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DSC Radio Check: Fast, Easy, and Automatic

Since the discontinuation of SeaTow's radio check service, the US Coast Guard recommends all VHF checks be held by DS

Group DSC Primer for Fleets and Safety: Group Calls on your VHF and SSB
Not just for safety anymore, DSC can be used to contact another boat for purely non-emergency reasons, such as find other boats positions and automatically plot them on your chart-plotter Not only that, you can set your radio to be part of a “group” to send and receive alerts intended for a fleet of vessels. This capability may serve any fleet, be it yacht club, regatta, race or just a group of friends.
VHF Channel Changes

While working with fellow CCA members on a comprehensive marine safety manual, I found that the powers that be have p

Lessons Learned During a Winter Delivery

Despite my better judgment, I was coerced into delivering a 40’ cruising sloop up the coast from Oceanside to Moss La