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Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

Greetings, all.

The Admiral made me a present of a lovely hand-held VHF - Uniden MHS135, with all the bells and whistles. Sadly, I've hit a snag: When I try to access the menu, the very first item is a call for an MMSI number, and I don't have one, nor can I really get one - I sail on rented boats only. (Working on it, but - money...)

Is there a "dummy" MMSI number - one that simply translates to "unconfigured"? - or does anyone know how to bypass that first menu so that I can get into the GPS etc. setup?

I really only planned to use DSC for the emergency beacon button, anyways...

Any help would be highly appreciated.
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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

There's no reason not to get an MMSI number for use on rented boats. Just fill out the data fields appropriately.

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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

I too have a radio that requires a MMSI.I use my vhf in my home.I dont need the MMSI number.How do I get past this?
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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

I was told that it is illegal to use marine VHF on land. So unless your home is on a pier, you need a different radio.


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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

Canada (at least) issues MMSI numbers for radios not associated with a specific vessel, beginning with "8". E.g. 831612345 (316 being Canada's country code, a.k.a. MID).


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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

This is an older post/thread but a link for those interested:
https://www.boatus.com/mmsi/faq.asp


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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

Assuming that you are in the US;

Boat US will issue a FREE MMSI to anyone. Go there and register your VHF as a PORTABLE/HANDHELD.
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Re: Using a DSC-capable radio without having an MMSI? - UNIDEN MHS135

Check the manual carefully. I just bought a Standard Horizon Eclipse with DSC capability. With that radio, until one enters the MMSI, the radio beeps to let one know that the MMSI number has not been entered and radio is inoperative. But there are 3 soft keys on the radio and pushing any one of these will allow normal radio usage without MMSI. Of course, one does not have the DSC capability in this mode and your GPS position is not automatically entered into the radio. You have to do this at each radio turn-on.
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