•Secondary radio system for fishing vessels
Frequency range 300 kHz to 3000 kHz (0.3 to 3.0 MHz)
Transceiver may also handle HF frequency range
Unpredictable range, certainly local area but can bounce long distances
Contains additional distress frequency complementing VHF
Wide range of antenna designs
Shore antennas can be tens of meters long
Various technique allow "folded" antennas
Shipboard installations may run along stays or upper masts
Especially if you try to use the
antenna for HF as well, there can be inefficiencies, but additional
coupling equipment can improve the situation. Consult a qualified
FCC-licensed installer for antenna layout.
Generally fixed mount but handhelds exist
The Coast Guard urges, in the strongest terms possible,
that you take the time to interconnect your GPS and
Doing so may save your life in a distress situation! The radio can
give your position through DSC without any manual steps.
It’s a simple NMEA 0183 2-wire connection that Beachwerks
can make for you.
–2.182 MHz distress frequency