Join Date: Oct 2010
Thanked 51 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Re: VHF MMSI Number
I still a little confused by the MMSI #. Say I place a normal call on CH 16 to the coast guard. Can they obtain my ships information in some way if the MMSI number is programmed into my VHF? Currently I have a DSC radio but have not programmed the MMSI number in. Just curious if their is a problem on board and someone not familar with the radio starts calling Mayday, can the CG get the boat information or does the person using my radio need to press the emergency button on my radio for CG to get the MMSI number.
One thing I messed up is that I have a SSB radio on board. Did not realize when I got the SSB license it also came with a MMSI #. I had bought a Horizon hand held DSC radio with GPS, but went to the Boat US site to get a MMSI #. Now understand this radio is no good out side of US or in international waters (unless I send the radio back to factory to clear the MMSI # I programmed in)- that system seems a little messed up to me- adds a lot of confusion to the whole system.
Last edited by casey1999; 06-07-2012 at 02:40 PM.