Originally Posted by capn_billl
It sounds good. I have looked at the DSC
chapter in my radio
, but it sounds kinda complicated. When driving through a high traffics area it is faster for me to call each boat on 16 than to look down, scroll through the list of DSC
numbers on the AIS
Just checked & it takes three button presses + one turn of the select knob on my ICOM
M504 to call up for a buddies position. I can do this in two seconds - you wouldn't have even had time to press the mike button.
If your buddy has his DSC radio
set to auto ack the position comes back automatically even if he/she is asleep within two further seconds. How hard or slow is that?
If you are looking at your AIS
list to get an MMSI number you already know their position, although I guess you may want to call them. Future combined DSC/AIS radio's will probably offer a direct option to do this.
I agree the manual instructions on DSC are daunting given that so many functions are available & need to be described, but once you have memorized the relevant stuff its so easy.