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Old 11-29-2019, 07:03 PM
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I boat out of Ft Pierce but plan to visit the Bahamas a couple of times a year. The FCC says I have to get my MMSI number from them at a cost of $220 instead of the other sources that are free. Curious what others have done.
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That's the first I've heard of something like that ... Do you have SSB or something similar ?
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That's the first I've heard of something like that ... Do you have SSB or something similar ?
no just VHF with DSC. I've spoken to a few groups without much clarification. I tried to call the coast guard but couldn't get through. I'm going to try again Monday.
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I got my MMSI number from boatus. I used it to register my dsc vhf.
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I did all of mine through Sea Tow
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USPS mmsi
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
I got my MMSI number from boatus. I used it to register my dsc vhf.
I know I can get it from Boat US and some others but according to the rules/FCC if you go to international waters ie. The Bahamas you have to go to the FCC. Trying to find out if everyone follows this rule or what the downside of not following.
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PM this guy, he might be able to help. USCG Safe Boating D8

Reading the USPS link I did above, if you are not commercial, ie "Passenger vessels having six passengers or less", you wouldn't have to go to FCC for a ship station license and mmsi.
rather doubt the FCC is going to chase you down.
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Using the link posted above for the power squadron web site:

In summary, if you are traveling internationally, you need to file Form 605 with the FCC to obtain a Ship Station License, which comes with a MMSI. You do not qualify for registration under the program administered within this web site.
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MMSI numbers not obtained through the FCC are not valid in international waters. Always been that way. Here's the scoop
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Originally Posted by garysmo View Post
I boat out of Ft Pierce but plan to visit the Bahamas a couple of times a year. The FCC says I have to get my MMSI number from them at a cost of $220 instead of the other sources that are free. Curious what others have done.
I think that has to do with international waters. The free numbers if I understand correctly may not be in an international data base making them less useful when out of US waters. Maybe I don't understand correctly either as I stay in U S water and have a free mmsi.
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Will your DSC distress call "work" in the Bahamas or Mexico (with a 'free" MMSI number)? I don't see how it wouldn't? Certainly other DSC equipped vessels will receive the signal and position information as they would anywhere else. I wouldn't be depending on 3rd world countries having the equipment to decipher the MMSI database and coordinate a SAR mission anyway. Your money is probably better spent on an EPIRB if you regularly travel to those places. For US coastal waters, DSC distress calling is an amazing tool, triggering a fast response by many assets.
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A MMSI is not a registration, it is an identification number. Finsinchessy's post explained it well.
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Originally Posted by RickC137 View Post
Will your DSC distress call "work" in the Bahamas or Mexico (with a 'free" MMSI number)? I don't see how it wouldn't? Certainly other DSC equipped vessels will receive the signal and position information as they would anywhere else. I wouldn't be depending on 3rd world countries having the equipment to decipher the MMSI database and coordinate a SAR mission anyway. Your money is probably better spent on an EPIRB if you regularly travel to those places. For US coastal waters, DSC distress calling is an amazing tool, triggering a fast response by many assets.
Exactly right.
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There is an endless supply of stuff to worry about in the world. Getting a MMSI number from the FCC is not one of them.

Nobody in the Bahamas cares where your MMSI number comes from.
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