What do you need to legally use a VHF marine radio?

What do you need to legally use a VHF marine radio?

In order to use a VHF marine radio you must obtain a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) – ROC (M).

Do you need a licence for a VHF marine radio?

In short the answer is Yes! A Marine Radio Licence is required if you are operating Marine VHF Radios (known as Short Range – SROCP) and/or MF/HF Radios (known as Long Range – LROCP). The licence has nothing to do with whether the vessel is recreational or commercial, the size of vessel or where the vessel is operated.

Is it illegal to use a VHF radio?

You must have a separate Ship Portable Radio Licence for each hand held VHF DSC radio. This is because each individual radio is given a separate identity. So, it cannot be covered by a normal Ship Radio Licence, as this does not impose any territorial restrictions.

What marine radio channel should I use?

Federal Communications Commission regulations require boaters having VHF radios to maintain a watch on either channel 9 or channel 16, whenever the radio is turned on and not communicating with another station. All non-emergency traffic should be communicated on another channel (not channels 9 or 16).

How long does a VHF Licence last?

How long does a VHF licence last? Forever.. ship radio licences last a lifetime, but must be revalidated every 10 years.

Will a marine radio work without a MMSI number?

No, you will need to obtain a new MMSI number from the FCC and reprogram your radio(s) with the MMSI number the FCC issues. The new MMSI will be coded for international travel and the registration will be entered into the international search & rescue database.

How far will a marine VHF radio transmit?

Your VHF radio is intended mainly for short range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a USCG station. To communicate at longer ranges, you will normally need a satellite telephone or an MF/HF marine radiotelephone.

How do you check a marine VHF radio?

Turn radio to one-watt power setting, and key the microphone. Call “radio check” three times, followed by your boat name and location. Wait for a reply confirming someone has heard your transmission.

Can I use a VHF radio on land?

Marine VHF radios, whether fixed or handheld, may not be used on land, period. It’s the law. Once a VHF radio goes ashore, it cannot be used for marine band transmission (without a Coast Station License).

Why is it illegal to use a marine radio on land?

Marine radios can function on land; however, because marine radios are used by vessels in situations of distress, navigational issues, personal communication, and business needs, it is not legal for a person to use a marine radio on land without an approved coast station license.