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DSC (VHF Marine) In The FL Keys

Old 07-17-2005, 02:23 PM
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This from the Petty Officer in charge of communications at the USCG Station Marathon FL: Altho the Florida Key's USCG ground stations are not yet DSC enabled, the "floating" units (Cutters) are so enabled…and, of course, in constant contact with the ground stations…so, in a dire emergency, "mashing" your VHF Marine Radio's DSC "Emergency" button may be of some value…time permitting, standard VHF Communications may then be initiated. All this assuming your GPS communicates with your DSC equipped VHF marine radio, and your MMSI number is registered!

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Thanks rondebmar! It is good to know that the coasties are listening. I run into quite a few folks that think that the infrastructure to support DSC distress calls went in before radios were available. Wish this were true, but I realize Congressional funding has been tight for many years, that there are lots of CG programs competing for limited dollars. Required diversion of monies into 9/11 response direction and integration into DHS has helped, at least not in the short term in my opinion. I work in an industry that is spending billions upgrading security due to DHS mandates and I know it is piching our capital resources pretty tight the last couple years.


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