Originally Posted by dmksails
Ok, so I just bought a VHF
radio with DSC
and discovered that I need to get a MMSI registration
from the FCC. That got me thinking about what I might need if I want to use the radio in Canada
I've done some research
, but am now confused. Can someone tell me what registration/license is required to be able to use the radio?
I think that the only thing I need is called a Ship Station License
. Is that correct?
Almost. You do need a ship station license, and you also need an operators permit
(the Restricted one is what most folks go for). Both can be had for the paltry sum of about $160, if I remember correctly. They've changed the fee a few times, so not certain of current
amount. No exam required, just fill out the forms on the FCC website.
The station license is good for 10 years. The operators permit
is good for life.
Basically, the U.S. is the only country which has allowed VHF operation by boats without any license, in a misguided effort to help out small boat operators (like fishermen in skiffs). However, under international rules VHF operation requires an operators permit AND a ship station license.
When you fill out the form, be sure to check ALL the listed equipment
, VHF, radar
, etc. -- even if you don't have them yet. Otherwise, you'd have to re-apply and pay the fee all over again if you add something.