Originally Posted by TrevC
Do any authorities in Australia
actually check if people have radio
licenses? I've never heard of this happening. We'd like to avoid more paperwork and fees
Our boat also comes with an 802.
Depends on which day and where you are and how lucky you are i guess, I guess it's like anything you need a licence for, you don't actually need it until the authorities ask for it, but by then you wish you had....
In my job i have to have full GMDSS certification
which covers the lot, i have no choice if i want to work i have to have the ticket, and nothing annoys me more than when out at sea working around some platform or well head
, trying to communicate on VHF
working channels, to have a couple of boats treating the system as though it was a mobile phone service
, even worse in emergency
state you must have the correct operators Certificate to operate certain equipment
, to prove you at least have a working knowledge and understand the limitations and uses of the equipmant in normal AND emergency
Besides the above, i think there is the moral obligation to get the ticket, after all the majority of boat users have taken the time to go and do the course and learn something, it's not just another bit of paper, you do actualy learn something that can benefit the safety
of everone out on the water