The USCG were supposed to get budgeted for new communications gear
as part of their "System 2001" or whatever they called it, especially after that father and son drowned on a breakwater because the watchstander dismissed it as a fake call and no other station picked it up. Part of the proposal was specifically the same RDF equipment
that fisherman have used for 30 years, so they could RDF on maydays and falses alike.
I wonder where the money
went, and how long "pennywise pound foolish" can last?