Sailing 6 or 8 weeks each year at the West Coast
(France, UK) and the Mediterranean
, and having a DSC capable VHF
always turned on, I never received a Distress
alert (false or true).
However, back in 1999 or 2000 sailing in North Brittany (close to Alderney) we received a Distress Relay call from Brixham Coastguard about a MOB
situation (see enclosed picture). The DSC alert was followed by the Mayday Relay message, as it should be.
I was quite surprised to receive such a call on a Class D VHF-DSC set, as it was not even mentioned in the User's Guide, that you could receive such call.
Coming back to false distress alerts, I think the statistics are showing much more false alerts from EPIRBs, than from VHF-DSC radios.
Anyone has good figures for DSC and EPIRB
Distress alerts (true or false)?