag and a dear old indestructable Sailor RT144B as main machine. But no DSC. This side of the pond DSC has not found very high favour. Ok, if we are replacing the set for other reasons, we go for it, but just to spend cash when I already have two? No AIS is higher on my list.
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The only reason I'm pretty sure that Standard Horizon took over the manufacturing for West Marine is that WM's new Vh-f250 has a lot of the same features and setup as the SH HX471. None of the other manufacturer's, at least to my knowledge, make a handheld that works both in FRS and VHF except for SH.

The real major difference is the lack of the "strobe" LED that is on most of the SH handsets.

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I have the Icom 502 with the command mike and although I like this set up If I was to do over again I would go with two radio's and ant's. When the alternator is charging more than 20 amps. or so, I get a loud hum while transmitting from the command mike. This was discussion in the Cruisers Forum with other members with the same 502 and command mike and all with the same problem. It ended up Icom had lots of idea's on how to solve the problem but none ended up as fixes.( moving wires, shielding ext.) I did not personally talk with Icom. Again this was a problem with the command mike and not the 502 radio. http://www.icomamerica.com/products/marine/m502/
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If you were in the shipping lanes, the dsc feature would allow you to set off an alarm on the bridge of a ship coming at you. I nice feature if you couldn't raise them on the vhf. It would get there attention.
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If you were in the shipping lanes, the dsc feature would allow you to set off an alarm on the bridge of a ship coming at you. I nice feature if you couldn't raise them on the vhf. It would get there attention.
Snag is the DSC bleats in every ship in response to an all-ships call. There are reports of this becoming very irritating.
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