Owner`s manual | Cobra Electronics MR F55 Portable Radio User Manual

Our Thanks To You
Introduction
Intro
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Customer
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Thank you for purchasing a CobraMarine™ VHF radio.
Properly used, this Cobra® product will give you
many years of reliable service.
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VHF
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How Your CobraMarine
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This radio isSecondary
a VHFIconstransceiver for fixed mounting on your boat. It gives you 2-way
vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore station communications, primarily for safety
and secondarily for navigation and operational purposes. With it, you can call for
help, get information from other boaters, talk to lock or bridge tenders, and make
radiotelephone calls to anywhere
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the world through
a marine operator.
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Besides 2-way communications, in the U.S.A., the radio can provide quick
access to receive all ten (10) NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration) weather channels and alert you to weather emergencies with
a tone on a weather channel you can select for your area.
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Should you encounter any problems with this product, or not understand
its many features, please refer to this owner’s manual. If you require further
assistance after reading this manual, Cobra® Electronics offers the following
Customer
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For Assistance In The U.S.A.
Automated Help Desk English only.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week 773-889-3087 (phone).
Printed in China Part No. 480-085-P
Revised 11-20-03
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Notice
Customer
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Operators
English and Spanish.
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Mon. through Fri. (except holidays) 773-889-3087 (phone).
Questions English and Spanish.
Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).
Technical Assistance English only.
www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked Questions).
English and Spanish. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).
VHF MARINE RADIO
MR F55
Nothing comes close to a Cobra®
For Assistance Outside The U.S.A.
Contact Your Local Dealer
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A1 English
© 2003 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
Transceiver Controls,
Indicators And Connections
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Radio Status and
Data Display
Instant
Channel
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16/9 Button
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Backlit
LCD
Screen
Down
Button
Up
Button
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Active
Channel
Number
Microphone And
Product Features
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Microphone With Auxiliary Controls
Up/Down
Buttons
Can be used
instead of those
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on the transceiver.
Simplex
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Squelch
Knob
Warning
On-Off
Power/
Volume
Knob
Instant Channel
16/9 Button
Can be used
instead of the
one on the
transceiver.
Talk
Button
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Microphone
Up
Button
Down
Button
Notice
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Caution
Warning
Instant
Channel
16/9 Button
Product Features
Dual Power
Selectable to one (1) or 25 watts output
power for near or distant calling.
USA/International/Canada Channels
Allows operation on any of the three (3)
different channel maps established for
these areas.
Weather/UIC
Button
Speaker
High/Low Power
Button
Position Coordinates –
Latitude and Longitude
Dual-Watch
Button
Call/Set
Button
Scan
Button
Microphone
Cord
Connection
Socket
DSC Distress Button
(Behind Red Spring
Loaded Cover)
Power
Connection
Antenna
Socket
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External
Speaker Jack
Global Positioning
System (GPS) Jack
Ten (10) NOAA Weather Channels
Instant access to all of the National
Weather Channels, 24 hours a day.
Emergency Weather Alert
Can alert you with an audible
tone and visual alarm if threatening
weather is nearby.
Instant Channel 16/9
Instant access to the priority
Channel 16 and calling Channel 9.
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Allows sending a distress message
at the touch of a button as well as
specific station-to-station calls.
A3 English
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Scan
Lets you scan through all channels in the
active channel map to find conversations
in progress.
Dual-Watch
Lets you monitor two (2) channels at
once — Channel 16 and one (1) user
selectable channel.
Controls On The Microphone
Handy control buttons on the microphone
let you operate one (1) handed at a
distance from the radio.
Illuminated Buttons
Helps you quickly find the buttons
you need in low light conditions.
Mounting Kits Included
Radio can be mounted on, under, or in
almost any flat surface using one (1)
of the included brackets.
Waterproof
Submersible to one (1) meter of water
for 30 minutes — meets JIS7 Standards.
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Table Of Contents
Introduction
Intro
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Customer
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Introduction
Our Thanks To You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Operation
Customer
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Transceiver Controls,
Indicators And Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
Assistance
Customer
Microphone . . . . . .Installation
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Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
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Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Recommendations
For Marine Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
FCC Licensing Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Caution
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VHF Marine Radio Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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Digital Selective Calling (DSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Warning
Notice MobileCaution
Maritime
Service Identity
(MMSI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Radiotelephone Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Customer
Emergency
Messages And Distress Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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Marine Distress Procedure — DSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
VHF Marine Channel Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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Customer
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NOAA
Weather Channels And Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Installation and Start-Up
Caution In ThisWarning
Included
Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Mounting
Customer And Powering The Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Assistance
Antenna
Requirements And Attachment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
External Devices And Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Operating Your Radio
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Set-Up Routines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
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Voice
Transmission
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Caution
Warning
NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio And Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Advanced Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
DSC Set-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Customer
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Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
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Limited 3-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
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Customer Service
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Order Form And Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
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Flush Mount Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
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Important Safety Information
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WARNING
Statements identify conditions that could result in personal injury or loss of life.
Warning
Caution
Notice
CAUTION
Statements identify conditions that could cause damage to the radio
Warning equipment.
or other
Safety Training Information
This CobraMarine™ radio is designed for and classified as “Occupational Use Only.”
It must only be used in the course of employment by individuals aware of both the
hazards and the ways to minimize those hazards. This radio is NOT intended for
use in an uncontrolled environment by the “General Population.”
This radio has been tested and complies with the FCC RF exposure limits for
“Occupational Use Only.” This CobraMarine™ VHF radio also complies with the
following guidelines and standards regarding RF energy and electromagnetic
energy levels as well as evaluation of those levels for human exposure:
■ FCC OET Bulletin 65 Edition 97-01 Supplement C, Evaluating
Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio
Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.
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American National Standards Institute (C95.1-1992), IEEE Standard
for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency
Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.
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American National Standards Institute (C95.3-1992), IEEE
Recommended Practice for the Measurement of Potentially
Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields — RF and Microwave.
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of this radio, it must be installed and used properly.
Please
read
the installation and operating instructions carefully before
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installing and using it. Special attention must be paid to the WARNING
and CAUTION statements in this manual.
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The following WARNINGS and CAUTIONS will make you aware of RF exposure
hazards and how to assure you operate the radio within the FCC RF exposure
limits established for it.
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Warning And Caution Statements
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Important Safety Information
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Before installing and using your CobraMarine™ VHF radio,
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read these general precautions and warnings.
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WARNINGS
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generates electromagnetic RF (radio frequency) energy when
it is transmitting. To insure that you and those around you are not exposed
to excessive amounts of that energy, DO NOT touch the antenna when
transmitting and KEEP yourself and all others on your vessel the required
distance away fromNotice
the antenna
while transmitting.
SEE page 30 in the
Caution
Warning
antenna requirements section for further information.
DO NOT operate the radio without a proper antenna or equivalent
dummy load attached. Doing so may expose you to excessive RF
energy and will damage the radio.
DO NOT transmit more than 50% of the time the radio is in use —
50% duty cycle. The radio is transmitting when the Talk button is
pressed and the transmit information shows on the LCD screen.
ALWAYS use only Cobra® authorized accessories.
DO NOT operate the radio in an explosive atmosphere, near blasting sites,
or in any area where signs are posted prohibiting radio transmissions.
NEVER connect the transceiver to AC power. It can be a fire hazard, may
cause an electric shock, and may damage the transceiver.
NEVER mount the transceiver or microphone where they might interfere
with operation of your vessel or cause injury.
DO NOT allow children or anyone unfamiliar with proper procedures to
operate the radio without supervision.
Failure to observe any of these warnings may cause you to exceed
FCC RF exposure limits or create other dangerous conditions.
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Recommendations For
Marine Communication
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This CobraMarine™ radio Assistance
incorporates a VHF FM transceiver designed for use in
the
frequency
range of 156.025 to 163.275 MHz. It requires 13.8 volts DC and
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has a switchable RF output power of one (1) or 25 watts.
DO NOT cut the power cables attached to the transceiver. Improper
reconnection with reversed polarity will damage the transceiver.
The transceiver is capable of RTCM SC 101 DSC (Digital Selective Calling) operation.
POSITION your radio,
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speakers, and
cables at least three (3) feet (0.9 m)
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Notice
away from your vessel’s magnetic navigation compass. CHECK your compass
before and after installation to be sure that it has not introduced any deviation.
DO NOT attempt to service any internal parts yourself. Have any
necessary service performed by a qualified technician.
The radio operates on all currently allocated marine channels and is switchable for
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Notice
use according to U.S.A., International, or Canadian regulations. It features instant
access to emergency Channel 16 and calling Channel 9 as well as NOAA (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) All Hazards Radio with Alert that can be
accessed by pressing one (1) key.
Station License
DO NOT drop the transceiver or microphone. Doing so may crack the
case or damage a waterproof seal. Once these items have been dropped,
the original waterproofing cannot be guaranteed.
An FCC ship station license is no longer required for any vessel traveling in U.S.A.
waters which uses a VHF marine radio, RADAR, or EPIRB (Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon), and which is not required to carry radio equipment.
However, any vessel required to carry a marine radio on an international voyage,
carrying a HF single side band radiotelephone, or carrying a marine satellite
terminal must obtain a station license.
DO NOT use chemicals or solvents such as mineral spirits and alcohol
to clean your radio. They may damage the case surfaces.
Changes or modifications to your radio MAY VOID its compliance with FCC rules
and make it illegal to use.
FCC license forms and applications for ship and land stations can be downloaded
through the Internet at www.fcc.gov/forms. Forms can also be obtained by calling
the FCC at 888-225-5322.
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The frequencies your radio uses are set aside to enhance safety afloat and for
vessel navigation and operational messages over a range suitable for nearshore
voyages. If the 25 watt maximum output of your radio isn’t sufficient for the
distances you travel from the coast, consider installing more powerful radio
equipment such as HF single side band or satellite radio for your vessel.
International Station License
The U.S. Coast Guard does not endorse cellular telephones as substitutes for
marine radios. They generally cannot communicate with rescue vessels and,
if you make a distress call on a cellular telephone, only the party you call will
be able to hear you. Additionally, cellular telephones may have limited coverage
over water and can be hard to locate. If you don’t know where you are, the
Coast Guard will have difficulty finding you if you’re using a cellular telephone.
Currently, the FCC does not require recreational boaters to have a license. The United
States Coast Guard recommends that the boat’s registration number and state of registry
(e.g., Illinois 1234 AB) be used as a call sign and be clearly visible on the vessel.
