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Re: MMSI into Icom IC-M504
In the USA, Boat US took on the issuance of MMSI numbers for recreational boats. They did it as here in the USA, you don't have to have a radio license issued by the FCC to operate a VHF as long as you are staying in USA waters or you are not communicating with foreign flagged vessels. Hence the two numbering entities....
I know this is an old message, but hoping someone will have the answer.
I'm aware that the BoatUS number can only be used for radios that will stay within US waters. However, I have never seen any indication that radios with the BoatUS (domestic US) MMSI cannot communicate with foreign flagged vessels. Could you please link a source for that information?
In the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay we get foreign flagged vessels all the time. Inability to communicate with them is a pretty serious safety deficiency.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)