Darrell Nicholson

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Stitching Versus Splicing
September 12, 2014 A stitch in time saves nine. You don’t need to tell this to a sailor. Anyone who has had his genoa split at the leach, or...

Reasons to Stick with Teak
August 11, 2014 About two miles up the Lumut River in western Malaysia, a local entrepreneur known simply as “Mr. Chan” ran a small mooring...

A Shoe Tester’s Epiphany
July 15, 2014 I had a bit of a problem last month when we scheduled our latest shoe test. PS Managing Editor Ann Key, our premier shoe...

Pura Vida Dreamin’
June 11, 2014 If you were the young, newly married Ben Harrison, hanging out in San Francisco in 1973 with your beautiful art graduate wife,...

Alberg’s Timeless Designs
May 14, 2014 We’d tucked into Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, when the pretty green sloop sailed through the narrow slot into the basin. A ballsy...

Share Your Hobie Memories with Us
April 15, 2014 When Hobart “Hobie” Alter died at the age of 80 on March 29, I thought about how Hobie Cats touched my life. I grew up just a...

Testing Telemedicine’s Limits
March 13, 2014 Early into the 645-mile race between Marion, Mass., and the island of Bermuda in 2009, trouble brewed aboard the C&C 40...

Aggressive Hull Cleaning Stirs Up Copper Debate
February 12, 2014 Early this month, irate boat owners from Marina del Rey, Calif., packed the regional water-quality board meeting, protesting a...

Father and Son Sail
January 14, 2014 The boy’s father was at the helm—though you wouldn’t know it at first glance. He sat to the side of his son with his hand...

No Escape From the Grips of this Calm
December 10, 2013 I don’t believe the village of Warapu exists anymore. The ocean carried it away. The school . . . the district government...

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Calling Mayday on an SSB

by Darrell Nicholson on October 21, 2014

Based on US Coast Guard statistics, surprisingly few boaters enable the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) function on their VHF radio, or have it operating correctly. From what we are hearing from some marine manufacturers like ICOM, the numbers for marine single-sideband (SSB) marine radios—the topic of our ongoing series of tests—are just as discouraging. It doesn't have to be that way. With a few simple tools and maybe a trip to a Radio Shack, getting your radio (VHF or SSB) DSC-ready can be carried in a single weekend.

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