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Old 07-15-2005, 12:25 PM
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does anyone know how to obtain a mmsi. i just installed a new vhf with dsc and it prompts me for the mmsi.
the manual just says its a 9 digit identifier.



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Old 07-15-2005, 12:31 PM
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Boat US can issue them......
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www.boatus.com/mmsi
Old 07-15-2005, 11:28 PM
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That's it - go on site, fill out form, get the number, program into radio.
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...and let the government track your every transmision....
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Boat US can provide you with a MMSI number for free. Or, you can get one from the FCC but they will charge you for it. I beleieve the price is about $75.00.
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http://www.boatus.com/mmsi/

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http://seatow.com/boatingsafety/mmsiinfo.htm

Both free services.

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Careful --- While the FCC no longer requires a license for a VHF radio on a recreational boat, this only applies to domestic usage. If you EVER plan to take your boat to a foreign port - including Canada or the Caribean - you are required to have an FCC license for your VHF radio.

It is important to decide this now, because the FCC license will come with a different MMSI than the free one you would get with Boat/US or Sea Tow, meaning that if you should EVER plan on visiting a foreign port you would have to get a new MMSI. Many VHF manufacturers will only let you enter an MMSI once or twice, requiring a return to the factory to enter another MMSI.

Getting the license is relatively painless. You fill out the forms on-line at the FCC web site. The license usually comes in the mail within a few days or a week.

So give some thought NOW toward whether you need an FCC license or not. It may be a pain to change the MMSI later.

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Auburn1 - 7/18/2005 6:57 AM...and let the government track your every transmision....
Is there any truth to this???? just curious??
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NO! There is absolutely NO TRUTH to that whatsoever.

First, the radio's do NOT broadcast your ID number unless you tell it to via the DSC menus (postiontion request, all ships broadcast...) or an emergency broadcast via the RED DSC Mayday button.

Secondly, the "gov't" can't even afford or figure out (or most likley a little bit of both!) how to install DSC monitoring radios at the exsiting coast guard sites. If they can't do that, how the heck do you think they can magically listen in on VHF bradcasts and monitor DSC #'s? I think you see the picture.
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Auburn1 - 7/18/2005 4:57 AM

...and let the government track your every transmision....
I'm thinking there's a conspiracy theorist in the house...


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lilarry - 7/20/2005 1:10 PM

Careful --- While the FCC no longer requires a license for a VHF radio on a recreational boat, this only applies to domestic usage. If you EVER plan to take your boat to a foreign port - including Canada or the Caribean - you are required to have an FCC license for your VHF radio.

It is important to decide this now, because the FCC license will come with a different MMSI than the free one you would get with Boat/US or Sea Tow, meaning that if you should EVER plan on visiting a foreign port you would have to get a new MMSI. Many VHF manufacturers will only let you enter an MMSI once or twice, requiring a return to the factory to enter another MMSI.

Getting the license is relatively painless. You fill out the forms on-line at the FCC web site. The license usually comes in the mail within a few days or a week.

So give some thought NOW toward whether you need an FCC license or not. It may be a pain to change the MMSI later.
If I ever have to use that DSC feature, I hope they CAN come and get me and fine me!!!

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