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Old 30-05-2013, 09:53   #91
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I just went through the online registration process. First you go to fcc.gov and get a FRN (the FCC registration number). You will use this number to then apply for a Ship License to get a call sign, MMSI and register all of your equipment (including EPIRB). This costs $160 and is good for 10 years. You have to go back to the fcc.gov website to find out when your license has been approved and can print it off there. It took about a day or two. I was expecting an e-mail but did not get anything so far. It will have your call sign and MMSI number. Then, the restricted operator license permit is another license application (RR code.) Use your FRN again and the site will keep track of all licensing under this one number. The restricted op license is for each individual who will use the radios. It is $60 per person and is good for your lifetime. It was confusing at first. I sent an e-mail asking for information and they sent an e-mail back telling me to call. If you have questions, call 877-480-3201. They were very helpful.
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Old 02-06-2013, 22:43   #92
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Lagoon4us that's a strange call sign as VMR446 is the call sign of Gladstone Queensland VMR ??????
Jacko this is a copy of the email i got this morning.


Hello Frank,

Thank you for your email.

Please be advised that the call sign ‘VMR446’ sounds like one you have registered with your Volunteer Marine Rescue.
VHF radios are covered under a Class Licence with ACMA, allowing owner’s to have call signs of their choice, which allows owner’s to use their vessel name, registration number or have one given to them by their local VMR.

Only HF radios are required to be registered and allocated a call sign from ACMA.

Please be advised the call sign you have listed ‘VMR446’ is fine, however it will not appear on the ACMA website registered to your details, as VHF radios are no longer allocated call signs from ACMA.

Kind regards,

Natasha Lusso
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:05   #93
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I just went through the process as outlined by Cerveza. Worked perfectly. We might want to put his post as a sticky in front of the rules and red tape section. Saved me 100 dollars from the guys that wanted to "help me out and do it" at the port.
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

Good to know...let us know if the Canadian CG ever asks for it! Or anyone, really...
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All this talk of regulatory compliance reminds me there are two kinds of people on earth. Our city has a "rat on your neighbors" hotline for people who let their grass grow beyond the height limit. The grass police will come to your house, measure your grass with a steel engineering ruler and make you mow the lawn or charge you $300 for the city to do it. There are two kinds of people: those who will call that number for whatever reason and whatever justification, and those who never will.
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I wonder if any new updates to this thread...

Anyone been cited?
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Only thing I've ever been questioned on is a lack of call sign.. but you don't get one if your 'SSR'... only if your 'Blue Book'...
MMSI is the best on offer..
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When applying for the MRO remember to add everything including radar.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:22   #98
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I'm not sure if I'm licensed properly or not. I have an FCC radio station license and the Restricted Radio Operators license I got for free 35 years ago. If one looks at the web site one now needs to supply a photo and Id to get this license. Mine has no photo but it does say lifetime license on it. Since I am alive (well mostly anyway) I don't plan on giving the FCC any more of my money for a new one.
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Only thing I've ever been questioned on is a lack of call sign.. but you don't get one if your 'SSR'... only if your 'Blue Book'...
MMSI is the best on offer..
Huh , you get one based on a ships station radio license application , not related to registration , you just apply for a ships license. , its free you get call sign mmsi etc.

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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I'm still interested in the original question, and it still sounds like "no".

Anyone? Anything?

Not "I know a guy whose sister's girlfriend's cellmate met a guy in a bar who paid ten grand to a Mexican state trooper and a CIA operative...", but a citation. To you. About your VHF license or lack thereof.
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I got all the numbers last year, and went cruising in BC for a while. Never used any of it, although the AIS is valuable. No one ever asked me for any qualifications anywhere. Not even crossing the border. Not even the Coast Guards. I kinda feel let down- couldn't they roust me just a bit for my paranoia? Maybe when I get to Panama...
Speaking of Customs- I got all excited to do the custom thing- put on my best clothes, ate all banned food, both took baths before showing up in Canada after being in the San Juans for a week. All they did was listen to my phone call and say welcome to Canada. Turns out they had been following my AIS signal since crossing the border and already had done all the background check on our boring lives.
Gee- at least they could have checked the fire extinguishers...
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Huh , you get one based on a ships station radio license application , not related to registration , you just apply for a ships license. , its free you get call sign mmsi etc.

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Damn.. my 1st boat with a VHF (6th owned) I registered Blue Book.. pre A4 crap... and got issued with a call sign.. so just assumed it was a Lloyds Registry thing as I did not get one with my SSR reg's...
Mind.. been getting by just fine so no big deal..
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

Just by the way . . . . . the (current) panama canal requirement for VHF

Articles:

9. Very High Frequency (VHF) Radio: Every power-driven vessel of 300 gross tons or over, every power-driven vessel of 100 gross tons or over carrying passengers for hire, and every commercial towing vessel of 7.92 meters (26 feet) in length or over, shall be equipped with at least one VHF transceiver, as follows:
a. The transceiver must be operable from the navigation bridge.
b. It must be equipped with International Channels 12 (156.99 MHz), 13 (156.650 MHz), and 16 (156.800 MHz).

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Article 34: Vessels shall operate their radio equipment in conformity with the principles and rules stipulated in the international conventions to which the Republic of Panama is a party.
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

In OZ the licence is a Federal requirement, and they water police tend to be State so not their problem unless you are being an idiot and they want something to ping you for.

Only time I have ever needed to show it was applying for a MMSI, then I needed to send a copy with the application. 1 x MMSI for the boat and connected radio, AIS etc and a different MMSI for the hand held ICOM M92 with DSC registered in my name.
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Re: Have you ever be cited for using VHF?

I've heard the USCG come on channel 16 and verbally spank folks for various improper uses of the VHF (tying up CH 16 for ten minutes like it was a cell phone, kids making fart noises, people cursing like, well, sailors, etc.) but I've never heard of anyone being cited for anything.
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