Is there any legal way to communicate to your anchored ship from your beached dingy using a handheld vhf?
The legal way would be to put the dinghy in the water and then stand in it.
For shore-to-anchorage communication, try something simple like an GMRS/FRS radio that does not require licensing and is available everywhere.
Man this radio stuff is confusing.
I have an installed SSB radio with a ship's license and I have an SSB operators license. Does the Ships license cover my VHF if I go to a foriegn country or do I need a separate VHF license?
Hi Casey, it's not as confusing as it sounds.
In Canada, the station licence covers all of the radio devices at that station including; VHF, MF, HF (SSB), Radar, EPIRB etc.
Edit: Corrected the following statement.
In Canada, the ROC-M does cover HF (SSB) for frequencies in the maritime spectrum. However, if your HF (SSB) radio can also use frequencies outside this band then a station licence and HAM operator licence are required.
I see you're in Hawaii, so I can answer your question, but there is a second question you need to ask...
Q1. Does your ships licence cover your VHF radio in a foreign country?
A1. Yes, your ships licence will include your VHF equipment in other U.N. countries. The ships licence (station licence) will list all of the equipment I mentioned above, VHF, MF, HF (SSB), Radar, EPIRB etc.
Q2. Does your SSB operators licence permit you to use VHF frequencies in foreign countries?
A2. I don't know.... I'm not familiar with your licensing process or how it maps to the ITU.