..to change your DSC radio.
I just bought and installed an Icom M506 to replace my Raymarine 218E.
Naturally I did the one-time input of my MMSI into the new Icom on first switch-on. Only somewhat later I realised I now had two radios with the same MMSI irrevocably locked into them. Wanting to sell the Raymarine (which is in great condition), I've now had to scrabble around to find a marine electronics engineer who can delete its MMSI, as I daren't have someone else running around with my MMSI.
But was this the wrong procedure? Should I have cancelled my MMSI and applied for a new one, and then left the new owner of the old radio to sort out the problem, maybe by taking over the old MMSI. This doesn't seem to be the official way to do it as the Ofcom website says "Licences are non-transferable as a call sign and MMSInumber stays with a vessel for life.
So why then are MMSI's locked to radios rather than vessels? It seems a crazy system and is almost bound to lead to individual MMSI's being used on the wrong or multiple boats as radios are switched around.
It's also not true as another one of their FAQs says you must ensure that you cancel / surrender your licence if you sell your boat. Ah so the MMSI doesn't stay with the vessel for life then!
With radios getting cheaper and better all the time, a lot if us will change our radio these days. Anyone got a good solution for the MMSI problem?