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Old 05-28-2012, 06:46 PM
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How do you make your GPS location show up all the time on the chart screens like fishing and navigation? I would like to have it right there to where if I ever had to make a call to the USCG (knocking on wood) it would be readily available.
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You can put it in a data box, once you are on your chart, select menu, chart set up, data box set up and you can customize a data box. However, since I have DSC VHF radios, I set the Radios to display the GPS position, so not only will the radio send the coordinates automatically with a DSC distress, the GPS position is always displayed on the radio screens, so I can use my data boxes for other information. Just a thought...
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Yeah, I thought about that, but the display on my radios is so small, its hard to read.
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Have a radio with DSC... Forget about reading tiny numbers off the screen as smoke is billowing into the cabin or the boat is listing to one side as it is making a dive for the bottom, and just push the red button on the radio and you will be in contact with the CG...
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Lots of reasons to need your gps position without pressing the little red button. SeaTow for example, will want gps numbers but you won't press the red button to get them for a typical tow.

Likewise, if you are on a "watch" call from the c.g., they will hail you every xx minutes and ask you your status and gps position. You won't keep pushing the red button.

Another reason is sometimes someone will call out a gps number on the vhf, either for information or assistance, and it's nice to be able cipher how far you are away from them.

And finally, if your vhf loses it's gps position for whatever reason, it will send the last position it had in memory. That could be very far from your actual position. It's nice, every once in a while, to do a mental check and confirm all the gps numbers are similar.

Data boxes are easy. And easy to read.

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