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Old 28 November 2015, 09:43   #1
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Vhf dsc usage info needed.?

Right then, I am in need of some info from the gurus in the know please....!

I have a standard handheld vhf, and have come to the point where I may upgrade to a handheld vhf with dsc. I hold a 'SRC' operators certificate. I have searched the internet, and think that I just about understand what is required, ie, apply for a license, free of charge when I get the unit, to obtain a 'MMSI' ....!

This is where I am stumped. How does it work. I have my own sib, which is where I will mainly use the vhf, but, I always take my vhf when I go kayaking. I also use a lot of other vessels for other purposes.

Am I correct in thinking, that when I register the unit, it is under the name of my boat, and how can this be used on other vessels and my kayak? How does all this work, as I cant seem to find a definitive answer....
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Old 28 November 2015, 10:16   #2
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When you apply for mmsi there is a box to tick to say it is a handheld unit not fixed to a boat.
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Ok, I understand that bit. So does that mean that I do not have to register it to a specific vessel.??
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Correct.


It's registered to you and can be transferred from vessel to vessel as you please.
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You won't be issued a call sign...


However you will have a 'T' number identification.
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You'll apply for a ships portable licence where you won't need to enter details of a specific vessel.


Hence why your not issued a call sign.

You will be issued a MMSI which is unique to you, but remember there still are some people out there not using DSC.
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Thank you for that, it makes sense now...!

Everything I read, never mentioned that info.
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