The FCC requires you to have a Ship's Station License and a Restricted Radio Operator's License if you have an SSB aboard or if you have a VHF aboard and communicate with foreign stations.
The FCC requires you to have a Ham license, better than Technician class, for using the Ham frequencies, but doesn't require a Ship's Station License for the Ham radio.
The SSB or Ham radio equipment must be type accepted.
RRO and SS licenses are not required for domestic use VHF, EPIRB, or RADAR.
EPIRBs now should be 406 MHz units, rather than the older 121.5/243 MHz units, as the older units are being phased out. The EPIRB needs to be registered with NOAA. GPIRBs are better than EPIRBs, since they have an integrated GPS and can help localize your position when triggered.
Please note: EPIRBs are registered to vessels, PLBs are registered to individuals.
Mobile Maritime Service Identifiers are required for the new DSC radios, as well as SSB and EPIRBs. If you only have a DSC-equipped VHF, you can get your MMSI from BoatUS, SeaTow or MariTel.
If you have an MMSI issued by one of the above, and get an EPIRB or SSB, you will need to get a new MMSI from the FCC, along with a Ship's Station License and RRO License in the case of an SSB.
If you have an EPIRB or DSC-capable VHF or SSB radio... please connect it to a GPS's NMEA 0183 output.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 08-28-2007 at 11:42 PM.