However, cellular telephones can have a place on board where cellular coverage
is available — to allow social conversations and keep the marine frequencies
uncluttered and available for their intended uses.
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CobraMarine™ VHF radios comply with the FCC (Federal Communication
Commission) requirements that regulate the Maritime Radio Service.
NEVER connect the transceiver to DC power greater than 16 volts or to
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DC source
with reversed polarity. Doing so will damage the transceiver.
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FCC LICENSING INFORMATION
AVOID
using or storing the radio at temperatures below -4°F (-20°C) or
Warning
above 140°F (60°C).
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FCC Licensing Information
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If your vessel will be entering the sovereign waters of a country other than the
U.S.A. or Canada, you should contact that country’s communications regulatory
authority for licensing information.
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Canadian Ship Station License
You need a Radio Operator’s Certificate if your vessel is operated in Canadian waters.
Radio Operator training and certification is available from the Canadian Power
Squadron. Visit their website (http://www.cps-ecp.ca/english/newradiocard.html),
contact the nearest field office or write: Industry of Canada, Radio Regulatory
Branch, Attn: DOSP, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C8.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
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VHF Marine Radio
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Limits On Calling
All users are responsible for observing domestic and foreign government
regulations
and are subject to severe penalties for violations. The VHF frequencies
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on your radio Installation
are reserved
for marine use and require a special license to operate
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from land, including when your boat is on its trailer.
You must not call the same station for more than 30 seconds at a time.
If you do not get a reply, wait at least two (2) minutes before calling again.
Customer wait at least 15 minutes before calling again.
After three (3)Installation
calling periods,
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Change
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This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
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subject to the following two (2) conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference,
and (2) This
device must accept any interference
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Notice
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
After contacting another station on a calling channel, change immediately
to a channel which is available for the type of message you want to send.
Station Identification
Notice
Warning
Prohibited Communications
You MUST NOT transmit:
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VHF Marine Radio Procedures
Caution
Identify, in English, your station by your FCC call sign, ship name, the state registration
number, or other official number at both the beginning and end of each message.
FCC Warnings: Replacement or substitution of transistors, regular diodes,
or other parts of a unique nature, with parts other than those recommended
by Cobra® may cause a violation of the technical regulations of part 80 of the
FCC Rules, or violation of type acceptance requirements of part 2 of the rules.
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False distress or emergency messages.
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Messages containing obscene, indecent, or profane words or meaning.
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General calls, signals, or messages (messages not addressed to a particular
station) on Channel 16, except in an emergency or if you are testing your radio.
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When you are on land.
Maintain Your Watch
Whenever your boat is underway, the radio must be turned On and
be tuned to Channel 16 except when being used for messages.
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Power
Voice Calling
Try one (1) watt first if the station being called is within a few miles. If there
is no answer, switch to a higher power. This will conserve your battery and
minimize interference to other users.
To Call Another Vessel Or A Shore Installation Such As A Lock Or Bridge Tender:
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Select Channel 16 and listen to make sure it is not being used.
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Make
sure your radio is On.
Call a coast station on its assigned channel. You may use Channel 16
when you do not know the assigned channel.
Call other vessels on Channel 16 or on Channel 9. (Channel 9 is preferred
for recreational vessel use.) You may also call on ship-to-ship channels
when you know that the vessel is listening on a ship-to-ship channel.
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Calling Coast Stations
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Voice Calling
NOTE
Channel 9 may be used by recreational vessels for general-purpose
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calling. This frequency should be used whenever possible to relieve
congestion on Channel 16.
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When the channel is quiet, press the Talk button and call the ship you wish to
call. (Hold the microphone a few inches from your face and speak directly into
it in a normal tone of voice — clearly and distinctly.) Say “[name of station
being called] THIS IS [your vessel’s name or call sign].”
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Once contact is made on the calling channel, you must switch to a proper
working channel. See the channel listing on page 14 through 15.
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Vagabond: “Corsair, this is Vagabond. Reply 72 (or any proper working channel).”
Corsair: “72” or “Roger”
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After communications are completed, each vessel must sign off with its
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call sign or vessel name and switch to Channel 16.
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The MMSI Number Is Available In The U.S.A. From Any Of Three (3) Sources:
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■ BoatU.S.: 1-800-563-1536
– www.boatus.com/mmsi
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For best sound quality at the station you’re calling, hold the microphone
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at least two (2) inches [five (5) cm] from your mouth and slightly off to
one (1) side. Speak in a normal tone of voice.
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Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Digital selective calling is a semi-automated system for establishing a radio
call. It has been designed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
as an international standard for VHF, MF, and HF calls and is part of the Secondary Icons
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
DSC will eventually replace aural (listening) watches on distress frequencies
and will be used to announce routine and urgent maritime safety information
broadcasts. Until DSC is fully implemented, it is still necessary to maintain a
listening watch on Channel 16.
The DSC system allows mariners to instantly send a distress call with GPS
position coordinates (requires a GPS receiver to be connected to the radio)
to the Coast Guard and other vessels within range of the transmission.
DSC also allows mariners to initiate and receive distress, urgent, safety,
routine, position request, position send, and group calls between vessels
equipped with DSC capable radios.
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For
your
CobraMarine™ radio to operate in the DSC mode, you must enter your
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maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number. See page 49 for instructions
on how to enter it.
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An MMSI is a nine (9) digit number used on a marine radio capable of using digital
selective calling (DSC). It is used to selectively call other vessels or shore stations
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and is similar to
a telephone
number.
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Corsair:Customer
“Vagabond,
thisCustomer
is Corsair.”
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Maritime Mobile Service
Identity (MMSI)
The vessel Corsair calling the vessel Vagabond:
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Maritime Mobile
Service Identity (MMSI)
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Maritel: 1-888-Maritel (1-888-627-4835)
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Sea Tow International: 1-631-765-3660 – www.seatow.com
In
Canada, Contact:
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■ Industry Canada Spectrum Management Office (only available on the Internet):
http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/vwGeneratedInterE/sf01742e.html
To Obtain An MMSI Number Outside The U.S.A.:
Users can obtain an MMSI from their country’s telecommunications authority
or ship registry. This may involve amending or obtaining a ship station license.
Warning
WARNING
This equipment is designed to generate a digital maritime distress and
safety signal to facilitate search and rescue. To be effective as a safety
device, this equipment must be used only within communication range
of a shore-based VHF marine channel to distress and safety watch system.
The range of the signal may vary, but under normal conditions should be
approximately 20 nautical miles.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Operation
Radiotelephone Calls
Customer
Assistance
Radiotelephone Calls
Operation
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
Intro
•
Boaters may make and receive radiotelephone calls to and from any number on
Customer
Warrantynetwork by using the services of public coast stations. Calls can be
the
telephone
Assistance
Customer
made — for a Installation
fee — between
your radio and telephones on land, sea, and in the air.
Assistance
See pages 14 through 23 for the public correspondence (marine operator) channels.
Notice
Caution
Caution
PAN
The urgency signal PAN is used when the safety of the vessel or person
is in jeopardy. (This
is properly
pronounced pahn.)
Caution
Warning
Notice signal
CAUTION
You may disclose privileged information during a radiotelephone call.
Warning
Keep
in mind that your transmission is NOT private, as it is on a regular
telephone. Both sides of the conversation are being broadcast and can be
heard by anyone who has a radio and tunes to the channel you are using.
The ability to summon assistance in an emergency is the primary reason
to have a VHF marine radio. The marine environment can be unforgiving,
and what may initially be a minor problem can rapidly develop into a
situation beyond your control.
The Coast Guard monitors Channel 16, responds to all distress calls, and
coordinates all search and rescue efforts. Depending on the availability of
other capable vessels or commercial assistance operators in your vicinity,
Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary craft may be dispatched.
In any event, do communicate with the Coast Guard as soon as you experience
difficulties and before your situation becomes an emergency. Use the emergency
message procedures only after your situation has become grave or you are faced
with a sudden danger threatening life or property and requiring immediate help.
If you are merely out of gas, do not send an emergency message. Drop your
anchor and call a friend or marina to bring the fuel you need or give you a tow.
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The three (3) spoken international emergency signals are:
Customer
Warning
Emergency Messages And Distress Procedure
Warranty
Installation
MAYDAY
is used to indicate that a station is threatened
The distress signal
Assistance
by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance.
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If
you plan to use these services, consider registering with the operator of the
Customer
Assistance
public
coast station that you plan to work through. Those services can provide
you with detailed information and procedures to follow.
Notice
Customer
Marine EmergencyAssistance
Signals
MAYDAY
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Installation
Operation
Emergency Messages
And Distress Procedure
SECURITE
The safety signal SECURITE is used for messages about the safety of navigation or
important weather warnings. (This signal is properly pronounced see-cure-it-tay.)
•
When using an international emergency signal, the appropriate
signal is to be spoken three (3) times prior to the message.
If You Hear A Distress Call
You must give any message beginning with one (1) of these signals priority
over any other messages. ALL stations MUST remain silent on Channel 16
for the duration of the emergency unless the message relates directly to
the emergency.
If you hear a distress message from a vessel, stand by your radio. If it is
not answered, YOU should answer. If the distressed vessel is not nearby,
wait a short time for others who may be closer to acknowledge. Even if
you cannot render direct assistance, you may be in a position to relay
the message.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Operation
Emergency Messages
And Distress Procedure
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Intro
Operation
Customer
Speak slowly — clearly — calmly.
1. Make sure your radio is On.
For Example
Customer
Assistance
Installation
Customer
2. Select VHF Channel 16.
“Mayday — Mayday — Assistance
Mayday”
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3.Secondary
Press
Talk button and say:
“MAYDAY — MAYDAY — MAYDAY.”
(Or “PAN — PAN — PAN,”
or “SECURITE — SECURITE — SECURITE.”)
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Notice
Caution
Warranty
Assistance
Keep the radio nearby. Even
after your message has been received, the Coast Guard
can find you more quickly if you can transmit a signal for a rescue boat to hone in on.
Marine Distress Procedure
Installation
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Emergency Messages
and Distress Procedure
Warning
4. Say:
“THIS IS [your vessel name or call sign].”
5. Say:
“MAYDAY (or “PAN” or “SECURITE”)
[your vessel name or call sign].
“This is Corsair — Corsair — Corsair” [or “Illinois 1234 AB“ three (3) times]
“Mayday Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB)”
“Navy Pier bears 220 degrees magnetic — distance five (5) miles”
Warning
Notice
“Struck submerged
objectCaution
and flooding
— need pump and tow”
“Four adults, three children aboard — no one injured”
“Estimate we will remain afloat one-half (1⁄2) hour”
“Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB) is 26 foot sloop with blue hull and tan deck house”
“I will be listening on Channel 16”
6. Tell where you are:
(what navigational aids or landmarks are near).
