Metz DSC aerial for Icom M802
So you have a Icom M802 radio with it's DSC functionality onboard and it is rigged to it's main antenna. Yeah, real fancy (and expensive) piece of equipment. In many ways the built-in DSC function can be a life saver for both you and other mariners. But, there is a problem! Whilst you can certainly send distress messages with the DSC functionality, you will not receive any DSC messages. For you to receive DSC reply or distress messages from other mariners, you will need a second aerial - specifically, a DSC aerial. We learned about this awhile ago and ordered one from Metz Communication Corporation. It is now installed high up on the mast and connected to the Icom M802. But I wonder why we were never told us about this requirement - not the distributor nor the marine electrician.
It is reasobably priced, the product is excellent and so is their service. If you have a Icom M802 marine radio, you should get one.