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Old 11 August 2009, 16:44   #1
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hand held vhf licence

can anyone tell me where to get a licence for my hand held vhf radio cheers
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Old 11 August 2009, 17:03   #2
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You need to attend a 1-day course 'VHF Course' with RYA approved provider, normally around 100. In addition, you'll have to purchase a licence from Ofcom at a cost of 15 as it's a portable radio. The licence will be registered to the boat. If you change the boat - update details with Ofcom and they'll issue a new licence free-of-charge. Details here.
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In addition, you'll have to purchase a licence from Ofcom at a cost of 15 as it's a portable radio. The licence will be registered to the boat. If you change the boat - update details with Ofcom and they'll issue a new licence free-of-charge. Details here.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radiocomms/i...sses/maritime/
Actually, a Radio licence from ofcom is free, as long as you dont want a paper copy - only then do you have to pay up, and as it's a handheld, it's not registered to a specific boat as you apply for a "Ship Portable Radio licence".

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Fully agree with TonyC hand held licence is free and not registered to any particular boat.
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thanks for info on vhf licence

thanks lads for that info on vhf licence
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Does a hand held need a licence for emergency use?

Can someone clarify...........

I ahve a VHF and carry it for emergency use, dare I say I have no licence, and have taken no test.............

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yep, you need the license, basically just to own it.
you then need to take the test if you want to use it (i.e. transmit) in anything other than an emergency.

unless the rules changed in the last 3 years.
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Can someone clarify...........

I ahve a VHF and carry it for emergency use, dare I say I have no licence, and have taken no test.............

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Lots of thoughts. To start with - good idea to have a radio for emergency use - well done on that score! After that, very strong recommendation that you get training (which will make sure that if you ever do have to use it in an emergency you'll do it properly and effectively) and get a licence.
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Can someone clarify...........

I ahve a VHF and carry it for emergency use, dare I say I have no licence, and have taken no test.............

Any thoughts?

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No real excuse not to have a license. It cost you nothing but a bit of time on the ofcom site.
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