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Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio

VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is now a reality in the Fort Myers area, since Rescue 21 went live in August 2006. DSC is the 911 of the Coast Guard.

DSC vastly simplifies and improves rescue and routine call signaling making it easier to make a call while the system frees up Channel 16 for essential communications. However, you need to know how to use it. This
seminar answers those needs and explains basic VHF operation. A CD is included with a DSC Simulator that allows you to practice on your computer at home. A handy waterproof McGraw-Hill Guide, "Using VHF" is included with essential information that you should have aboard, which will explain to anyone on your crew how to use the radio.

Classes are held in the Squadron's classroom on San Carlos Boulevard. This class is under revision and not being offered at this time. Call the Squadron at (239) 466-4040 for additional information. Click on
Class Schedule for Dates and Times.


United States Power Squadrons®
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron