My memory, rather more unreliable these days, is that VHF and associated DSC
is subject to a class license. I understand that one needs to carry a copy of the legislation and your MROCP Certificate to prove this, but there is no fee.
HF does have a fee attached, and it is not cheap
. I'm not planning on carrying a marine HF radio
so I don't worry. One was never fitted anyway. Ham radio
is possible but is also not cheap
and is time and energy consuming
You could be right about the MMSI being free for VHF. Its such a morass I'm just not interested.
I did track down the HF fee, but one needed a miners' license to dig through the websites and find it. That's a part of my life I'm never going to get back...
If you're not going to use the HF radio
why not take it off the boat and put it somewhere dry and safe? Worry about it if actual use is a possibility.
I am going to use a short wave receiver and a satellite