There are land based VHF's all over the place in Canada
. If it weren't for land based VHF's the Queen of the North BC Ferry
passengers would have been in greater trouble. It was because a very small coastal community relying on land and marine
based VHF's heard the "Mayday" call from the sinking ship and sent out rescue
parties that injuries and drownings weren't more prevelant. Members from this coastal community were sent to "Government House" (no American equivelent - but the Queens rep in BC - kind of an internal provincial ambassador for the government) to be thanked officially.
Its not like I am in fear of the Coast Guard "catching" me using the portable VHF
inapropriately on land. Our Coast Guard is under funded, under equiped, under staffed, and under supported by the Canadian public and government
- much like our Armed Forces until recently. Don't interpret this to mean I don't respect our Coast Guard, I do, but I know they are up to their arm pits in work.
I'm more likely to see the second coming of Christ before I would see a Coast Guard member
after me for a "land" VHF communication; they just don't have enough staff to chase me for this minor infraction.