Excellent thread, thanks for getting this started Dockhead.
If I do a resolution this year it will be to utilize more of the functionality of my DSC radio
and all the other gadgets that I put on the boat.
I actually read the manuals
and believe all is properly wired - the radio
talk to each other, the autopilot
recognizes the chart plotter. Now the weakest link in the chain is me ( all the devices have multiple memories, sadly I just came equipped with one).
I bought the DSC
radio (SH 2150 with ram mic at the helm) for the AIS
display and the DISTRESS
button feature. I also registered an MMSI. THe radio gets GPS
from a Garmin
chart plotter via NMEA
183. The Garmin
is also connected by NMEA2000 to a Raymarine
On the radio side - if I use individual call directly to another MMSI am I still limited to line of site VHF
or does the DSC effectively act as a repeater? Can I call direct call a boat (or some other MMSI) 50 or 100 miles away with DSC?
In an emergency
situation does the DSC data show up on the chart plotter? (I think I wired the nmea
183 in/out and ground). Is one button calling for help and marking a MOB
on the chart plotter possible? Since I've not used the DSC I've not experienced any DSC data showing on the chart plotter.
Friends have DSC but not AIS
transmitters - if they have MMSI info and I set up polling will they show up on the chart plotter, or can I make them show on the chart plotter?
As pointed out earlier in the thread a wikipedia entry, or a detailed article about this will be appreciated!