During application, there is no check on your qualification or your radio equipment
just like taxing a car-they dont want to see your driving licence.
For abuse of the system and a sure way to cock it all up the boat we brought back by sea from S.Ireland recently after friend had bought it second hand over there was a pearler. Looking in the menu of the already fitted dsc radio the mmsi entered in the set was 123456789 !!! Now there's a very,very naughty boy. Imagine that coming out as an id number on a dsc distress alert.