Originally Posted by PatA
Great info about sets and rigs
. I have my technician and working on my general to get access to the HF bands. The question I have is do I still need a Ships Station License and Restricted Radio
Operators Permit? I could see having to have the SSL but if I already have the FCC part 97 license why would I need a RROP?
Licenses are for particular services.
There are HF allocations for marine and ham radio
(and aviation and other commercial services and military and civil government and on and on).
Your ham radio
license is BOTH a station license and an operators license. Look at your license and it will say what your operator privileges are (currently technician) and your station privileges (primary). Once you get your general class license AND assuming you only want to use ham HF frequencies afloat you are done.
However, if you want to use frequencies allocated to the marine service you need to be licensed accordingly. The marine service uses separate station and operator's licenses. You need both. The station license is for the boat and conveys your call sign and MMSI. Check the boxes for everything (SSB, radar
, everything) whether you have them or not; there is no obligation to have them but if you don't have the endorsement on your license you have to get a change. The station license is good for 10 years. The restricted radio
operators permit is for you, and is valid for life. The license, designated RP, gives you the privilege of USING the equipment the station license permits.