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post #15 of Old 03-26-2013
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Re: Canadians: Station License or not?

OK, so much for clarity, thus far... Since I am on the Great Lakes (even if Georgian Bay is kind of tucked away and not immediately adjacent to the U.S.), I have some interest in this...

I do have the VHF operator license required in Canada. I understand from comments given that this is sufficient to operate a VHF in the U.S. Someone say true or false.

When entering the U.S., I conclude from the comments that my boat will need a Station License. True or false? Is this a license issued by U.S. authorities, or Canadian? Where to apply? Is this, like the Canadian VHF license, a one-time charge or a recurring cost? Will precise answers to these questions explain the entire issue?

When all is said and done, my strong recommendation to anyone is: comply with the rules since you may run a risk of having your vessel (if not yourself) impounded when found in breach. We should not be cavalier, given that the officials you may be dealing with will most certainly not be, either!
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