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New DSC Functionality Demo Video
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posted 07-23-2007 03:46 AM ET (US)
Here you go.
Made some modifcations to my helm on my Ventura using King Starboard (KS). I did this to better position the Garmin 545, SH Phantom 1000 Ram Mic, and Furuno 620 FF. I added a KS wedge under the Furuno's base so to level out the unit and move the back froward away from the equipment box.
The 545 and 620 are mounted on swivel/tilt bases so the direction and angles of display faces can be varied as necessary for better visibilty. The Garmin 2206/ICOM 504 share NMEA data as does the Garmin 545/SH 1000. I can als pass waypoints/routes informtion via NMEA connectivity between the 2206/545. Here are a couple of pictures.
posted 07-23-2007 08:25 AM ET (US)
Tom--Nice demonstration. I see you have purchased two Class-D DSC radios in order to make this demonstration. I think this is a common outcome for owners of Class-D DSC radios--they have to buy a second radio to test their set up because there is no one else using Class-D DSC radios to try it with.
Well, of course, I am joking, but not quite entirely. Based on my experience, just about no one that I know has a Class-D DSC radio except me, and of the ones that have a Class-D DSC radio, few have it interfaced to their chart plotter to be able to plot position poll requests as you demonstrated, or their chart plotters do not support display of position poll requests.
Consider how inexpensive a really nice DSC Class-D Marine Band VHF transceiver has become, I may have to buy a second one for myself so I can see it my first one is working properly.
posted 07-23-2007 08:42 AM ET (US)
I have a test VHF radio, an ICOM 502A, that I use. As you know, I install marine electronics for other boaters. When I complete the installs I always demo their new equipment to them. The last thing I demo is DSC equipment and functionalities.
I do this for two reasons:
1. To demonstrate to them the new installation and associated equipment is working as advertised.
2. To demonstrate how DSC works and the importance of it (i.e. safety). I've made DVD's that I give to my clients that explain in detail DSC connectivity and the value it having it as part of their total marine electronics package.
Class D VHF Radios are the norm not the exception.
posted 07-24-2007 12:17 AM ET (US)
The part I love is that the SH PS1000 is not Class D, but Bluewaterpirate still utilizes it as a backup for his main radio. I also love that he has all of it linked together.
When do we get the DSC demo with the SH PS1000? (mine is still in the box, 6 months later, and I should have bought 2 so I could mount one at the house for my wife to use to locate me, since I have a spare SH CP150 kicking around).
posted 07-24-2007 08:27 AM ET (US)
Gee Where2 ....
Maybe you should open the box and see what capabilties the 1000 really has ....... you'd be surprised what I have hanging around the work bench after 10 years of installing marine electronics. Enjoy the DSC Demo 1000 connected to a Garmin 376c.
posted 07-24-2007 04:26 PM ET (US)
Here in the UK we have to have a licence to operate a VHF radio.
I had to do a one day course then sit a practical at the end of it total cost including the exam was $200.
I have a RayMarine 54E which I will hook up to my Garmin GPSMAP298 just as soon as my Montauk 170 arrives
posted 07-26-2007 11:28 PM ET (US)
I do have one curious observation to make here: on the photograph of the installation, the FCV 620 SONAR has a latitude and longitude displayed. It shows the location to be:
05 14.6 North
This puts your boat in the jungle of the Central African Republic.
Could you identity what species of fish you are marking there?
posted 07-27-2007 06:50 AM ET (US)
Notice in the lower right hand corner of the display the word Demo. I can run my Furuno 620 in the Demo mode and it retains all its normal operational functionality. I had a client with me and was walking him thru the 620 and DSC functionalities. The lat/long you saw is preprogramed into
the 620's two Demo scenarios by Furuno. That was not a NMEA input from my GPS.
I can run in Demo mode without disconnecting the transducer and it doesn't damage the transducer.
There you go.
posted 07-27-2007 09:06 AM ET (US)
Tom--Thanks for the explanation. The display image was so sharp and the colors so strong that I was suspecting there might have been some PhotoShop work involved in putting it into the picture. That is a great shot of your boat's electronic bridge.
posted 07-27-2007 04:44 PM ET (US)
bluewaterpirate-thank you for the educational content!
posted 07-27-2007 06:59 PM ET (US)
Minor point: You don't have to have Class D to do that, just
DSC with the right features. My Standard Horizon Spectrum
isn't Class D (doesn't have a separate receiver for DSC) but
could do exactly what you demoed.
posted 07-27-2007 07:22 PM ET (US)
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