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I have a radio station license for my Islander, WDE 8054. That license also includes my MMSI number for the fixed I-com vhf on the boat. The radio is registered with that number.
I just purchased an additional hand held. An i-com (IC-M92D). I have another i-com hand held but it is an older model and does not have DSC capability. I have a separate hand held Garmin waterproof gps The new radio is a nice addition. It is a DSC capable vhf radio and a of course has gps functions. It floats and lights up and beeps if and when it hits the water.
We have two sailboats and several smaller boats we use on the saltwater. A Marshall catboat, a rowing pod and some ocean capable canoes. Having the vhf and a gps with us on all of those boats is our normal operating procedure. Now we have a beautiful little hand held that combines them and floats!
I need to register the new radio with an MMSI number. I would like to use the same number I use for the fixed radio on the Islander. The new radio will be used on all of the boats including the Islander. That means it will be nowhere near the Islander sometimes. In another state or even another country.
My questions are:
Is there any reason I should not use the same MMSI number for both radios?
Des the fact that I got my MMSI number with my FCC radio license mean it will be recognized outside the U.S.? I understand that the Boat U.S numbers are not registered in an international database.
If I need to use the DSC function while paddling my racing canoe around Cape Ann it shouldn't matter that I am in an 18' canoe off the coast of Massachusetts and not in a 28' sailboat that is actually back up in Maine on its mooring that has the MMSI registered to its FCC license. Or sailing my catboat on Merrymeeting Bay in Southern Maine. Or...
Sounds simple enough. Just looking for some clarity.
Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper
Last edited by downeast450; 07-27-2013 at 02:55 PM.