I do see their dilemma, and I was very surprised at the infrequency of the calls. (Mind you, I get a little skeptical about numbers that support an argument, I am sure there are many ways define an emergency
The thing is, I don’t actually know another boat
around me with DSC HF. I suppose they are out there, but I bet they are pretty rare in Oz.
EPIRBS clearly are more common than ever, but there’s something very absolute about pushing the button on an EPIRB
. I always felt good about the thought that a more nuanced approach might be possible using the HF. Now I do have DSC HF, so in theory I’ll be fine, but I don’t like the idea that the DSC component has to work
I will be curious to see the response of various VMRs around the country, many of whom do seem to have a HF radio
in their monitoring arsenal.