Originally Posted by Talisker
Factor, if you don't have to register/license VHF on pleasure craft in Oz, how do you get a call sign or MMSI number?
I will chime in here (being a public forum
). You simply have to identify yourself in a unique way - usually by your vessels name or if you wish, your local state registration
number (if you are required to be state registered). Almost all vessels that would carry a VHF would also be required to be state registered.
If you want a MMSI number, then you have to apply for a Ship's license (Station License) from the Spectrum Authority (ACMA) and then apply to AMSA (maritime safety
authority) for a MMSI number quoting your callsign etc.
AFAIK, not many recreational boaters bother with a MMSI in Oz.