I would like a new fixed-mount VHF radio
and I would appreciate your thoughts about steeping up to a unit with DSC
and, your product recommendations. I have a personal preference for using a rotary knob for selecting channels vs. the use of the increasingly popular up/down arrow keys.
I am not concerned about the government
monitoring my location; AIS
is OK with me. However none of my sailing buddies have either DSC or AIS so I would not be able to see if they are on the water
or where they are. I also know that commercial
maritime traffic on the Chesapeake Bay
does not monitor
traffic on AIS B they use A; so the thought one the “big guys” would notice my little 27 foot sailboat to avoid colliding with me is not going to happen.
I am thinking about purchasing
for a flush mount installation
in my cockpit
, this unit has DSC digital select calling but not AIS. I would be able to easily call my buddies from a short list of favorites but I would not be able see their location, it also has the most important feature as all the new VHF’s have, a dedicated DSC distress
Does anyone have experience with the Raymarine
Ray49 VHF or have any other product recommendations?
Thanks for your comments and suggestions,