Thanks for the links. I've done a fair amount of reading on the technical differences between the Class D and the SC101.
What I was wondering is who really needs all the bells and whistles? More importantly, do I need them? Hence my post.
Chuck -- I hear ya but if your're going to buy a radio these days it's going to have one type or the other of DSC. I guess a specific question you might be able to answer is if VHF cruisers' nets are going to group DSC calling? Right now, I just can't think of another application for this stuff. OTOH, it would just be my luck to buy the SC101 radio and find out later what I missed out on.
Bill, thanks for the tip on Standard Radio /vs Uniden. I see that Standard Radio is discontinuing the MATRIX GX1280S and it looks like a bargin. I particularly like the idea of a knob to change channels. Yes.... I know I'm showing my age when I say that.
Anyway, anyone have any thoughts on SC101 (less expensive) vs Class D radios?
Just an aside but this from the US Coast guard website:
The USCG plan to implement GMDSS Sea Area A1 is one element of the USCG National Distress
and Response System Modernization Project
, now called "Rescue 21", which replaces the whole USCG VHF distress system.
On 24 September 2002, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta announced the award
of this $612 million contract
to General Dynamics Corp. Until this system is installed, the Coast Guard cannot reliably receive VHF DSC distress calls.
US Coast Guard DSC-Equipped Shore Stations Station
CAMSLANT Chesapeake VA MF/HF -- 003669995
COMMSTA Boston MA MF/HF Remoted to CAMSLANT 003669991
FL MF/HF Remoted to CAMSLANT 003669997
COMMSTA Belle Chase LA MF/HF Remoted to CAMSLANT 003669998
CAMSPAC Pt Reyes CA MF/HF -- 003669990
COMMSTA Honolulu HI MF/HF Remoted to CAMSPAC 003669993
COMMSTA Kodiak AK MF/HF -- 003669899
It would appear that even the basic DSC emergency broadcast from a vessel will fall on deaf ears for the most part.
You'd think that 5 years would be enough time to buy a few radios...Sheesh..