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Old 01-04-2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

I have an older LifeLine with the VHS Radio (love it), we just received the new model that is just a rescue GPS. Looking online to learn exactly how they operate, not finding much. States that it transmits GPS Position to boats 34 miles (not very impressive, the old model has 4,000 square mile radius) how exactly does it do this? Dose it just send a distress single with your coordinates over Channel 16 repeatedly?
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

They transmit your identity and position by gps. The vhs is for voice communications to local boats or CG. I have one about 5 years old it has gps and several vhs channels.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:52 PM   #3
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Re: New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

Yea I know how the older model works, not sure how the new ones do. It's just a Marine Rescue GPS, it states that it transmits your coordinates to all vessels around you for 34 miles.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:32 PM   #4
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Re: New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

Not a chance that signal is going more than a few miles unless it's via satellite relay. I've tried finding an old one for sale,the new ones,seem pretty lame.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:29 PM   #5
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Re: New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

From the sounds of it, this is just normal DSC protocol. I own the original Lifeline VHF. The radio range is only 2 miles, but it can hop from radio to radio on other boats. The limit is 34 miles, so your distress call doesn't end up thousands of miles away on boats that can't help you anyways. Misleading marketing limericks shall I say?
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:47 AM   #6
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Re: New Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS

Yea I'm not too happy with the new ones, 90% of the time I'm 40-60 miles offshore. Also they are not made with the same quality as the older model.
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