7. State the nature of your distress.
8. State the kind of assistance needed.
9. Give number of persons aboard and conditions of any injured.
“This is Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB)”
“Over”
It is a good idea to write out a script of the message form and post it where you
and others on your vessel can see it when an emergency message needs to be sent.
10. Estimate present seaworthiness of your vessel.
Marine Distress Procedure – DSC
11. Briefly describe your vessel (length, type, color, hull).
Once your radio is connected to a GPS device and is properly set-up with your
MMSI, simply lifting the red spring-loaded door and pressing the button will
automatically send a complete distress call on Channel 70. See the DSC operation
section on pages 54 through 65 for further information and page 55 instruction
on sending a manual DSC distress call.
12. Say:
“I WILL BE LISTENING ON CHANNEL 16.”
13. End message by saying:
“THIS IS [your vessel name or call sign] OVER.”
•
14. Release Talk button and listen. Someone should answer.
If not, repeat the call, beginning at item 3 above.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Operation
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Customer
Assistance
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
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VHF Marine Channel Assignments
Intro
Warranty
Channels 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 84, 84A, 85, 85A, 86, 86A, 87, 87A, 88*
For calls to marine operators at public coast stations. You can make and receive
Customer stations.
telephone callsInstallation
through these
Assistance
Port
Operations
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Channels 1A*, 5A*, 12*, 14*, 20A, 63A*, 65A, 66A, 73, 74, 77*
Used for directing the movement of ships in or near ports, locks, or waterways.
Messages must be about operational handling, movement, and safety of ships.
The following is a brief outline of the channel assignments in the U.S.A.
Channel Map.
Caution
Customer
Assistance
Public Correspondence
(Marine Operator)
•
Three (3) sets of VHF channels have been established for marine use in the U.S.A.,
Canada, and the rest of the world (International). Most of the channels are the same
Customer
for all three (3)Installation
maps, but
there are definite differences (see table on the following
Assistance
pages).
Your radio has all three (3) maps built into it and will operate correctly in
Secondary Icons
whichever area you choose.
Notice
Operation
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Warning
Caution
Warning
Distress, Safety, and Calling
NavigationalNotice
Channel 16
Getting the attention of another station (calling) or in emergencies
(distress and safety).
Channels 13, 67
Channels are available to all vessels. Messages must be about navigation, including
passing or meeting other vessels. These are also the main working channels for
most locks and drawbridges. You must keep your messages short and power output
at no more than one (1) watt.
Calling
Channel 9
General purpose (non-emergency) calling by non-commercial vessels.
Recreational boaters are urged to use this channel to reduce congestion
on Channel 16.
Maritime Control
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Intership Safety
Channel 6
Ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and rescue messages to
Coast Guard ships and aircraft.
Digital Selective Calling
Intro
Coast Guard Liaison
Channel 22A
To talk to the Coast Guard (non-emergency) after making contact on Channel 16.
Non-Commercial
Channels 68*, 69, 71, 72, 78A, 79A*, 80A*
Working channels for small vessels. Messages must be about needs of the
vessel, such as fishing reports, berthing, and rendezvous. Use Channel 72 only
for ship-to-ship messages.
Channel 17
For talking to vessels and coast stations operated by state or local governments.
Messages must be about regulation and control, boating activities, or assistance.
Channel 70
This channel
is setWarranty
aside for distress, safety, and general calling using only digital
Customer
selectiveAssistance
calling techniques. Voice communication is prohibited; your radio cannot
transmit voice messages on this channel.
Operation
Weather
Customer
Installation
Secondary Icons
Assistance
Channels Wx 1 Thru 10
Receive-only channels for NOAA weather broadcasts. You cannot transmit on them.
Notice
NOTE
* These channels are restricted to the listed uses in certain parts of
Caution
Warning
the country or for certain types of users only. Consult FCC rules
or a knowledgeable radio operator before using them.
Commercial
Channels 1A, 7A, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18A, 19A, 63A, 67, 72, 79A, 80A, 88A*
Working channels for working ships only. Messages must be about business or
needs of the ship. Use Channels 8, 67, 72, and 88A only for ship-to-ship messages.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Channel
Number
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Installation
•
Customer
Assistance
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
Intro
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
01
01A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
156.050
160.650
156.050
156.050
Power
Limits
01
•
•
03
•
Notice
Caution
•
05
•
•
07
08
09
10
11
12
Warning
•
04A
07A
•
•
•
04
06
Warranty
Use
Public
Correspondence
(Marine Operator)
Customer
Installation
01A
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS in selected areas
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02
05A
Customer
Assistance
Assistance
•
Secondary Icons
03A
Channel
Operation
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
156.100
160.700
02
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.150
160.750
03
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.150
156.150
03A
156.200
160.800
04
156.200
156.200
04A
156.250
160.850
05
156.250
156.250
05A
156.300
156.300
06
Intership Safety
156.350
160.950
07
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
156.350
156.350
07A
156.400
156.400
08
Commercial (Intership Only)
156.450
156.450
09
Boater Calling Channel, Non-Commercial (Recreational)
156.500
156.500
10
Commercial
156.550
156.550
11
Commercial, VTS in selected areas
156.600
156.600
12
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
13
Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-Bridge). In U.S. waters,
large vessels maintain a listening watch on this channel.
Caution
Notice
Government
Only
Warning
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
Commercial
13
•
•
•
156.650
156.650
14
•
•
•
•
156.700
156.700
14
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
Rx Only
156.750
15
Environmental (Receive Only). Used by class C EPIRB’s.
156.750
156.750
15
Canada (EPIRB Buoys Only); International (On-Board Communication)
156.800
156.800
156.850
156.850
15
15
16
17
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
1 Watt USA and CAN
1 Watt CAN and INT
1 Watt CAN
16
International Distress, Safety and Calling
17
State Controlled (U.S.A. Only)
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Channel
Number
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Installation
•
Customer
Assistance
•
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
Intro
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
18
18A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
156.900
161.500
156.900
156.900
Power
Limits
18
20A
•
•
•
•
Notice
•
•
•
23
23A
24
25
26
27
28
•
•
•
•
•
•
60
61
61A
62
62A
18 English
Warranty
Use
Port
Operations,
Ship Movement
Customer
Installation
18A
Commercial
156.950
161.550
19
156.950
156.950
19A
157.000
161.600
157.000
157.000
20A
157.050
161.650
21
157.050
157.050
21A
157.100
161.700
22
•
157.100
157.100
•
157.150
161.750
23
157.150
157.150
23A
157.200
161.800
24
157.250
161.850
25
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.300
161.900
26
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.350
161.950
27
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.400
162.000
28
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.025
160.625
60
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.075
160.675
61
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operation, Ship Movement
156.075
156.075
156.125
160.725
62
156.125
156.125
62A
•
•
•
•
•
22
22A
•
Caution
•
21
21A
Customer
Assistance
Secondary Icons
19
20
Operation
Assistance
•
Secondary Icons
19A
Channel
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Warning
1 Watt CAN
20
22A
61A
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Commercial
Caution
Warning
Notice (Coast
Canada
Guard Only);
International (Port Operations, Ship Movement)
Port Operations
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information
Broadcasts that are announced on Channel 16
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Government Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only);
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Channel
Number
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Installation
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
Intro
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
63
63A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
Customer
Assistance
Power
Limits
156.175
160.775
63
156.175
156.175
63A
•
•
•
•
156.225
160.825
64
156.225
156.225
64A
156.275
160.875
65
156.275
156.275
65A
156.325
160.925
66
•
156.325
156.325
1 Watt CAN
1 Watt USA
66A
•
•
•
•
•
67
•
•
•
156.375
156.375
68
•
•
•
156.425
156.425
69
•
•
•
156.475
156.475
70
•
•
•
RX only
156.525
71
•
•
•
156.575
156.575
72
•
•
•
156.625
156.625
73
•
•
•
156.675
156.675
74
•
•
•
156.725
156.725
77
•
•
•
156.875
156.875
65A
Notice
•
66
20 English
Warranty
Use
Public
Correspondence
(Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Customer
Installation
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS in selected areas
Secondary Icons
64
65
Customer
Assistance
Assistance
•
Secondary Icons
64A
Channel
Operation
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Caution
Warning
•
1 Watt CAN
66A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Commercial Fishing)
Caution
Warning
NoticeCorrespondence
Public
(Marine
Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations
67
U.S. (Commercial). Used for bridge-to-bridge communications in lower
Mississippi River (Intership Only); Canada (Commercial Fishing), S&R
68
Non-Commercial (Recreational)
69
U.S. (Non-Commercial, Recreational); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
70
Digital Selective Calling (Voice communications not allowed)
71
U.S. and Canada (Non-Commercial, Recreational);
International (Port Operations, Ship Movement)
72
Non-Commercial (Intership Only)
73
U.S. (Port Operations); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
74
U.S. (Port Operations); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
77
Port Operations (Intership only). Restricted to communications
with pilots for movement and docking of ships.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Channel
Number
Operation
Installation
•
Secondary Icons
•
Notice
•
84
84A
85
in Icons
85A
86
86A
Intro
Operation
87Customer
Assistance
87A
88
Intro
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Warranty
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Warning
Power
Limits
Channel
156.925
161.525
78
156.925
156.925
78A
Secondary Icons
88A
condary Icons
Use
Public
Correspondence
(Marine Operator)
Customer
Installation
Assistance
Non-Commercial (Recreational)
156.975
79A
157.025
161.625
80
157.025
157.025
80A
157.075
161.675
81
157.075
157.075
81A
157.125
161.725
82
157.125
157.125
82A
157.175
161.775
83
157.175
157.175
83A
157.225
161.825
84
157.225
157.225
84A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.275
161.875
85
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.275
157.275
85A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.325
161.925
86
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.325
157.325
86A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.375
161.975
157.375
157.375
162.025
157.425
157.425
NOTE
Many of the plain numbered channels, such as 01, 02, and 03, transmit and
Caution
Warning
receive on different frequencies. This is termed duplex operation. The rest of
the plain numbered channels and all of the A channels, such as 01A, 03A,
and 04A, transmit and receive on a single frequency, which is termed simplex
operation. Your radio automatically adjusts to these conditions. When in simplex
operation, the A icon will appear on the LCD (see illustration on page A2).
