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    6 missing after boat sinks in Gulf of Mexico Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/20-gctid383680

    This really sucks..

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/21...est=latestnews

    #2
    2 words....DSC works!!!....he shoulda had it hooked to his gps and they would have known his last posit immediately....

    hope they find them if thier in that dingy.......

    :arr arr

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      #3
      a handheld with DSC ($220) in addition to a $100 DSC radio (SH GX1150 with $20 rebate) on the boat would have made a hell of a difference too....

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        #4
        If you don't have dsc at least have a gps enabled cell phone handy to give an appx lat/long. Sounds like panic led to a bad distress call.

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          #5
          yeah, well invested into safety! Get a high end smartphone and save the $100 for a real DSC marine VHF. All that on an expensive boat........

          You don't have to buy a $1k+ marine VHF to get a better link. At the same RF power and in most cases almost the same receiver coverage of the lowest end VHF's is the same. All you usually get is nicer and more impressive plastic, a larger display and more rugged knobs and buttons. Only if you are in an area with a lot of traffic on the adjacent channels the more expensive units perform better in receive.

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            #6
            He reported he was 50 miles out of Houston. Does that seem quite a ways out for VHF to anyone else ?

            BTW - Here is a commercial fishing captain without a backup plan.

            Lets get real, that far from shore carrying passangers he should have an EPIRB ?

            PLB/s

            Liferaft/s

            Handheld VHF with GPS
            Jim McNeely
            New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
            Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
            Brighton, Michigan USA
            MMSI # 367393410

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              #7
              with a modern radio and a well maintained and correctly installed 8ft antenna 50mi shouldn't be a problem. In addition there are more ships in that area. I am pretty sure that a DSC Mayday would have woken them all up. A lot of large ships only monitor DSC well and no longer Ch 16 as careful as they once did....

              I agree, that far out as a commercial an EPIRP should be on board and not only one.... The problem with EPIRPs is that it can take up to 1h until the signal is caught.

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                #8
                We never leave port without making sure our GX1500 is receiving signal from the Garmin to ensure DSC. Standard on-board procedure on the Bounds Back is to USE the DSC FIRST in case of emergency then follow up with radio comm.

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                  #9
                  kjs wrote:
                  with a modern radio and a well maintained and correctly installed 8ft antenna 50mi shouldn't be a problem. In addition there are more ships in that area. I am pretty sure that a DSC Mayday would have woken them all up. A lot of large ships only monitor DSC well and no longer Ch 16 as careful as they once did....

                  I agree, that far out as a commercial an EPIRP should be on board and not only one.... The problem with EPIRPs is that it can take up to 1h until the signal is caught.
                  Isn't VHF line of sight ? If so 50 miles would require a very tall antenna.

                  Yes other ships should have picked up his DSC Distress call.
                  Jim McNeely
                  New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
                  Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
                  Brighton, Michigan USA
                  MMSI # 367393410

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                    #10
                    Hmmmm...no one found in search, no one has been reported missing.

                    Smuggler's decoy ploy? All assets would be focused way out in the gulf in a given area.

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                      #11
                      JimMc wrote:
                      Isn't VHF line of sight ? If so 50 miles would require a very tall antenna.

                      Yes other ships should have picked up his DSC Distress call.
                      Yes, so you loose due to the curvature of the earth. But as was mentioned, there are probably lots of boats in between the 50 mile line and shore, the 8' antenna is up off the ground, there is a certain amount of variance from line-of-sight, etc. The Rescue 21 towers are I'm sure as high as they could reasonably require them to be, if thats how the call was received.

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