With the new revisions to the rules for communications
the FCC now has an on line system for filing almost possible forms a cruiser might require. If you are required to file with the FCC much of the written documentation
around the Internet
about the process is now totally wrong!
The On line system starts here:
FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS): ULS Home
The form you need is called the "605". It used to be a pretty complicated form (still is) but it now can be prepared on line. The better part is you can start the form, then save it on line for 30 days as you work through the details (there are many).
To file on line you first need to register yourself and obtain an FRN ID. This is to tie all your paperwork to you. For some reason you still need to enter all the same information on the 605 but they will want an FRN ID. You want to do that on line before you start. You can also download the PDF versions of the forms and still do it on paper if you want. IT helps to download the full forms as they have instructions and this is the Federal Government
so you need to read them. They don't do things like you would think.
You can register all your equipment
if you plan to go offshore
. Your VHF
, and HF. You'll also get a new MMSI number for your DSC gear
. Ham licenses are a separate application since you have to have test results, but all the rest can be combined in a single
605. There is no form 753 (HF/SSB Limited operators permit) any more. It is now all part of form 605.
Now for the part that amazed me the most. You fill it all out and submit it. The next step is paying (you knew there would be money
didn't you). That can also be done on line via a credit card. Last but not least you can monitor
the progress of the application. Mine took only a few days! You will find the results soonest on line then the real paper versions come later in the mail.