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156.975
Main Icons
Intro
Operation
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Commercial (Also Non-Commercial only in Great Lakes)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Notice
Caution
Warning
Commercial (Also Non-Commercial only in Great Lakes)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only; Environmental Protection Operations)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operation, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Canada (Coast Guard Only)
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
87CustomerPublicWarranty
Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Assistance
87A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
88
Installation
•
Customer
Assistance
161.575
157.425
79
Operation
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
156.975
Customer
Assistance
Installation
Notice
•
•
•
83
83A
Caution
•
82
82A
•
•
81
81A
•
•
80
80A
•
Customer
Assistance
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
•
79
79A
Customer
Assistance
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
78
78A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Public Correspondence (Ship to Coast). In U.S. only within
Customer75 miles of Canadian Border.
Assistance
88A
Commercial Intership only
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Notice
NOTE
All channels are pre-programmed at the factory according to international
Caution
Warning
regulations and those of the FCC (U.S.A.) and Industry Canada (Canada).
They cannot be altered by the user nor can modes of operation be changed
between simplex and duplex.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Intro
Operation
World City Time Zones
Customer
Assistance
Intro
World City Time Zones
Longitudinal Zone
•
Offset
City
-12
IDLW (International Date Line West)
W172.50 to W157.50
-11
Nome
W157.50 to W142.50
-10
Honolulu
-9
Yukon STD
Installation
E172.50 to W172.50
Customer
Assistance
Secondary Icons
W142.50 to W127.50
Notice
W127.50 to W112.50
Caution
Warning
-8
Los Angeles
W112.50 to W097.50
-7
Denver
W097.50 to W082.50
-6
Chicago
W082.50 to W067.50
-5
New York
W067.50 to W052.50
-4
Caracas
W052.50 to W037.50
-3
Rio de Janeiro
W037.50 to W022.50
-2
Fernando de Noronha
W022.50 to W007.50
-1
Azores Islands
W007.50 to E007.50 GMT
+0
London
E007.50 to E022.50
+1
Rome
E022.50 to E037.50
+2
Cairo
E037.50 to E052.50
+3
Moscow
E052.50 to E067.50
+4
Abu Dhabi
E067.50 to E082.50
+5
Maldives
E082.50 to E097.50
+6
Dhuburi
E097.50 to E112.50
+7
Bangkok
E112.50 to E127.50
+8
Hong Kong
E127.50 to E142.50
+9
Tokyo
E142.50 to E157.50
+10
Sydney
E157.50 to E172.50
+11
Solomon Islands
E172.50 to W172.50
+12
Auckland
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Warranty
Operation
NOAA Weather Channels
And Alert
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
NOAA Weather Channels
And Alert
•
Monitoring the weather will probably be a frequent use of your radio. The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides continuous, around-theCustomer
Installation
clock broadcasts
of the latest
weather information. Taped weather messages run
Assistance
every four (4) to six (6) minutes and are revised every two (2) or three (3) hours,
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or as needed. The Coast Guard also announces weather and other safety warnings
on Channel 16 and DSC Channel 70. Smart boaters keep an eye on safety and an
ear to the radio — and never let the weather catch them unaware.
NOAA Emergency
Weather
Alert
Caution
Warning
Notice
In the event of a major storm or other weather condition requiring vessels at sea
or on other bodies of water to be notified, NOAA broadcasts a 1050 Hz tone that
receivers such as your CobraMarine™ VHF radio can detect and warn you of a
weather alert condition. When the Weather Alert mode on your radio is On, this
signal will produce the weather alert alarm tone from the speaker and a “weather
alert” message on the LCD to signal that a weather alert is being broadcast.
The radio will automatically switch to Weather Radio mode.
Test
To test this system, NOAA broadcasts the 1050 Hz signal every Wednesday sometime
between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in each local time zone. Any receiver that can detect the
weather alert tone may use this feature to verify that this feature is functioning properly.
Weather Frequency
Channel
RX Frequency MHz
1
162.550
2
162.400
3
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Microphone
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Microphone Mounting Kit
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Installing Your Radio
Choose a location for your radio where it will be conveniently accessible with the
Warning
following factorsNotice
in mind: Caution
■ The leads to the battery and the antenna are best kept as short as possible.
Warning
Transceiver Flush Mount Kit
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Before using your CobraMarine™ VHF radio, it must be installed on your vessel.
You should find all of the following items in the
package with your CobraMarine™ VHF radio:
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Transceiver*
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Transceiver Surface Mount Kit
■
The antenna must be mounted at least three (3) feet from the transceiver.
■
The radio and all speakers need to be far enough from any magnetic
compass to avoid deviation due to the speaker magnet.
■
There needs to be free air flow around the heat-sink fins on the back
of the transceiver.
Surface Mount
Operating Instruction Manual
A Surface Mounting kit is included with your CobraMarine™ VHF radio to allow its
installation on almost any flat surface.
Surface Mounting Kit
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To Mount The Transceiver
On Almost Any Flat Surface:
1. Use the mounting bracket
as a template to drill holes
for the mounting screws.
2. Attach the mounting bracket
to the chosen surface.
3. Attach the transceiver to
the mounting bracket with
the locking knobs.
4. Tilt the transceiver to
a convenient angle and
tighten the locking knobs.
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Microphone Bracket
Microphone Bracket
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To Install The Microphone Bracket:
1. Install the microphone bracket on a
vertical surface near the transceiver
using the Warning
supplied stainless steel screws.
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Use Supplied Template
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See
page
71
for template.
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Electrical Power Connection
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To Mount The Transceiver Flush In Almost Any Flat Surface:
1. Use the supplied template to mark and cut an opening
in the flat surface. See page 71 for template.
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CAUTION
Before cutting, be sure the area behind the flat
Warning is clear of any instruments or wires that
surface
might be damaged in the process.
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3. Attach the mounting brackets to
the sides of the transceiver with
the adjusting screw flanges facing
the back of the flat surface.
4. Tighten the adjusting screws against
the back of the flat surface until the
flange on the front of the transceiver
is tight against the flat surface.
Red Cable
Positive (+)
Black Cable
Negative (-)
2. Insert the transceiver into the opening.
Attach Mounting Brackets
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Customer
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FCC regulations require that the Warning Sticker
supplied with this radio be applied to a spot where
it is easily seen by the radio operator. Be sure the
location is clean and dry before applying the sticker.
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Power Connection Cables
A Flush Mounting kit is included with your CobraMarine™
VHF radio to allow its installation in almost any flat surface.
Insert Transceiver
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Mounting And
Powering The Radio
Warning Sticker
Warning Sticker
Flush Mount
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Mounting And
Powering The Radio
Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is
powered from the vessel’s 13.8-volt
negative ground direct current electrical
system (12 volt nominal). A fused power
connection lead is provided at the back
of the transceiver.
To Connect To A Power Source:
1. Attach the black power wire to a
negative ground.
2. Attach the fused red power wire to
the positive side of the power system.
CAUTION
A reverse polarity connection will damage the radio.
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Warning
Adjust Screws
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Antenna Requirements
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Antenna Requirements And Attachment
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Caution
Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio requires an external marine antenna
to send signals into the air and to receive them. The radio is arranged
to use any of theNotice
popular marine
VHFWarning
antennas, but it is up to you to
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choose
which
antenna
to
use.
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Since it represents the link between your radio and the outside world,
Cobra® suggests you purchase the best quality antenna, coaxial cable,
and connectors you can. This is best accomplished with the advice
and guidance of a knowledgeable dealer who can assess the variables
involved with your particular boat and preferences.
Warning
WARNING
Compliance with FCC requirements for Radio Frequency Exposure is
the responsibility of both the antenna installer and the radio operator.
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Radio Operator Requirements
Do not transmit when anyone is within the MPE radius of the antenna unless
that person or persons are shielded from the antenna by a grounded metallic
barrier. This is especially important on vessels with antennas mounted as
describedNotice
in B where
no one may
be within 9' (2.8 m) horizontally from the
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base of the antenna during transmissions.
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FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE ABOVE LIMITS MAY EXPOSE THOSE WITHIN
THE MPE RADIUS TO RF ENERGY ABSORPTION IN EXCESS OF THE FCC
MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE. IT IS THE RADIO OPERATOR’S
RESPONSIBILITY TO INSURE THAT MPE LIMITS ARE HEEDED AND THAT
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NO ONE
IS WITHIN
THE MPE
RADIUS DURING TRANSMISSIONS.
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Coaxial Cable Socket
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Safe Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) Radius
To avoid health hazards from excessive exposure to RF energy, FCC OET
Bulletin 65 establishes an MPE radius of 10' (3 m) for the maximum power
of your radio with an antenna having a maximum power gain of 9 dBi.
This means that all persons must be at least 10' (3 m) away from the
antenna when the radio is transmitting.
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Antenna Requirements
And Attachment
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Antenna Requirements
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Antenna Lead Attachment
Customer
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Once the antenna is installed, the Coaxial Cable Lead can
be attached to the socket at the back of the transceiver.
Caution
CAUTION
Attempting to transmit without an antenna attached
willWarning
damage your CobraMarine™ VHF radio.
Installation Requirements
A) An omnidirectional antenna with a gain not greater than 9 dBi must
be mounted at least 16.4' (5 m) above the highest deck where people
may be during radio transmissions, measured vertically from the lowest
point of the antenna. This provides the minimum separation distance
to comply with RF exposure requirements and is based on the MPE
radius of 10' (3 m) plus the 6.6' (2 m) height of an adult.
B) For vessels without structure to mount the antenna as described in A,
it must be mounted as follows AND all persons must be outside the
10' (3 m) MPE radius during radio transmissions. The antenna must
be mounted so that its lowest point is at least 3.3' (1 m) vertically above
the heads of all persons during radio transmissions.
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Your CobraMarine
VHF Assistance
radio is setWarranty
up to connect auxiliary devices for navigation,
convenience, and added versatility. As is the case with the antenna, choosing these
devices is best done with the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable dealer.
Standard connectors
are provided
onWarning
the front and back of the transceiver.
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Connect the Microphone to the cord socket located
at the right side of the front of the transceiver.
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External Speaker Jack
To Connect The Microphone Attachment:
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1. Align the connector and push it firmly into
the socket.
2. Tighten the captive nut to hold the connector
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in place.
3. Slide the waterproof sleeve over the nut until it
seats in the recess around the socket.
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Cobra® strongly recommends that you obtain and connect a GPS device to
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your CobraMarine
radio. ByWarranty
having a GPS connected, your position will
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be continuously
indicated on the LCD and, most importantly, it will be included
automatically in any DSC distress message you may need to send. That will
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take the “search”Notice
out of “search
and Warning
rescue.”
