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Old 05-02-2003, 04:25 AM
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So I open the manual for my new (first) VHF radio and I read that I must have a "restricted radiotelephone operator permit" in order to use it.

Does everyone here have one of these, where do I get one, and do I dare ask how much will it cost.
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Old 05-02-2003, 04:55 AM
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No, don't need one. Check this out.
http://wireless.fcc.gov/marine/fctsht14.html#SEC3
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They waved the requirement for small pleasure boat operators a few years back. While a license is not required you are expected to use the same protocols. Like only using channel 16 to call for help, contact another boat or hail the coast guard. Then you and your party must switch and answer on a different channel leaving 16 clear for others to use.

There should be a list of standard channel assignments, and basic protocols in the back of your manual.

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Old 05-02-2003, 05:03 AM
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Not necessary in the US unless your vessel is used for commercial purposes. But IS required if you take your vessle into a foreign waters.
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Old 05-02-2003, 05:24 AM
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In many areas the 'Hailing' channel is only channel '9' then switch and talk. 16 is for emergency 'Hailing' only. Often the CG will tell you this.

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Old 05-02-2003, 05:30 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies guys. I thought I was going to have to B.O.A.T.

I wonder why this page is in the Icom manual that was just published.
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Old 05-02-2003, 05:43 AM
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I think Icom is just covering all the bases.
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Old 05-02-2003, 08:10 AM
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How old is the Icom manual? How about the radio?

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Old 05-02-2003, 08:21 AM
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Brand new purchased 4/30/03. Thats why I was curious but davidd is probably correct...Icom is just covering the bases
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You dont need either one if you don't use it in foreign waters or talk to foreign registerred vessels.

The easiest to get is a radio-telephone operator's license. You fill out the form and mail it in. They used to be free when I got mine 20 years ago when I was taking flying lessons.

The other one is the "station" license. Cost is $110 and is valid for 11 years. You can print-out the application on the FCC web-site. When you receive the license you'll be assigned a station identification - just like your local top 40's station. If you sell your boat the license is not transferable to a new owner or to a new boat and you have to get another if you want your new boat to be licensed.

I'm pretty sure you don't get credit for the lost value from a terminated license but it will say more on the FCC site. I don't have the address handy or I'd give it to you.

If you have a station licene you are required to keep a copy of the radio reg.s with the unit. Even without licenses, you are still liable for knowing and comlying with all the regulations.

Land-station on the marine band are harder to get and you have to justify it beyond filling out the form and paying for it.

Hope this helps.

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