If you have a VHF-digital selective calling (DSC) radio aboard have you read the radio’s manual for the use of this important piece of communication and safety gear? Does the radio have an integral GPS or must it be interfaced with an existing GPS on your boat? Do you have an MMSI number? How do you make a distress call? Find out the answers to these and other important questions about the features on a DSC radio. Consult articles in boating magazines or websites, or read DSC radio and DSC radio distress call on pp. 151-152 of the Mariner’s Guide.
Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.