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GPS Connection
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To Install A GPS Device:
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device in a convenient location
1. Install
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according to its manufacturer’s directions.
2. Bond the NMEA out negative wire to the black
wireCustomer
of the GPS interface cable.
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3. Bond the NMEA out positive wire to the red
wire of the GPS interface cable.
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External Speaker (Not Included)
ToCaution
Install AnWarning
External Speaker:
1. Connect the speaker lead to the standard jack
on the back of the transceiver.
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Assistance
External Devices
And Connections
Global Positioning System (GPS) Device (Not Included)
Customer
Assistance
An External Speaker can provide greater volume to
hear messages than the speaker incorporated in the
CobraMarine™ transceiver.
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Microphone Attachment
Microphone Socket
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External Devices And Connections
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NOTE
When bonding the wires, make sure connections
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are secure and properly insulated.
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4. Connect the new combination cable to the GPS
device and to the back of the transceiver.
Notice
NOTE
Satellite acquisition time is dependent on the
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GPS device.
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Getting Started
Operation
Getting Started
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Customer
Assistance
Throughout this manual you
will be instructed to press or to press and hold
buttons
on the transceiver or on the microphone. Press means a momentary
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press, then release; press and hold means to hold the button.
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DSC Geographical AlarmAssistance
Loud, continuous, medium-pitched, high-low tones (warble) —
sounds when a geographical call is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
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DSC Position Request
Alarm
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Medium-loud,
continuous, low-pitched series of closely spaced, four (4) beeps
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[three (3) short – one (1) long] groups — sounds when a position request call
is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
When your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is On, you can expect to hear the following
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Notice
tones and alarms. The volume of these sounds is controlled by the circuitry in the
radio and is not affected by the volume set with the On-Off Power/Volume knob.
DSC Individual Alarm
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Notice
Medium-loud, continuous,
medium-pitched,
two (2) beep groups —
sounds when an individual call is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
Confirmation Tone
Single high-pitched beep confirms all button presses except the Talk button.
It can be turned On or Off. See set-up routines on page 40.
Weather Alarm
Medium-loud, continuous, medium-pitched series of one-half (1⁄2) second beeps
spaced one-half (1⁄2) second apart — sounds when weather alert is turned On
and NOAA sends a 1050 Hz weather alert tone on the selected weather channel.
Press any button to turn it Off.
Error Tone
Single low-pitched beep indicates an invalid button press.
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Refer to the foldout on the front cover of this manual to identify the various
controls and indicators on your radio.
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DSC Distress Alarm
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Loud, continuous,
low-pitched series of closely spaced, three (3)
beep groups. Press any button to turn it Off. This alarm sounds for:
Distress call send, receive, and acknowledgement
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■ Distress
Assistance relay call received
■ All ships call received
■
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NOTE
This alarm sounds only for DSC distress calls on Channel 70.
Caution
Warning
It does not sound for voice calls on Channel 16 — you still
must listen for those.
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Power On-Off
Transceiver power can be turned On or Off by the On-Off Power/Volume
knob on the transceiver.
On-Off Power/
Volume Knob
To Turn Your Radio On Or Off:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob on the
transceiver until you hear and feel a click.
When the radio is powered On, the confirmation tone
will sound.
The radio will return to the settings in effect when it was
last powered Off, the LCD will show the corresponding
information, and all controls will be operative. The radio
will then be in Standby mode.
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Volume
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The On-Off Power/Volume knob on the transceiver controls the speaker volume.
The volume adjustment applies only to what you hear from the speaker and does
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not affect the volume
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of your radio.
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On-Off Power/
Volume Knob
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To Increase The Volume:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob clockwise.
To Decrease The Volume:
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Turn the On-Off
1.Caution
counter-clockwise.
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Squelch Knob
Turn Until Hissing
Sound Starts
Turn Until Hissing
Sound Stops
To Squelch Your Radio:
1. With the Squelch knob turned fully counter-clockwise,
turn the On-Off/Volume knob clockwise until you hear
a hissing (noise) sound.
2. Turn the Squelch knob clockwise until the hissing
sound stops.
Turning the Squelch knob further clockwise (higher bearier)
will filter weak and medium strength signals until only
the strongest signal can get through at the highest
squelch setting.
To Receive Weaker Signals:
1. Turn the Squelch knob counterclockwise (lower bearier).
If the squelch is set so that you can hear a continuous
hissing sound, the scan and dual-watch functions will
be blocked.
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Standby And Receive
Standby mode is the usual mode for the radio whenever it is turned On.
Standby Mode
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From Standby Mode,You Can:
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Change your radio’s settings using set-up routines.
■
Receive messages on the current channel as well
as DSC messages.
■
Receive NOAA alerts if Weather Alert mode is turned On.
■ Caution
Switch
to Warning
Transmit mode using the Talk button.
While the radio is in Standby mode, the Receive mode is
entered whenever a strong enough signal to break squelch
is sent to the radio. You will hear the message through
whichever speakers are connected to the radio.
Squelch
Squelch control filters weak signals and radio frequency noise so that you can more
clearly hear the signals you want. You can think of it as a variable barrier that blocks
what you don’t want to hear.
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Up/Down Buttons
Channel 16/9 Button
To Change The Channel You Are Listening To
You Can Choose One (1) Of The Following:
a. Press the Up/Down buttons. This will take you to
the next higher or lower VHF channel. For rapid
advance, press and hold the Up or Down button.
b. Press the Channel 16/9 button. This will take
you to Channel 16 with one (1) press and to Channel 9
with a second press. Additional presses will toggle
between Channels 16 and 9.
c. Press the Weather/UIC button. This will toggle the
radio between Standby mode and Weather Radio mode.
When in Weather Radio mode, the Up/Down buttons
will change the weather channel.
Weather/UIC Button
Lower Bearier
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Set-Up Routines
Customer
Assistance
The Settings menu in the CobraMarine™ VHF radio allows you to turn On and Off
Customer
Installation to adjust other features to suit your preferences, and to enter
many of its features,
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your
user
MMSI
number.
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Call/Set Button
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Settings Menu
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Up/Down Buttons
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To Enter The Settings Menu:
1. Press and hold the Call/Set button.
The Settings menu will appear on the LCD.
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After
enteringWarning
the Settings menu, you can scroll
through it to make as many entries as you like.
Whenever the setting selection arrow appears in
a feature portion of the menu, it will point to the
setting that was in effect when you entered the menu.
When you are finished with changes, you can exit
the Settings
and return to Standby mode.
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To Exit The Settings Menu:
1. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll down to
EXIT
at the bottom of the menu.
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2. With the arrow pointing to EXIT, press the Call/Set
button to return the radio to Standby mode.
Exit
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NOTE
Basic set-up routines are described here. For set-up
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routines that apply specifically to a particular function,
they are included in the section for that function.
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LCD Backlight
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The LCD has a backlight lamp to make it visible in the dark.
This lamp can be adjusted for brightness or turned Off.
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High/Medium/Low/Off
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To
Adjust The Backlight Level:
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1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to LAMP ADJ
(lamp adjustment) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
backlight setting — HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW or OFF.
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3.Caution
Use the Up/Down
buttons to switch to the setting you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the backlight setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
When the backlight is turned On to any intensity,
the lamp will be lit whenever the radio is On.
LCD Contrast
The LCD backlight will not be visible in daylight, but the LCD Contrast
can be adjusted to make it easier to read in different light conditions.
Contrast
Contrast Setting
To Change The Contrast:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to CONTRAST
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
contrast setting — a number between one (1) and 16.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change the number
up or down.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select a contrast level.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
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Confirmation Tone
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The Confirmation Tone sounds when your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is turned On
and to confirm all button presses except for the Talk button. If you would prefer
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not to hear theInstallation
Confirmation
Tone, you can turn it Off and On as you choose.
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Key Tone
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On/Off
To Turn The Confirmation Tone On Or Off:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to KEY TONE
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
confirmation
tone setting — ON or OFF.
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3. Use the Up/Down buttons to switch to the setting
you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
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Set-Up Routines
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U.S.A./International/Canada
Channel Maps
Three (3) sets of VHF Channel Maps have been established for marine use in the
U.S.A., Canada, and the rest of the world (International). Most of the channels
are the same for
all threeCustomer
(3) maps, but there are definite differences (see table
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on pages 14 through 23). Your radio has all three (3) maps built into it and will
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operate
correctly in whichever area you choose.
To Set Your Radio For The Area In Which
Weather/UIC Button
You Will Be Using It:
1. From Standby mode, press and hold the Weather/UIC
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button. The radio will shift one (1) channel map and the
active channel map will show on the top line of the LCD.
2. Repeat step 1 to shift to the next channel map(s)
Active Channel Map
in the sequence USA, INT (International),
CAN (Canada) then back to USA.
The radio will return to Standby mode each time the
button is released.
Time Offset
All VHF, DSC, and GPS activities use a 24-hour clock and Universal Coordinated
Time (UTC) which was formerly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Time Offset
uses your connected GPS to gather time inputs. For time inputs to be converted to
local time, you need to enter the hour offset of your local time zone from Greenwich.
(See worldMaincity
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Time Offset
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To Change The Time Offset:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to TIME OFFST
(time offset) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press
the Call/Set
button and observe the current setting.
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3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change to the setting for
your local time zone.
4. Press
the Call/Set button to select the setting.
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5. Use Assistance
the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
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NOTE
If you leave the time offset at zero, the LCD will show
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the time as UTC. If you enter the hour offset for your
time zone, the LCD will show the local time. In either
event, DSC messages will always be based on UTC.
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Voice Transmission
Customer
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Voice Transmission
Transmit mode gives you the ability to communicate with safety services, other
vessels, and shore stations. When you use this capability, be sure to follow the
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procedures andInstallation
to observe
the courtesies that govern its use so everyone benefits.
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(The tables on pages 14 through 23 will help you select the proper channels.)
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Before pressing the Talk button to transmit a message, you should select the
appropriate channel and transmit power output.
Voice Transmission
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High/Low Power Button
Caution
You can transmitNotice
voice messages
onWarning
most VHF Channels. Refer to the VHF marine
channel assignments on pages 14 through 23 to select a channel according to the
type of message you are going to send.
