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How Do I Get An MMSI if I Don't Own A Boat?
Does anyone know how I can get an MMSI number for my new hand-held DSC marine VHF radio if I don't own a boat?
I have been sailing now for four months (at least once if not twice a week) in Marina del Rey, CA, and am progressing up the levels of ASA certification. I belong to a boat club and only sail on boats I rent. I'm going farther from port each trip so I invested in a nice hand-held VHF radio. It's a Standard Horizon HX850S with DSC and GPS.
For the DSC feature to have ANY functionality, I need to enter an MMSI number, which is available free from BoatUS. But their website stipulates that I need to enter my vessel's name and info, and that the MMSI is actually registered to the vessel, not the radio itself.
Without the MMSI, I can neither send nor receive DSC messages. The DSC simply does not function at all without that number. I not only can't send a DSC distress, I can't RECEIVE someone else's DSC distress call. I can still use channel 16 of course, but a big part of this radio's functionality is completely disabled.
Now here are my questions:
1) Can I register an MMSI number to a vessel I don't own? I always use the same boat at the boat club (a Merit 25) and will continue to do so for several more months.
2) In the future, can I either update my vessel info or get a new MMSI for a different rental boat? Once again, when I do move up to a larger boat it will always be the same vessel.
3) And what if I did own my own boat? Am I allowed to take my DSC radio with me if I crew on another boat?
I have searched and searched for these answers all over the BoatUS website, the Coast Guard website, and even here on these forums, and I don't find anything remotely relating to my problem. So I'm hoping you fine folks here at SailNet can help me out.
Santa Monica, CA