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Re: The bottom line on Ham radio

Since you said you got a tech license I assume you are a US Citizen. You can not operate a marine VHF radio outside the US (e.g. Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas) without a ship station license (the same one you need for a marine SSB radio.) You also need a radiotelephone operators permit. Go to the FCC site - wireless telecommuications bureau - FCC: Wireless Services: Maritime Mobile Service: Maritime Mobile Home read... It is a well written description.

Also you should be aware - your ham license is portable - wherever you are you can operate with the permission of the host country. A marine radio license belongs to the ship - you can not get one - only the ship can get one. So it is more than just pay the fee. Your radiotelephone operators permit is also portable - it goes with you permitting you to operate a marine radio in accordance with the law.

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