Notice
High/Low Power
Channel 16/9 Buttons
To Change The Channel You Can Choose
From One (1) Of The Following:
a. Press the Up/Down buttons. This will take you to the
next higher or lower VHF channel. (When on Channel
88A, the next higher channel is Channel 1 and vice
versa.) For rapid advance, press and hold the Up or
Down buttons. (The confirmation tone will sound
only for each button press, not during rapid advance.)
b. Press the Channel 16/9 button. This will take you to
Channel 16 with one (1) press and to Channel 9 with
a second press. Additional presses will toggle between
Channel 16 and Channel 9. Press and hold the Channel
16/9 button to return to Standby mode.
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Two (2) Inches
[Five (5) cm] From Mouth
Talk Button
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Transmit Icon
To Toggle Between The High And Low Power Modes:
1. Press the High/Low Power button.
The LCD will
show which mode is in effect.
Caution
Warning
Some channels are restricted to use at a maximum of
one (1) watt. Your radio will automatically set the power
to Low Power mode when you select those channels.
While using the U.S.A. channel map, if, in an emergency,
you need to increase the output power on Channel 13 and
Channel 67 for your signal to be heard, you can override
the Low Power mode by pressing and holding the High/
Low Power button.
Transmit A Message
Low Power Setting
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Your radio can Transmit selectively at one (1) or 25 watts of power. Cobra®
suggests you maintain the low power setting for short-range communications
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and to avoid overpowering
nearby stations with your signal. Use the high power
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setting for long-range communications or when you do not receive a response
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a signal
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Up/Down Buttons
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Transmit Power Output
To Transmit A Message:
1. Check to see that your unit is set to a proper
channel for the type of message you plan to send.
2. Toggle to the low power setting.
3. With the microphone about two (2) inches [five (5) cm]
from your mouth, press and hold the Talk button and
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microphone. Transmit will be indicated
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on the LCD.
4. Release the Talk button when you are finished speaking.
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unit can only operate in either the Transmit or the
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Receive mode at any given time. You will not hear the
response to your message unless the Talk button is released.
Notice
NOTE
If the Talk button is held down for five (5) minutes,
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the radio will automatically cease transmitting to
prevent unwanted signal generation. As soon as
the Talk button is released, it can be pressed
again to resume transmission.
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Weather Radio And Alert
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NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio And Alert
Intro
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NOAA broadcasts
Weather information as described in the NOAA weather channels
Customer
Assistance
section on page 25 of this manual. You can listen to one (1) or two (2) of these
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Usually only one (1) or two (2) of the weather channels will be operating in any
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given location. You will need to select the channel with the strongest signal in
your location. This is the channel the radio will scan for the weather alert signal.
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Weather/UIC Button
Weather Mode
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Warning
To Listen To The Weather Channels:
1. From Standby mode, press the Weather/UIC
button. The unit will enter the Weather mode
and show it on the LCD.
2. Press the Up/Down buttons to change the
weather channels — hold the button for
fast advance.
To exit the Weather mode and return to
Standby mode, press the Weather/UIC
button again.
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Weather Alert
On/Off
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To Turn Weather Alert On:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to WX ALERT
(weather alert) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change to the setting.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
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Weather Alert Signal
When NOAA broadcasts a Weather Alert signal and your radio is in the Weather
Alert mode, you will hear a continuous audible tone and the radio will automatically
switch to Weather
RadioCustomer
mode. The alert indicators will sound regardless of what
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channel you are operating on as soon as a NOAA alert signal is received.
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When You Hear The Alert:
1. Press any key to turn Off the alert alarm and LCD indicator.
Advanced Operation
Caution
Notice
•
Warning
Cobra® has incorporated several features in your CobraMarine™ VHF radio to give
you quick access to the voice calling channels and to let you monitor more than
one (1) channel at once.
Channel 16/9
This function gives you quick access to calling Channel 16 or Channel 9
from any operational mode.
Channel 16/9 Buttons
Weather Alert Set-Up
You must have Weather Alert mode turned On to benefit from the Weather Alert
condition signal described in the NOAA weather channels section on page 25.
Advanced Operation
Channel 16/9 Toggle
To Switch To Channel 16 Or Channel 9:
1. Press the Channel 16/9 button to change to Channel 16.
2. Press the Channel 16/9 button again to change to
Channel 9.
Additional presses of the Channel 16/9 button will toggle
back and forth between the two (2) channels.
To exit the Channel 16/9 mode and return to the previous
channel, press and hold the Channel 16/9 button.
While at Channel 16 or Channel 9 in the Channel 16/9
mode, you can also press the Up/Down buttons to
change to other channels. In that event, another press
of the Channel 16/9 button will switch your radio to
Channel 16 and the sequence will start over at step 1.
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Operating Your
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Dual-Watch
Advanced Operation
Customer
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Dual-Watch
gives you one (1) button access to scan the two (2) locations of most
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importance to you. Channel 16 will always be included as a scanned location. The
remaining location
will beCustomer
the VHF channel in effect when you enter Dual-Watch mode.
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Standby Mode
Dual-Watch Button
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Enter Dual-Watch
Mode:
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1. In Standby mode, use the Up/Down buttons to go
to the channel you want to add as the second location
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to be scanned.
2. Press the Dual-Watch button.
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Dual-watch will be indicated on the LCD and the radio
will scan between Channel 16 and the second dual-watch
location you selected. A signal on any one (1) of the two (2)
channels will stop the scan to allow you to listen to the traffic
on the channel. The channel number will be displayed on
the LCD.
To Exit Dual-Watch Mode:
1. Press the Dual-Watch button. The radio will
return to Standby mode.
Dual-Watch Mode
During Dual-Watch (while receiving an incoming
transmission), You Can Choose From The Following:
a. Press the Talk button to remain on that
dual-watch location and return to Standby mode.
b. Press the Up/Down buttons to resume scanning
dual-watch locations.
If you do not press any buttons, your radio will
automatically resume scanning dual-watch locations
when the incoming transmission is complete.
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Scan
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During Scan, the radio will rapidly switch from channel
to channel through all the channels. Whenever any activity
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detected,
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to allow you to listen briefly on that channel. It will then
continue to scan unless you switch out of the Scan mode.
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The radio must be squelched for Scan mode to
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function.Warning
See page 36 for squelch procedure.
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To Enter Scan:
1. From Standby mode, press the Scan button.
The radio will immediately begin to scan the entire channel
map selected in the active channel map. SCAN will show
on the LCD.
To Exit Scan:
1. From Scan mode, press the Scan button.
This will return the radio to Standby mode on the last
scanned channel.
During Scan (while receiving an incoming transmission),
You Can Choose From The Following:
a. Press the Talk button to remain on that channel and end
scanning. This will return the radio to Standby mode.
b. Press the Up/Down buttons to resume scanning.
If you do not press any buttons within ten (10) seconds,
your radio will automatically resume scanning.
During Scan (while not receiving a transmission):
a. Press the Talk button to communicate on the last
channel scanned and return to Standby mode.
During Dual-Watch (while not receiving a transmission):
a. Press the Talk button to communicate on the last
dual-watch location scanned and return to Standby mode.
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DSC Set-Up
DSC Set-Up
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DSC Set-Up
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Intro
•
Digital selective calling — DSC — employs digital RF signals which tend to carry
further and be less susceptible to distortion from noise and atmospheric conditions
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than analog ones.
The result
is greater range and more reliable message delivery
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per watt of output power.
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But, that is not the only advantage of DSC equipped radios. Those radios are set up
to interface with GPS and to automate many of the operations involved in sending
and receiving messages. That results in more compact and accurate messages and
less congestion of the airwaves.
Caution
Warning
Notice
The price of these benefits to the user is the time it takes to do the required set-up
to make the DSC features work. A little time spent when your radio is new will pay
dividends over its life.
These procedures use the Settings menu. Refer to page 38 for information on
entering and exiting the Settings menu.
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User MMSI
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User MMSI ID Entry
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To
Enter Your MMSI Number:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to USER MMSI
with the Up/Down buttons.
2.Customer
Press the Call/Set button and the blinking cursor will
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appear at the first digit under USER MMSI ID ENTRY.
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Customer
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3. Use Assistance
the Up/Down
list to that digit of your number.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the digit and the
blinking cursor will move to the next digit of the number.
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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all nine (9) digits of your
MMSI number are entered.
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Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
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and erase the last selected number.
User MMSI Number
This nine (9) digit number is similar to a telephone number in that it is a unique
identifier for you and your vessel. DSC uses this number in every message it
sends and receives. That is why your radio will not operate in the DSC mode
until you enter your MMSI Number. You should enter it as soon as you receive
it from one (1) of the issuing agencies listed on page 9.
6. Check that you have entered the number correctly.
7. Press and hold the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
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If You Incorrectly Enter Your MMSI Number
You can repeat steps 1 through 7 to correct it. HOWEVER,
YOU CAN DO THIS ONLY ONCE! A third attempt to enter
an MMSI number will result in an error message as shown.
Pressing the Call/Set button from the error message
will return the radio to the Settings menu.
Once the error message appears, the radio will still
operate in all non-DSC modes. But you will have to
return the radio to Cobra® Electronics (see product
service on page 69 for details) for reset before you
can enter your MMSI number and use the radio in
DSC mode.
Because the MMSI number is so important to DSC
operation, this limitation is imposed on all DSC capable
radios to prevent constant changes and the potential
introduction of errors in the process. If, for any reason,
it is necessary to change the MMSI number in the radio
more than once, you can return it to Cobra® Electronics
for reset.
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If You Transfer Your Radio To A Different Vessel
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Group MMSI Number
Contact the MMSI issuing agency from which you obtained your number
and change the information associated with your number to correspond
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to vessel in which
it will be
mounted.
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Nautical organizations such as yacht clubs and the organizers of events
such as regattas can establish Group MMSIs. These allow a message to be
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sent automatically
to all members
of the group without having to call each
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one individually.
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Each member of the group must enter the Group MMSI number in his radio
in order to receive group messages.
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User MMSI
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User MMSI ID Entry
To View Your MMSI Number At Any Time:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to
USER MMSI with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and the blinking
cursor willWarning
appear at the first digit of your
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already entered number under USER MMSI
ID ENTRY.
3. Press and hold the Call/Set button to
return to the Settings menu.
Group MMSI
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Notice
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DSC Scanning
If you choose not to have your radio scan Channel 70,
you can turn DSC Scanning Off. If you do so, you can
still send DSC messages, but will not hear DSC alarms
nor receive DSC messages except when you are tuned
to Channel 70 or you have sent a distress message.
The acknowledgement to the distress message will
be received whether DSC Scanning is On or Off.
