Hi all...first post...I'm scratching my head
over this one a bit, hopefully someone can help me out.
I'm considering buying
a boat in the US (Great Lakes) and sailing it back home (Lake St. Clair to Lake Ontario) sometime in the next month. Think I've got a decent handle on the customs
and importation issues but I'm not so sure about the radio
issues (the boat currently has one.)
In transit I would be going through the Welland Canal system and assume I need to be in radio
contact with the lock master(s) as I go through...? (If the answer is "no" then I'm not too concerned about using the radio at all.) However, if the radio is essential for me to use I guess I would need my Canadian VHF
Radio Operator's Certificate before I start my trip. (Which isn't easy since the only courses/exams I've found are only offered in the early spring.)
Do I also need to get any sort of "call letters" assigned to the boat/radio before starting the trip? If so...how?
Lastly...assuming I need to use the radio should I just bone up on the study book for the Operator's Certificate so that I'm competent using the radio and not worry about the actual certificate until I can get it when it's offered this winter or next spring?