No, not quite. There is no callsign associated with a marine
The callsign is that assigned to the BOAT
, when you get a marine station license.
And, to use your marine SSB...either in the US or anywhere else, you need both an operator's license AND a station license.
If you're a new owner, you need to get the licenses yourself...the old ones are no good.
BTW, you can't even use your VHF
outside the U.S. unless you have a station license. The one you get for SSB will work
also for the VHF
, or other transmitting equipment
aboard. Just check all the boxes when you apply.
Everyone who uses the marine SSB marine radio
must have an operator's license.
Ham radio licenses are different. When you get a ham license, you are assigned a callsign. That callsign is related to the ham license, and may be used anywhere in the world. By the way, if you have a ham license, you don't need anything else to use your SSB on the ham bands (only)
....not SailMail, but WinLink is OK because that's on the ham bands.
While the ham license is good worldwide for maritime mobile operation, when you're in the territorial waters of a foreign country you may need a "reciprocal" license (like in the Bahamas). This is NOT true for marine SSB...you can use that worldwide once you have the proper licenses.
Bill, WA6CCA (ham operator's license and callsign)
S/V Born Free, WBB9960 (marine station license and callsign)