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Re: UNIDEN VHF marine radio, does this mean it supports DSC?
A word of caution....
If you set it up in your boat and you don't put in the DSC MMSI number, and you get in serious trouble and need to use it to call out, It will refuse to call. Now apparently there is a bypass on the menu, but if you are in the middle of a crises and you need help quickly---like the Coasties---you will not have the presence of mind to work your way through obscure menus to find out how to call out.
Been there, done that.
Secondly if you are on the coast, most Coasties operations would rather that you call their emergency cell phone number. The only problem with that is that you can ONLY GET IT by actually going to the Coast Guard Office, They won't let you in the base unless you are a Coastie or retired Coastie, or Federal Law Enforcement, but the MP at the entrance can give you the number. You need to have it handy. DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE ON YOUR CELL will take you to Annapolis, and then through a long series of non-human menus, eventually taking you nowhere.
Thirdly, you need a portable 2 mile battery operated VHF for times when you screwed up the base station, and you suddenly find out that no one on board has a functional cell, and you forgot to get the Coast Guard Emergency number.
OH... and I didn't do this one---yet, but if you screw up typing the number in, you will have to send the unit back to the factory since any number you type in is permanent, like forever. So be very very careful if you are a bad typist, like me. There is no Edit button.
Yes... been there with all of this. LIVE AND LEARN THE HARD WAY.
Last edited by Zarathu; 06-15-2016 at 03:31 PM.