DSC Scan
On/Off
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To Turn DSC Scanning On Or Off:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to DSC SCAN
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the setting
that you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
Group MMSI ID Entry
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To Enter A Group MMSI Number:
Enter the Settings
menu and scroll to GROUP MMSI
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with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and the blinking cursor will
appear at the first digit under GROUP MMSI ID ENTRY.
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Customer
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3. Use Assistance
the Up/Down
number list to that digit of your number.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the digit and the
blinking
cursor will move to the next digit of the number.
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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all nine (9) digits of
the group MMSI number are entered.
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Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
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and erase the last selected number.
6. Check that you have entered the number correctly.
7. Press and hold the Call/Set button to return
to the Settings menu.
The group MMSI is established by modifying the MMSI
assigned to one (1) of the group members. The last digit
of that member’s MMSI number is dropped and a zero (0)
is inserted at the beginning. For example, member MMSI
number 366123456 becomes group MMSI number
036612345.
Group MMSIs can be entered and changed any number
of times without encountering the need to have your
radio reset.
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Position Request Reply Type
The ability to send your position to another station is an added feature of DSC
radios that have GPS attached. It is handy for rendezvous and rescue situations.
™
Customer
VHF radio
allows you to choose whether to have the radio
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automatically respond to all Position Requests it receives or to alert you to a
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Position
Request and allow you to choose whether to respond or not —
manual reply.
Position Reply
Notice
Auto/Manual/Exit
To Set The Position Request Reply Type:
Enter the Settings
menu and scroll to
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POS RPLY (position reply) with the
Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe
the current setting — AUTO or MANUAL.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change the setting.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
Individual Directory
DSC calling allows you to call another vessel or station directly if you know its
MMSI number. Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio allows you to store up to ten (10)
names and their associated MMSI numbers for quick access.
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To Enter Or Edit Names And MMSI Numbers
In The Directory:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to INDV DIR
(individual directory) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter a
memory location (1-10).
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the
memory locations to one you want to select.
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Next/Exit
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Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
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and erase the last selected character.
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Enter MMSI
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Press the Call/Set button to select the memory location.
The cursor will begin to blink at the first character under
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5.Customer
Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the character list.
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6. Press the Call/Set button to select a character. This will also
move
the blinking cursor to the next character under NAME.
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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to enter additional characters —
up to a maximum of nine (9) — for the name.
8. After entering the name, press and hold the Call/Set
button to move the blinking cursor to the first character
under MMSI.
9. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the number list.
10. Press the Call/Set button to select the number and
move the cursor to the next character under MMSI.
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 until the nine (9) digit
MMSI is entered.
12. Press and hold the Call/Set button to move to the
next memory location or exit.
13. Select NEXT or EXIT with the Call/Set button.
If NEXT is selected, pressing the Call/Set button will
move to the next memory location where another
name can be entered by repeating steps 3 through 11.
If EXIT is selected, pressing the Call/Set button
will return you to the Settings menu.
You can enter a total of ten (10) names and MMSI
numbers in the directory.
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DSC Operation
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Sending DSC calls is done from menus similar to the Settings menu. Whereas
entering the Settings menu required a press and hold of the Call/Set button,
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the sending menus
appear
with a press of the Distress button.
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received
DSC calls
will sound one (1) or another of the alarms to alert you to them.
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See pages
34 through 35 for descriptions of the different alarms. Pressing any button
will turn Off the alarm while maintaining the received call information on the LCD.
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Distress Button
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Manual
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Notice
The ability to send
and receive
Distress
calls and their acknowledgements
on Channel 70 can literally be a lifesaver for you or another mariner.
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The DSC call will:
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■ Sound the distress alarm at all receiving stations.
■ Inform receiving stations of your identity (MMSI).
■ Inform receiving stations of your position if you have a GPS
device connected or you have manually entered your position.
It will not provide the receiving stations with other distress information
such as the nature of your problem, number of persons aboard, injuries,
or the like. For that, you will have to communicate by voice on Channel 16
with the station that acknowledges your DSC distress call.
Distress Button
Send/Manual/Exit
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To Begin Sending A DSC Distress Call:
1. From Standby mode, lift the spring-loaded red door on
the transceiver and press the Distress button under it.
This will open the Distress menu with the arrow
pointing to SEND. You will have three (3) choices:
■ Send the distress call automatically with either
no position information if a GPS is not connected
or with the position provided by a connected GPS.
■ Manually enter your position, then send the
distress call.
■ Abort the distress call process and return to
Standby mode.
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a. To Send An Automatic Distress Call:
1) Press and hold the Distress button.
Sending
Distress Calls
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Choose one (1) of the following:
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Exit
Transmit USA High
Distress Waiting
Distress
Acknowledgement
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b. To Send A Manual Distress Call:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to move the arrow
to MANUAL.
2) Press the Call/Set button to go to the position
entry screen.
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3) Use the
Up/Down buttons to manually set the
position of your vessel.
4) Press the Call/Set button to send the message.
5) Press and hold the Distress button.
c. To Abort The Distress Call Process:
If you pressed the Distress button by mistake or
if you have not received an acknowledgement and
want to discontinue the automatic resending of
your distress message:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to move the arrow to EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby mode.
The distress alarm will sound to let you know that the
message is being sent. At the end of the transmission,
the radio will maintain a watch on Channels 16 and
Channel 70 for an acknowledgement. Press any button
to turn Off the alarm and return to Standby mode.
If an acknowledgement is received, the distress
alarm will sound again and the responding party’s
MMSI number will show on the LCD.
If no acknowledgement is received, the radio will
resend the message at approximately four (4) minute
intervals until an acknowledgement is received or
you abort the distress call.
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Receiving Distress Calls
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Sending An All Ships
Calls
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If your vessel
is within range of a DSC Distress call, the radio will
receive the call, sound the distress alarm, and switch to Channel 16.
A DSC All Ships call is used for the same urgency and safety purposes as the Pan
and Securite voice calls as well as to send routine messages to all stations at once.
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life-threatening, situation or a safety warning to broadcast to all vessels in your
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area, this is the type of call to use. It should be used judiciously for routine calls.
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Distress Info on LCD
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When
A Distress Call Is Heard:
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1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm and return
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mode.
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2. Read and write down the distress information on the
LCD (there may or may not be position data shown),
thenCustomer
determine
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3. Respond, if appropriate, by pressing and holding
the Talk button to transmit on Channel 16.
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Notice
All Ships
Notice
NOTE
Your radio will automatically switch to Channel 16
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Warning
upon receiving a DSC distress call.
Regarding Distress Relay Calls
Urgency/Safety/Routine
Your radio cannot send Distress Relay calls. Only large ships and
shore stations with specially equipped radios can send these calls.
Receiving Distress Relay Calls
Your radio will respond to a received Distress Relay call in the same way
as it will to a distress call.
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To Send An All Ships Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate
for a routine call. (The radio will use
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Channel 16 for urgent and safety calls.)
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to ALL SHIPS.
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the message
type menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select a message type
— URGENCY, SAFETY or ROUTINE.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message.
7. Depending on the type of message you chose,
the radio will automatically switch to a voice channel.
a. After urgency and safety calls, the radio will switch
to Channel 16 and wait for you to press the Talk button
to send the urgent or safety message by voice.
b. After a routine call, the radio will switch to the channel
you selected in step 1 and wait for you to press the
Talk button to send the routine message by voice.
DSC equipped radios that receive your message will be
automatically switched to Channel 16 or the channel you
selected to hear your voice message.
To return to Standby mode without sending a message,
use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT and
press the Call/Set button.
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Receiving An All Ships Call
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Sending An Individual
Call
All Ships calls sent by stations within range of your radio will sound
the distress alarm on your radio and switch your radio to Channel 16.
The DSC Individual call feature allows you to notify one (1), and only one (1),
station that you want to communicate with that station. It does not alert all
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other stations within
range
that you will be sending a message as a voice
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call on Channel 16 or Channel 9 would.
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When
An All Ships Call Is Heard:
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1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm and return to
Standby mode.
2. Read and write down the MMSI of the vessel sending
the call as well as the date and time of the call in case
you will want
to respond.
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Warning
3. Listen to the voice message sent on the channel your
radio was switched to by the incoming all ships call.
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Notice
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Sending A Geographical Call
Your radio cannot send Geographical calls. Only large ships and shore
stations with specially equipped radios can send these calls.
Receiving A Geographical Call
Geographical calls are sent by specially equipped radios to all stations in a
particular geographical area to alert only those stations of the call and not
stations in unaffected areas. If you are in an area to which a Geographical
call is made, it will sound the geographical alarm on your radio and switch
your radio to the channel chosen by the sending station.
Geographical Call
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When A Geographical Call Is Heard:
1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
2. Read and write down the MMSI of the vessel
sending the call as well as the date and time
of the call in case you will want to respond.
3. Listen to the voice message sent on the channel your
radio was switched to by the incoming geographical call.
4. Press one (1) of the following three (3) buttons to
switch from geographical call receive to Standby mode:
Call/Set button, Channel 16/9 button, or Talk button.
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Send/Exit
To Send An Individual Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you
want to communicate.
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Press the Warning
Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to INDIVIDUAL.
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the individual directory.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the name you
want to call from the directory.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message or
return to Standby mode if EXIT was chosen.
If the radio you are calling sends back an automatic DSC
response of “able to comply,” the individual alarm will sound.
Wait for a voice message from the called station.
If the called radio does not send an “able to comply”
response, your radio will wait eight (8) seconds and
resend the message.
If an “unable to comply” response or no reply is received,
your radio will go to the Unavailable menu.
At the Unavailable menu, you can choose SEND or
EXIT with the Up/Down buttons. If you choose SEND,
your radio will restart the individual call. If you choose
EXIT, you will be returned to the individual location
on the Call Send menu.
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Call
When another station makes an Individual call to your radio,
the individual alarm will sound, the caller will be identified
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on
the LCD, and your radio will be switched to the channel
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selected by the caller. Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
When another station makes a Group call to your radio, the individual alarm
will sound, the caller will be identified on the LCD, and your radio will be
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switched to theInstallation
channel selected
by the caller, just as for an individual call.
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Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
To Receive An Individual Call:
1. Press the Talk button and greet the caller —
almost as if you were answering the telephone.
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Caller Identified
Warning
Sending a Group call is very similar to sending an individual call, except that
the group MMSI is used and the resend and DSC responses do not apply.
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Receiving An Individual Call
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Sending A Group
Call
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DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
To Send A Group Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to GROUP.
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the send
or exit menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select SEND or EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message or
return to the Call Send menu if EXIT was chosen.
