If you’re out on the water and things go badly -fire, taking on water, man overboard, etc – you really need to work the problem. Seconds may count but you also need to get on the radio and make a call. If things go bad, really bad, you have to call “Mayday” – wait for a response – pass all sorts of information about your position and how many people are on board and what your problem is, etc., but while your doing that you still have this problem to handle. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just push a button and send out the information about your vessel and what your problem is – to everyone – and get back to trying to save your boat (and your life)?
What you you pay for a button like that? If there was just some system – like the alarm system in your house – where you could automatically call for help and the people you need would instantly know everything about your boat, where it is, what your emergency is, and then send help whether you can talk or not; wouldn’t that be something worth paying for? Read more “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Your Radio and DSC”