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Old 04 September 2009, 06:49   #11
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I have to agree - it's crazy not to, esp. for small boats & canoes & the like, but that was the "taught" reasoning on the course I did.

I wonder if they didn't bother 'coz nobody could hook a GPS up to a handheld...until now!
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Should I go on the course first or get my licence from Ofcom before I do the course?
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MMSI enabled handhelds are legal in the US. Usually (and I think this was the intention of making it legal) they're used for tenders to largers boats (both running the same MMSI number.)

However, as far as I am aware, it is perfectly legal to tie the MMSI for a handheld to, say, a kayak, SIB, RIB, canoe, etc. I'd assume the vessel type would be registered with the USCG to the best of ability. A temporary switch most likely would be overlooked if it was activated in a true emergency.

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Old 08 September 2009, 05:45   #14
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Usually (and I think this was the intention of making it legal) they're used for tenders to largers boats (both running the same MMSI number.)
Interesting - presumably that means the tender cannot DSC call the mothership? And if the tender did put out a mayday - is there a risk that the rescue response if looking for a 40ft yacht rather than an 8ft inflatable?
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Old 08 September 2009, 10:54   #15
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Should I go on the course first or get my licence from Ofcom before I do the course?
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Doesn't matter - you can legally own a radio, just not be legal to use it or be legal to use a radio but not own one.

To use an automotivce comparison, the radio licence is a bit like a tax disc for the radio. The telephony cert. is a bit like a driving licence.
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Interesting - presumably that means the tender cannot DSC call the mothership? And if the tender did put out a mayday - is there a risk that the rescue response if looking for a 40ft yacht rather than an 8ft inflatable?
In that scenario, true.

Nothing is stopping you, however, from running separate MMSI's on the tender and mothership, which would allow for DSC calling and position requests and such.

I don't think that the rollout is necessarily following the evolution they originally envisioned. Not that that's a bad thing; just that there are situations that weren't taken into account (the DSC-enabled handheld on a kayak changing to canoe thing being one of them.)

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