All radios will be switched to the channel selected in
step 1. Press and hold the Talk button to send your
voice message to everyone in the group.
Anyone in the group can now also transmit on
that channel.
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To Receive A Group Call:
1. Listen for the group voice message.
2. Press the Talk button and respond
only if appropriate.
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Warning
Sending A Position Request
Position Request mode enables a DSC radio to obtain the position
(latitude and longitude) of a station that has a GPS device connected
to the DSC radio at that station.
Standby Mode
Position Request
Individual Directory
To Request The Position Of Another Station:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which
you want to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the
Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to
POS REQST (position request) on
the menu.
4. Press the Call/Set button to enter the
Individual Directory menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to the
name of the station whose position you
want to request.
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Position Request
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Receiving a Position
No Position Data
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6. Press the Call/Set button.
Your radio will send the position request and there
will be one (1) of three (3) possible responses:
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■ You will receive the position.
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■ You will receive a no position data response,
meaning the station you queried is not connected
to a GPS device and cannot send its position.
■ You will receive a no reply response, meaning the
operatorWarning
of that station has chosen not to reply
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to your request.
Choose one (1) of the following:
a. If You Receive A Position:
The requested position with the station name
and MMSI will show on your screen.
1) Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby
mode after you have noted the station’s position.
b. If The Station You Called Cannot Send Its Position:
NO POS DATA (no position data) will show
on your screen.
1) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Individual Directory menu.
2) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
3) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
4) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
5) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode.
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c. If The Station You Called Chose Not To Reply:
NO REPLY will show on your screen.
You will have two (2) choices:
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■ RESEND the request.
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■ EXIT the Position Request mode.
a. To Resend Your Position Request:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to RESEND.
2) Press the Call/Set button.
Notice
Caution
Warning
b. To Exit The Position Request Mode:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Individual Directory menu.
3) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
4) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
5) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode.
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DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
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Receiving A Position Request
When you went through the DSC set-up process, you set a position request reply
type. (See page 52 to change your setting.) Depending on the setting you chose,
when a Position
RequestCustomer
message is received, your radio will enter either:
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■ The Auto Reply mode.
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■ The Manual Reply mode.
Position Request
Notice
Position Request
Reply/Exit
When The Radio Is In Auto Reply Mode:
A position request will sound the position request
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Warning
alarm
the name of the requesting station
on the LCD. Your radio will automatically respond.
It will send your position, if you have a GPS connected
to your radio, or NO POS DATA (no position data),
if you do not have a GPS device connected.
1. Press any button to silence the alarm and
exit the display.
When The Radio Is In The Manual Reply Mode:
A position request message will sound the position
request alarm and show the name of the requesting
station. You can choose to:
■ Reply and send your position.
■ Exit without sending your position.
a. If You Choose To Reply With Your Position:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select REPLY.
2) Press the Call/Set button to send your position.
3) Press any button to return to Standby mode.
b. If You Choose Not To Reply:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby
mode without sending your position.
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Transmit Position
Send/Exit
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Sending
A Position Send
Standby Mode
Position Send uses your connected GPS in similar
fashion to the position request function, except that
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you
initiate the activity to let another station know
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where you are.
To Send A Position Send Message:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate.
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Press the Warning
Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to POS SEND
(position send).
4. Press the Call/Set button to enter the individual directory.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the station
to which you want to send your position.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send your position.
After your position is sent, the LCD will show POS SEND
(position send). You will have two (2) choices.
■ Resend your position to the same station.
■ Exit from Position Send mode.
a. To Resend Your Position:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select SEND.
2) Press the Call/Set button to resend your position.
b. To Exit From The Position Send Mode:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
Position Send
Receiving A Position Send
When another station sends you its position in Position
Send mode, the individual alarm will sound and the station’s
name and position will be shown on the LCD. Press any
button to turn Off the alarm and return to Standby mode.
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Operating Your Radio
Intro
Maintenance And
Troubleshooting
Operation
Maintenance
Customer
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Operating Your Radio
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Very little maintenance is required to keep your CobraMarine™ VHF radio in good
operating condition.
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■ Keep the
radio clean
by wiping with a soft cloth and mild detergent.
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Rinse with fresh water. Do not use solvents or harsh or abrasive cleaners,
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which could damage the case or scratch the LCD screen.
■
Specifications
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General
Number of Channels
Installation
All U.S.A., Canadian, and International
10 NOAA Weather Channels
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Channel Spacing
If the radio is exposed to salt water, rinse it in fresh water at least once
a day to prevent build-up of salt deposits, which could interfere with
button operation.
Caution
Warning
Notice
Troubleshooting
Specifications
Operation
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25 kHz
Modulation
5 kHz Max.
Input Voltage
13.8 VDC
Current Drain:Notice
Stand-by
Receive
Transmit
Caution
Warning
20 mA
200 mA
5A @ High power
1A @ Low
Problem
Possible Cause(s)
Solution(s)
Temperature Range
-20˚ C to 60˚ C
No display on LCD when
radio is turned On
Improper power
connection
Insure power connections
are proper and secure
Unit Dimensions
6.25" x 2.25" x 7.125"
(15.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 18 cm)
Will transmit at
one (1) watt, but not
at 25 watts
Selected channel is
limited to one (1) watt
Switch to
another channel
Unit Weight
2 lbs., 6.8 oz. (1100 g)
Will not transmit
Receiver
Frequency Range
156.050 to 163.275 MHz
Receiver Type
Double Conversion Super-Heterodyne
Sensitivity:
20 dB Quieting
12 dB Sinad
0.35 uV
0.30 uV
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
-60 dB
Selected channel is
limited to receive only
Switch to
another channel
No sound from speaker
Volume level is too low or
squelch level is too deep
Readjust volume
and squelch
No answer to calls
Out of range of
other station
Switch to high power
(25 watts) or move closer
Intermodulation and Rejection
-60 dB
Spurious and Image Rejection
-60 dB
Signal is blocked
by terrain
Move until you have
a “line-of-sight” to
the other station
AF Output
4 Watts @ 8 Ohms
Frequency Range: TX
156.025 to 157.425 MHz
MMSI
(DSC self-identification)
number is not entered
Enter your MMSI number
RF Output Power
1 and 25 Watts
Spurious Emissions
-60 dB High -55 dB Low
Microphone Type
Electret
Frequency Stability
+/-10 ppm
FM Hum and Noise
40 dB
DSC distress
cannot be sent
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Warranty
Warranty
Operation
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
Limited
3-Year Warranty
Intro
Notice
Cobra® Electronics Corporation warrants that its CobraMarine™ VHF radio, and the
Customer
component
parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials
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for a period of three (3) years from the date of first consumer purchase. This
warranty may be enforced by the first consumer purchaser, provided that the
product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Cobra® will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective radios,
products
or component
parts upon delivery to the Cobra® Factory Service
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Warning
department, accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer purchase,
such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty
service, but the return charges will be at Cobra®’s expense, if the product is repaired
or replaced under warranty. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply:
1. To any product damaged by accident.
2. In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result
of unauthorized alterations or repairs.
3. If the serial number has been altered, defaced, or removed.
4. If the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty. Cobra®
shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages; including,
without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installation.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,
so the above limitations may not apply to you.
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Product Service
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For Products Purchased In The U.S.A.
Installation
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If you have any questions about operation or installing your
new CobraMarine™ VHF product, or if you are missing parts…
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Assistance first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE STORE!
Please
call Cobra
See customer assistance on page A1.
If your product should require factory service, please call Cobra® first before sending
your radio. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair. You may be
asked to send your radio to the Cobra® factory. It will be necessary to furnish the
following
to have
the product
serviced and returned:
Caution
Warning
Notice
1. For warranty repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a
mechanical reproduction or carbon of a sales receipt. If you send the original
receipt, it cannot be returned.
2. Send the entire product.
3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the radio. Include a typed
or clearly printed name and address of where the radio is to be returned.
4. Pack radio securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the
original packing material.
5. Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel
Service (UPS) or Priority Mail to avoid loss in transit to: Cobra® Factory Service,
Cobra® Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois
60707 U.S.A.
6. If the radio is in warranty, upon receipt of your radio it will either be repaired
or exchanged depending on the model. Please allow approximately three (3)
to four (4) weeks before contacting Cobra® for status. If the radio is out of
warranty, a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the repair
charge or replacement charge.
If you have any questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.
For Products Purchased Outside The U.S.A.
Please contact your local dealer for warranty information.
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You can find quality Cobra® products and accessories at
your local Cobra® dealer, or in the U.S.A., you can order
directly from Cobra®.
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Optional Accessories
Ordering From U.S.A.
Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.
For credit card orders, complete and return this order
form to fax number 773-622-2269. Or call 773-889-3087
(Press 1 from the main menu) 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT,
Monday through Friday.
Make check or money order payable to:
Cobra® Electronics, Attn: Accessories Dept.
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 USA
To order online, please visit our website: www.cobra.com
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Shipping/Handling
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The Cobra®
line of quality
products includes:
Illinois add 8.75%
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Please allow 2-3 weeks
for delivery in the U.S.
Prices subject to change
without notice.
California add 7.25%
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additional $26.95 for FedEx
Next Day or $10.95 for
FedEx 2nd Day. Excludes
weekend and holiday
shipments.
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U.S. Subtotal
(Tax if Applicable)
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Wisconsin add 5%
PRECAUCIÓN
Antes de cortar, compruebe que no haya instrumentos o cables en el área
Warning
detrás
de la superficie plana, que puedan resultar dañados durante el proceso.
Tax Table
$200.01 plus . . . . 10% off
purchase
Warning
$130.01-$200.00 . . $16.50
Caution
$90.01-$130.00 . . . $13.50
Notice
$50.01-$90.00 . . . . $10.50
Use la plantilla suministrada para marcar y cortar el agujero en la superficie plana.
$25.01-$50.00 . . . . . $7.50
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Amount
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Qty
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U.S. Cost Each
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Item #
$10.01-$25.00 . . . . . $5.50
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$10.00 or less . . . . . $3.00
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CAUTION
Before cutting, be sure the area behind the flat surface is clear of any
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instruments
or wires that might be damaged in the process.
Type: ❒ Visa ❒ MasterCard ❒ Discover
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Credit Card Number
Country
Customer
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Zip
Intro
Notice
Telephone
State/Province
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City
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Address (No P.O. Boxes)
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Customer
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Use the supplied template to mark and cut an opening in the flat surface.
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Customer
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Order Form
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Customer Service
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Flush Mount Template / Plantilla para montaje empotrado
Order Form And
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