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Re: SSB vs sat phone for weather reports

Originally Posted by sea_hunter View Post
Your SSB needs to be registered to a ship, but first it needs an MMSI. There are a number of ways to do it, none of them too complicated, just Google MMSI. Next you need to set up a ship's license and this is done through the FCC. Then you'll need to program the radio with the MMSI. Then you'll need to get an RROP operator's licence, again from the FCC. I could certainly be more specific but get online and do some research.
There is only one way to get the MMSI number if you have HF radio on board your vessel and that is the FCC. The official MMSI is issued with the Ships Station License. The other sources like Boat US are for US waters only and can not be used with HF radio The FCC MMSI is included in an international database held by the ITU and made available to all Search and Rescue units around the world. The Boat US numbers are in a US Database only. Again the Boat US numbers may not be used for HF as HF is a long range radio.

I hope that helps
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