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Really depends on the lake. Many man-made lakes are so large that DSC is a good idea. This is also true of the Great Lakes. Lake Texoma, for instance, covers 360 km². It looks like this:



By my estimates it is over 20 miles wide and 20 miles high....If you're having a heart attack, cutting down the search area for the rescuers to an 100' diameter circle might be a good idea....

How pervasive is the use of DSC (or even VHF for that matter) on inland lakes? Is it worth the trouble of getting an MMSI? Is there likely to be anyone else on the lake using DSC to talk to?

If it makes a difference, my boat lives in the Dallas area.
 
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