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Testing DSC Emergency Feature
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posted 07-23-2006 12:21 AM ET (US)
Is there a way to test the DSC emergency transmit feature without having an actual emergency? It seems that a way to test this feature should be built into the specification. I would be more comfortable knowing that this feature was tested before I had to depend upon it.
posted 07-23-2006 10:21 AM ET (US)
Find another boater who has the DSC radio and you can test the DSC functionality with them. You can pass positionaly and admin data to each other
I made a video on how to do it but because it uses Windows based software JimH prefered I not post the link to the site on this forum. It explains how to do it and what you will actually see. It's still available for viewing. E-mail if you want the link to the site.
It's very simple to do.
posted 07-23-2006 01:21 PM ET (US)
Not all DSC radios can pass position request info to another
boater. They will all pass it with a distress call.
Basically, if the radio correctly displays your GPS position,
posted 07-23-2006 03:36 PM ET (US)
My understanding of the DSC emergency system is that it is automated at the monitoring stations. If that is the case then it would be a simple matter to incorporate an emergency test feature that would send a response back to you indicating a successful test AND what data was received. I guess I'm just paranoid about things that may save my life someday.
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